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  • The Man Who Broke Napoleon's Codesby Mark Urban

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 7.99

    History books report?and rightly so?that it was the strategic and intelligence-gathering brilliance of the Duke of Wellington (who began his military career as Arthur Wellesley) that culminated in Britain's defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo in 1815. Nearly two hundred years later, many of General Wellesley's subordinates are still remembered... more...

  • Fusiliersby Mark Urban

    Faber & Faber 2008; US$ 5.82

    From Lexington Green in 1775 to Yorktown in 1781, one regiment marched thousands of miles and fought a dozen battles to uphold British rule in America: the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Along the way, the Fusiliers adopted new tactics and promoted new leaders which together laid the foundations for the subsequent performance against Napoleon. Drawing on a... more...

  • Riflesby Mark Urban

    Faber & Faber 2008; US$ 11.66

    As part of the Light Division created to act as the advance guard of Wellington's army, the 95th Rifles are the first into battle and the last out. Fighting and thieving their way across Europe, they are clearly no ordinary troops. The 95th are in fact the first British soldiers to take aim at their targets, to take cover when being shot at, to move... more...

  • Task Force Blackby Mark Urban

    Little, Brown Book Group 2010; US$ 10.99

    When British and American forces invaded Iraq in April 2003, their intelligence operations got to work looking for the WMD their governments had promised us were there. They quickly realised no such weapons existed. Instead they become faced with an ever-increasing spiral of extremism and violence that was almost impossible to understand, let alone... more...

  • The Tank Warby Mark Urban

    Little, Brown Book Group 2013; US$ 13.99

    From the evacuation of France in 1940 to the final dash to Hamburg in 1945, the 5th Royal Tank Regiment were on the front line throughout the Second World War. Theirs was a war that saw them serve in Africa as part of the Desert Rats, before returning to Europe for the Normandy landings. Wherever they went, the notoriety of the 'Filthy Fifth' grew... more...

  • Big Boys' Rulesby Mark Urban

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 13.12

    The SAS describes its attitude to the use of lethal force as 'Big boys' games, big boys' rules'. Anyone caught with a gun or bomb can expect to be shot. In Big Boys' Rules: The SAS and the Secret Struggle Against the IRA Mark Urban meticulously explores the security forces' covert operations in Northern Ireland: from the mid-1970s, when they were... more...

  • The Man Who Broke Napoleon's Codesby Mark Urban

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 13.12

    In 1812 two mighty armies manoeuvred across the Spanish plains. They were finely balanced, under skilful leaders. Each struggled to gain an advantage. Wellington knew that if he defeated the French, he could turn the tide of the war. Good intelligence was paramount, but the French were using a code of unrivalled complexity - the 'Great Paris Cipher'.... more...

  • UK Eyes Alphaby Mark Urban

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 13.12

    An account of British intelligence since Gorbachev came to power in 1985. The author presents a list of what he claims are failures by every British intelligence organization, and raises questions about the value of the traditional structures and organizations that are a legacy of the Cold War. more...

  • The Edgeby Mark Urban

    Little, Brown Book Group 2015; US$ 9.99

    The size of western armed forces, their stocks of weaponry and their readiness for combat are declining. Meanwhile, growing nationalism is hampering international cooperation and fuelling conflict everywhere. The west's will - as well as its capability - to shape the world is ebbing away. Beset by economic woes, western countries are continuing the... more...

  • What It Means to Be a Gatorby Mark Schlabach; Urban Meyer

    Triumph Books 2008; US$ 15.99

    Taking a decade-by-decade approach to the University of Florida football tradition, this collection brings together over 40 stories from the most outstanding voices of the program. The spirit of Gators football is not captured by just one phrase, one season, or one particular game; instead, the student-athletes and coaches who made the magic happen... more...