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- Biteback Publishing 2011; US$ 10.99
A melting pot of Oxbridge dons, maverick oddballs and more regular citizens worked night and day at Station X, as Bletchley Park was known, to derive intelligence information from German coded messages. Bear in mind that an Enigma machine had a possible 159 million million million different settings and the magnitude of the challenge becomes apparent.... more...
- Biteback Publishing 2011; US$ 16.99
The first part of acclaimed author Mick Smith?s epic, completely unauthorised history of Britain s external intelligence community. Six tells the complete story of the service?s birth and early years, including the tragic, untold tale of what happened to Britain?s extensive networks in Soviet Russia between the wars. It reveals for the first time... more...
- Birlinn 2012; US$ 8.99
Sir James Wordie lead arduous expeditions well into his forties, while building his reputation as an academic and mentor. He rose to be President of the Royal Geographical Society. This book captures the drama of an extraordinary life lived at the edge, establishing James Wordie in his rightful place in the pantheon of great British explorers. more...
- Biteback Publishing 2011; US$ 12.38
The British codebreakers at Bletchley Park are now believed to have shortened the duration of the Second World War by up to two years. During the dark days of 1941, as Britain stood almost alone against the the Nazis, this remarkable achievement seemed impossible. This extraordinary book, originally published as Action This Day, includes descriptions... more...
- Biteback Publishing 2010; US$ 15.99
The extraordinary wartime exploits of the British codebreakers based at Bletchley Park continue to fascinate and amaze. In The Emperor's Codes Michael Smith tells the story of how Japan's wartime codes were broken, and the consequences for the Second World War. He describes how the Japanese ciphers were broken and the effect on the lives of the codebreakers... more...
- Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 11.66
Strolling through this wide sweep, gazing across the fleet of trains bound for Paris or Brussels, the powder blue steel vaulting soaring above them, the inside of a giant whale's ribcage, a hymn to the infrastructure of our hyper-connected age; like Jonah swallowed up by it all, by the hum of the giant extractor fans, the deep hum at the heart of... more...
- Oneworld Publications 2014; US$ 12.99
An extraordinary character and one of history?s great explorers, Ernest Shackleton pioneered the path to the South Pole over 100 years ago, becoming the dominant figure in Antarctic discovery. His incredible adventures on four expeditions to the Antarctic have captivated generations. A restless adventurer from an Irish background, he joined the Empire?s... more...
- The Collins Press 2010; US$ 9.99
The story of the remarkable Tom Crean who ran away to sea aged 15 and played a memorable role in Antarctic exploration. He spent more time in the unexplored Antarctic than Scott or Shackleton, and outlived both. Among the last to see Scott alive, Crean was in the search party that found the frozen body. An unforgettable story of triumph over unparalleled... more...
- The Collins Press 2002; US$ 11.99
On 17 March 1912, Lawrence ?Titus? Oates crawled bootless from a tent to his death in blizzard conditions of -40°C. Oates, always an outsider on Scott?s Polar expedition, died on his 32nd birthday. His parting words were: ?I am just going outside and may be some time.? Oates was the epitome of the Victorian English gentleman: a public schoolboy who... more...