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  • The March of Follyby Barbara W. Tuchman

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 18.00

    Chapter One Pursuit of Policy Contrary to Self-­Interest A phenomenon noticeable throughout history regardless of place or period is the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests. Mankind, it seems, makes a poorer performance of government than of almost any other human activity. In this sphere, wisdom, which may be defined... more...

  • Dunkirkby Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 14.38

    The rescue in May 1940 of British soldiers fleeing capture and defeat by the Nazis at Dunkirk was not just about what happened at sea and on the beaches. The evacuation would never have succeeded had it not been for the tenacity of the British soldiers who stayed behind to ensure they got away. Men like Sergeant Major Gus Jennings who died smothering... more...

  • The Campaigns of Alexanderby Arrian; J. Hamilton; Aubrey De Selincourt

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 15.98

    Although written over four hundred years after Alexander's death, Arrian's account of the man and his achievements is the most reliable we have. Arrian's own experience as a military commander gave him unique insights into the life of the world's greatest conqueror. He tells of Alexander's violent suppression of the Theban rebellion, his defeat... more...

  • Sommeby Lyn MacDonald

    Penguin Books Ltd 1993; US$ 15.98

    This book looks at the Battle of the Somme, which was planned as "The Big Push" that would at last break the long stalemate on the Western Front in World War I. However the 18 divisions that went over the top between Arras and St-Quentin on the morning of 1 July 1916, walked into a battle that has gone down in the annals of human conflict as the slaughterhouse... more...

  • A History of the World in 100 Objectsby Neil MacGregor

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 15.98

    This book takes a dramatically original approach to the history of humanity, using objects which previous civilisations have left behind them, often accidentally, as prisms through which we can explore past worlds and the lives of the men and women who lived in them. The book's range is enormous. It begins with one of the earliest surviving objects... more...

  • Floods, Famines, and Emperorsby Brian Fagan

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 18.99

    Reissued and updated ten years after its original publication, a dazzlingly original book—far ahead of its time—explains how the world?s best-known climate event affect ed the rise and fall of civilizations more...

  • The Archaeology of Chinaby Li Liu; Xingcan Chen

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 32.00

    This book explores the roles of agricultural development and advancing social complexity in the processes of state formation in China. more...

  • Alexander the Greatby Thomas R. Martin; Christopher W. Blackwell

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 22.00

    This book explains what made Alexander 'Great' according to the people and expectations of his time and place. more...

  • A History of East Asiaby Charles Holcombe

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 32.00

    This book traces the story of East Asia from the dawn of history to the present. more...

  • Early Chinaby Li Feng

    Cambridge University Press 2013; US$ 24.00

    A critical new interpretation of the early history of Chinese civilization based on the most recent scholarship and archaeological discoveries. more...