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  • The Immobile Empireby Alain Peyrefitte

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 24.00

    In 1793, Lord George Macartney and an enormous delegation?including diplomats, doctors, scholars, painters, musicians, soldiers, and aristocrats?entered Beijing on a mission to open China to British trade. But Macartney?s famous refusal to perform the traditional kowtow before the Chinese Emperor was just one sign that the two empires would not see... more...

  • Bravo Two Zero - 20th Anniversary Editionby Andy McNab

    Transworld 2013; US$ 14.09

    In January 1991, eight members of the SAS regiment embarked upon a top secret mission that was to infiltrate them deep behind enemy lines. Under the command of Sergeant Andy McNab, they were to sever the underground communication link between Baghdad and north-west Iraq, and to seek and destroy mobile Scud launchers. Their call sign: BRAVO TWO ZERO.... more...

  • The Forgotten Soldierby Guy Sajer

    Potomac Books 2011; US$ 19.95

    This book recountsthe horror of World War II on the eastern front, as seen through the eyes of a teenaged German soldier. At first an exciting adventure, young Guy Sajer?s war becomes, as the German invasion falters in the icy vastness of the Ukraine, a simple, desperate struggle for survival against cold, hunger, and above all the terrifying Soviet... more...

  • The Vietnam Warby Bernard C. Nalty; General William C. Westmoreland

    Pavilion Books 2015; US$ 12.99

    The Vietnam War was the bloodiest and one of the most fascinating conflicts in the history of warfare. It began with America pouring massive military aid upon the South Vietnamese in an attempt to thwart a Communist takeover, and culminated in the "peace with honour" withdrawal by the Nixon administration. This authoritative account accurately details... more...

  • Strangers on a Bridgeby James B. Donovan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 12.68

    The gripping first-hand account of the events that inspired the major film Bridge of Spies , starring Tom Hanks, by the man at the centre of them all - James B. Donovan. Also featuring a foreword by Jason Matthews. With the Cold War at its height, the capture and trial of Colonel Abel, the Soviets' most capable and effective spy, revealed the chilling... more...

  • Ghost Soldiersby Hampton Sides

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2002; US$ 17.00

    On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected U.S. troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty rugged miles to rescue 513 POWs languishing in a hellish camp, among them the last survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March. A recent prison massacre by Japanese soldiers elsewhere in the Philippines made the stakes impossibly... more...

  • Gothamby Edwin G. Burrows; Mike Wallace

    Oxford University Press 1998; US$ 23.99

    In Gotham , winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize, Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace have produced a monumental work of history, one that ranges from the Indian tribes that settled in and around the island of Manna-hata, to the consolidation of the five boroughs into Greater New York in 1898. It is an epic narrative, a story as vast and as varied as the... more...

  • Platoon Leaderby James R. McDonough

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 7.99

    A remarkable memoir of small-unit leadership and the coming of age of a young soldier in combat in Vietnam.' "Using a lean style and a sense of pacing drawn from the tautest of novels, McDonough has produced a gripping account of his first command, a U.S. platoon taking part in the 'strategic hamlet' program. . . . Rather than present a potpourri... more...

  • Agrarian Change in Late Antiquityby Jairus Banaji

    OUP Oxford 2002; US$ 79.99

    In a critique of Max Weber's influential ideas about the Mediterranean region in late antiquity, Jairus Banaji shows that the fourth to seventh centuries were in fact a period of major social and economic change, bound up with an expanding circulation of gold. more...

  • Provincializing Europeby Dipesh Chakrabarty

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 32.95 US$ 29.98

    First published in 2000, Dipesh Chakrabarty's influential Provincializing Europe addresses the mythical figure of Europe that is often taken to be the original site of modernity in many histories of capitalist transition in non-Western countries. This imaginary Europe, Dipesh Chakrabarty argues, is built into the social sciences. The very idea of... more...