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  • The Battle of Midwayby Craig L. Symonds

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 12.99

    The Battle of Midway in the central Pacific, on the morning of June 4, 1942, marked a dramatic turning point in the Second World War, when Allied forces seized the upper hand from the Axis powers. Lincoln Prize winner Craig Symonds offers an account of the Battle from a global perspective, as well as of the first six months of the war. more...

  • The History of Alexanderby Quintus Curtius Rufus; Waldemar Heckel; John Yardley

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 14.09

    Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), who led the Macedonian army to victory in Egypt, Syria, Persia and India, was perhaps the most successful conqueror the world has ever seen. Yet although no other individual has attracted so much speculation across the centuries, Alexander himself remains an enigma. Curtius' History offers a great deal of information... more...

  • Operation Barbarossaby David M Glantz

    The History Press 2011; US$ 5.99

    On 22 June 1941 Hilter unleashed his forces on the Soviet Union. Spearheaded by four powerful Panzer groups and protected by an impenetrable curtain of air support, the seemingly invincible Wehrmacht advanced from the Soviet Union's western borders to the immediate outskirts of Leningrad, Moscow and Rostov in the shockingly brief period of less than... more...

  • Barbarossa Derailed: The Battle for Smolensk 10 July-10 September 1941 Volume 1by David Glantz

    Helion and Company 2010; US$ 2.71

    At dawn on 10 July 1941, massed tanks and motorized infantry of German Army Group Center's Second and Third Panzer Groups crossed the Dnepr and Western Dvina Rivers, beginning what Adolf Hitler, the Führer of Germany's Third Reich, and most German officers and soldiers believed would be a triumphal march on Moscow, the capital of the Soviet Union.... more...

  • The Zookeeper's Wifeby Diane Ackerman

    Headline 2013; US$ 12.99

    When Germany invades Poland, Luftwaffe bombers devastate Warsaw and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals killed, or stolen away to Berlin, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski begin smuggling Jews into the empty cages. More 'guests' hide inside the Zabinskis's villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing and, on rare occasions... more...

  • Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York Cityby Robin Nagle

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 10.50

    America's largest city generates garbage in torrents?11,000 tons from households each day on average. But New Yorkers don't give it much attention. They leave their trash on the curb or drop it in a litter basket, and promptly forget about it. And why not? On a schedule so regular you could almost set your watch by it, someone always comes to take... more...

  • Killer 'Caneby Robert Mykle

    Taylor Trade Publishing 2006; US$ 9.99

    On the night of September 16, 1928, a hurricane swung up from Puerto Rico and collided, quite unexpectedly, with Palm Beach, Florida. The powerful winds from the storm burst a dike and sent a twenty-foot wall of water through three towns, killing over 2,000 people. Robert Mykle shows how the residents of the Everglades had believed prematurely that... more...

  • Churchill's Bombby Graham Farmelo

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 13.12

    Churchill's Bomb - from the author of the Costa award-winning biography The Strangest Man - reveals a new aspect of Winston Churchill's life, so far completely neglected by historians: his relations with his nuclear scientists, and his management of Britain's policy on atomic weapons. Churchill was the only prominent politician to foresee the... more...

  • Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991by Orlando Figes

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; US$ 12.68

    What caused the Russian Revolution? Did it succeed or fail? Do we still live with its consequences? Orlando Figes teaches history at Birkbeck, University of London and is the author of many acclaimed books on Russian history, including A People's Tragedy , which The Times Literary Supplement named as one of the '100 most influential... more...

  • The Peopleby Selina Todd

    Hodder & Stoughton 2014; US$ 15.99

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'There was nothing extraordinary about my childhood or background. And yet I looked in vain for any aspect of my family's story when I went to university to read history, and continued to search fruitlessly for it throughout the next decade. Eventually I realised I would have to write this history myself.' What... more...