• Behind Enemy Lines With the S. A. S the Story of Amedee Maingard, Code Name 'sam' Soe Agent in France 1943-1944
    Behind Enemy Lines With the S. A. S the Story of Amedee Maingard, Code Name 'sam' Soe Agent in France 1943-1944
    ISBN: 9781844156184
    Title: Behind Enemy Lines With the S. A. S the Story of Amedee Maingard, Code Name 'sam' Soe Agent in France 1943-1944
    Author: MCCUE PAUL

    Amedee Maingard was a young Mauritian studying in London in 1939 who volunteered for the British Army. After a spell in the infantry, he jointed the Special Operations Executive (SOE), initially as radio operator but soon was second-in-command in the circuit, arranging the delivery of weapons, supplies and personnel to the Resistance."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $61.00
    $61.00
  • Believe & Destroy the Intellectuals in the Ss War Machine
    Believe & Destroy the Intellectuals in the Ss War Machine
    ISBN: 9780745660264
    Title: Believe & Destroy the Intellectuals in the Ss War Machine
    Author: INGRAO CHRISTIAN

    There were eighty of them. They were young, clever and cultivated; they were barely in their thirties when Adolf Hitler came to power. Their university studies in law, economics, linguistics, philosophy and history marked them out for brilliant careers. They chose to join the repressive bodies of the Third Reich, especially the Security Service (SD) and the Nazi Party’s elite protection unit, the SS. They theorized and planned the extermination of twenty million individuals of allegedly ‘inferior’ races. Most of them became members of the paramilitary death squads known as Einsatzgruppen and participated in the slaughter of over a million people. Based on extensive archival research, Christian Ingrao tells the gripping story of these children of the Great War, focusing on the networks of fellow activists, academics and friends in which they moved, studying the way in which they envisaged war and the ‘world of enemies’ which, in their view, threatened them. The mechanisms of their political commitment are revealed, and their roles in Nazism and mass murder. Thanks to this pioneering study, we can now understand how these men came to believe what they did, and how these beliefs became so destructive. The history of Nazism, shows Ingrao, is also a history of beliefs in which a powerful military machine was interwoven with personal experiences, fervour, anguish, utopia and cruelty.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Bell of Treason: The 1938 Munich Agreement in Czechoslavakia
    Bell of Treason: The 1938 Munich Agreement in Czechoslavakia
    ISBN: 9781781257104
    Title: Bell of Treason: The 1938 Munich Agreement in Czechoslavakia
    Author: CAQUET P. E.

    On returning from Germany on 30 September 1938 after his agreement with Hitler on the carve-up of Czechoslovakia, Neville Chamberlain addressed the British crowds: 'My good friends... I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.' Winston Churchill commented: 'You have chosen dishonour and you will have war.' P.E. Caquet's history of the events leading to the Munich Agreement and its aftermath is told for the first time from the point of view of the peoples of Czechoslovakia. Basing his account on countless previously unexamined sources, including Czechoslovakian press, memoirs, private journals, military plans, parliamentary records, film and radio, Caquet presents one of the most shameful episodes in modern European history in a tragic new shape. The result is a nailbiting story of diplomatic intrigue, perhaps the nearest thing to a morality play that history ever furnishes. The Czechoslovakian authorities were Cassandras in their own country, the only ones who could see Hitler's threat for what it was, and appeasement as the disaster it proved to be. In Caquet's devastating account, their doomed struggle against extinction and the complacency of their notional allies finally gets the memorial it deserves.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Berlin at War Life & Death in Hitlers Capital 1939 1945
    Berlin at War Life & Death in Hitlers Capital 1939 1945
    ISBN: 9780099551898
    Title: Berlin at War Life & Death in Hitlers Capital 1939 1945
    Author: MOORHOUSE ROGER

    Berlin was the nerve-centre of Hitler’s Germany – the backdrop for the most lavish ceremonies, it was also the venue for Albert Speer’s plans to forge a new ‘world metropolis’ and the scene of the final climactic bid to defeat Nazism. Yet while our understanding of the Holocaust is well developed, we know little about everyday life in Nazi Germany. In this vivid and important study Roger Moorhouse portrays the German experience of the Second World War, not through an examination of grand politics, but from the viewpoint of the capital’s streets and homes.He gives a flavour of life in the capital, raises issues of consent and dissent, morality and authority and, above all, charts the violent humbling of a once-proud metropolis.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Berlin Baghdad Express: the Ottoman Empire & Germanys Bid for World Power 1898-1918
    Berlin Baghdad Express: the Ottoman Empire & Germanys Bid for World Power 1898-1918
    ISBN: 9780141047652
    Title: Berlin Baghdad Express: the Ottoman Empire & Germanys Bid for World Power 1898-1918
    Author: MCMEEKIN SEAN

    'A powerful, overdue book that for many will open up a whole new side to the First World War' Observer 'Excellent, well-researched and fascinating . . . a tale of high adventure, ambition and political chicanery' Literary ReviewThe Berlin-Baghdad Express explores one of the most important but least understood stories of the First World War: the bid by the Germans to destroy the British Empire by harnessing the power of Islam.As the Ottoman Empire threw its weight behind Germany, a hugely ambitious project began to unhinge Britain's global grip by turning the Muslim world against it. Strange expeditions of German spies, soldiers and archaeologists fanned out, from Tripoli to Kabul, spreading jihad, guns and bribes. Afghanistan and Persia were courted as allies for an attack on British India. And all the while frantic attempts were being made to complete the Berlin-Baghdad railway, the weapon that could have won the war . . .Sean McMeekin's fascinating and surprising book sheds new light on the First World War, and reveals the story of an incredible plan one that came perilously, astonishingly close to succeeding.'An exciting new book by a talented young historian'Niall Ferguson, Observer'Riveting' Independent'A captivating new history of the Eastern Front' Financial Times

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    Price: $35.00
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  • Berlin the Downfall 1945
    Berlin the Downfall 1945
    ISBN: 9780141032399
    Title: Berlin the Downfall 1945
    Author: BEEVOR ANTONY

    The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Reich in January 1945. Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality. The result was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known, with tanks crushing refugee columns under their tracks, mass rape, pillage and destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred because Nazi Party chiefs, refusing to face defeat, had forbidden the evacuation of civilians. Over seven million fled westwards from the terror of the Red Army. Antony Beevor reconstructs the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse, telling a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanatacism, revenge and savagery, but also one of astonishing endurance, self-sacrifice and survival against all odds.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
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  • Beyond Courage: the Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
    Beyond Courage: the Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
    ISBN: 9780763629762
    Title: Beyond Courage: the Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
    Author: RAPPAPORT DOREEN


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $41.00
    $41.00
  • Bf 109 Vs Yak-1/7: Eastern Front 1941-2
    Bf 109 Vs Yak-1/7: Eastern Front 1941-2
    ISBN: 9781472805799
    Title: Bf 109 Vs Yak-1/7: Eastern Front 1941-2
    Author: KHAZANOV DMITRIY

    Step into the cockpits of the Luftwaffe's Bf 109 and the Red Air Force's Yaks 1-7, two fighters which were involved in some of the largest, fiercest aerial battles in history. The Iconic Messerschmitt fighter and its combat hardened pilots inflicted a fearful beating on the Yaks in the beginning of the war. Some of the highest scoring aces in history benefitted from the Bf 109's technical superiority over the overweight and underpowered Yak 1, racking up incredible successes against their poorly trained and equipped adversaries. And yet, as the Soviets accumulated combat experience, their tactics improved, as did their mounts in the upgraded Yak 1B and gradually, the Red Force eroded the Jagdwaffe's dominance of the skies in the eastern front, though with the 109G they would never lose qualitative superiority. Featuring first-hand accounts from veteran pilots, rare archival photographs and expert analysis, this volume brings to life the vicious dogfights that took place between the Bf 109 and the Yak as they vied for mastery of the frozen skies of the Eastern Front.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Big Break: Greatest Wwii Escape Story Never Told
    Big Break: Greatest Wwii Escape Story Never Told
    ISBN: 9781250087560
    Title: Big Break: Greatest Wwii Escape Story Never Told
    Author: DANDO-COLLINS STEPHEN


    The story opens in the stinking latrines of the Schubin camp as an American and a Canadian lead the digging of a tunnel which enabled a break involving 36 prisoners of war (POWs). The Germans then converted the camp to Oflag 64, to exclusively hold US Army officers, with more than 1500 Americans ultimately housed there. Plucky Americans attempted a variety of escapes until January, 1945, only to be thwarted every time.


    Then, with the Red Army advancing closer every day, camp commandant Colonel Fritz Schneider received orders from Berlin to march his prisoners west. Game on! Over the next few days, 250 US Army officers would succeed in escaping east to link up with the Russians - although they would prove almost as dangerous as the Nazis - only to be ordered once they arrived back in the United States not to talk about their adventures. Within months, General Patton would launch a bloody bid to rescue the remaining Schubin Americans.


    In The Big Break, this previously untold story follows POWs including General Eisenhower's personal aide, General Patton's son-in-law, and Ernest Hemingway's eldest son as they struggled to be free. Military historian and Paul Brickhill biographer Stephen Dando-Collins expertly chronicles this gripping story of Americans determined to be free, brave Poles risking their lives to help them, and dogmatic Nazis determined to stop them.



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  • Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of World War II
    Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of World War II
    ISBN: 9780552173506
    Title: Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of World War II
    Author: HOLLAND JAMES


    During the third week of February 1944, the combined Allied air forces based in Britain and Italy launched their first round-the-clock bomber offensive against Germany. Their goal: to smash the main factories and production centers of the Luftwaffe while also drawing German planes into an aerial battle of attrition to neutralize the Luftwaffe as a fighting force prior to the cross-channel invasion, planned for a few months later. Officially called Operation ARGUMENT, this aerial offensive quickly became known as "Big Week," and it was one of the turning-point engagements of World War II.


    In Big Week, acclaimed World War II historian James Holland chronicles the massive air battle through the experiences of those who lived and died during it. Prior to Big Week, the air forces on both sides were in crisis. Allied raids into Germany were being decimated, but German resources - fuel and pilots - were strained to the breaking point. Ultimately new Allied aircraft - especially the American long-range P-51 Mustang - and superior tactics won out during Big Week. Through interviews, oral histories, diaries, and official records, Holland follows the fortunes of pilots, crew, and civilians on both sides, taking readers from command headquarters to fighter cockpits to anti-aircraft positions and civilian chaos on the ground, vividly recreating the campaign as it was conceived and unfolded. In the end, the six days of intense air battles largely cleared the skies of enemy aircraft when the invasion took place on June 6, 1944 - D-Day.


    Big Week is both an original contribution to WWII literature and a brilliant piece of narrative history, recapturing a largely forgotten campaign that was one of the most critically important periods of the entire war.



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  • Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage & Betrayal
    Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage & Betrayal
    ISBN: 9781785783524
    Title: Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage & Betrayal
    Author: HOFFMAN DAVID E.


    From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning history The Dead Hand comes the riveting story of a spy who cracked open the Soviet military research establishment and a penetrating portrait of the CIA's Moscow station, an outpost of daring espionage in the last years of the Cold War

    While driving out of the American embassy in Moscow on the evening of February 16, 1978, the chief of the CIA's Moscow station heard a knock on his car window. A man on the curb handed him an envelope whose contents stunned U.S. intelligence: details of top-secret Soviet research and developments in military technology that were totally unknown to the United States. In the years that followed, the man, Adolf Tolkachev, an engineer in a Soviet military design bureau, used his high-level access to hand over tens of thousands of pages of technical secrets. His revelations allowed America to reshape its weapons systems to defeat Soviet radar on the ground and in the air, giving the United States near total superiority in the skies over Europe.
    One of the most valuable spies to work for the United States in the four decades of global confrontation with the Soviet Union, Tolkachev took enormous personal risks--but so did the Americans. The CIA had long struggled to recruit and run agents in Moscow, and Tolkachev was a singular breakthrough. Using spy cameras and secret codes as well as face-to-face meetings in parks and on street corners, Tolkachev and his handlers succeeded for years in eluding the feared KGB in its own backyard, until the day came when a shocking betrayal put them all at risk.
    Drawing on previously secret documents obtained from the CIA and on interviews with participants, David Hoffman has created an unprecedented and poignant portrait of Tolkachev, a man motivated by the depredations of the Soviet state to master the craft of spying against his own country. Stirring, unpredictable, and at times unbearably tense, The Billion Dollar Spy is a brilliant feat of reporting that unfolds like an espionage thriller.



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    Price: $25.00
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  • Billy My Life as a Teenage Pow
    Billy My Life as a Teenage Pow
    ISBN: 9781863514958
    Title: Billy My Life as a Teenage Pow
    Author: SILVER L & YOUNG B

    Billy’s Story: My Life as a Teenage POW has been compiled from a personal chronicle penned by Billy Young throughout the 1970s, supplemented by hundreds of conversations that Lynette and Billy have shared in the course of their close friendship spanning more than two decades. It is the only first-hand published account by an ordinary soldier imprisoned by the Japanese at the infamous Sandakan POW Camp, and one of only three books by a survivor at the Kempeitai’s equally notorious Outram Road Gaol. Billy is now the only soldier left alive from Sandakan, and the only Australian prisoner still alive from Outram Road.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Birth of the RAF: 1918 The World's First Air Force
    Birth of the RAF: 1918 The World's First Air Force
    ISBN: 9780241274217
    Title: Birth of the RAF: 1918 The World's First Air Force
    Author: OVERY RICHARD

    A short, brilliant account of the birth of the RAF for the centenary of its founding The dizzying pace of technological change in the early 20th century meant that it took only a little over ten years from the first flight by the Wright Brothers to the clash of fighter planes in the Great War. A period of terrible, rapid experiment followed to gain a brief technological edge. By the end of the war the British had lost an extraordinary 36,000 aircraft and 16,600 airmen. The RAF was created in 1918 as a revolutionary response to this new form of warfare - a highly contentious decision (resisted fiercely by both the army and navy, who had until then controlled all aircraft) but one which had the most profound impact, for good and ill, on the future of warfare. Richard Overy's superb new book shows how this happened, against the backdrop of the first bombing raids against London and the constant emergency of the Western Front. The RAF's origins were as much political as military and throughout the 1920s still provoked bitter criticism. Published to mark the centenary of its founding this is an invaluable book, filled with new and surprising material on this unique organization.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Birth of the RAF: 1918 World's First Air Force
    Birth of the RAF: 1918 World's First Air Force
    ISBN: 9780141983851
    Title: Birth of the RAF: 1918 World's First Air Force
    Author: OVERY RICHARD


    'Fascinating, full of original material and shrewd insights ... a masterful historian of air power' Leo McKinstry, Literary Review

    The RAF was the world's first air force. This is the story of its founding in 1918, as a response to the new terror of aerial warfare, the struggles to keep it alive amid controversy and opposition, its crucial role in the Second World War and its unique place in Britain's history.


    'Brilliantly lucid' Noel Malcolm, Daily Telegraph


    'Richard Overy is to be congratulated on creating a concise exposition of the formation of the RAF ... this is a book that makes you think' Peter Hart, BBC History Magazine


    'A skilful pocket history of the founding of the Royal Air Force in 1918 ... a fine introduction' Kirkus Reviews



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  • Biting Through: Five Years in Afghanistan
    Biting Through: Five Years in Afghanistan
    ISBN: 9781922070999
    Title: Biting Through: Five Years in Afghanistan
    Author: RATCLIFFE JOHN

    John Ratcliffe is a quiet man, not the type of person who stands out in a crowd or draws attention to himself. But scratch the surface and you will find a person who has lived anything but a normal life.

    Once belonging to a group of highly trained soldiers, Ratcliffe left the Australian military to pursue a career in Melbourne, practising alternative medicine. Years later, he was called to Afghanistan for a short assignment as a security contractor. He planned to be back in Australia after a few weeks. Five years later, he finally returned home.

    *Biting Through* is the story of what happened in those five years, during one man's descent into the behind-the-headlines reality of the war in Afghanistan. Thrust into a world of terrible danger, Ratcliffe encountered human traffickers, drugs lords, and corrupt officials while the international community looked on and went about its business. He tried to find a way to make a difference to those whose lives he touched, all the while negotiating minefields of dishonesty, only to be betrayed at the final hurdle and incarcerated in a medieval Afghan hellhole, awaiting the death penalty.

    *Biting Through* is the true account of John Ratcliffe's experiences, from the streets of Kabul to the fighting in the south of Afghanistan. It is a story about the people he met, the friends he made, and the lives he saved. A testimony to the brutal realities of one of the longest wars in modern history, which was replete with hideous waste and relentless corruption, it is a unique work, written by a man of remarkable courage and fortitude.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $45.00
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  • Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease & Biological Weapons
    Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease & Biological Weapons
    ISBN: 9780062896278
    Title: Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease & Biological Weapons
    Author: NEWBY KRIS


    A riveting thriller reminiscent of The Hot Zone, this true story dives into the mystery surrounding one of the most controversial and misdiagnosed conditions of our time--Lyme disease--and of Willy Burgdorfer, the man who discovered the microbe behind it, revealing his secret role in developing bug-borne biological weapons, and raising terrifying questions about the genesis of the epidemic of tick-borne diseases affecting millions of Americans today.

    While on vacation on Martha's Vineyard, Kris Newby was bitten by an unseen tick. That one bite changed her life forever, pulling her into the abyss of a devastating illness that took ten doctors to diagnose and years to recover: Newby had become one of the 300,000 Americans who are afflicted with Lyme disease each year.


    As a science writer, she was driven to understand why this disease is so misunderstood, and its patients so mistreated. This quest led her to Willy Burgdorfer, the Lyme microbe's discoverer, who revealed that he had developed bug-borne bioweapons during the Cold War, and believed that the Lyme epidemic was started by a military experiment gone wrong.


    In a superb, meticulous work of narrative journalism, Bitten takes readers on a journey to investigate these claims, from biological weapons facilities to interviews with biosecurity experts and microbiologists doing cutting-edge research, all the while uncovering darker truths about Willy. It also leads her to uncomfortable questions about why Lyme can be so difficult to both diagnose and treat, and why the government is so reluctant to classify chronic Lyme as a disease.


    A gripping, infectious page-turner, Bitten will shed a terrifying new light on an epidemic that is exacting an incalculable toll on us, upending much of what we believe we know about it.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $59.00
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  • Black Earth: the Holocaust as History & Warning
    Black Earth: the Holocaust as History & Warning
    ISBN: 9781847923639
    Title: Black Earth: the Holocaust as History & Warning
    Author: SNYDER TIMOTHY

    "A brilliant, haunting, and profoundly original portrait of the defining tragedy of our time."

    In this epic history of extermination and survival, Timothy Snyder presents a new explanation of the great atrocity of the twentieth century, and reveals the risks that we face in the twenty-first. Based on new sources from eastern Europe and forgotten testimonies from Jewish survivors, "Black Earth" recounts the mass murder of the Jews as an event that is still close to us, more comprehensible than we would like to think, and thus all the more terrifying.
    The Holocaust began in a dark but accessible place, in Hitler's mind, with the thought that the elimination of Jews would restore balance to the planet and allow Germans to win the resources they desperately needed. Such a worldview could be realized only if Germany destroyed other states, so Hitler's aim was a colonial war in Europe itself. In the zones of statelessness, almost all Jews died. A few people, the righteous few, aided them, without support from institutions. Much of the new research in this book is devoted to understanding these extraordinary individuals. The almost insurmountable difficulties they faced only confirm the dangers of state destruction and ecological panic. These men and women should be emulated, but in similar circumstances few of us would do so.
    By overlooking the lessons of the Holocaust, Snyder concludes, we have misunderstood modernity and endangered the future. The early twenty-first century is coming to resemble the early twentieth, as growing preoccupations with food and water accompany ideological challenges to global order. Our world is closer to Hitler's than we like to admit, and saving it requires us to see the Holocaust as it was -- and ourselves as we are. Groundbreaking, authoritative, and utterly absorbing, "Black Earth" reveals a Holocaust that is not only history but warning.

    "From the Hardcover edition.""

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $45.00

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  • Black Earth: the Holocaust as History & Warning
    Black Earth: the Holocaust as History & Warning
    ISBN: 9781784701482
    Title: Black Earth: the Holocaust as History & Warning
    Author: SNYDER TIMOTHY


    LONGLISTED FOR THE 2015 SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE


    The essential new book by the author of Bloodlands âe" âe~The most important work of history for yearsâe(tm), Antony Beevor


    A radical reframing of the Holocaust that challenges prevailing myths and draws disturbing parallels with the present.


    We have come to see the Holocaust as a factory of death, organised by bureaucrats. Yet by the time the gas chambers became operation more than a million European Jews were already dead: shot at close range over pits and ravines. They had been murdered in the lawless killing zones created by the German colonial war in the East, many on the fertile black earth that the Nazis believed would feed the German people.


    It comforts us to believe that the Holocaust was a unique event. But as Timothy Snyder shows, we have missed basic lessons of the history of the Holocaust, and some of our beliefs are frighteningly close to the ecological panic that Hitler expressed in the 1920s. As ideological and environmental challenges to the world order mount, our societies might be more vulnerable than we would like to think.


    Timothy Snyderâe(tm)s Bloodlands was an acclaimed exploration of what happened in eastern Europe between 1933 and 1945, when Nazi and Soviet policy brought death to some 14 million people. Black Earth is a deep exploration of the ideas and politics that enabled the worst of these policies, the Nazi extermination of the Jews. Its pioneering treatment of this unprecedented crime makes the Holocaust intelligible, and thus all the more terrifying.


    For more reading on how 'Hitler's World May Not Be So Far Away' (Guardian) http://bit.ly/1KfRB2c



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  • Black Hawk Down A Story of Modern War
    Black Hawk Down A Story of Modern War
    ISBN: 9780802144737
    Title: Black Hawk Down A Story of Modern War
    Author: BOWDEN MARK

    Now a stunning film directed by Ridley Scott starring Ewan McGregor, Josh Hartnett, Sam Shepard and Ioan Gruffudd.Late in the afternoon of Sunday, 3 October 1993, 140 elite US soldiers abseiled from helicopters into a teeming market neighbourhood in the heart of the city of Mogadishu, Somalia. Their mission was to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord and return to base. It was supposed to take them about an hour.Instead, they were pinned down through a long and terrible night in a hostile city, fighting for their lives against thousands of heavily armed Somalis. When the unit was rescued the following morning, eighteen American soldiers were dead and more than seventy badly injured. The Somali toll was far worse - more than five hundred killed and over a thousand injured.Authoritative, gripping, and insightful, Black Hawk Down is a heart-stopping, minute-by-minute account of modern war and is destined to become a classic of war reporting.

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    Price: $36.00
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  • Black Hearts One Platoons Descent into Madness in Iraqs Triangle of Death
    Black Hearts One Platoons Descent into Madness in Iraqs Triangle of Death
    ISBN: 9780230752948
    Title: Black Hearts One Platoons Descent into Madness in Iraqs Triangle of Death
    Author: FREDERICK JIM

    Quite possibly the defining book about the Iraq War, a masterpiece of reportage that reads like a thriller. Iraq's ""Triangle of Death"", 2005: A platoon of young soldiers from a US regiment known as the ""Black Heart Brigade"" is deployed in a veritable meat grinder of counter-insurgency just south of Baghdad. Almost immediately, the attacks begin: every day another roadside bomb, another colleague blown to pieces. As the daily violence chips away, and chips away at their sanity, the 35 young men of 1st Platoon, Bravo Company descend into a tailspin of poor discipline, substance abuse, and brutality - with tragic results. With severe compassion, remarkably balanced judgement and the magnetic pace of a thriller, BLACK HEARTS is a timeless true story about men in combat and the fragility of character in the savage crucible of warfare.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $43.00
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  • Black Site
    Black Site
    ISBN: 9781631491979
    Title: Black Site
    Author: MUDD PHILIP


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    Price: $56.00
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  • Blackwater: the Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
    Blackwater: the Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
    ISBN: 9781846686528
    Title: Blackwater: the Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
    Author: SCAHILL JEREMY

    Meet Blackwater USA, the private army that the US government has quietly hired to operate in international war zones and on American soil. Its contacts run from military and intelligence agencies to the upper echelons of the White House; it has a military base, a fleet of aircraft and 20,000 troops, but since September 2007 the firm has been hit by a series of scandals that, far from damaging the company, have led to an unprecedented period of expansion.This revised and updated edition includes Scahill's continued investigative work into one of the outrages of our time: the privatisation of war.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
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  • Bletchley Girls: War, Secrecy, Love & Loss: the Women of Bletchley Park Tell Their Story
    Bletchley Girls: War, Secrecy, Love & Loss: the Women of Bletchley Park Tell Their Story
    ISBN: 9781444795745
    Title: Bletchley Girls: War, Secrecy, Love & Loss: the Women of Bletchley Park Tell Their Story
    Author: DUNLOP TESSA

    The women of Bletchley Park have a unique story to tell. Although critical to the success of the project to break the German and Japanese codes in World War II, their contribution has been consistently overlooked and undervalued. Through unprecedented access to surviving veterans, this book reveals how life at "The Park" and its outstations was far removed from the glamorous existence usually portrayed. The women speak vividly of their lives in the 1930s, why they were selected to work in Britain's most secret organization, and the challenges of re-entry into civilian life. Forbidden to talk about their vital war work, they often found it hard to adjust to the expectations of both their immediate families and society as a whole. By spending time with these fascinating female secret-keepers, who are still alive today, Tessa Dunlop captures their extraordinary journeys into an adult world of war, secrecy, love, and loss. Through the voices of the women themselves, this is a portrait of life at Bletchley Park beyond the celebrated code-breakers. "The Bletchley Girls" is the story of the women behind Britain's ability to consistently outsmart the enemy.

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    Price: $28.00
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  • Bletchley Park: the Secret Archives
    Bletchley Park: the Secret Archives
    ISBN: 9781781315347
    Title: Bletchley Park: the Secret Archives
    Author: MCKAY SINCLAIR

    This is beautifully presented collector's edition of the best selling title, "The Lost World of Bletchley Park "is a comprehensive illustrated history of this remarkable place, from its prewar heyday as a country estate, its wartime requisition and how it became the place where modern computing was invented and the German Enigma code was cracked, to its post-war dereliction and then rescue towards the end of the twentieth century as a museum.

    Removable memorabilia includes:

    1938 recruiting memo with a big tick against Turing's name

    Churchill's 'Action this day' letter giving code breakers extra resources

    Handwritten Turing memos

    Top Secret Engima decryptions, about the sinking of the Bismark, German High Command's assessment of D-Day threat and the message announcing Hitler's suicide

    A wealth of everyday items such as authentic theatre posters, a map of Bletchley Park, canteen menus, teleprinter print-outs of codes, the Colossus paper tape spooled through machines

    Newly redesigned interiors with 25% new content, high end slipcase package featuring removable facsimile documents, this is an essential purchase for everyone interested and wanting to experience the place where code-breaking helped to win the war.

    Format: Slipcased
    Price: $55.00

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  • Blitz the British Under Attack
    Blitz the British Under Attack
    ISBN: 9780007386611
    Title: Blitz the British Under Attack
    Author: GARDINER JULIET

    From the author of 'Wartime' comes an outstanding history of the most renowned attack on Britain's civilian population during the Second World War ' the Blitz.September 1940 marked the beginning of Nazi Germany's sustained attack on civilian Britain. Lasting eight months long, the Blitz was the form of warfare that had been predicted throughout the 1930s, that everyone had expected since Neville Chamberlain's declaration that Britain was at war with Germany. The ferocity of the Luftwaffe attacks, combined with images of the City of London burning are widely considered to be iconic snapshots of Second World War history.Though compared with other great moments of that war ' D-Day, Dunkirk, V E Day ' the Blitz remains curiously unexamined. Apart from fragmentary accounts and local records, there is little in the way of a comprehensive account of the Blitz experience that so many British civilians went through ' as well as the social, political and cultural implications of the bombardment. Designed to break the morale of the British population, the nightly bombings certainly did devastate. But, as Juliet Gardiner shows in this hugely important book, they also served to galvanise the nation; from those eight months of terrifying Nazi onslaught, a new determination amongst people and politicians steadily emerged.Revealing, original and beautifully written, 'The Blitz' is a much-needed exploration of one of the most important moments in Second World War history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany
    Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany
    ISBN: 9780241256992
    Title: Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany
    Author: OHLER NORMAN & WHITESIDE SHAUN (TRANSLATOR)

    'Extremely interesting ... a serious piece of scholarship, very well researched' Ian Kershaw The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping bestseller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops' resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940. The promiscuous use of drugs at the very highest levels also impaired and confused decision-making, with Hitler and his entourage taking refuge in potentially lethal cocktails of stimulants administered by the physician Dr Morell as the war turned against Germany. While drugs cannot on their own explain the events of the Second World War or its outcome, Ohler shows, they change our understanding of it. Blitzed forms a crucial missing piece of the story.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Blitzkrieg: A Ladybird Expert Book
    Blitzkrieg: A Ladybird Expert Book
    ISBN: 9780718186302
    Title: Blitzkrieg: A Ladybird Expert Book
    Author: HOLLAND JAMES

    Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, Blitzkrieg is an accessible, insightful and authoritative account of the fall of Europe through the use of one of the most successful military strategies in modern warfare. Historian, author and broadcaster James Holland draws on the latest research and interviews with participants to bring colour, detail and a fresh perspective to the story. Inside, you'll discover how tactics, organisation and new technologies were brought to bear, about the different challenges faced by both the Axis and the Allies, and, above all, the skill, bravery and endurance of those engaged in a contest that was of critical importance to the outcome of the war. Written by the leading lights and most outstanding communicators in their fields, the Ladybird Expert books provide clear, accessible and authoritative introductions to subjects drawn from science, history and culture. For an adult readership, the Ladybird Expert series is produced in the same iconic small hardback format pioneered by the original Ladybirds. Each beautifully illustrated book features the first new illustrations produced in the original Ladybird style for nearly forty years.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $21.00
    $21.00
  • Blitzkrieg: from the Rise of Hitler to the Fall of Dunkirk
    Blitzkrieg: from the Rise of Hitler to the Fall of Dunkirk
    ISBN: 9780007531196
    Title: Blitzkrieg: from the Rise of Hitler to the Fall of Dunkirk
    Author: DEIGHTON LEN

    Len Deighton turns a search light on the rise of Hitler, the lightning dash of his armies to the Channel coast in 1940 and on the debacle of Dunkirk - the crucial and fundamental turning point of World War II.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Blitzkrieg: Myth, Reality & Hitler's Lightning War - France, 1940
    Blitzkrieg: Myth, Reality & Hitler's Lightning War - France, 1940
    ISBN: 9781782391364
    Title: Blitzkrieg: Myth, Reality & Hitler's Lightning War - France, 1940
    Author: CLARK LLOYD

    In the spring of 1940, the Germans launched a military offensive in France and the Low Countries that married superb intelligence, the latest military thinking, and new technology to achieve in just six weeks what their fathers had failed to achieve in all four years of the First World War. It was a stunning victory, altering the balance of power in Europe in one stroke, and convinced the entire world that the Nazi war machine was unstoppable.

    But as Lloyd Clark, a leading British military historian and academic, argues inBlitzkrieg, much of our understanding of this victory, and blitzkrieg itself, is based on myth. Far from being a foregone conclusion, Hitler's plan could easily have failed had the Allies been even slightly less inept or the Germans less fortunate. The Germans recognized that success depended not only on surprise, but on avoiding being drawn into a protracted struggle for which they were not prepared. And while speed was essential, 90% of Germany's ground forces were still reliant on horses, bicycles, and their own feet for transportation. There was a real fear of defeat. Their surprise victory proved the apex of their achievement; far from being undefeatable, Clark argues, the France 1940 campaign revealed Germany and its armed forces to be highly vulnerable--a fact dismissed by Hitler as he began to plan for his invasion of the Soviet Union.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Blockade Diary
    Blockade Diary
    ISBN: 9780099583387
    Title: Blockade Diary
    Author: GINZBURG LIDIYA

    The 900-day siege of Leningrad (1941-44) was one of the turning points of World War II. It slowed down the German advance into Russia and became a national symbol of survival and resistance. From her own experience as a survivor of the blockade, and using facts, conversations, and impressions collected over the years, Lidiya Ginzburg has created a remarkable everyman hero in whom she distills the collective experience of life under siege. Though the author may depict, often painfully, the hunger and harrowing conditions of that period, the reader takes away a different impression: the dignity, vitality, and intellectual resilience of the thinking mind as it records and makes sense of extreme experience. This classic work of documentary fiction, reminiscent of the work of Primo Levi and Albert Camus, will be the first introductionof amajor 20th-century Russian writer to many English-language readers."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Blood Rites Origins & History of the Passions of War
    Blood Rites Origins & History of the Passions of War
    ISBN: 9781847083531
    Title: Blood Rites Origins & History of the Passions of War
    Author: EHRENREICH BARBARA

    Renowned social critic Ehrenreich traces the evolution of war from prehistoric forms of socially-sanctioned violence to the mass religion we know today as nationalism. She transforms our understanding of the single, biggest threat to human life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Blood Royal #2 the Wars of Lancaster & York, 1462-1485
    Blood Royal #2 the Wars of Lancaster & York, 1462-1485
    ISBN: 9781781859681
    Title: Blood Royal #2 the Wars of Lancaster & York, 1462-1485
    Author: BICHENO HUGH


    THE REAL GAME OF THRONES CONTINUES...


    Blood Royal is the second volume of a magisterial new interpretation of the savage struggle for supreme power between and within the Plantagenet houses of Lancaster and York from 1450 until 1485. It is a story of closely interwoven families riven by ambition, hatred and treachery, told in chapters narrating the points of view of the key players in England's longest and bloodiest civil war.


    Battle Royal ended with the Lancastrian cause crushed and the Yorkist usurper Edward IV firmly established on the throne. Blood Royal details the renewed and chronic instability sparked by Edward's humiliation of Duchess Cecily, his imperious mother, and her nephew the Neville double earl known to history as 'Warwick the Kingmaker', by secretly marrying the beautiful commoner Elizabeth Woodville.


    In her fury Duchess Cecily tells her sons George of Clarence and Richard of Gloucester that Edward, who is totally unlike them, is the product of her adultery and not their father's heir. Edward's brief overthrow in 1470-71, the execution of Clarence in 1478 and the usurpation and murder of Edward's young sons by Richard of Gloucester in 1483 all followed from that poisonous revelation.


    Readers may judge that the 331-year-old Plantagenet dynasty came to a fitting end with the death of Richard on Bosworth Field in 1485, to be replaced by the Tudors and a vigorous new era in English history.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Blood Royal: The Wars of Lancaster & York, 1462-1485
    Blood Royal: The Wars of Lancaster & York, 1462-1485
    ISBN: 9781781859698
    Title: Blood Royal: The Wars of Lancaster & York, 1462-1485
    Author: BICHENO HUGH


    THE REAL GAME OF THRONES CONTINUES... Blood Royal is the second volume of a magisterial new interpretation of the savage struggle for supreme power between and within the Plantagenet houses of Lancaster and York from 1450 until 1485. It is a story of closely interwoven families riven by ambition, hatred and treachery, told in chapters narrating the points of view of the key players in England's longest and bloodiest civil war. Battle Royal ended with the Lancastrian cause crushed and the Yorkist usurper Edward IV firmly established on the throne. Blood Royal details the renewed and chronic instability sparked by Edward's humiliation of Duchess Cecily, his imperious mother, and her nephew the Neville double earl known to history as 'Warwick the Kingmaker', by secretly marrying the beautiful commoner Elizabeth Woodville.


    In her fury Duchess Cecily tells her sons George of Clarence and Richard of Gloucester that Edward, who is totally unlike them, is the product of her adultery and not their father's heir. Edward's brief overthrow in 1470-71, the execution of Clarence in 1478 and the usurpation and murder of Edward's young sons by Richard of Gloucester in 1483 all followed from that poisonous revelation.


    Readers may judge that the 331-year-old Plantagenet dynasty came to a fitting end with the death of Richard on Bosworth Field in 1485, to be replaced by the Tudors and a vigorous new era in English history.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • Blood Tears & Folly an Objective Look at World War Ii
    Blood Tears & Folly an Objective Look at World War Ii
    ISBN: 9780099520498
    Title: Blood Tears & Folly an Objective Look at World War Ii
    Author: DEIGHTON LEN

    By 1942 the civilised world had been brought to the brink of ruin. It had taken the Axis powers less than three years to command the high seas in the North Atlantic and the South Pacific, to lay waste most of Europe and enslave millions in Asia, to drive deep into Stalin's Soviet empire and come within an ace of controlling the oilfields in the Middle East. At the height of their power the European dictators and the Japanese military autocracy ruled ruthlessly almost half the world. Standing alone, the British were bankrupt and the United States only driven from isolation by the humiliation at Pearl Harbour. Before the tide fully turned in 1943, millions had been put to death, the machinery of the holocaust was in place and nuclear devastation well on the way to become a reality. Yet, Deighton warns, fifty years on the lessons of the Second World War continue to reverberate unheeded. Racial hatred, ethnic cleansing, recession, trade wars and the widening gap between the world's rich and poor promise economic migration on a frightening scale. The dangers of today are seen all too clearly in this account of a recent time when humanity was consumed by violence and destruction.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
    $36.00
  • Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler & Stalin
    Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler & Stalin
    ISBN: 9780465002399
    Title: Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler & Stalin
    Author: SNYDER TIMOTHY

    A prize-winning historian recasts the history of modern Europe around its central catastrophe: the fourteen million people killed by totalitarian regimes in the lands between Hitler and Stalin


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $53.00
    $53.00
  • Bloody April 1917: An Exciting Detailed Analysis of One of the Deadliest Months in the Air in WWI
    Bloody April 1917: An Exciting Detailed Analysis of One of the Deadliest Months in the Air in WWI
    ISBN: 9781910690413
    Title: Bloody April 1917: An Exciting Detailed Analysis of One of the Deadliest Months in the Air in WWI
    Author: FRANKS NORMAN & GUEST RUSSEL & BAILEY FRANK

    Even those people who know little of WWI's air war will have heard of Bloody April. After more than eighteen months of deadly stalemate on the Western Front, by April 1917 the British and French were again about to launch yet another land offensive, this time on the Arras Front. This would be the first opportunity to launch a major offensive since the winter and would require enormous support from the Royal Flying Corps and French Air Force in, hopefully, improved weather. However, the air offensive was to be countered fiercely by the new German Jagstaffeln - Jastas - that had been the brainchild of Oswald Boelcke in 1916. By the spring of 1917, the first Jasta pilots, with new improved fighters - the nimble Albatros DIIIs - were just itching to get to grips with their opponents over the Western Front. What followed was a near massacre of British and French aircraft and crews, which made April the worst month for flying casualties the war had yet seen. Here is a day-by-day, blow-by-blow account of these losses, profusely illustrated with original photographs and expertly told.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Bloody Victory the Sacrifice on the Somme
    Bloody Victory the Sacrifice on the Somme
    ISBN: 9780349120041
    Title: Bloody Victory the Sacrifice on the Somme
    Author: PHILPOTT WILLIAM

    1 July 1916: the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The hot, hellish day in the fields of northern France that has dominated our perception of the First World War for just shy of a century. The shameful waste; the pointlessness of young lives lost for the sake of a few yards; the barbaric attitudes of the British leaders; the horror and ignominy of failure. All have occupied our thoughts for generations. Yet are we right to view the Somme in this way? Drawing on a vast number of sources such as letters, diaries and numerous archives, Bloody Victory describes in vivid detail the physical conditions, the combat and exceptional bravery against the odds but it also, uniquely, captures how the Somme defined the twentieth century in so many ways. This is an utterly gripping new analysis of one of the most iconic campaigns in history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Boeing B-29 Superfortress Manual
    Boeing B-29 Superfortress Manual
    ISBN: 9780857337900
    Title: Boeing B-29 Superfortress Manual
    Author: HOWLETT SIMON


    The Boeing B-29 Superfortress has carved its name in history as the bomber aircraft that dropped the world's first ever H-bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Flown mainly by the USAAF towards the end of WW2 and later during the Korean War, the four-engine B-29 was at the cutting edge of aeronautical design for its time, with pressurised crew accommodation, electronic fire-control system and remotely operated gun turrets.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $64.00
    $64.00
  • Bomber Boys Fighting Back 1940 to 1945
    Bomber Boys Fighting Back 1940 to 1945
    ISBN: 9780007192151
    Title: Bomber Boys Fighting Back 1940 to 1945
    Author: BISHOP PATRICK


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Bomber County: the Poetry of a Lost Pilot's War
    Bomber County: the Poetry of a Lost Pilot's War
    ISBN: 9780374533038
    Title: Bomber County: the Poetry of a Lost Pilot's War
    Author: SWIFT DANIEL

    In early June 1943, James Eric Swift, a pilot with the 83rd Squadron of the Royal Air Force, boarded his Lancaster bomber for a night raid on Münster and disappeared. Widespread aerial bombardment was to the Second World War what the trenches were to the First: a shocking and new form of warfare, wretched and unexpected, and carried out at a terrible scale of loss. Just as the trenches produced the most remarkable poetry of the First World War, so too did the bombing campaigns foster a haunting set of poems during the Second.

    In researching the life of his grandfather, Daniel Swift became engrossed with the connections between air war and poetry. Ostensibly a narrative of the author’s search for his lost grandfather through military and civilian archives and in interviews conducted in the Netherlands, Germany, and England, Bomber County is also an examination of the relationship between the bombing campaigns of the Second World War and poetry, an investigation into the experience of bombing and being bombed, and a powerful reckoning with the morals and literature of a vanished moment.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
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