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  • Mao: The Unknown Storyby Jon Halliday; Jung Chang

    Random House 2012; US$ 20.78

    Jung Chang's Wild Swans was an extraordinary bestseller throughout the world, selling more than 10 million copies and reaching a wider readership than any other book about China. Now she and her husband Jon Halliday have written a groundbreaking biography of Mao Tse-tung. Based on a decade of research, and on interviews with many of Mao's... more...

  • Napoleon the Greatby Andrew Roberts

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; US$ 20.78

    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...

  • If I Die in a Combat Zoneby Tim O'Brien

    Crown/Archetype 2011; US$ 14.00

    A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THINGS THEY CARRIED Before writing his award-winning Going After Cacciato , Tim O'Brien gave us this intensely personal account of his year as a foot soldier in Vietnam. The author takes us with him to experience combat from behind an infantryman's rifle, to walk the minefields of... more...

  • The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhismby Jr. Robert E. Buswell; Jr. Donald S. Lopez

    Princeton University Press 2013; US$ 65.00

    With more than 5,000 entries totaling over a million words, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of Buddhism ever produced in English. It is also the first to cover terms from all of the canonical Buddhist languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Unlike reference works that focus on a... more...

  • The Kongolese Saint Anthonyby John Thornton

    Cambridge University Press 1998; US$ 28.00

    In 1704, Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita claimed to be possessed by St Anthony and attempted to stop the devastating civil wars in Kongo. more...

  • The Great Nation: France from Louis XV to Napoleonby Colin Jones

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 32.00

    There can be few more mesmerising historical narratives than the story of how the dazzlingly confident and secure monarchy Louis XIV, 'the Sun King', left to his successors in 1715 became the discredited, debt-ridden failure toppled by Revolution in1789. The further story of the bloody unravelling of the Revolution until its seizure by Napoleon is... more...

  • Shah of Shahsby Ryszard Kapuscinski; Christopher de Bellaigue

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 14.38

    Shah of Shahs depicts the final years of the Shah in Iran, and is a compelling meditation on the nature of revolution and the devastating results of fear. Here, Kapuscinski describes the tyrannical monarch, who, despite his cruel oppression of the Iranian people, sees himself as the father of a nation, who can turn a backward country into a great power... more...

  • The Second World Warby Antony Beevor

    Orion 2012; Not Available

    A magisterial, single-volume history of the greatest conflict the world has ever known by our foremost military historian. The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the... more...

  • Hidden Historyby Gerry Docherty; James MacGregor

    Mainstream Publishing 2013; US$ 31.98

    Hidden History uniquely exposes those responsible for the First World War. It reveals how accounts of the war?s origins have been deliberately falsified to conceal the guilt of the secret cabal of very rich and powerful men in London responsible for the most heinous crime perpetrated on humanity. For ten years, they plotted the destruction of Germany... more...

  • Europeby Brendan Simms

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 17.58

    Half a millennium of European warfare brilliantly retold by masterly historian Brendan Simms At the heart of Europe's history lies a puzzle. In most of the world humankind has created enormous political frameworks, whether ancient (such as China) or modern (such as the United States). Sprawling empires, kingdoms or republics appear to be... more...