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  • On Secret Service East of Constantinopleby Peter Hopkirk

    John Murray 2011; Not Available

    Under the banner of a Holy War, masterminded in Berlin and unleashed from Constantinople, the Germans and the Turks set out in 1914 to foment violent revolutionary uprisings against the British in India and the Russians in Central Asia. It was a new and more sinister version of the old Great Game, with world domination as its ultimate aim. Here,... more...

  • The Birth Of The Modernby Paul Johnson

    Orion Publishing Group 2013; Not Available

    The Birth of the Modern has established itself as a new kind of historical work - an examination of the way the matrix of the modern world was formed. Paul Johnson, one of today's most popular historians, takes fifteen critical years and subjects them to a fascinatingly detailed analysis: their geopolitics and politics, their cultural and intellectual... more...

  • The Turks Todayby Andrew Mango

    John Murray 2011; Not Available

    Eighty years have passed since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded the Turkish Republic out of the ruins of the Ottoman Empire and set it on the path of modernisation. He was determined that his country should be accepted as a member of the family of civilised nations. Today Turkey is a rapidly developing country, an emergent market and a medium-sized regional... more...

  • 1939: The Last Seasonby Anne de Courcy

    Orion Publishing Group 2012; Not Available

    The Season of 1939 brought all those 'in Society' to London. The young debutante daughters of the upper classes were presented to the King and Queen to mark their acceptance into the new adult world of their parents. They sparkled their way through a succession of balls and parties and sporting events. The Season brought together influential people... more...

  • The Vertigo Yearsby Philipp Blom

    Orion Publishing Group 2012; Not Available

    Europe, early in the twentieth century: a world adrift, a pulsating era of creativity and contradictions. The hot topics of the day - terrorism and globalisation, immigration, consumerism, the lack of moral values and rivalling superpowers - could make one forget that it is a century ago that this era vanished in the trenches of the Somme, of Ypres,... more...

  • The Pursuit of Oblivionby Richard Davenport-Hines

    Orion Publishing Group 2012; US$ 8.99

    A history of drug-taking, telling the story across five centuries of addicts and users: monarchs, prime ministers, great writers and composers, wounded soldiers, overworked physicians, oppressed housewives, exhausted labourers, high-powered businessmen, playboys, sex workers, pop stars, seedy losers, stressed adolescents, defiant schoolchildren, the... more...

  • Gentlemen & Playersby Charles Williams

    Orion Publishing Group 2012; US$ 8.99

    Gentlemen v Players was a first-class cricket match, first played in 1806, which was subsequently an annual fixture at Lord's between teams consisting of amateurs (the Gentlemen) and of professionals (the Players). The amateur was not merely someone who played the sport in his spare time, but a particular type of first-class cricketer. The key difference... more...

  • Thomas Cromwellby Robert Hutchinson

    Orion Publishing Group 2012; Not Available

    The son of a brewer, Cromwell rose from obscurity to become Earl of Essex, Vice-Regent and High Chamberlain of England, Keep of the Privy Seal and Chancellor of the Exchequer. He manoeuvred his way to the top by intrigue, bribery and sheer force of personality in a court dominated by the malevolent King Henry. Cromwell pursued the interests of the... more...

  • Hostile Skiesby David Morgan

    Orion Publishing Group 2012; US$ 8.99

    David Morgan, RAF officer and poet, relives his experiences during the Falklands War in this vivid memoir. On secondment to the Royal Navy when the Argentine invasion of the Falklands began and personally credited with shooting down two Argentine Skyhawks as well as enemy helicopters, Morgan was later awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Here... more...

  • Souls of the Seaby Damien Tiernan

    Hachette Ireland 2012; US$ 8.99

    In January 2007, within the space of only six days, three large fishing boats - the Pere Charles, the Honey Dew II and the Renegade - capsized and sank off the south east coast of Ireland. There were eleven crewmen on board the three vessels. In a tragic week, seven fishermen lost their lives in storm-force winds and waves. In Souls of the Sea, Damien... more...