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  • King's Mistress, Queen's Servantby Tracy Borman

    Random House 2010; US$ 15.98

    Henrietta Howard, later Countess of Suffolk, was the long-term mistress and confidante of King George II. She was also, as Tracy Borman's wonderfully readable biography reveals, a dedicated patron of the arts; a lively and talented intellectual in her own right; a victim of adultery; a passionate advocate for the rights of women long before the dawn... more...

  • Hanns and Rudolfby Thomas Harding

    Random House 2013; US$ 11.62

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD 'A gripping thriller, an unspeakable crime, an essential history.' JOHN LE CARRÉ Hanns Alexander was the son of a prosperous German family who fled Berlin for London in the 1930s. Rudolf Höss was a farmer and soldier who became the Kommandant of Auschwitz Concentration... more...

  • A World at Armsby Gerhard L. Weinberg

    Cambridge University Press 2005; US$ 28.00

    A truly global account of WWII - the war that encompassed six continents. more...

  • The Proud Towerby Barbara W. Tuchman

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 18.00

    The Proud Tower, the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Guns of August, and The Zimmerman Telegram comprise Barbara W. Tuchman?s classic histories of the First World War era During the fateful quarter century leading up to World War I, the climax of a century of rapid, unprecedented change, a privileged few enjoyed Olympian luxury as the underclass... more...

  • One Summerby Bill Bryson

    Transworld 2013; US$ 13.07

    In summer 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest), a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and an unknown aviator named Charles Lindbergh who became the most famous man on earth. It was the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the... more...

  • Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914by Max Hastings

    HarperCollins Publishers 2013; Not Available

    A magisterial chronicle of the calamity that crippled Europe in 1914. more...

  • A Higher Callby Adam Makos

    Atlantic Books Ltd 2013; US$ 7.28

    Five days before Christmas 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a twenty-one-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. Suddenly a German Messerschmitt fighter pulled up on the bomber's tail - the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze... more...

  • Shipwreckby Gordon Thomas; Max Morgan-Witts

    Open Road Media 2014; US$ 7.99

    A spellbinding moment-by-moment account of one of the most spectacular disasters off the coast of New York, which killed more than 130 people,  Shipwreck  answers the question that until now has remained unanswered: Was it a terrible accident?or arson? In the early morning hours of September 8, 1934, the luxury cruise liner  Morro Castle , carrying... more...

  • The Twentieth Centuryby Clive Ponting

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 8.99

    For much of the world, the twentieth century can be seen as a big-budget disaster film--the stifling darkness of oppression, the green of the ruling classes. For the world's elite, the near-universal adoption of capitalism today reveals modern history as a narrative of unbroken progress.   Eschewing conventional chronological accounts, The Twentieth... more...

  • Disobeying Hitlerby Randall Hansen

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 18.94

    In the last months of the war, Hitler ordered the poisoning, blocking, and wrecking of all ports across Europe; the destruction of all industries, railroads, bridges, utilities supplies, archives and museums in Europe; and the destruction of the most beautiful city in the world: Paris. Thanks to the determination and bravery of a few, including... more...