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  • A Time to Stand

    The Epic of the Alamo

    by Walter Lord ...
    The #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Miracle of Dunkirk tells the story of the Texans who fought Santa Anna’s troops at the Battle of the Alamo.Looking out over the walls of the whitewashed Alamo, sweltering in the intense sun of a February heat wave, Colonel William Travis knew his small garrison had little chance of holding back the Mexican army. Even after a call for reinforcements ... Read more

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  • Bletchley Park's Secret Source

    Churchill's Wrens and the Y Service in World War II

    by Peter Hore ...
    A captivating history of the highly secret group of women who helped win the Second World War.The World War II codebreaking station at Bletchley is well known and its activities documented in detail. Its decryption capabilities were vital to the war effort, significantly aiding Allied victory. But where did the messages being deciphered come from in the first place?This is the extraordinary untold ... Read more

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  • The Quest for the Lost Roman Legions

    Discovering the Varus Battlefield

    by Tony Clunn ...
    The story of an ancient ambush that devastated Rome—and the modern-day hunt that finally revealed its location and its archaeological treasures.In 9 A.D., the seventeenth, eighteenth, & nineteenth Roman legions and their auxiliary troops under the command of Publius Quinctilius Varus vanished in the boggy wilds of Germania. They died singly and by the hundreds over several days in a carefully ... Read more

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  • Churchill's Secret War With Lenin

    British and Commonwealth Military Intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1918–20

    by Damien Wright ...
    An account of the little-known involvement of Royal Marines as they engaged the new Bolsheviks immediately after the Russian Revolution.After three years of great loss and suffering on the Eastern Front, Imperial Russia was in crisis and on the verge of revolution. In November 1917, Lenin’s Bolsheviks (later known as “Soviets”) seized power, signed a peace treaty with the Central Powers and ... Read more

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  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

    An Indian History of the American West

    by Dee Brown ...
    Dee Brown’s powerful and unforgettable classic that awakened the world to the nineteenth-century decimation of American Indian tribesFirst published in 1970, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee generated shockwaves with its frank and heartbreaking depiction of the systematic annihilation of American Indian tribes across the western frontier. In this nonfiction account, Dee Brown focuses on the betrayals ... Read more

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  • Rez Life

    An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life

    by David Treuer ...
    A prize-winning writer offers “an affecting portrait of his childhood home, Leech Lake Indian Reservation, and his people, the Ojibwe” (The New York Times).A member of the Ojibwe of northern Minnesota, David Treuer grew up on Leech Lake Reservation, but was educated in mainstream America. Exploring crime and poverty, casinos and wealth, and the preservation of native language and culture, Rez Life ... Read more

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  • Three Ordinary Girls

    The Remarkable Story of Three Dutch Teenagers Who Became Spies, Saboteurs, Nazi Assassins–and WWII Heroes

    by Tim Brady ...
    **“The book's teenage protagonists and their bravery will enthrall young adults, who may find themselves inspired to take up their own causes.” —Washington PostAn astonishing World War II story of a trio of fearless female resisters whose youth and innocence belied their extraordinary daring in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands. It also made them the underground’s most invaluable commodity.**May 10, ... Read more

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  • Queen of Scots

    The True Life of Mary Stuart

    by John Guy ...
    This Whitbread Award–winning biography and basis for the film Mary Queen of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie “reads like Shakespearean drama” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution).“A triumph . . . A masterpiece full of fire and tragedy.” —Amanda Foreman, author of GeorgianaIn the first full-scale biography of Mary Stuart in more than thirty years, John ... ... Read more

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  • Edward III: The Perfect King

    by Ian Mortimer ...
    A look at the brutal, brilliant fourteenth-century ruler, by the bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England.Holding power for over fifty years starting in 1327, Edward III was one of England’s most influential kings—and one who shaped the course of English history. Revered as one of the country’s most illustrious leaders for centuries, he was also a usurper and a warmonger ... Read more

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  • Kings and Queens - A Very Peculiar History

    by Antony Mason ...
    Series Book 12 - A Very Peculiar History
    Which king's guards massacred a group of his supporters by mistake? Who had an oversized tongue and had to slobber when they ate food? Who was so large when they died that they had to be buried in a square coffin? Who survived seven assassination attempts? As you can tell from the bizarre questions above, it wasn't all thrones and sceptres for British kings and queens. Some of them were completely ... Read more

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  • Henry V: The Warrior King of 1415

    by Ian Mortimer ...
    From an award-winning historian: “A new and convincing likeness of medieval England’s most iconic king” (The Sunday Times).This biography by the bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England takes an insightful look at the life of Henry V, casting new light on a period in history often held up as legend.A great English hero, Henry V was lionized by Shakespeare and revered by ... Read more

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  • Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth

    by Lucy Aikin ...
    Series Book 5 - AUK Revisited
    This book gives us an in depth look at the court of Queen Elizabeth I from birth to death. Widely acclaimed to be one of the most accurate accounts, it features letters, quotes and even sonnets from all the leading people of the day. The intrigues and deceits are written about in great detail - A gripping classic read from AUK's Revisited series. ... Read more

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  • Royal Weddings, A Very Peculiar History

    Series Book 30 - A Very Peculiar History
    With the echo of regal church bells still ringing in the ears of royalists and well-wishers worldwide, Fiona Macdonald take a look at the quirky, odd and downright bizarre circumstances surrounding the weddings of the kings, queens, princes and princesses of Britain. One must leave one's sense of decorum at the palace gates as the author tells the wacky stories surrounding the preparations, ... Read more

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  • The Duchess Of Windsor

    by Greg King ...
    “A sympathetic and believable portrait” of the American woman for whom King Edward VIII gave up the throne, with photos included (Christian Science Monitor).A woman's life can really be a succession of lives, each revolving around some emotionally compelling situation or challenge, and each marked off by some intense experience.It was the love story of the century—the king and the commoner. In ... Read more

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  • Scourge of Henry VIII

    The Life of Marie de Guise

    by Melanie Clegg ...
    The little-known story of the mother of Mary, Queen of Scots and her feud with the Tudors: “Will fascinate anyone who loves a simmering, twisting tale” (All About History).Mary, Queen of Scots continues to intrigue both historians and the general public—but the story of her mother, Marie de Guise, is much less well known. A political power in her own right, she was born into the powerful and ... Read more

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  • Before Wallis

    Edward VIII's Other Women

    Wallis Simpson is known as the woman who stole the king’s heart and rocked the monarchy – but she was not Edward VIII’s first or only love. This book is about the women he adored before Wallis dominated his life. There was Rosemary Leveson-Gower, the girl he wanted to marry and who would have been the perfect match for a future king; and the Prince’s long-term mistress, Freda Dudley Ward, who ... Read more

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  • Henry IV: The Righteous King

    by Ian Mortimer ...
    The real life story of the Plantagenet ruler, by “the most remarkable medieval historian of our time” (The Times, London).The talented, confident, and intelligent son of John of Gaunt, Henry IV started his reign as a popular and charismatic king after he dethroned the tyrannical and wildly unpopular Richard II. But six years into his reign, Henry had survived eight assassination and overthrow ... Read more

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  • The Final Curtsey

    A Royal Memoir by the Queen's Cousin

    The bestselling behind-the-scenes memoir of the royal family by a cousin who served in MI5—and as one of the Queen’s bridesmaids. Includes photos!A Sunday Times number one bestseller in the United Kingdom, this is the intimate and revealing autobiography of Margaret Rhodes, first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and niece of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Margaret was born into the Scottish ... Read more

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  • Long-Ago Stories of the Eastern Cherokee

    by Lloyd Arneach ...
    Tragically, relatively little of this flourishing nation and its rich culture has survived. Its stories, however, live on today. In this priceless and engaging collection, native Cherokee and professional storyteller Lloyd Arneach recounts tales such as how the bear lost his long bushy tail and how the first strawberry came to be. ... Read more

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  • Princess Mary

    The First Modern Princess

    'At last a biography of Princess Mary, the Queen’s aunt – and a good one ... She has long deserved a full study and in Elisabeth Basford, she has found a dedicated and sympathetic biographer, who has done her full justice' - Hugo Vickers.Princess Diana is seen as the first member of the British royal family to tear up the rulebook, and the Duchess of Cambridge is modernising the monarchy in ... Read more

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  • Three Sips of Gin

    Dominating the Battlespace with Rhodesia's Elite Selous Scouts

    by Timothy Bax ...
    The memoir of a special forces veteran of the Rhodesian War, with over a hundred photos included.Nothing terrorized Russian and Chinese-backed guerillas fighting Rhodesia’s bush war in the 1970s more than the famed Selous Scouts. The name of the unit struck fear in the hearts of even the most battle-hardened—rather than speak it, they referred to its soldiers simply as Skuzapu, or pickpockets. ... Read more

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  • Bloody Mary

    Tudor Terror, 1553–1558

    Series series History of Terror
    The tragic history of Queen Mary I and her brief reign of terror against Protestants in sixteenth century England—includes illustrations.When Mary Tudor, eldest daughter of Henry VIII, succeeded to the throne of England in 1553, she enjoyed a degree of popularity rarely seen on the accession of a British monarch. Yet at her death only five years later, she was so reviled by her people that she was ... Read more

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  • Storming Eagles

    German Airborne Forces in World War II

    by James Lucas ...
    Unstoppable and deadly, this is the gripping story of some of the most feared soldiers in the warThe daring, courage and skill of the highly-trained men who spearheaded German assaults in the blitzkrieg of 1940, dropping from the air to seize and overwhelm key invasion points, showed to an alarmed world that a new dimension had been added to the science of warfare.One spectacular success was the ... Read more

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  • Barbarossa Derailed: The Battle for Smolensk 10 July-10 September 1941

    The German Advance, The Encirclement Battle, and the First and Second Soviet Counteroffensives, 10 July-24 August 1941

    by David Glantz ...
    The first half of a two-part study on Operation Barbarossa, Hitler’s plan to invade Soviet Russia during World War II, and what went wrong.At dawn on 10 July 1941, massed tanks and motorized infantry of German Army Group Center’s Second and Third Panzer Groups crossed the Dnepr and Western Dvina Rivers, beginning what Hitler and most German officers and soldiers believed would be a triumphal march ... Read more

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