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  • The Soap Manby Roger Hutchinson

    Birlinn 2011; US$ 6.75

    In 1918, as the First World War was drawing to a close, the eminent liberal industrial Lord Leverhulme bought - lock, stock and barrel - the Hebridean island of Lewis. His intention was to revolutionise the lives and environments of its 30,000 people, and those of neighbouring Harris, which he shortly added to his estate. For the next five years a... more...

  • Suleiman the Magnificentby André Clot

    Saqi 2012; US$ 20.40

    Suleiman the Magnificent, most glorious of the Ottoman sultans, kept Europe atremble for nearly half a century. In a few years he led his army as far as the gates of Vienna, made himself master of the Mediterranean and established his court in Baghdad. Faced with this redoubtable champion, who regarded it as his duty to extend the boundaries of Islam... more...

  • Napoleon the Greatby Andrew Roberts

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; US$ 48.00

    From Andrew Roberts, author of the Sunday Times bestseller The Storm of War , this is the definitive modern biography of Napoleon It has become all too common for Napoleon Bonaparte's biographers to approach him as a figure to be reviled, bent on world domination, practically a proto-Hitler. Here, after years of study extending even... more...

  • Where They Standby Robert W. Merry

    Simon & Schuster 2012; US$ 16.00

    The author of the acclaimed biography of President James Polk, A Country of Vast Designs, offers a fresh, playful, and challenging way of playing ?Rating the Presidents,? by pitching historians? views and subsequent experts? polls against the judgment and votes of the presidents? own contemporaries. Merry posits that presidents rise and fall... more...

  • To Keep the Waters Troubledby Linda O. McMurry

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 29.95

    In the generation that followed Frederick Douglass, no African American was more prominent, or more outspoken, than Ida B. Wells. Her crusade against lynching in the 1890s made her famous, or notorious, across America, and she was seriously considered as a rival to W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington for race leadership. This book is the first full... more...

  • Ike's Spiesby Stephen E. Ambrose

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.95

    Based on privileged access to the president and his private papers, this classic Cold War-era history by bestselling historian Stephen E. Ambrose gives an inside look at the way President Dwight Eisenhower managed America?s secret operations as general and as commander in chief.   During his time in office, Eisenhower projected the image of a genial... more...

  • Clementine Churchillby Mary Soames

    Transworld 2011; US$ 31.98

    When Clementine, Lady Spencer-Churchill died in 1977, aged 92, she had become a much-loved and iconic figure to the British public. In spite of being instantly recognisable as the seemingly serene, cool and detached wife of Winston Churchill, she had nonetheless shunned publicity throughout her life. In this fully updated, award-winning biography,... more...

  • Good Huntingby Jack Devine; Vernon Loeb

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 27.99

    "A sophisticated, deeply informed account of real life in the real CIA that adds immeasurably to the public understanding of the espionage culture--the good and the bad." --Bob Woodward Jack Devine ran Charlie Wilson's War in Afghanistan. It was the largest covert action of the Cold War, and it was Devine who put the brand-new Stinger missile... more...

  • Ida B. Wells-Barnett and American Reform, 1880-1930by Patricia A. Schechter

    The University of North Carolina Press 2001; US$ 30.00

    Pioneering African American journalist Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) is widely remembered for her courageous antilynching crusade in the 1890s; the full range of her struggles against injustice is not as well known. With this book, Patricia Schechter restores Wells-Barnett to her central, if embattled, place in the early reform movements for civil... more...

  • Queen of the Desertby Georgina Howell

    Pan Macmillan UK 2015; US$ 13.63

    Archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author, poet, photographer, mountaineer and nation builder, Gertrude Bell was born in 1868 into a world of privilege and plenty, but she turned her back on all that for her passion for the Arab peoples, becoming the architect of the independent kingdom of Iraq and seeing its first king Faisal safely onto the throne... more...