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  • Empireby Jeremy Paxman

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 15.98

    The influence of the British Empire is everywhere, from the very existence of the United Kingdom to the ethnic composition of our cities. It affects everything, from Prime Ministers' decisions to send troops to war to the adventurers we admire. From the sports we think we're good at to the architecture of our buildings; the way we travel to the way... more...

  • The Avenueby Samuel W Herbert; David Cunningham

    The History Press 2012; US$ 4.36

    The Avenue stretched from Elswick Road to Scotswood Road, and almost every house in it was tenemented. There were four courtyards and a conglomeration of passages. Situated at one end of each of these courtyards was a row of toilets, and we watched as queues formed outside each of them. We were soon to become accustomed to this distressing necessity.... more...

  • World War Oneby Jim Pipe

    Andrews UK 2012; US$ 8.99

    With the centenary of the outbreak of the The Great War coming in 2014, 'World War One, A Very Peculiar History' commemorates the events of the time by looking at some of the incredible lengths, no matter how risky or bizarre, people went to to defend their country. From Front pigs to hairy beasts, author Jim Pipe looks at the nicknames coined... more...

  • On Saudi Arabiaby Karen Elliott House

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.95

    ?Tina Brown, The Daily Beast , "Favorite Books of 2012" ?A deeply reported look at an increasingly complicated and fragile society.? ? The Kansas City Star ?Very few books about Saudi Arabia will chill the reader as artfully as Karen Elliott House?s smart and eloquent On Saudi Arabia . . . straightforward and utterly trenchant . . . Provocative,... more...

  • Bitter Lemons of Cyprusby Lawrence Durrell

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 11.65

    'He writes as an artist, as well as a poet; he remembers colour and landscape and the nuances of peasant conversation . . . Eschewing politics, it says more about them than all our leading articles . . . In describing a political tragedy it often has great poetic beauty.' Kingsley Martin, New Statesman 'Durrell possesses exceptional qualifications.... more...

  • The Sleepwalkersby Christopher Clark

    HarperCollins 2013; US$ 14.99

    One of The New York Times Book Review ?s 10 Best Books of the Year Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History) The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 is historian Christopher Clark?s riveting account of the explosive beginnings of World War I. Drawing on new scholarship, Clark offers a fresh look at World War I, focusing... more...

  • Where Have All the Bullets Gone?by Spike Milligan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 14.38

    Spike Milligan's legendary war memoirs are a hilarious and subversive first-hand account of the Second World War, as well as a fascinating portrait of the formative years of this towering comic genius, most famous as writer and star of The Goon Show. They have sold over 4.5 million copies since they first appeared. 'The most irreverent, hilarious... more...

  • Hitler and the Holocaustby Robert S. Wistrich

    Orion 2013; Not Available

    A superb short historical analysis of the Holocaust, by one of the world's leading authorities on the subject Robert Wistrich begins by exploring the origins of anti-Semitism in Europe, and especially in Germany, to try to explain how millions of Jews came to be killed systematically by the Third Reich. In the process of relating these events,... more...

  • The Vatican Pimpernelby Brian Fleming

    Skyhorse Publishing 2012; US$ 14.95

    During the German occupation of Rome from 1942?1944, Irishman Monsignor Hugh O?Flaherty ran an escape organization for Allied POWs and civilians, including Jews. Safe within the Vatican state, he regularly ventured out in disguise to continue his mission, which earned him the nickname ?the Pimpernel of the Vatican.? When the Allies entered Rome,... more...

  • A Very British Murderby Lucy Worsley

    Ebury Publishing 2013; US$ 15.98

    This is the story of a national obsession. Ever since the Ratcliffe Highway Murders caused a nation-wide panic in Regency England, the British have taken an almost ghoulish pleasure in 'a good murder'. This fascination helped create a whole new world of entertainment, inspiring novels, plays and films, puppet shows, paintings and true-crime journalism... more...