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  • AELFREDS BRITAIN : War and Peace in the Viking Age
    AELFREDS BRITAIN : War and Peace in the Viking Age
    ADAMS MAX
    ISBN: 9781784080310
    Title: AELFREDS BRITAIN : War and Peace in the Viking Age
    Author: ADAMS MAX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A history of the peoples of Britain, in the century and a half between the first Viking raids and the expulsion of the Vikings from York in 954.

    In 865, a great Viking army landed in East Anglia, precipitating a series of wars that would last until the middle of the following century. It was in this time of crisis that the modern kingdoms of Britain were born. In their responses to the Viking threat, these kingdoms forged their identities as hybrid cultures: vibrant and entrepreneurial peoples adapting to instability and opportunity. Traditionally, alfred the Great is cast as the central player in the story of Viking Age Britain. But Max Adams, while stressing the genius of alfred as war leader, law-giver, and forger of the English nation, has a more nuanced and variegated narrative to relate. The Britain encountered by the Scandinavians of the ninth and tenth centuries was one of regional diversity and self-conscious cultural identities: of Picts, Dal Riatans and Strathclyde Britons; of Bernicians and Deirans, East Anglians, Mercians and West Saxons.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AGE OF ANGER : A History of the Present
    AGE OF ANGER : A History of the Present
    MISHRA PANKAJ
    ISBN: 9780141984087
    Title: AGE OF ANGER : A History of the Present
    Author: MISHRA PANKAJ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world - from American 'shooters' and ISIS to Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism across the world to racism and misogyny on social media? In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra answers our bewilderment by casting his gaze back to the eighteenth century, before leading us to the present.

    He shows that as the world became modern those who were unable to fulfil its promises - freedom, stability and prosperity - were increasingly susceptible to demagogues. It was from among the ranks of the disaffected that the militants of the 19th century arose - angry young men who became cultural nationalists in Germany, messianic revolutionaries in Russia, bellicose chauvinists in Italy, and anarchist terrorists internationally.

    Today, just as then, the wider embrace of mass politics, technology, and the pursuit of wealth and individualism has cast many more billions adrift in a literally demoralized world, uprooted from tradition but still far from modernity - with the same terrible results. Making startling connections and comparisons, Age of Anger is a book of immense urgency and profound argument. It is a history of our present predicament unlike any other.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AGE OF CONQUESTS
    AGE OF CONQUESTS
    CHANIOTIS ANGELOS
    ISBN: 9781846682971
    Title: AGE OF CONQUESTS
    Author: CHANIOTIS ANGELOS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2019 New Release

    The ancient world that Alexander the Great transformed in his lifetime was transformed once more by his death. The imperial dynasties of his successors incorporated and reorganised the fallen Persian empire, creating a new land empire stretching from the shores of the Mediterranean to as far east as Bactria. In old Greece a fragile balance of power was continually disturbed by wars. Then, from the late third century, the military and diplomatic power of Rome successively defeated and dismantled every one of the post-Alexandrian political structures.

    The Hellenistic period (c. 323-30 BC) was then one of fragmentation, violent antagonism between large states, and struggles by small polities to retain an illusion of independence. Yet it was also a period of growth, prosperity, and intellectual achievement. A vast network spread of trade, influence and cultural contact, from Italy to Afghanistan and from Russia to Ethiopia, enriching and enlivening centres of wealth, power and intellectual ferment.

    From Alexander the Great's early days building an empire, via wars with Rome, rampaging pirates, Cleopatra's death and the Jewish diaspora, right up to the death of Hadrian, Chaniotis examines the social structures, economic trends, political upheaval and technological progress of an era that spans five centuries and where, perhaps, modernity began.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • AGE OF GENIUS : The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind
    AGE OF GENIUS : The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind
    GRAYLING A C
    ISBN: 9781408870020
    Title: AGE OF GENIUS : The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind
    Author: GRAYLING A C
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bestselling author A. C. Grayling explains how--fueled by original and unorthodox thinking, war, and technological invention--the seventeenth century became the crucible of modernity.

    What happened to the European mind between 1605, when an audience watching Macbeth at the Globe might believe that regicide was such an aberration of the natural order that ghosts could burst from the ground, and 1649, when a large crowd, perhaps including some who had seen Macbeth forty-four years earlier, could stand and watch the execution of a king? Or consider the difference between a magus casting a star chart and the day in 1639, when Jonathan Horrock and William Crabtree watched the transit of Venus across the face of the sun from their attic, successfully testing its course against Kepler's Tables of Planetary Motion, in a classic case of confirming a scientific theory by empirical testing.

    In this turbulent period, science moved from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observation and astronomy of Galileo, from the classicism of Aristotle, still favoured by the Church, to the evidence-based, collegiate investigation of Francis Bacon. And if the old ways still lingered and affected the new mind set - Descartes's dualism an attempt to square the new philosophy with religious belief; Newton, the man who understood gravity and the laws of motion, still fascinated to the end of his life by alchemy - by the end of that tumultuous century 'the greatest ever change in the mental outlook of humanity' had irrevocably taken place.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AGE OF REVOLUTION 1789-1848
    AGE OF REVOLUTION 1789-1848
    HOBSBAWM ERIC
    ISBN: 9780349104843
    Title: AGE OF REVOLUTION 1789-1848
    Author: HOBSBAWM ERIC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Eric Hobsbawm traces with brilliant anlytical clarity the transformation brought about in evry sphere of European life by the Dual revolution - the 1789 French revolution and the Industrial Revolution that originated in Britain. This enthralling and original account highlights the significant sixty years when industrial capitalism established itself in Western Europe and when Europe established the domination over the rest of the world it was to hold for half a century.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AGENT JACK : The True Story of MI5's Secret Nazi Hunter
    AGENT JACK : The True Story of MI5's Secret Nazi Hunter
    HUTTON ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781474605137
    Title: AGENT JACK : The True Story of MI5's Secret Nazi Hunter
    Author: HUTTON ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2019 New Release

    June 1940. Britain is Europe's final bastion of freedom - and Hitler's next target. But not everyone fears a Nazi invasion. In factories, offices and suburban homes are men and women determined to do all they can to hasten it.

    Throughout the Second World War, Britain's defence against the enemy within was Eric Roberts, a former bank clerk from Epsom. Equipped with an extraordinary ability to make people trust him, he was recruited into the shadowy world of espionage by the great spymaster Maxwell Knight. Roberts penetrated first the Communist Party and then the British Union of Fascists, before playing his greatest role for MI5 - as Hitler's man in London.

    Codenamed Jack King, he single-handedly built a network of hundreds of British Nazi sympathisers, with many passing secrets to him in the mistaken belief that he was a Gestapo officer. Operation Fifth Column, run by a brilliant woman scientist and a Jewish aristocrat with a sideline in bomb disposal, was kept so secret it was omitted from the reports MI5 sent to Winston Churchill.

    In a narrative that grips like a thriller, Robert Hutton tells the fascinating story of an operation whose existence has only recently come to light. Drawing on newly declassified documents and private family archives, AGENT JACK shatters the comfortable notion that Britain could never have succumbed to fascism, and celebrates - at last - the courage of individuals who protected the country they loved at great personal risk.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • AGENT ZIGZAG : The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover Traitor Hero Spy
    AGENT ZIGZAG : The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover Traitor Hero Spy
    MACINTYRE BEN
    ISBN: 9781408885406
    Title: AGENT ZIGZAG : The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover Traitor Hero Spy
    Author: MACINTYRE BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The thrilling real-life story of a double agent in the Second World War

    One December night in 1942, a Nazi parachutist landed in a Cambridgeshire field. His mission: to sabotage the British war effort. His name was Eddie Chapman, but he would shortly become MI5's Agent Zigzag. Dashing and louche, courageous and unpredictable, the traitor was a patriot inside, and the villain a hero. The problem for Chapman, his many lovers and his spymasters was knowing who he was. Ben Macintyre weaves together diaries, letters, photographs, memories and top- secret MI5 files to create the exhilarating account of Britain's most sensational double agent.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AGENTS OF EMPIRE : KNIGHTS CORSAIRS JESUITS AND SPIES IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY MEDITERRANEAN WORLD
    AGENTS OF EMPIRE : KNIGHTS CORSAIRS JESUITS AND SPIES IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY MEDITERRANEAN WORLD
    MALCOLM NOEL
    ISBN: 9780141978376
    Title: AGENTS OF EMPIRE : KNIGHTS CORSAIRS JESUITS AND SPIES IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY MEDITERRANEAN WORLD
    Author: MALCOLM NOEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the sixteenth century, the Christian states of Western Europe were on the defensive against a Muslim superpower - the Empire of the Ottoman sultans. There was violent conflict, from raiding and corsairing to large-scale warfare, but there were also many kinds of peaceful interaction across the surprisingly porous frontiers of these opposing power-blocs. Agents of Empire describes the paths taken through the eastern Mediterranean and its European hinterland by members of a Venetian-Albanian family, almost all of them previously invisible to history. They include an archbishop in the Balkans, the captain of the papal flagship at the battle of Lepanto, the power behind the throne in the Ottoman province of Moldavia, and a dragoman (interpreter) at the Venetian embassy in Istanbul.

    Through the life-stories of these adventurous individuals over three generations, Noel Malcolm casts the world between Venice, Rome and the Ottoman Empire in a fresh light, illuminating subjects as diverse as espionage, diplomacy, the grain trade, slave-ransoming and anti-Ottoman rebellion. He describes the conflicting strategies of the Christian powers, and the extraordinarily ambitious plans of the sultans and their viziers. Few works since Fernand Braudel's classic account of the sixteenth-century Mediterranean, published more than sixty years ago, have ranged so widely through this vital period of Mediterranean and European history. A masterpiece of scholarship as well as story-telling, Agents of Empire builds up a panoramic picture, both of Western power-politics and of the interrelations between the Christian and Ottoman worlds.



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • AGINCOURT : THE KING THE CAMPAIGN THE BATTLE
    AGINCOURT : THE KING THE CAMPAIGN THE BATTLE
    BARKER JULIET
    ISBN: 9780349119182
    Title: AGINCOURT : THE KING THE CAMPAIGN THE BATTLE
    Author: BARKER JULIET
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Agincourt took place on 25 October 1415 and was a turning-point not only in the Hundred Years War between England and France but also in the history of weaponry. Azincourt (as it is now) is in the Pas-de-Calais, and the French were famously defeated by an army led by Henry V. Henry V's stunning victory revived England's military prestige and greatly strengthened his territorial claims in France. The exhausted English army of about 9,000 men was engaged by 20,000 Frenchmen, but the limited space of battle favoured the more compact English forces. The undisciplined charges of the French combined with the exceptional skill of the English archers contributed to a pivotal moment in European warfare. Not more than 1,600 English soldiers died; the French probably lost more than 6,000 men. Juliet Barker's shimmeringly brilliant narrative commemorates and analyses a canonical battle in British history.

    Imprint: ABACUS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • AKHENATEN : Egypt's False Prophet
    AKHENATEN : Egypt's False Prophet
    REEVES NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9780500294697
    Title: AKHENATEN : Egypt's False Prophet
    Author: REEVES NICHOLAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the most compelling and controversial figures in history, Akhenaten has captured the imagination like no other Egyptian pharaoh. Known today as a heretic, Akhenaten sought to impose upon Egypt and its people the worship of a single god - the sun - and in so doing changed the country in every way. In this immensely readable re-evaluation, Nicholas Reeves takes issue with the existing view of Akhenaten, presenting an entirely new perspective on the turbulent events of his seventeen-year reign.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALEXANDER THE GREAT : THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MYTH
    ALEXANDER THE GREAT : THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MYTH
    CARTLEDGE PAUL
    ISBN: 9781447237198
    Title: ALEXANDER THE GREAT : THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MYTH
    Author: CARTLEDGE PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The acclaimed biography of one of history's greatest icons, Alexander the Great.

    At eighteen Alexander had conquered mainland Greece, was crowned King of Macedonia at twenty and by twenty-six he had made himself master of the once mighty Persian Empire. By the time of his death, aged only thirty-three, in 323BCE he was ruler of the known world and was being worshipped as a god by the Greeks, both at Babylon, where he died, and further west, among the Greek cities of the Asiatic seaboard. The fruit of a lifetime's scholarship and meticulous research, this is an outstanding biography of one of the most remarkable rulers in history.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALL THINGS MADE NEW : Writings On The Reformation
    ALL THINGS MADE NEW : Writings On The Reformation
    MACCULLOCH DIARMAID
    ISBN: 9780141983011
    Title: ALL THINGS MADE NEW : Writings On The Reformation
    Author: MACCULLOCH DIARMAID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Reformation which engulfed England and Europe in the sixteenth century was one of the most highly-charged, bloody and transformative periods in their history. Ever since, it has remained one of the most contested. Diarmaid MacCulloch is one of the leading British historians of this turbulent and endlessly fascinating era. Many essays in this volume expand upon his now classic Reformation- Europe's House Divided, tracing, for example, the evolution of the English Prayer Book and Bible or reassessing the impact of the Reformation on Catholicism. All Things Made New shows MacCulloch at his best - learned, far-seeing, sometimes subversive, and often witty.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALONE : Britain Churchill and Dunkirk : Defeat Into Victory
    ALONE : Britain Churchill and Dunkirk : Defeat Into Victory
    KORDA MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781631494918
    Title: ALONE : Britain Churchill and Dunkirk : Defeat Into Victory
    Author: KORDA MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Combining epic history with rich family stories, Michael Korda chronicles the outbreak of the Second World War and the great events that led to Dunkirk.

    In an absorbing work peopled with world leaders, generals and ordinary citizens who fought on both sides of the Second World War, Alone brings to resounding life perhaps the most critical year of twentieth-century history. May 1940 was a month like no other, as the German war machine blazed into France while the supposedly impregnable Maginot Line crumbled, and Winston Churchill replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister in an astonishing political drama as Britain, isolated and alone, faced a triumphant Nazi Germany. Against this vast historical canvas, Michael Korda relates what happened and why, and also tells his own story, that of a six-year-old boy in a glamorous family who would himself be evacuated. Alone is a work that seamlessly weaves a family memoir into an unforgettable account of a political and military disaster redeemed by the evacuation of more than 300,000 men in four days—surely one of the most heroic episodes of the war.

    Imprint: LIVERIGHT
    RRP: $26.95

    Price: $26.95
  • AMAZONS : The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World
    AMAZONS : The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World
    MAN JOHN
    ISBN: 9780552173285
    Title: AMAZONS : The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World
    Author: MAN JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Since the time of the ancient Greeks we have been fascinated by accounts of the Amazons, an elusive tribe of hard-fighting, horse-riding female warriors. Equal to men in battle, legends claimed they cut off their right breasts to improve their archery skills and routinely killed their male children to purify their ranks.

    For centuries people believed in their existence and attempted to trace their origins. Artists and poets celebrated their battles and wrote of Amazonia. Spanish explorers, carrying these tales to South America, thought they lived in the forests of the world’s greatest river, and named it after them.

    In the absence of evidence, we eventually reasoned away their existence, concluding that these powerful, sexually liberated female soldiers must have been the fantastical invention of Greek myth and storytelling. Until now.

    Following decades of new research and a series of groundbreaking archeological discoveries, we now know these powerful warrior queens did indeed exist. In Amazons, John Man travels to the grasslands of Central Asia, from the edge of the ancient Greek world to the borderlands of China, to discover the truth about the warrior women mythologized as Amazons.

    In this deeply researched, sweeping historical epic, Man redefines our understanding of the Amazons and their culture, tracking the ancient legend into the modern world and examining its significance today.

    Imprint: CORGI
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AMERICA : The Epic Story of Spanish North America, 1493-1898
    AMERICA : The Epic Story of Spanish North America, 1493-1898
    GOODWIN ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781632867223
    Title: AMERICA : The Epic Story of Spanish North America, 1493-1898
    Author: GOODWIN ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: July 2019 New Release

    An epic history of the Spanish empire in North America from 1493 to 1898 by Robert Goodwin, author of Spain- The Centre of the World.
    At the conclusion of the American Revolution, half the modern United States was part of the vast Spanish Empire. The year after Columbus's great voyage of discovery, in 1492, he claimed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for Spain. For the next three hundred years, thousands of proud Spanish conquistadors and their largely forgotten Mexican allies went in search of glory and riches from Florida to California. Many died, few triumphed. Some were cruel, some were curious, some were kind. Missionaries and priests yearned to harvest Indian souls for God through baptism and Christian teaching.
    Theirs was a frontier world which Spain struggled to control in the face of Indian resistance and competition from France, Britain, and finally the United States. In the 1800s, Spain lost it all.
    Goodwin tells this history through the lives of the people who made it happen and the literature and art with which they celebrated their successes and mourned their failures. He weaves an epic tapestry from these intimate biographies of explorers and conquerors, like Columbus and Coronado, but also lesser known characters, like the powerful G ilvez family who gave invaluable and largely forgotten support to the American Patriots during the Revolutionary War; the great Pueblo leader Popay; and Esteban, the first documented African American. Like characters in a great play or a novel, Goodwin's protagonists walk the stage of history with heroism and brio and much tragedy.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • AN IMPECCABLE SPY : Richard Sorge Stalin's Master Agent
    AN IMPECCABLE SPY : Richard Sorge Stalin's Master Agent
    MATTHEWS OWEN
    ISBN: 9781408857793
    Title: AN IMPECCABLE SPY : Richard Sorge Stalin's Master Agent
    Author: MATTHEWS OWEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The thrilling true story of Richard Sorge the man John le Carre called 'the spy to end spies', and whose actions turned the tide of the Second World War

    Richard Sorge was a man with two homelands. Born of a German father and a Russian mother in Baku in 1895, he moved in a world of shifting alliances and infinite possibility. A member of the angry and deluded generation who found new, radical faiths after their experiences on the battlefields of the First World War, Sorge became a fanatical communist and the Soviet Union's most formidable spy.

    Like many great spies, Sorge was an effortless seducer, combining charm with ruthless manipulation. He did not have to go undercover to find out closely guarded state secrets his victims willingly shared them. As a foreign correspondent, he infiltrated and influenced the highest echelons of German, Chinese and Japanese society in the years leading up to and including the Second World War. His intelligence regarding Operation Barbarossa and Japanese intentions not to invade Siberia in 1941 proved pivotal to the Soviet counteroffensive in the Battle of Moscow, which in turn determined the outcome of the war.

    Never before has Sorge's story been told from the Russian side as well as the German and Japanese. Owen Matthews takes a sweeping historical perspective and draws on a wealth of declassified Soviet archives along with testimonies from those who knew and worked with Sorge to rescue the riveting story of the man described by Ian Fleming as 'the most formidable spy in history'.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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