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  • 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
  • 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 MAGIC : A Practitioner's Guide to the Supernatural in Greece and Rome
    ANCIENT MAGIC : A Practitioner's Guide to the Supernatural in Greece and Rome
    MATYSZAK PHILIP
    ISBN: 9780500052075
    Title: ANCIENT MAGIC : A Practitioner's Guide to the Supernatural in Greece and Rome
    Author: MATYSZAK PHILIP
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: February 2019 New Release

    An accessible historical exploration of the methods and motivations behind using magic in ancient Greece and Rome.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • ANGKOR AND THE KHMER CIVILIZATION
    ANGKOR AND THE KHMER CIVILIZATION
    COE MICHAEL D
    ISBN: 9780500052105
    Title: ANGKOR AND THE KHMER CIVILIZATION
    Author: COE MICHAEL D
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An authoritative survey of Angkor and the Khmer civilization that incorporates revelations from new discoveries that are completely rewriting history.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ANIMALS COMPANION
    ANIMALS COMPANION
    HARVEY JACKY COLLISS
    ISBN: 9781760295783
    Title: ANIMALS COMPANION
    Author: HARVEY JACKY COLLISS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: June 2019 New Release

    The earliest evidence of a human and a pet can be traced as far back as 26,000 BC in France where a boy and his 'canid' took a walk through a cave. Their foot and paw prints were preserved together on the muddy cave floor, and smoke from the torch the boy carried was left on the walls, allowing archaeologists to carbon-date their journey. And so, the story unfolds, from these prehistoric days all the way up to the present, of humans' innate and undeniable need to live in the close company of animals.

    In this startling new work, acclaimed cultural detective and life-long pet owner Jacky Colliss Harvey uses her compelling story-telling skills and keen eye for historical investigation to examine our role as animals' companions, in this exploration of the history not of the pet, but of us as pet-owners.

    Drawing on literary, artistic and archaeological evidence of our relationships with other species, over thousands of years of human experience, she examines the when, the how and the why of our connection to those animals we take into our lives, assessing these against the latest scientific thinking on this complex and enthralling subject, and suggesting new insights into this most long-standing of all human love-affairs.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES
    ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES
    PASSARELLO ELENA
    ISBN: 9781787330306
    Title: ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES
    Author: PASSARELLO ELENA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Beginning with Yuka, a 39,000-year-old mummified woolly mammoth recently found in the Siberian permafrost, each of the sixteen essays in Animals Strike Curious Poses investigates a different famous animal named and immortalised by humans. Here are the starling that inspired Mozart with its song, Darwin’s tortoise Harriet, and in an extraordinary essay, Jumbo the elephant (and how they tried to electrocute him). Modelled loosely on a medieval bestiary, these witty , playful, provocative essays traverse history, myth, science and more, introducing a stunning new writer to British readers.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ANTI JUDAISM : The History Of A Way Of Thinking
    ANTI JUDAISM : The History Of A Way Of Thinking
    NIRENBERG DAVID
    ISBN: 9781789541168
    Title: ANTI JUDAISM : The History Of A Way Of Thinking
    Author: NIRENBERG DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An account of one of history's darkest tendencies, following the development of anti-Judaism across three millennia.

    In this magisterial history, David Nirenberg explores anti-Judaism from antiquity to the present, from the Ancient Egyptians who resented their Jewish neighbours to the ideas of Voltaire and Marx, thereby revealing it to be a mode of thought deeply embedded in the Western tradition. With intolerance and racism on the rise across the West, the central argument of David Nirenberg's groundbreaking study – that to imagine anti-Judaism to be confined to the margins of our society is to be dangerously complacent – is as urgent and as timely as it has ever been.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    STALLARD AVAN JUDD
    ISBN: 9781925377323
    Title: ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    Author: STALLARD AVAN JUDD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent is a new history of an ancient geography. It reassesses the evidence for why Europeans believed a massive southern continent existed, and why they advocated for its discovery.

    When ships were equal to ambitions, explorers set out to find and claim Terra Australis said to be as large, rich and varied as all the northern lands combined. Antipodes charts these voyages voyages both through the imagination and across the High Seas in pursuit of the mythical Terra Australis. In doing so, the question is asked: how could so many fail to see the realities they encountered? And how is it a mythical land held the gaze of an era famed for breaking free the shackles of superstition?

    That Terra Australis did not exist that didn’t stop explorers pursuing the continent to its Antarctic obsolescence, unwilling to abandon the promise of such a rich and magnificent land till it was stripped of every ounce of value it had ever promised. In the process, the southern continent an imaginary land became one of the shaping forces of early modern history.

    Imprint: MONASH UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • ANXIOUS TRIUMPH : A Global History of Capitalism 1860-1914
    ANXIOUS TRIUMPH : A Global History of Capitalism 1860-1914
    SASSOON DONALD
    ISBN: 9780241315163
    Title: ANXIOUS TRIUMPH : A Global History of Capitalism 1860-1914
    Author: SASSOON DONALD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: July 2019 New Release

    Capitalism has co-existed with many different kinds of states, from Victorian Britain to republican France and confederate Switzerland, from Fascist and Nazi regimes to post-war European democracies, from post-Meiji Japan to south-east Asian and Latin American dictatorships, communist China and even Russia.

    Today, the march of capitalism appears inexorable - but it was not always so. In this riveting account of the rise of global capitalism from the 1880s until 1914, Donald Sassoon describes how after industrialization swept the world in the early nineteenth century the modernization of society and global capitalism followed. With capitalism, Sassoon argues, for the first time in the history of humanity, there was a social system able to provide a high level of consumption for the majority of those who lived within its bounds; its only rival, communism, was to fail miserably. But, in time, capitalism proved a devastating force in need of regulation, whose inbuilt traits were anxiety and crisis.

    With astonishing breadth of vision and scholarship, Sassoon encompasses the first great modern economic globalization, forerunner to today's consumer society, in this original and compelling book.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • APACHE WARS : The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
    APACHE WARS : The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
    HUTTON PAUL ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780770435837
    Title: APACHE WARS : The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History
    Author: HUTTON PAUL ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the tradition of "Empire of the Summer Moon, "a stunningly vivid historical account of the manhunt for Geronimo and the 25-year Apache struggle for their homeland They called him Mickey Free. His kidnapping started the longest war in American history, and both sides--the Apaches and the white invaders blamed him for it. A mixed-blood warrior who moved uneasily between the worlds of the Apaches and the American soldiers, he was never trusted by either but desperately needed by both. He was the only man Geronimo ever feared. He played a pivotal role in this long war for the desert Southwest from its beginning in 1861 until its end in 1890 with his pursuit of the renegade scout, Apache Kid. In this sprawling, monumental work, Paul Hutton unfolds over two decades of the last war for the West through the eyes of the men and women who lived it. This is Mickey Free's story, but also the story of his contemporaries: the great Apache leaders Mangas Coloradas, Cochise, and Victorio; the soldiers Kit Carson, O. O. Howard, George Crook, and Nelson Miles; the scouts and frontiersmen Al Sieber, Tom Horn, Tom Jeffords, and Texas John Slaughter; the great White Mountain scout Alchesay and the Apache female warrior Lozen; the fierce Apache warrior Geronimo; and the Apache Kid. These lives shaped the violent history of the deserts and mountains of the Southwestern borderlands--a bleak and unforgiving world where a people would make a final, bloody stand against an American war machine bent on their destruction.

    Imprint: RANDOM US
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • APPEASING HITLER : Chamberlain Churchill and the Road to War
    APPEASING HITLER : Chamberlain Churchill and the Road to War
    BOUVERIE TIM
    ISBN: 9781847924414
    Title: APPEASING HITLER : Chamberlain Churchill and the Road to War
    Author: BOUVERIE TIM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On a wet afternoon in September 1938, Neville Chamberlain stepped off an aeroplane and announced that his visit to Hitler had averted the greatest crisis in recent memory. It was, he later assured the crowd in Downing Street, 'peace for our time'. Within a year of the British prime minister's return from Munich, Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War began.That moment of theatre was the culmination of over five years of drama.

    Beginning with the advent of Hitler in 1933, Tim Bouverie takes us on a fascinating journey from the early days of the Third Reich to the beaches of Dunkirk. We enter the 10 Downing Street of Stanley Baldwin and Chamberlain, and the backrooms of Parliament where an unusual coalition of MPs - including the indomitable Winston Churchill - were among the few to realise that the only real choice was between 'war now or war later'. And as German troops enter the demilitarised Rhineland, march into Austria and threaten to invade Czechoslovakia, Bouverie takes us into the drawing rooms and dining clubs of fading imperial Britain, where Hitler enjoyed surprising support among the ruling class and even members of the Royal Family.Drawing on deep archival research, Tim Bouverie has created an unforgettable portrait of the ministers, aristocrats and amateur diplomats who, through their actions and inaction, shaped their country's policy and determined the fate of Europe.

    Both sweeping and intimate, Appeasing Hitler is not only eye-opening history but a timeless lesson on the challenges of standing up to aggression and authoritarianism - and the calamity that results from failing to do so.

    Imprint: BODLEY HEAD
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ARABS : A 3000 YEAR HISTORY OF PEOPLES TRIBES AND EMPIRES
    ARABS : A 3000 YEAR HISTORY OF PEOPLES TRIBES AND EMPIRES
    MACKINTOSH-SMITH TIM
    ISBN: 9780300180282
    Title: ARABS : A 3000 YEAR HISTORY OF PEOPLES TRIBES AND EMPIRES
    Author: MACKINTOSH-SMITH TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This kaleidoscopic book covers almost 3,000 years of Arab history and shines a light on the footloose Arab peoples and tribes who conquered lands and disseminated their language and culture over vast distances. Tracing this process to the origins of the Arabic language, rather than the advent of Islam, Tim Mackintosh-Smith begins his narrative more than a thousand years before Muhammad and focuses on how Arabic, both spoken and written, has functioned as a vital source of shared cultural identity over the millennia. Mackintosh-Smith reveals how linguistic developments from pre-Islamic poetry to the growth of script, Muhammad's use of writing, and the later problems of printing Arabic have helped and hindered the progress of Arab history, and investigates how, even in today's politically fractured post Arab Spring environment, Arabic itself is still a source of unity and disunity.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $64.99

    Price: $64.99
  • ARABS : A History - Revised and Updated Edition
    ARABS : A History - Revised and Updated Edition
    ROGAN EUGENE
    ISBN: 9780141986548
    Title: ARABS : A History - Revised and Updated Edition
    Author: ROGAN EUGENE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The extraordinary story of the Arab world, from defeat and colonization to independence and astonishing wealth.


    Eugene Rogan has written an authoritative new history of the Arabs in the modern world. Starting with the Ottoman conquests in the sixteenth century, this landmark book follows the story of the Arabs through the era of European imperialism and the Superpower rivalries of the Cold War, to the present age of unipolar American power. Drawing on the writings and eyewitness accounts of those who lived through the tumultuous years of Arab history, The Arabs balances different voices - politicians, intellectuals, students, men and women, poets and novelists, famous, infamous and the completely unknown - to give a rich, complex sense of life over nearly five centuries.

    Rogan's book is remarkable for its geographical sweep, covering the Arab world from North Africa through the Arabian Peninsula, and for the depth in which it explores every facet of modern Arab history. Charting the evolution of Arab identity from Ottomanism to Arabism to Islamism, it covers themes including the conflict between national independence and foreign domination, the Arab-Israeli struggle and the peace process, Abdel Nasser and the rise of Arab Nationalism, the political and economic power of oil and the conflict between secular and Islamic values.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ARDENNES 1944 : Hitler's Last Gamble
    ARDENNES 1944 : Hitler's Last Gamble
    BEEVOR ANTONY
    ISBN: 9780241975152
    Title: ARDENNES 1944 : Hitler's Last Gamble
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his 'last gamble' in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes on the Belgian/German border. Although Hitler's generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe.

    In January 1945, when the Red Army launched its onslaught towards Berlin, the once-feared German war machine was revealed to be broken beyond repair. The Ardennes was the battle which finally broke the Wehrmacht.

    'Antony Beevor, one of the finest narrative military historians now writing, is a master of revealing vignettes.' The New York Times

    'If there's one thing that sets Beevor apart from other historians - beyond his gifts as a storyteller - it's because he is not afraid to look at the most uncomfortable, even frightening subjects, but does so in a way that does not threaten the reader. There's rarely a judgmental note to his writing. It's like having Virgil there to lead you through the underworld: he doesn't leave you stranded amid the horror, but leads you back out again, a wiser person for having undergone the journey.' Keith Lowe in The Daily Telegraph

    'Indispensable.' David Aaronovitch, The Times

    'The best military prose of our era.' El País

    'A wonderfully compelling follow-up to D-Day. No one has recounted it better than Beevor. His gripping, beautifully written narrative moves seamlessly from the generals' command posts to the privates in their snow-covered foxholes, and confirms him as the finest chronicler of war in the business.' Saul David, Observer

    'Enthralling.' Daily Mail

    'An exemplary picture of the misery and horror of this most appalling conflict, in which more than a million men fought in conditions comparable to those on the eastern Front. This is history as it should be written.' Spectator

    'Another perfectly judged episode of the second world war, a worthy companion to the works that made Beevor's name. Yet again, he has shown that he has the gift of alchemy.' Roger Moorhouse in the Financial Times



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ARMAGEDDON : THE BATTLE FOR GERMANY 1944-45
    ARMAGEDDON : THE BATTLE FOR GERMANY 1944-45
    HASTINGS MAX
    ISBN: 9781447288749
    Title: ARMAGEDDON : THE BATTLE FOR GERMANY 1944-45
    Author: HASTINGS MAX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The stunning bestseller from one of Britain's most highly regarded military historians.

    One of the greatest military feats during the Second World War was the transformation of the German force's activities in the weeks following the battles in Holland and the German border, where the Allies had finally inflicted the greatest catastrophes of modern war on them. Somehow the Germans found the strength to halt the Allied advance in its tracks and to prolong the war to 1945. This book is the epic story of those last eight months of the war in northern Europe.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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