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- Basic Books 2009; US$ 16.95
Oleg Kalugin oversaw the work of American spies, matched wits with the CIA, and became one of the youngest generals in KGB history. Even so, he grew increasingly disillusioned with the Soviet system. In 1990, he went public, exposing the intelligence agency?s shadowy methods. Revised and updated in the light of the KGB?s enduring presence in Russian... more...
- HarperCollins 2013; US$ 13.99
What is it like to kill? What is it like to be under fire? How do you know what's right? What can you never forget? In The Things They Cannot Say , award-winning journalist and author Kevin Sites asks these difficult questions of eleven soldiers and marines, who?by sharing the truth about their wars?display a rare courage that transcends battlefield... more...
- Jonathan Ball Publishers 2011; US$ 10.21
On 7 March 2004, former SAS soldier and mercenary Simon Mann prepared to take off from Harare International Airport with an aeroplane full of heavy weaponry and guns for hire. Their destination: the former Spanish colony of Equatorial Guinea. Their mission: to remove one of the most brutal dictators in Africa in a privately organised coup d?état.... more...
- Scribner 2005; US$ 16.00
Anthony Swofford's Jarhead is the first Gulf War memoir by a frontline infantry marine, and it is a searing, unforgettable narrative. When the marines -- or "jarheads," as they call themselves -- were sent in 1990 to Saudi Arabia to fight the Iraqis, Swofford was there, with a hundred-pound pack on his shoulders and a sniper's rifle in his hands.... more...
- HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99
In this unique biography of Thomas Jefferson, leading journalist and social critic Christopher Hitchens offers a startlingly new and provocative interpretation of our Founding Father. Situating Jefferson within the context of America's evolution and tracing his legacy over the past two hundred years, Hitchens brings the character of Jefferson to life... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 18.00
Based on ten years' astonishing new research, here is the thrilling story of how a charismatic, dangerous boy became a student priest, romantic poet, gangster mastermind, prolific lover, murderous revolutionary, and the merciless politician who shaped the Soviet Empire in his own brutal image: How Stalin became Stalin. From the Trade Paperback... more...
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2010; US$ 15.99
The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who ?burned like a comet? in nineteenth-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox. The renowned ceramicist... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.95
Jan Wong, a Canadian of Chinese descent, went to China as a starry-eyed Maoist in 1972 at the height of the Cultural Revolution. A true believer--and one of only two Westerners permitted to enroll at Beijing University--her education included wielding a pneumatic drill at the Number One Machine Tool Factory. In the name of the Revolution, she renounced... more...
- Crown Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.00
Here is the remarkable true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo ? a stunning feat of historical sleuthing that brings to life the forgotten hero who inspired such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers . The real-life protagonist of The Black Count , General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today yet with a story... more...
- Head of Zeus 2012; US$ 8.01
Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia, unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great, crowned at the age of 10. A barbarous, volatile feudal tsar with a taste for torture; a progressive and enlightened reformer of government and science; a statesman of vision and colossal significance: Peter the... more...