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  • Old English Words and Terms

    A Glossary for Historians

    by Joy Bristow ...
    Researching local history can be absorbing but often key documents, such as Manorial and Estate papers and parish registers, are full of archaic or Latin words and phrases which need translation.Joy Bristow first compiled this Glossary from a collection of ancient words she drew up while studying for the Advanced Certificate in Local History at the University of Nottingham. Since then, she has ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Good Genealogist

    How to improve the quality of your family history

    Family history needs to be accurate, otherwise the people you find will not be your family.Most people who research their family history are not trained in historical research, but everyone can be a good genealogist, by learning appropriate skills and techniques.The Good Genealogist. How to Improve the Quality of Your Family History is a practical guide for everyone researching their family ... Read more

    $26.99 AUD

  • Great Escapes of World War II

    Tom Dick and Harry to Stalag to Colditz

    by Freya Hardy ...
    Great Escapes of World War II Tom Dick and Harry to Stalag to Colditz Contents Introduction; The Laufen Six; Slawomir Rawicz: Hero or Hoaxer?; Airey Neave and Norman Forbes Escape from Thorn; Dulag Luft Tunnel; The Colditz Canteen Tunnel; The Theatre Bust: Airey Neave and Anthony Luteyn; The Medium-Sized Officer; Pat Reid Escapes from Colditz; The Wooden Horse; The Great Escape More than 170 ... Read more

    $1.99 AUD

  • Gurkhas

    Better to Die than Live a Coward

    GURKHAS BETTER TO DIE THAN LIVE A COWARD Contents THE HISTORY OF THE GURKHAS : The Goorkhas of Nepal; The Kukri Knife; Burmese Gurkhas. FAMOUS BATTLES & WARS : The Siege of Kalunga Fort; World War I - Mesopotamia; World War I - The Gallipoli Campaign; World War II - North Africa; World War II - Monte Cassino; World War II – The Battle for Imphal; The Falklands War. THE BRAVE GURKHA : Kulbir ... Read more

    $1.99 AUD

  • The Killer Book of True Crime

    Incredible Stories, Facts and Trivia from the World of Murder and Mayhem

    series The Killer Books
    The perfect read for any true crime junkie!You've read all the stories…but can you match the mobster with the way he met his end? Do you know how they caught the Boston Strangler? Can you define chickens, a Shotaro complex or Colombian neckties?The Killer Book of True Crime is the ultimate collection of in-depth stories, trivia, quizzes, quotes and photos gruesome and interesting enough to make ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD

  • Russia at War, 1941–1945

    A History

    In 1941, Russian-born British journalist Alexander Werth observed the unfolding of the Soviet-German conflict with his own eyes. What followed was the widely acclaimed book, Russia at War, first printed in 1964. At once a history of facts, a collection of interviews, and a document of the human condition, Russia at War is a stunning, modern classic that chronicles the savagery and struggles on ... Read more

    $23.99 AUD

  • How Democracies Die

    The International Bestseller: What History Reveals About Our Future

    'The most important book of the Trump era' The EconomistHow does a democracy die?What can we do to save our own?What lessons does history teach us?In the 21st century democracy is threatened like never before.Drawing insightful lessons from across history - from Pinochet's murderous Chilean regime to Erdogan's quiet dismantling in Turkey - Levitsky and Ziblatt explain why democracies fail, how ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Serial Killer Files

    The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers

    THE DEFINITIVE DOSSIER ON HISTORY’S MOST HEINOUS!Hollywood’s make-believe maniacs like Jason, Freddy, and Hannibal Lecter can’t hold a candle to real life monsters like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and scores of others who have terrorized, tortured, and terminated their way across civilization throughout the ages. Now, from the much-acclaimed author of Deviant, Deranged, and ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • Famous Trials

    Cases that made history

    by Frank McLynn ...
    To amend Clausewitz on war, one might say that the trial in a courtroom is the pursuit of battle by other means. And, short of the horror on the battlefield, to be on trial is perhaps the most traumatic of all life experiences. Yet in the great trials of history much more than individual destinies are at stake. Fundamental issues of morality, political expediency, justice and social change are ... Read more

    $7.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Millennium

    The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom

    by Tom Holland ...
    Of all the civilisations existing in the year 1000, that of Western Europe seemed the unlikeliest candidate for future greatness. Compared to the glittering empires of Byzantium or Islam, the splintered kingdoms on the edge of the Atlantic appeared impoverished, fearful and backward. But the anarchy of these years proved to be, not the portents of the end of the world, as many Christians had ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Art of Time Travel

    Historians and Their Craft

    by Tom Griffiths ...
    No matter how practised we are at history, it always humbles us. No matter how often we visit the past, it always surprises us. The art of time travel is to maintain critical poise and grace in this dizzy space.In this landmark book, eminent historian and award-winning author Tom Griffiths explores the craft of discipline and imagination that is history.Through portraits of fourteen historians, ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • The English and their History

    by Robert Tombs ...
    'Masterful, an enormously readable narrative of the English people from the Anglo-Saxons to the present' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times, Books of the YearIn The English and their History, the first full-length account to appear in one volume for many decades, Robert Tombs gives us the history of the English people, and of how the stories they have told about themselves have shaped them, from the ... Read more

    $18.99 AUD



    TRUE CRIME: WOMEN SERIAL KILLERSOur society can barely account for evil in males, let alone imagine it in females. The female nests, creates, and nurtures doesn’t she or is it that we just want to believe in the intrinsic non-threatening nature of women?Yet, history is full of instrumentally violent women: women who have fought wars and battles throughout the world, with no less ferociousness than ... Read more


  • The Killer Book of Cold Cases

    Incredible Stories, Facts, and Trivia from the Most Baffling True Crime Cases of All Time

    by Tom Philbin ...
    series The Killer Books
    Shocking stories of the most infamous cold crimes!The perfect gift for any true crime fan! Every criminal dreams of committing the perfect crime. A crime that is so well executed, with clues and evidence so scarce, that even the experts are left baffled. The Killer Book of Cold Cases takes you behind the crime scene tape and deep into the investigations of some of the most puzzling and notorious ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD

  • The Warrior Ethos

    WARS CHANGE, WARRIORS DON'TWe are all warriors. Each of us struggles every day to define and defend our sense of purpose and integrity, to justify our existence on the planet and to understand, if only within our own hearts, who we are and what we believe in. Do we fight by a code? If so, what is it? What is the Warrior Ethos? Where did it come from? What form does it take today? How do we (and ... Read more

    $10.26 AUD

  • Holocaust Survivor Accounts: True Stories of Prisoners Surviving the Holocaust: Holocaust Survivor Stories and Heroes of Auschwitz

    Holocaust Survivor Accounts, #2

    Book 2 - Holocaust Survivor Accounts
    The Holocaust, (called Ha-Shoah in Hebrew) refers to the state sponsored murder and persecution of about six million Jews by the German Nazi regime and its collaborators, leading into and during the Second World War. The word itself means, "Sacrifice by fire".The Holocaust has no other comparison in the annals of human history because of the sheer extent of the terror it spread.In 1933 the ... Read more


  • The Battle 100

    The Stories Behind History's Most Influential Battles

    A single day in the heat of armed conflict can shape the future of the world. Throughout history, individual battles have inspired the birth of nations, the devastation of cultures and the triumph of revolutions. Yet while some battles rise up as the cornerstones of history, others fade in our cultural memory, forgotten as minor skirmishes. Why is this so? What makes a battle "important" ... Read more

    $25.99 AUD

  • Quarterly Essay 69 Moment of Truth

    History and Australia’s Future

    by Mark McKenna ...
    Book 69 - Quarterly Essay
    Australia is on the brink of momentous change, but only if its citizens and politicians can come to new terms with the past.In this inspiring essay, Mark McKenna considers the role of history in making and unmaking the nation. From Captain Cook to the frontier wars, from Australia Day to the Uluru Statement, we are seeing fresh debates and recognitions. McKenna argues that it is time to move ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • The Killer Book of Serial Killers

    Incredible Stories, Facts and Trivia from the World of Serial Killers

    series The Killer Books
    Terrifying tales of the ultimate evil among us! One of the best serial killer books for fans of true crime.The Killer Book of Serial Killers is the complete resource for any true crime fan or student of the lurid, fascinating world of serial killers. Inside you'll find a concise compilation of the world's thirty-five most notorious murderers, including an in-depth look at their crimes and the ... Read more

    $4.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Virtual History

    Alternatives and Counterfactuals

    What if Britain had stayed out of the First World War? What if Germany had won the Second? How would England look if there had been no Cromwell? What would the world be like if Communism had never collapsed? And what if John F. Kennedy had lived?In this acclaimed book, leading historians from Andrew Roberts to Michael Burleigh explore what might have been if nine of the most decisive moments in ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • Irish Miscellany

    Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Ireland

    by Dermot McEvoy ...
    With Irish Miscellany, author Dermot McEvoy lets you revel in the fun and fascinating explanations behind Irish traditions and folklore. He offers the answers to questions you’ve always had-or never knew you had-as he covers all aspects of Ireland. From Irish culture to ancient history to modern pastimes, this full-color book educates and entertains. Such facts include:The true history of ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Lies, Half-Truths, and More Lies

    The Truth Behind 250 "Facts" You Learned in School (and Elsewhere)

    by Herb W. Reich ...
    History is replete with stories of great people and extraordinary events that either never happened or didn’t happen the way we were told they did. Such news or embellishment thereof are part of what we consider common knowledge – information taught in schools and passed down to us. And they are wrong. How about these gems:The winter of 1777-78 was the coldest winter in Valley Forge in years, and ... Read more

    $13.99 AUD

  • Through the Darkness

    Glimpses into the History of Western Medicine

    The fascinating history of medicine in Europe is filled with curious, often bizarre, strange, and gruesome cures, enthusiastically espoused by physicians and other medical practitioners of the times. Repulsive and disgusting examples of ‘medications’ often dominated treatment directives and many proposed cures were all but useless, highly dangerous and even lethal.This book explores compelling, ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against The United States

    'A book with a ferocious pace and more black humour than one could imagine'– Evening Standard**As heard on BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight**America lost 1.4 million citizens in the North Korean attacks of 2020. This is the final, authorised report of the US government commission investigating the catastrophe.‘The skies over the Korean Peninsula on March 21, 2020, were clear and blue . . .’ So begins ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD