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  • Ghosts of Afghanistanby Jonathan Steele

    Granta Publications 2011; US$ 13.32

    Yes, there are dozens of books on the Afghan wars. Most of them are all about firefights and heroics. But this is the first to take the events of the war Bush and Blair started and put them in the context of the Soviet war and even the British imperial wars that preceded them, and draw the lessons out, and make a sharp summary of what should happen... more...

  • The British Sailor of the Second World Warby Angus Konstam

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 7.95

    This title tells the dramatic story of how the Royal Navy transformed ordinary citizens into first-rate and fearless sailors and navy personnel during World War II. It covers how they were recruited and trained, and how they endured life at sea in hostile waters, protecting convoys in the Atlantic, hunting submarines in the Mediterranean, and standing... more...

  • The Seduction of Placeby Joseph Rykwert

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 18.00

    No other place on earth is as full both of promise and of dread as the city; it is at once alienating and exciting. These concentrations of people have not, however, come about as the result of vast immutable, impersonal forces, but because of human choices. The worsening or betterment of urban life will also be the result of choices. Our choices.... more...

  • Zero Six Bravoby Damien Lewis

    Quercus 2014; US$ 26.99

    Damien Lewis has spent twenty years reporting from conflict zones around the world. Zero Six Bravo ?a Sunday Times number one bestseller?tells the story of ?sixty special forces against 100,000?a feat of arms to take the breath away.? (Frederick Forsythe) They were branded as cowards and accused desertion. But nothing could be further from the truth.... more...

  • Horse of a Different Colorby Ralph Moody

    UNP - Bison Books 2013; US$ 13.95

    Horse of a Different Color ends the "roving days" of young Ralph Moody. His saga began on a Colorado ranch in Little Britches and continued at points east and west in Man of the Family , The Fields of Home , The Home Ranch , Mary Emma & Company , Shaking the Nickel Bush , and The Dry Divide . All have been reprinted as Bison Books. 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...

  • 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 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...