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  • Home Fires

    The Story of the Women's Institute in the Second World War

    by Julie Summers ...
    The basis for the PBS Masterpiece series starring Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey) and Francesca Annis (Cranford)Away from the frontlines of World War II, in towns and villages across Great Britain, ordinary women were playing a vital role in their country’s war effort. As members of the Women’s Institute, an organization with a presence in a third of Britain’s villages, they ran canteens and knitted ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $10.99 USD

  • A State of Secrecy

    Stasi Informers and the Culture of Surveillance

    by Alison Lewis ...
    Secret police agencies such as the East German Ministry for State Security kept enormous quantities of secrets about their own citizens, relying heavily on human modes of data collection in the form of informants. To date little is known about the complicated and conflicted lives of informers, who often lived in a perpetual state of secrecy. This is the first study of its kind to explore this ... Read more

    $43.99 USD

  • SR-71 Blackbird

    Lockheed's SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most iconic and famous jets ever built. Assembled in secret at Lockheed's Skunkworks, the Blackbird's vital statistics remain phenomenal decades later. It holds the airspeed record for a manned jet aircraft, operated at an altitude other aircraft could barely touch and was a marvel of technical engineering. Drawing on declassified material, leading SR-71 ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • The Emigrants

    by W. G. Sebald ...
    Translated by Michael Hulse ...
    "A masterpiece."—Richard Eder, The New York Times.Published to enormous critical acclaim in the US, The Emigrants has been acclaimed as "one of the best novels to appear since World War II" (Review of Contemporary Fiction) and three times chosen as the 1996 International Book of the Year. The poignant and acclaimed novel about the beauty of lost things, while the protagonist traces the lives of ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Looming Tower

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER • PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • A “heart-stopping account of the events leading up to 9/11” (The New York Times Book Review), this definitive history explains in gripping detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center.A gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Eight Days in May: The Final Collapse of the Third Reich

    Translated by Jefferson Chase ...
    **"[G]ripping, immaculately researched . . . In Mr. Ullrich’s account, the murderous behavior of the Reich’s last-ditch loyalists was not a reaction born of rage or of stubbornness in the face of defeat—common enough in war—but of something that had long ago tipped over into the pathological." —Andrew Stuttaford, Wall Street JournalThe best-selling author of Hitler: Ascent and Hitler: Downfall ... Read more

    $20.99 USD

  • The Story of the Irish Race: A Popular History of Ireland

    Seamus MacManus’ The Story of the Irish Race is a classic history of the Irish people from their prehistoric origins to their fight for independence in twentieth century.It provides fascinating insight into the origins of their culture, religion, laws, arts, antiquities, folklore, trade, literature, heroes, and more.MacManus sketches brilliant overviews of a number of the most famous figures from ... Read more

    $0.99 USD

  • Double Cross

    The True Story of the D-Day Spies

    by Ben Macintyre ...
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The “superb [and] intensely readable” (The Washington Post) untold story of one of the greatest deceptions of World War II and the extraordinary spies who achieved it—from the bestselling author of Prisoners of the Castle“Not since Ian Fleming and John le Carré has a spy writer so captivated readers.”—The Hollywood ReporterOn June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $12.99 USD

  • From the Imjin to the Hook

    A National Service Gunner in the Korean War

    by James Jacobs ...
    The British Armys considerable contribution to The Korean War 1950 1953 was largely composed of conscripts or national servicemen. Plucked from civilian life on a lottery basis and given a short basic training, some like Jim Jacobs volunteered for overseas duty and suddenly found themselves in the thick of a war as intensive and dangerous as anything the Second World War had had to offer.As a ... Read more

    $1.99 USD

  • The Light That Failed

    A landmark book that completely transforms our understanding of the crisis of liberalism, from two pre-eminent intellectuals.Why did the West, after winning the Cold War, lose its political balance?In the early 1990s, hopes for the eastward spread of liberal democracy were high. And yet the transformation of Eastern European countries gave rise to a bitter repudiation of liberalism itself, not ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • Upstairs & Downstairs

    My Life In Service as a Lady’s Maid

    'I THOUGHT I'D GONE TO A PRISON'This was Hilda Newman's first impression when, at the age of 19, she left her parents' little terraced cottage in Lincolnshire and embarked on a new life as a lady's maid at Croome Court, the enormous stately home of Lord and Lady Coventry.The year was 1935: the twilight of the English aristocracy. It was a time of wealth and glamour; of lavish balls and evening ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • Ray & Joan

    The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away

    by Lisa Napoli ...
    The movie The Founder, starring Michael Keaton, focused the spotlight on Ray Kroc, the man who amassed a fortune as the chairman of McDonald’s. But what about his wife Joan, the woman who became famous for giving away his fortune? Lisa Napoli tells the fascinating story behind the historic couple.Ray & Joan is a quintessentially American tale of corporate intrigue and private passion: a struggling ... Read more

    $5.99 USD

  • The Guns of August

    The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series

    PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • “A brilliant piece of military history which proves up to the hilt the force of Winston Churchill’s statement that the first month of World War I was ‘a drama never surpassed.’”—NewsweekSelected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all timeIn this landmark account, renowned historian Barbara W. Tuchman re-creates the first month of World War I: ... Read more

    $8.99 USD $7.99 USD

  • The Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism

    A Short History

    by David Farber ...
    The story of modern conservatism through the lives of six leading figuresThe Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism tells the gripping story of perhaps the most significant political force of our time through the lives and careers of six leading figures at the heart of the movement. David Farber traces the history of modern conservatism from its revolt against New Deal liberalism, to its ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • Passchendaele

    The Lost Victory of World War I

    by Nick Lloyd ...
    The definitive account of Passchendaele, the months-long battle that epitomizes the immense tragedy of the First World WarPasschendaele. The name of a small, seemingly insignificant Flemish village echoes across the twentieth century as the ultimate expression of meaningless, industrialized slaughter. In the summer of 1917, upwards of 500,000 men were killed or wounded, maimed, gassed, drowned, or ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Vietnam

    Rising Dragon

    by Bill Hayton ...
    An “enlightening and persuasive” (Jonathan Mirsky, New York Review of Books) survey of Vietnam as an emerging Asian powerThe eyes of the West have recently been trained on China and India, but Vietnam is rising fast among its Asian peers. A breathtaking period of social change has seen foreign investment bringing capitalism flooding into its nominally communist society, booming cities swallowing ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Escape Artist

    The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World

    "A brilliant and heart-wrenching book, with universal and timely lessons about the power of information — and misinformation. Is it possible to stop mass murder by telling the truth?" — Yuval Noah Harari, bestselling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of TomorrowA complex hero.A forgotten story.<stro... ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Agent Sonya

    Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy

    by Ben Macintyre ...
    **NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The “master storyteller” (San Francisco Chronicle) behind the New York Times bestseller The Spy and the Traitor uncovers the true story behind one of the Cold War’s most intrepid spies.“[An] immensely exciting, fast-moving account.”—The Washington Post**ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Foreign Affairs, Kirkus Reviews, Library JournalIn 1942, in a quiet village in t. ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Elizabeth the Queen

    The Life of a Modern Monarch

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This “excellent, all-embracing” (The New York Times) biography of Queen Elizabeth II is a magisterial study of the woman known only from a distance—and a captivating window into her decades-long reign.From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II was the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of ... Read more

    $15.99 USD $9.99 USD

  • A Concise History of the Russian Revolution

    by Richard Pipes ...
    **An authoritative history of the Russian Revolution and the "violent and disruptive acts" that created the first modern totalitarian regime, portraying the crisis at the heart of the tsarist empire"A deep and eloquent condemnation of the revolution and its aftermath." —The New York Times**Drawing on archival materials released in Russia, Richard Pipes chronicles the upheaval that began as a ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Sabotage

    The Mafia, Mao and the Death of the Queen Elizabeth

    by Brian Izzard ...
    On 9 January 1972, the mighty Queen Elizabeth, then the largest liner in the world, caught fire in Hong Kong harbour. Watched by millions around the world, she burned live on television, including on Britain's children's programme Blue Peter. Since her retirement in 1968, she had been a tourist attraction in Florida, before her owners went bankrupt and she was sold to become the floating Seawise ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Military Innovation in the Interwar Period

    In 1914, the armies and navies that faced each other were alike right down to the strengths of their companies and battalions and the designs of their battleships and cruisers. Differences were of degree rather than essence. During the interwar period, however, the armed forces grew increasingly asymmetrical, developing different approaches to the same problems. This study of major military ... Read more

    $48.99 USD

  • Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945 (Vol. 3) (The Pacific War Trilogy)

    by Ian W. Toll ...
    Book 3 - The Pacific War Trilogy
    **New York Times BestsellerThe final volume of the magisterial Pacific War Trilogy from acclaimed historian Ian W. Toll, “one of the great storytellers of War” (Evan Thomas).**In June 1944, the United States launched a crushing assault on the Japanese navy in the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The capture of the Mariana Islands and the accompanying ruin of Japanese carrier airpower marked a pivotal ... Read more

    $28.99 USD

  • Dead Wake

    The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

    by Erik Larson ...
    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania“Both terrifying and enthralling.”—Entertainment Weekly“Thrilling, dramatic and powerful.”—NPR“Thoroughly engrossing.”—George R.R. MartinOn May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English ... Read more

    $13.99 USD