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  • Who's Feckin' Who in Irish Historyby Colin Murphy; Brendan O'Reilly

    The O'Brien Press 2014; US$ 14.57

    Did an Irish monk discover America? Which rebel died of having a feckin? tooth pulled? And who in the name of Jaysus was responsible for the Pledge? If you've ever wondered how much of our rabble-rousing history is true, and how much a load of wojus oul' bull, then look no further. From the great to the gormless, this book is a hilarious parade of... more...

  • Young Lawrenceby Anthony Sattin

    Hodder & Stoughton 2014; Not Available

    T. E. Lawrence was one of the most charismatic characters of the First World War; a young archaeologist who fought with the Arabs and wrote an epic and very personal account of their revolt against the Turks in Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Yet this was not the first book to carry that iconic title. In 1914 the man who would become Lawrence of Arabia... more...

  • Charlie Chaplinby Peter Ackroyd

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 25.95

    A brief yet definitive new biography of one of film's greatest legends: perfect for readers who want to know more about the iconic star but who don't want to commit to a lengthy work. He was the very first icon of the silver screen and is one of the most recognizable of Hollywood faces, even a hundred years after his first film. But what of the... more...

  • 13 Hoursby Mitchell Zuckoff

    Ebury Publishing 2014; US$ 17.62

    13 HOURS is the true account of the events of 11 September 2012, when terrorists attacked a US State Compound and a nearby CIA station in Libya, one of the most dangerous corners of the globe. On that fateful day, a team of six American security operators stationed in Benghazi fought to repel mounting enemy forces and escalating firepower, to protect... more...

  • Lady Birdby Jan Jarboe Russell

    Scribner 2014; US$ 12.99

    A revealing biography of Lady Bird Johnson with startling new insights into her marriage to Lyndon Baines Johnson and her unexpectedly strong impact on his presidency. Long obscured by her husband's shadow, Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson emerges in this first comprehensive biography as a figure of surprising influence and the centering force for LBJ,... more...

  • How I Stopped Being a Jewby Shlomo Sand; David Fernbach

    Verso Books 2014; US$ 16.95

    Shlomo Sand was born in 1946, in a displaced person?s camp in Austria, to Jewish parents; the family later migrated to Palestine. As a young man, Sand came to question his Jewish identity, even that of a ?secular Jew.? With this meditative and thoughtful mixture of essay and personal recollection, he articulates the problems at the center of modern... more...

  • The Marquisby Laura Auricchio

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 30.00

    A major biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, French hero of the American Revolution, who, at age nineteen, volunteered to fight under George Washington; a biography that looks past the storybook hero and selfless champion of righteous causes who cast aside family and fortune to advance the transcendent aims of liberty and justice commemorated in... more...

  • T.K. Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriotby Anne Chambers

    Transworld 2014; US$ 31.17

    In 2002, an eighty-five-year-old former civil servant was voted ?Irishman of the Century?. Widely regarded as ?the architect of modern Ireland?, T.K. Whitaker?s life spans the history of the Irish state in whose economic, social and cultural evolution he played an integral and influential role. Born in Rostrevor, County Down, reared... more...

  • Diana Mosleyby Anne de Courcy

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 12.99

    Diana Mosley was a society beauty who fell from grace when she left her husband, brewery heir Bryan Guinness, for Sir Oswald Mosley, an admirer of Mussolini and a notorious womanizer. This horrified her family and scandalized society. In 1933, Diana met the new German leader, Adolf Hitler. They became close friends and he attended her wedding as... more...

  • The Devil's Doctorby Philip Ball

    Random House 2014; US$ 13.55

    Philip Theophrastus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim - known to later ages as Paracelsus - stands on the borderline between medieval and modern; a name that is familiar but a man who has been hard to perceive or understand. Contemporary of Luther, enemy of established medicine, scourge of the universities ('at all the German schools you cannot learn... more...