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  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • 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
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • AMITY AND PROSPERITY : One Family and the Fracturing of America   -   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2019
    AMITY AND PROSPERITY : One Family and the Fracturing of America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2019
    GRISWOLD ELIZA
    ISBN: 9781472268723
    Title: AMITY AND PROSPERITY : One Family and the Fracturing of America - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 2019
    Author: GRISWOLD ELIZA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

    Seven years in the making, AMITY AND PROSPERITY tells the story of the energy boom's impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia and of one woman's transformation from a struggling single parent to an unlikely activist.

    Stacey Haney is a local nurse working hard to raise two kids and keep up her small farm when the fracking boom comes to her hometown of Amity, Pennsylvania. Intrigued by reports of lucrative natural gas leases in her neighbours' mailboxes, she strikes a deal with a Texas-based energy company. Soon trucks begin rumbling past her small farm, a fenced-off drill site rises on an adjacent hilltop, and domestic animals and pets start to die. When mysterious sicknesses begin to afflict her children, she appeals to the company for help. Its representatives insist that nothing is wrong.

    Alarmed by her children's illnesses, Haney joins with neighbours and a committed husband-and-wife legal team to investigate what's really in the water and air. Against local opposition, Haney and her allies doggedly pursue their case in court and begin to expose the damage that's being done to the land her family has lived on for centuries.

    Drawing on seven years of immersive reporting, prizewinning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold reveals what happens when an imperilled town faces a crisis of values, and a family wagers everything on an improbable quest for justice.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • AN UNCOMMON ATLAS
    AN UNCOMMON ATLAS
    BONNETT ALASTAIR
    ISBN: 9781781318997
    Title: AN UNCOMMON ATLAS
    Author: BONNETT ALASTAIR
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: May 2019 New Release

    An Uncommon Atlas is the new 2019 edition, previously published as New Views.

    From charting energy networks to revealing new and emerging lands, measuring human migration to assessing the planet's ant populations - and including the phenomena we have little control over such as lightning strikes or asteroid impact - each map asks you to question, wonder and look again at our rapidly changing and often surprising world.

    Divided into three thematic sections: Land, Air and Sea; Human and Animal, and Globalisation, An Uncommon Atlas offers a fresh and truly global portrait of our intricately fascinating planet.

    Imprint: QUARTO US
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • AN UNDERGROUND GUIDE TO SEWERS or Down Through and Out in Paris, London, New York
    AN UNDERGROUND GUIDE TO SEWERS or Down Through and Out in Paris, London, New York
    HALLIDAY STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780500252352
    Title: AN UNDERGROUND GUIDE TO SEWERS or Down Through and Out in Paris, London, New York
    Author: HALLIDAY STEPHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: October 2019 New Release


    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • ANARCHY : The Rise and Fall of the East India Company
    ANARCHY : The Rise and Fall of the East India Company
    DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781408864371
    Title: ANARCHY : The Rise and Fall of the East India Company
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: September 2019 New Releas

    In his most ambitious book to date, bestselling historian William Dalrymple tells the timely and cautionary tale of the rise of the East India Company and one of the most supreme acts of corporate violence in world history
    In August 1765 the East India Company defeated and captured the young Mughal emperor and forced him to set up in his richest provinces a new government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a vast and ruthless private army.

    The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional international trading corporation, dealing in silks and spices, and became something much more unusual- an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational corporation. In less than half a century it had trained up a private security force of around 260,000 men twice the size of the British army and had subdued an entire subcontinent, conquering first Bengal and finally, in 1803, the Mughal capital of Delhi itself. The Company's reach stretched relentlessly until almost all of India south of the Himalayas was effectively ruled from a boardroom in London.

    The Anarchy tells the remarkable story of how one of the world's most magnificent empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company, based thousands of miles overseas and answerable only to its shareholders. In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.

    Three hundred and fifteen years after its founding, with a corporate Mogul now sitting in the White House, the story of the East India Company has never been more current.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $37.99
    Price: $37.99
  • ANARCHY : The Rise and Fall of the East India Company
    ANARCHY : The Rise and Fall of the East India Company
    DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781408864388
    Title: ANARCHY : The Rise and Fall of the East India Company
    Author: DALRYMPLE WILLIAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2019 New Releas

    In his most ambitious book to date, bestselling historian William Dalrymple tells the timely and cautionary tale of the rise of the East India Company and one of the most supreme acts of corporate violence in world history
    In August 1765 the East India Company defeated and captured the young Mughal emperor and forced him to set up in his richest provinces a new government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a vast and ruthless private army.

    The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional international trading corporation, dealing in silks and spices, and became something much more unusual- an aggressive colonial power in the guise of a multinational corporation. In less than half a century it had trained up a private security force of around 260,000 men twice the size of the British army and had subdued an entire subcontinent, conquering first Bengal and finally, in 1803, the Mughal capital of Delhi itself. The Company's reach stretched relentlessly until almost all of India south of the Himalayas was effectively ruled from a boardroom in London.

    The Anarchy tells the remarkable story of how one of the world's most magnificent empires disintegrated and came to be replaced by a dangerously unregulated private company, based thousands of miles overseas and answerable only to its shareholders. In his most ambitious and riveting book to date, William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before, unfolding a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power.

    Three hundred and fifteen years after its founding, with a corporate Mogul now sitting in the White House, the story of the East India Company has never been more current.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANCIENT GREEKS : TEN WAYS THEY SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD
    ANCIENT GREEKS : TEN WAYS THEY SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD
    HALL EDITH
    ISBN: 9780099583646
    Title: ANCIENT GREEKS : TEN WAYS THEY SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD
    Author: HALL EDITH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. They built the Parthenon and the Library of Alexandria. They wrote the timeless myths of Odysseus and Oedipus, and the histories of Leonidas's three hundred Spartans and Alexander the Great.

    But who were the ancient Greeks? And what was it that enabled them to achieve so much?

    Here, Edith Hall gives us a revelatory way of viewing this geographically scattered people, visiting different communities at various key moments during twenty centuries of ancient history.

    Identifying ten unique traits central to the widespread ancient Greeks, Hall unveils a civilization of incomparable richness and a people of astounding complexity and explains how they made us who we are today.

    A thoroughly readable and illuminating account of this fascinating people This excellent book makes us admire and like the ancient Greeks equally' Independent A worthy and lively introduction to one of the two groups of ancient peoples who really formed the western world' Sunday Times Throughout, Hall exemplifies her subjects' spirit of inquiry, their originality and their open-mindedness'

    Imprint: ARROW
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANCIENT SYRIA : A Three Thousand Year History
    ANCIENT SYRIA : A Three Thousand Year History
    BRYCE TREVOR
    ISBN: 9780198828907
    Title: ANCIENT SYRIA : A Three Thousand Year History
    Author: BRYCE TREVOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Syria has long been one of the most trouble-prone and politically volatile regions of the Near and Middle Eastern world. This book looks back beyond the troubles of the present to tell the 3000-year story of what happened many centuries before. Trevor Bryce reveals the peoples, cities, and kingdoms that arose, flourished, declined, and disappeared in the lands that now constitute Syria, from the time of it's earliest written records in the third millennium BC until
    the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 3-4th century AD.

    Across the centuries, from the Bronze Age to the Rome Era, we encounter a vast array of characters and civilizations, enlivening, enriching, and besmirching the annals of Syrian history: Hittite and Assyrian Great Kings; Egyptian pharaohs; Amorite robber-barons; the biblically notorious Nebuchadnezzar; Persia's Cyrus the Great and Macedon's Alexander the Great; the rulers of the Seleucid empire; and an assortment of Rome's most distinguished and most infamous emperors. All swept across the
    plains of Syria at some point in her long history. All contributed, in one way or another, to Syria's special, distinctive character, as they imposed themselves upon it, fought one another within it, or pillaged their way through it.

    But this is not just a history of invasion and oppression. Syria had great rulers of her own, native-born Syrian luminaries, sometimes appearing as local champions who sought to liberate their lands from foreign despots, sometimes as cunning, self-seeking manipulators of squabbles between their overlords. They culminate with Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, whose life provides a fitting grand finale to the first three millennia of Syria's recorded history. The conclusion looks forward to the Muslim
    conquest in the 7th century AD: in many ways the opening chapter in the equally complex and often troubled history of modern Syria.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $30.99

    Price: $30.99
  • ANGELS : A Visible and Invisible History
    ANGELS : A Visible and Invisible History
    STANFORD PETER
    ISBN: 9781473622081
    Title: ANGELS : A Visible and Invisible History
    Author: STANFORD PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'In a 2016 poll, one in 10 Britons claimed to have experienced the presence of an angel, while one in three remain convinced that they have a guardian angel. These are huge numbers and mean that, on some counts, angels are doing better than God.' In the secular, sceptical, post-Christian world of the West, continuing faith in angels is both anomaly and comfort. But what exactly are angels, and why have so many in different times and contexts around the globe believed in them? What is their history and role in the great faiths and beyond their walls? Are angels something real, a manifestation of divine concern? Or part of the poetry of religion? And can they continue to illuminate a deeper truth about human existence and the cosmos? These are not new questions. They have been asked over millennia, right up to the present day, as writer, journalist and broadcaster Peter Stanford explores in ANGELS, his latest investigation into the history, theology and cultural significance of religious ideas. 'There is no better navigator through the space in which art, culture and spirituality meet than Peter Stanford' Cole Moreton, Independent on Sunday

    Imprint: HODDER & STOUGHTON
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
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