• & Still I Rise: Black America Since Mlk - An Illustrated Chronology
    & Still I Rise: Black America Since Mlk - An Illustrated Chronology
    ISBN: 9780062427007
    Title: & Still I Rise: Black America Since Mlk - An Illustrated Chronology
    Author: GATES HENRY L. & BURKE KEVIN M

    The companion book to Henry Louis Gates, Jr. s PBS series, And Still I Rise a timeline and chronicle of the past fifty years of black history in the U.S. in more than 350 photos.

    Beginning with the assassination of Malcolm X in February 1965, And Still I Rise: From Black Power to the White House explores the last half-century of the African American experience. More than fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the birth of Black Power, the United States has both a black president and black CEOs running Fortune 500 companies and a large black underclass beset by persistent poverty, inadequate education, and an epidemic of incarceration. Harvard professor and scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. raises disturbing and vital questions about this dichotomy. How did the African American community end up encompassing such profound contradictions? And what will the black community mean tomorrow?

    Gates takes readers through the major historical events and untold stories of the sixty years that have irrevocably shaped both the African American experience and the nation as a whole, from the explosive social and political changes of the 1960s, into the 1970s and 1980s eras characterized by both prosperity and neglect through the turn of the century to today, taking measure of such racial flashpoints as the Tawana Brawley case, OJ Simpson s murder trial, the murders of Amadou Diallo and Trayvon Martin, and debates around the NYPD s stop and frisk policies. Even as it surveys the political and social evolution of black America, And Still I Rise is also a celebration of the accomplishments of black artists, musicians, writers, comedians, and thinkers who have helped to define American popular culture and to change our world."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00

    $65.00
  • 1493: How Europe's Discovery of the Americas Revolutionized Trade, Ecology & Life on Earth
    1493: How Europe's Discovery of the Americas Revolutionized Trade, Ecology & Life on Earth
    ISBN: 9781847082459
    Title: 1493: How Europe's Discovery of the Americas Revolutionized Trade, Ecology & Life on Earth
    Author: MANN CHARLES C

    This is an account of history's biggest ecological invasion, when Europe and the Americas collided for the first time in millennia. The book explores how many historians believe that this collision of ecosystems and cultures - the Columbian Exchange - was the most consequential event in human history since the Neolithic Revolution.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 1666: Plague, War & Hellfire
    1666: Plague, War & Hellfire
    ISBN: 9781473623545
    Title: 1666: Plague, War & Hellfire
    Author: RIDEAL REBECCA


    1666 was a watershed year for England. An outbreak of the Great Plague, the eruption of the second Dutch War, and the devastating Great Fire of London all struck the country in rapid succession and with devastating repercussions.


    Shedding light on these dramatic events and their context, historian Rebecca Rideal reveals an unprecedented period of terror and triumph. Based in original archival research drawing on little-known sources, 1666 opens with the fiery destruction of London before taking readers on a thrilling journey through a crucial turning point in English history as seen through the eyes of an extraordinary cast of historical characters.


    While the central events of this significant year were ones of devastation and defeat, 1666 also offers a glimpse of the incredible scientific and artistic progress being made at that time, from Isaac Newton s discovery of gravity to the establishment of The London Gazette. It was in this year that John Milton completed Paradise Lost, Frances Stewart posed for the iconic image of Britannia, and a young architect named Christopher Wren proposed a plan for a new London a stone phoenix to rise from the charred ashes of the old city.


    With flair and style, 1666 exposes readers to a city and a country on the cusp of modernity and a series of events that altered the course of history.

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    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 30 Second Ancient China
    30 Second Ancient China
    ISBN: 9781782409700
    Title: 30 Second Ancient China
    Author: ZHUANG YIJIE

    In the West, the story of Ancient China is less familiar to us than that of Ancient Egypt or Rome, but it is no less absorbing, and its rollcall of achievements is easily as impressive. 30-Second Ancient China unlocks the secrets of its Bronze Age glories and offers summaries of everything from the lost cities of the Zhou kings to the birth of Confucianism - the perfect introduction to one of the great ancient civilisations.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • 30 Second Ancient Egypt
    30 Second Ancient Egypt
    ISBN: 9781782409717
    Title: 30 Second Ancient Egypt
    Author: DER MANUELIAN PETER

    Why was the Nile integral to the unification of Egypt? What is the mystery surrounding Queen Hetepheres' tomb? What did the Armana Letters reveal? What did the ancient Egyptians eat and drink? 30-Second Ancient Egypt presents a unique insight into one of the most brilliant and beguiling civilizations, where technological innovations and architectural wonders emerge among mysterious gods and burial rites. Each entry is summarized in just 30 seconds-using nothing more than two pages, 300 words, and a single picture. From royal dynasties and Tutankhamun's tomb, to hieroglyphs and mummification, interspersed with biographies of Egypt's most intriguing rulers, this is the quickest path to understanding the 50 key ideas and innovations that developed and defined one of the world's great civilizations.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Aeronauts Travels in the Air
    Aeronauts Travels in the Air
    ISBN: 9781911545477
    Title: Aeronauts Travels in the Air
    Author: GLAISHER JAMES

    The True Story Behind the Major Motion Picture -- and one of the greatest daredevil stories in the history of aviation

    In 1862, ambitious scientist James Glaisher set out to do the impossible: ascend higher into the skies than ever before. A pioneer of weather forecasting and of photography, and a founding member of the Royal Meteorological Society, he wanted to take ground-breaking research measurements from different altitudes.

    On 5th September, along with experienced balloonist Henry Coxwell as his pilot, he lifted off in a hot air balloon for what would prove to be a death-defying and historic flight. Rising above the English countryside, they rose to the remarkable height of 37,000 feet (7 miles or 11km), almost killing both men, who experienced blurred vision, loss of motor function and, eventually, unconsciousness. It was a miracle they survived to tell the tale.

    Written in his own words, The Aeronauts chronicles Glaisher's incredible flights and discoveries first hand, as well as his observations on those pioneers who came before and inspired him. His audaciously daring journey forms the story of the forthcoming major motion picture The Aeronauts.

    With an introduction by Professor Liz Bentley, Chief Executive at the Royal Meteorological Society

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00

    $23.00
  • African Europeans: An Untold History
    African Europeans: An Untold History
    ISBN: 9781787381919
    Title: African Europeans: An Untold History
    Author: OLIVETTE OTELE

    A dazzling history of Africans in Europe, revealing their unacknowledged role in shaping the continent

    Conventional wisdom holds that Africans are only a recent presence in Europe. But in African Europeans, renowned historian Olivette Otele debunks this and uncovers a long history of Europeans of African descent. From the third century, when the Egyptian Saint Maurice became the leader of a Roman legion, all the way up to the present, Otele explores encounters between those defined as "Africans" and those called "Europeans." She gives equal attention to the most prominent figures -- like Alessandro de Medici, the first duke of Florence thought to have been born to a free African woman in a Roman village -- and the untold stories -- like the lives of dual-heritage families in Europe's coastal trading towns.

    African Europeans is a landmark celebration of this integral, vibrantly complex slice of European history, and will redefine the field for years to come.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $62.00
    $62.00
  • African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women
    African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women
    ISBN: 9781620403532
    Title: African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women
    Author: MCKINLEY CATHERINE E & WOODSON JACQUELINE (FOREWOR

    An unprecedented visual history of African women told in striking and subversive historical photographs--featuring an Introduction by Edwidge Danticat and a Foreword by Jacqueline Woodson.

    Most of us grew up with images of African women that were purely anthropological--bright displays of exotica where the deeper personhood seemed tucked away. Or they were chronicles of war and poverty--"poverty porn." But now, curator Catherine E. McKinley draws on her extensive collection of historical and contemporary photos to present a visual history spanning a hundred-year arc (1870 1970) of what is among the earliest photography on the continent. These images tell a different story of African women- how deeply cosmopolitan and modern they are in their style; how they were able to reclaim the tools of the colonial oppression that threatened their selfhood and livelihoods.
    Featuring works by celebrated African masters, African studios of local legend, and anonymous artists, The African Lookbook captures the dignity, playfulness, austerity, grandeur, and fantasy-making of African women across centuries. McKinley also features photos by Europeans--most starkly, striking nudes--revealing the relationships between white men and the Black female sitters where, at best, a grave power imbalance lies. It's a bittersweet truth that when there is exploitation there can also be profound resistance expressed in unexpected ways--even if it's only in gazing back. These photos tell the story of how the sewing machine and the camera became powerful tools for women's self-expression, revealing a truly glorious display of everyday beauty.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Age of Conquests: The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC to AD 138)
    Age of Conquests: The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC to AD 138)
    ISBN: 9781846682971
    Title: Age of Conquests: The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian (336 BC to AD 138)
    Author: CHANIOTIS ANGELOS

    The ancient world that Alexander the Great transformed in his lifetime was transformed once more by his death. The imperial dynasties of his successors incorporated and reorganized the fallen Persian empire, creating a new land empire stretching from the shores of the Mediterranean to as far east as Bactria. In old Greece a fragile balance of power was continually disturbed by wars. Then, from the late third century, the military and diplomatic power of Rome successively defeated and dismantled every one of the post-Alexandrian political structures. The Hellenistic period (c. 323-30 BC) was then one of fragmentation, violent antagonism between large states, and struggles by small polities to retain an illusion of independence. Yet it was also a period of growth, prosperity, and intellectual achievement. A vast network spread of trade, influence and cultural contact, from Italy to Afghanistan and from Russia to Ethiopia, enriching and enlivening centres of wealth, power and intellectual ferment. From Alexander the Great's early days building an empire, via wars with Rome, rampaging pirates, Cleopatra's death and the Jewish diaspora, right up to the death of Hadrian, Chaniotis examines the social structures, economic trends, political upheaval and technological progress of an era that spans five centuries and where, perhaps, modernity began.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • All Our Relations: Finding the Path to Healing after Indigenous Genocide
    All Our Relations: Finding the Path to Healing after Indigenous Genocide
    ISBN: 9781925849547
    Title: All Our Relations: Finding the Path to Healing after Indigenous Genocide
    Author: TALAGA TANYA

    The world's Indigenous communities are fighting to live and dying too young. In this vital and incisive work, Tanya Talaga explores intergenerational trauma and the alarming rise of youth suicide.

    From Northern Ontario to Nunavut, Norway, Brazil, Australia, and the United States, the Indigenous experience in colonised nations is startlingly similar and deeply disturbing. It is an experience marked by the violent separation of Peoples from the land, the separation of families, and the separation of individuals from traditional ways of life - all of which has culminated in a spiritual separation that has had an enduring impact on generations of Indigenous children. As a result of this colonial legacy, too many communities today lack access to the basic determinants of health - income, employment, education, a safe environment, health services - leading to a mental health and youth suicide crisis on a global scale. But, Talaga reminds us, First Peoples also share a history of resistance, resilience, and civil rights activism, from the Occupation of Alcatraz led by the Indians of All Tribes, to the Northern Ontario Stirland Lake Quiet Riot, to the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which united Indigenous Nations from across Turtle Island in solidarity.

    All Our Relationsis a powerful call for action, justice, and a better, more equitable world for all Indigenous Peoples.


    'An essential work of nonfiction . . . Through storytelling, on-the-ground reporting, literature surveys, and plenty of statistics, Talaga demonstrates the extent to which Indigenous children continue to live under the full weight of colonial history . . . All children, she writes, 'need to know who their ancestors are, who their heroes and villains are.' InAll Our Relations, Talaga restores that basic right to Indigenous children who have been robbed of it. And the rest of us, as an epigraph from author Thomas King makes clear, no longer have the excuse of saying we haven't heard this story. Talaga alone has told it twice now.' -Quill & Quire

    Praise for Seven Fallen Feathers-
    'An urgent and unshakable portrait of the horrors faced by Indigenous teens going to school in Thunder Bay, Ontario, far from their homes and families . . . Talaga's incisive research and breathtaking storytelling could bring this community one step closer to the healing it deserves.'-Booklist, Starred Review

    Praise for Seven Fallen Feathers-
    'Talaga's research is meticulous and her journalistic style is crisp and uncompromising . . . The book is heartbreaking and infuriating, both an important testament to the need for change and a call to action.' -Publishers Weekly Starred Review

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Amazing & Extraordinary Facts Great Britain
    Amazing & Extraordinary Facts Great Britain
    ISBN: 9781910821206
    Title: Amazing & Extraordinary Facts Great Britain
    Author: HALLIDAY STEPHEN


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Among the Wolves of Court: The Untold Story of Thomas & George Boleyn
    Among the Wolves of Court: The Untold Story of Thomas & George Boleyn
    ISBN: 9781350147058
    Title: Among the Wolves of Court: The Untold Story of Thomas & George Boleyn
    Author: MACKAY LAUREN

    The tragic story of Anne Boleyn has been retold over the centuries, yet two key figures in Anne's life her father Thomas and brother George are often relegated to the margins of the history of Henry VIII's turbulent reign. Well before Anne's coronation in 1533, Thomas was regarded as one of Henry's most skilled and experienced ambassadors, and George was a talented young courtier on the rise. But Anne's downfall was to have a devastating effect on her family o ultimately costing her and her brother their lives. A family whose success and prestige had been shaped over generations was destroyed in a violent and brutal episode as the king sought a new wife and a male heir.
    In this first biography devoted to the Boleyn men, Lauren Mackay takes us beyond the stereotypes of Thomas and George to present a story that has almost been lost to history. This book follows the Boleyn men as they negotiated their way through the ruthless game of politics among the wolves of the court, and establishes their place in Tudor history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life & Death of a Town Called Buczacz
    Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life & Death of a Town Called Buczacz
    ISBN: 9781451684544
    Title: Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life & Death of a Town Called Buczacz
    Author: BARTOV OMER

    "A substantive contribution to the history of ethnic strife and extreme violence" (The Wall Street Journal) and a cautionary examination of how genocide can take root at the local level--turning neighbors, friends, and family against one another--as seen through the eastern European border town of Buczacz during World War II.

    For more than four hundred years, the Eastern European border town of Buczacz--today part of Ukraine--was home to a highly diverse citizenry. It was here that Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews all lived side by side in relative harmony. Then came World War II, and three years later the entire Jewish population had been murdered by German and Ukrainian police, while Ukrainian nationalists eradicated Polish residents. In truth, though, this genocide didn't happen so quickly.

    In Anatomy of a Genocide, Omer Bartov explains that ethnic cleansing doesn't occur as is so often portrayed in popular history, with the quick ascent of a vitriolic political leader and the unleashing of military might. It begins in seeming peace, slowly and often unnoticed, the culmination of pent-up slights and grudges and indignities. The perpetrators aren't just sociopathic soldiers. They are neighbors and friends and family. They are also middle-aged men who come from elsewhere, often with their wives and children and parents, and settle into a life of bourgeois comfort peppered with bouts of mass murder.

    For more than two decades Bartov, whose mother was raised in Buczacz, traveled extensively throughout the region, scouring archives and amassing thousands of documents rarely seen until now. He has also made use of hundreds of first-person testimonies by victims, perpetrators, collaborators, and rescuers. Anatomy of a Genocide profoundly changes our understanding of the social dynamics of mass killing and the nature of the Holocaust as a whole. Bartov's book isn't just an attempt to understand what happened in the past. It's a warning of how it could happen again, in our own towns and cities--much more easily than we might think.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00

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  • Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings
    Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings
    ISBN: 9780500292075
    Title: Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings
    Author: MANCO JEAN

    This paradigm-shifting book paints a spirited portrait of a restless people that challenges our established ways of looking at Europe s past. The story is more complex than at first believed, with new evidence suggesting that the European gene pool was stirred vigorously multiple times. Genetic clues are also enhancing our understanding of European mobility in epochs with written records, including the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons, the spread of the Slavs, and the adventures of the Vikings Now brought completely up to date with all the latest findings from the fast-moving fields of genetics, DNA, and dating, Jean Manco s highly readable account weaves multiple strands of evidence into a startling new history of the continent, of interest to anyone who wants to truly understand Europeans place in the ancient world. "

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill & the Road to War
    Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill & the Road to War
    ISBN: 9781784705749
    Title: Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill & the Road to War
    Author: BOUVERIE TIM


    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER


    'Appeasing Hitler is an astonishingly accomplished debut' Antony Beevor
    'One of the most promising young historians to enter our field for years' Max Hastings
    'Brilliant and sparkling ... reads like a thriller. I couldn't put it down' Peter Frankopan


    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'. Less than a year later, Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War began.


    Appeasing Hitler is a compelling new narrative history of the disastrous years of indecision, failed diplomacy and parliamentary infighting that enabled Nazi domination of Europe. Beginning with the advent of Hitler in 1933, it sweeps from the early days of the Third Reich to the beaches of Dunkirk. Bouverie takes us into the backrooms of 10 Downing Street and Parliament, where a small group of rebellious MPs, including the indomitable Winston Churchill, were among the few to realise that the only choice was between 'war now or war later'. And we enter the drawing rooms and dining clubs of fading imperial Britain, where Hitler enjoyed surprising support among the ruling class and even some members of the Royal Family.


    Drawing on deep archival research, including previously unseen sources, this is 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.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
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  • Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes & Empires
    Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes & Empires
    ISBN: 9780300251630
    Title: Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes & Empires
    Author: MACKINTOSH-SMITH TIM

    A riveting, comprehensive history of the Arab peoples and tribes that explores the role of language as a cultural touchstone

    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.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • Art of War the Ancient Classic
    Art of War the Ancient Classic
    ISBN: 9780857080097
    Title: Art of War the Ancient Classic
    Author: SUN-TZU

    The Art of War is an ancient classic that remains an international bestselling business self-help manual to this day. Its central message of winning without conflict is as pertinent now as it was 2,500 years ago. The Art of War brings a different way of seeing conflict, transcending the instinctual 'fight for your life' approach. With enough intelligence, it says, a conflict can be prevented from developing into something nasty - or developing at all. It is possible to conquer with a minimum of force and little destruction. Such an outcome we would describe today as 'win-win', not just defeating a person in an argument (force) but bringing him or her over to our way of thinking.This deluxe hardback edition also includes an introduction by Tom Butler-Bowdon, drawing comparisons and lessons for modern day business leaders from the text.It includes: The complete, unedited and unabridged text from 300 BC Strategies for survival and success in difficult times Advice on how to conquer with minimal destruction and conflict An introduction from Tom Butler Brown, the personal development literature expert

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • Atlantic Wars: From the Fifteenth Century to the Age of Revolution
    Atlantic Wars: From the Fifteenth Century to the Age of Revolution
    ISBN: 9780190860455
    Title: Atlantic Wars: From the Fifteenth Century to the Age of Revolution
    Author: PLANK GEOFFREY

    In a sweeping account, Atlantic Wars explores how warfare shaped the experiences of the peoples living in the watershed of the Atlantic Ocean between the late Middle Ages and the Age of Revolution. At the beginning of that period, combat within Europe secured for the early colonial powers the resources and political stability they needed to venture across the sea. By the early nineteenth century, descendants of the Europeans had achieved military supremacy on land but revolutionaries had challenged the norms of Atlantic warfare.Nearly everywhere they went, imperial soldiers, missionaries, colonial settlers, and traveling merchants sought local allies, and consequently they often incorporated themselves into African and indigenous North and South American diplomatic, military, and commercial networks. The newcomers and the peoples they encountered struggled to understand each other, find common interests, and exploit the opportunities that arose with the expansion of transatlantic commerce. Conflicts arose as a consequence of ongoing cultural misunderstandings and differing conceptions of justice and the appropriate use of force. In many theaters of combat profits could be made by exploiting political instability. Indigenous and colonial communities felt vulnerable in these circumstances, and many believed that they had to engage in aggressive military action--or, at a minimum, issue dramatic threats--in order to survive. Examining the contours of European dominance, this work emphasizes its contingent nature and geographical limitations, the persistence of conflict and its inescapable impact on non-combatants' lives.Addressing warfare at sea, warfare on land, and transatlantic warfare, Atlantic Wars covers the Atlantic world from the Vikings in the north, through the North American coastline and Caribbean, to South America and Africa. By incorporating the British, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Africans, and indigenous Americans into one synthetic work, Geoffrey Plank underscores how the formative experience of combat brought together widely separated people in a common history.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
    $80.00
  • Atlas of Extinct Countries
    Atlas of Extinct Countries
    ISBN: 9780008393854
    Title: Atlas of Extinct Countries
    Author: DEFOE GIDEON


    Prisoners of Geography meets Bill Bryson: a funny, fascinating, beautifully illustrated - and timely - history of countries that, for myriad and often ludicrous reasons, no longer exist.


    'Countries are just daft stories we tell each other. They're all equally implausible once you get up close'


    Countries& die. Sometimes it's murder, sometimes it's by accident, and sometimes it's because they were so ludicrous they didn't deserve to exist in the first place. Occasionally they explode violently. A few slip away almost unnoticed. Often the cause of death is either 'got too greedy' or 'Napoleon turned up'. Now and then they just hold a referendum and vote themselves out of existence.

    &

    This is an atlas of nations that fell off the map. The polite way of writing an obituary is: dwell on the good bits, gloss over the embarrassing stuff. This book fails to do that. And that is mainly because most of these dead nations (and a lot of the ones that are still alive) are so weird or borderline nonsensical that it's impossible to skip the embarrassing stuff.


    The life stories of the sadly deceased involve a catalogue of chancers, racists, racist chancers, conmen, madmen, people trying to get out of paying tax, mistakes, lies, stupid schemes and General Idiocy. Because of this - and because treating nation states with too much respect is the entire problem with pretty much everything - these accounts are not fussed about adding to all the earnest flag saluting in the world, however nice some of the flags are.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
  • Autobiography of Malcolm X
    Autobiography of Malcolm X
    ISBN: 9780141032726
    Title: Autobiography of Malcolm X
    Author: X MALCOLM

    They called him the 'angriest black man in America' . . . Celebrated and vilified the world over for his courageous but bitter fight to gain for millions of black men and women the equality and respect denied them by their white neighbours, Malcolm X inspired as many people in the United States as he caused to fear him. His remarkable autobiography, completed just before his murder in 1965, ranges from Omaha and Michigan to Harlem and Mecca, and tells of a young, disenfranchised man whose descent into drug addition, robbery and prison was only reversed by his belief in the rights struggle for black America, and his conversion to the Nation of Islam. Not only is this an enormously important record of the Civil Rights Movement in America, but also the scintillating story of a man who refused to allow anyone to tell him who or what he was.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Barbarians At The Wall: The First Nomadic Empire & the Making of China
    Barbarians At The Wall: The First Nomadic Empire & the Making of China
    ISBN: 9780552174916
    Title: Barbarians At The Wall: The First Nomadic Empire & the Making of China
    Author: MAN JOHN

    'Man does for the reader that most difficult of tasks: he conjures up an ancient people in an alien landscape in such a way as to make them live.' Guardian
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    The people of the first nomadic empire left no written records, but from 200 BC they dominated the heart of Asia for 400 years. They changed the world. The Mongols, today's descendants of Genghis Khan, see them as ancestors. Their rise cemented Chinese unity and inspired the first Great Wall. Their heirs under Attila the Hun helped destroy the Roman Empire.


    We don't know what language they spoke, but they became known as Xiongnu, or Hunnu, a term passed down the centuries and across Eurasia, enduring today in shortened form as 'Hun'. Outside Asia precious little is known of their rich history, but new evidence reframes our understanding of the indelible mark they left on a vast region stretching from Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China.


    Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, Barbarians at the Wall traces their epic story, and shows how the nomadic cultures of the steppes gave birth to a 'barbarian empire' with the wealth and power to threaten the civilised order of the ancient world.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • Barbizon: The New York Hotel That Set Women Free
    Barbizon: The New York Hotel That Set Women Free
    ISBN: 9781529393033
    Title: Barbizon: The New York Hotel That Set Women Free
    Author: BREN PAULINA

    From award-winning author Paulina Bren comes the first history of New York's most famous residential hotel--The Barbizon--and the remarkable women who lived there.The Barbizon tells the story of New York's most glamorous women-only hotel, and the women--both famous and ordinary--who passed through its doors. World War I had liberated women from home and hearth, setting them on the path to political enfranchisement and gainful employment. Arriving in New York to work in the dazzling new skyscrapers, they did not want to stay in uncomfortable boarding houses; they wanted what men already had--exclusive residential hotels that catered to their needs, with daily maid service, cultural programs, workout rooms, and private dining. The Barbizon would become the most famous residential hotel of them all, welcoming everyone from aspiring actresses, dancers, and fashion models to seamstresses, secretaries, and nurses. The Barbizon's residents read like a who's who: Titanic survivor Molly Brown; actresses Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford, Grace Kelly, Tippi Hedron, Liza Minelli, Ali McGraw, Jaclyn Smith, and Phylicia Rashad; writers Sylvia Plath, Joan Didion, Diane Johnson, Gael Greene, and Meg Wolitzer; and so many more. But before they were household names, they were among the young women arriving at the Barbizon with a suitcase, and hope. Beautifully written and impeccably researched, The Barbizon weaves together a tale that has, until now, never been told. It is an epic story of women's ambition in the 20th century. The Barbizon Hotel offered its residents a room of their own and air to breathe, unfettered from family obligations and expectations. It gave women a chance to remake themselves however they pleased. No place had existed like it before, or has since.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection & Action
    Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection & Action
    ISBN: 9781847926753
    Title: Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection & Action
    Author: KENDI IBRAM X


    Being antiracist is not something you are. It's something we do.


    In his global, game-changing bestseller How To Be An Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Centre for Antiracist Research at Boston University, showed that when it comes to racism, neutrality is not an option: until we become part of the solution, we can only be part of the problem. Crucially, it requires 'persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism and regular self-examination'.


    In this workbook he uses his extraordinary gifts as a teacher to provide the reader with a series of activities, exercises and reflections to help them do this vital work, to cultivate an instinctive awareness of racism in all its forms and to take the action necessary to promote racial equity in the world around them.



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  • Begin Again: James Baldwin's America & Its Urgent Lessons for Today
    Begin Again: James Baldwin's America & Its Urgent Lessons for Today
    ISBN: 9781784744441
    Title: Begin Again: James Baldwin's America & Its Urgent Lessons for Today
    Author: GLAUDE JR. EDDIE S.


    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    A searing indictment of racial injustice in America - inspired by the life and work of James Baldwin - to help us understand the present moment, and imagine a new future into being


    'Not everything is lost. Responsibility cannot be lost, it can only be abdicated. If one refuses abdication, one begins again.' JAMES BALDWIN

    The struggles of Black Lives Matter and the attempt to achieve a new America have been challenged by the presidency of Donald Trump, a president whose time in the White House represents the latest failure of America to face the lies it tells itself about race.

    For James Baldwin, a similar attempt to force a confrontation with the truth of America's racism came in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement, and was answered with the murders of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. In the years from the publication of The Fire Next Time in 1963 to that of No Name in the Street in 1972, Baldwin - the great creative artist, often referred to as 'the poet of the revolution' - became a more overtly political writer, a change that came at great professional and personal cost. But from that journey, Baldwin emerged with a sense of renewed purpose about the necessity of pushing forward in the face of disillusionment and despair.

    America is at a crossroads. Drawing insight and inspiration from Baldwin's writings, Glaude suggests we can find hope and guidance through our own era of shattered promises and white retrenchment. Seamlessly combining biography with history, memoir and trenchant analysis of our moment, Begin Again bears witness to the difficult truth of race in America. It is at once a searing exploration that lays bare the tangled web of race, trauma and memory, and a powerful interrogation of what we all must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a more just future.

    'Begin Again is that rare thing: an instant classic' Pankaj Mishra
    'Incredibly moving and stirring' Diana Evans

    A TIME 100 Must-Read Book of 2020
    A Washington Post Notable Work of Non-Fiction 2020



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  • Belonging: Story of the Jews 1492-1900
    Belonging: Story of the Jews 1492-1900
    ISBN: 9780099590064
    Title: Belonging: Story of the Jews 1492-1900
    Author: SCHAMA SIMON

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE

    SELECTED AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 BY THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, MAIL ON SUNDAYAND OBSERVER


    Belonging is a magnificent cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour. From the Jews' expulsion from Spain in 1492 it tells the stories not just of rabbis and philosophers but of a poetess in the ghetto of Venice; a boxer in Georgian England; a general in Ming China; an opera composer in nineteenth-century Germany. The story unfolds in Kerala and Mantua, the starlit hills of Galilee, the rivers of Colombia, the kitchens of Istanbul, the taverns of Ukraine and the mining camps of California. It sails in caravels, rides the stage coaches and the railways; trudges the dawn streets of London, hobbles along with the remnant of Napoleon's ruined army.


    The Jewish story is a history that is about, and for, all of us. And in our own time of anxious arrivals and enforced departures, the Jews' search for a home is more startlingly resonant than ever.

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  • Bending Adversity: Japan & the Art of Survival 2 Ed
    Bending Adversity: Japan & the Art of Survival 2 Ed
    ISBN: 9780141990538
    Title: Bending Adversity: Japan & the Art of Survival 2 Ed
    Author: PILLING DAVID

    Updated with a new chapter.

    Despite years of stagnation, Japan remains one of the world's largest economies and a country which exerts a remarkable cultural fascination. David Pilling's new book is an entertaining, deeply knowledgeable and surprising analysis of a group of islands which have shown great resilience, both in the face of financial distress and when confronted with the overwhelming disaster of the 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami. Bending Adversity is a superb work of reportage and the essential book even for those who already feel they know the country well.

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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.


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  • Berlin Wall: 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989 (reissued)
    Berlin Wall: 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989 (reissued)
    ISBN: 9781526614278
    Title: Berlin Wall: 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989 (reissued)
    Author: TAYLOR FREDERICK

    The astonishing drama of Cold War nuclear poker that divided humanity - reissued with a new Postscript to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the wall.During the night of 12-13 August 1961, a barbed-wire entanglement was hastily constructed through the heart of Berlin. It metamorphosed into a structure that would come to symbolise the insanity of the Cold War: the Berlin Wall. Frederick Taylor tells the story of the post-war political conflict that led to a divided Berlin and unleashed an East-West crisis, which lasted until the very people the Wall had been built to imprison breached it on 9 November 1989.Weaving together history, original archive research and personal stories, The Berlin Wall, now published in fifteen languages, is the definitive account of a divided city and its people in a time when humanity seemed to stand permanently on the edge of destruction.

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  • Berlin: The Story of a City
    Berlin: The Story of a City
    ISBN: 9781471181542
    Title: Berlin: The Story of a City
    Author: WHITE-SPUNNER BARNEY

    Telling the story of its people and its rulers, from its medieval origins up to the present day, Berlin is a fascinating and informative history of an extraordinary city from the author of the international bestseller Partition.

    Berlin is Europe's most fascinating and exciting city. It is and always has been a city on the edge - geographically, culturally, politically and morally. The great movements that have shaken Europe, from the Reformation to Marxism have their origins in Berlin's streets. The long-time capital of Prussia and of the Hohenzollern dynasty it has never, paradoxically, been a Prussian city. Instead it has always been a city of immigrants, a city that accepts everyone and turns them into Berliners. A typical Berliner, it is said, is someone who has just arrived at the railway station.
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    With its unique dialect, exceptional museums, experimental cultural scene, its liberated social life and its open and honest approach to its history, with monuments to the Holocaust as prominent as its rebuilt royal palace, it is as challenging a city as it is absorbing. And it has always been like that, since its medieval foundation as twin fishing villages. Too often Berlin is seen through the prism of Nazism and its role on the front line in the Cold War. Important, frightening and interesting as those periods are, its history starts much further ago than that.

    As approachable for the casual visitor to Berlin as it is informative for those who enjoy reading history, Berlin: The Story of a City is as fascinating as its subject.

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  • Between the Devil &  the Deep Blue Sea: The Mission to Rescue the Hostages the World Forgot
    Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea: The Mission to Rescue the Hostages the World Forgot
    ISBN: 9781785787027
    Title: Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea: The Mission to Rescue the Hostages the World Forgot
    Author: FREEMAN COLIN


    'A thoroughly good read', Michael Portillo, author of Portillo's Hidden History of Britain and presenter of Great British Railway Journeys


    'A MUST READ book ... 5 stars, highly recommended!' Jordan Wylie, adventurer and author of& Citadel: The true story of one man's war against the pirates of Somalia


    'Raw, gripping and profoundly moving', Andrew Harding, BBC's Africa correspondent and author of These are Not Gentle People




    The true story of a retired British army officer's private Somali-hostage rescue mission


    During the peak of the Somali piracy crisis, three ships - from Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan - were hijacked and then abandoned to their fate by their employers, who lacked the money to pay ransoms. All would still be there, were it not for Colonel John Steed, a retired British military attaché, who launched his own private mission to free them.&


    At 65, Colonel Steed was hardly an ideal saviour. With no experience in hostage negotiations and no money behind him, he had to raise the ransom cash from scratch, running the operation from his spare room and ferrying million-dollar ransom payments around in the boot of his car.&


    Drawing on first-hand interviews, former chief foreign correspondent of The Sunday Telegraph, Colin Freeman, who has himself spent time held hostage by Somali pirates, takes readers on an inside track into the world of hostage negotiation and one man's heroic rescue mission.



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  • Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World & Will Take Us to the Stars
    Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World & Will Take Us to the Stars
    ISBN: 9781471186509
    Title: Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World & Will Take Us to the Stars
    Author: RADER ANDREW

    From brilliant young polymath Andrew Rader--an MIT-credentialed scientist, popular podcast host, and SpaceX mission manager--an "engaging" (Tim Marshall, New York Times bestselling author) chronicle showcasing our human desire to continually explore new and uncharted territory, from civilization's earliest days to interstellar travel.

    For the first time in history, the human species has the technology to destroy itself. But having developed that power, humans are also able to leave Earth and voyage into the vastness of space. After millions of years of evolution, we've arrived at the point where we can settle other worlds and begin the process of becoming multi-planetary. How did we get here? What does the future hold for us?

    Divided into four accessible sections, Beyond the Known examines major periods of discovery and rediscovery, from Classical Times, when Phoenicians, Persians, and Greeks ventured forth; to The Age of European Exploration, which saw colonies sprout on nearly every continent; to The Era of Scientific Inquiry, when researchers developed new tools for mapping and traveling farther; to Our Spacefaring Future, which unveils plans currently underway for settling other planets and, eventually, traveling to the stars.

    A Mission Manager at SpaceX with a lively voice, Andrew Rader is at the forefront of space exploration. As a gifted historian, Rader, who has won global acclaim for his stunning breadth of knowledge, is singularly positioned to reveal the story of human exploration that is also the story of scientific achievement. Told with an infectious zeal for traveling seeking new horizons, Beyond the Known is "an astute--and highly flattering--view of human aspirations" (Kirkus Reviews).

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  • Bigger Than History Why Archaeology Matters
    Bigger Than History Why Archaeology Matters
    ISBN: 9780500295083
    Title: Bigger Than History Why Archaeology Matters
    Author: FAGAN BRIAN & DURRANI NADIA


    Why does archaeology matter? How does studying prehistory help us understand climate change? How can archaeological discoveries challenge contemporary assumptions about gender? How has archaeology been used and misused to support political and nationalist agendas - and how can it help build a more diverse and inclusive picture of our world by examining the people left out of written history?

    Brian Fagan and Nadia Durrani address these and other questions, exploring how archaeology?s long-term perspective offers unique views into the most challenging issues facing the world today. With examples from around the globe - including a female Viking burial in Sweden, controversies over the discovery of the Kingdom of Mapungubwe in Southern Africa, and newly discovered ancient farming techniques in South America - Bigger Than History explores how the search for the past continues to inform our understanding of the present.



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  • Black Elk Speaks: The Complete Edition
    Black Elk Speaks: The Complete Edition
    ISBN: 9780803283916
    Title: Black Elk Speaks: The Complete Edition
    Author: NEIHARDT JOHN G. & DELORIA PHILIP J. (INTRODUCTION


    Black Elk Speaks, the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) and his people during momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century, offers readers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time. Black Elk's searing visions of the unity of humanity and Earth, conveyed by John G. Neihardt, have made this book a classic that crosses multiple genres. Whether appreciated as the poignant tale of a Lakota life, as a history of a Native nation, or as an enduring spiritual testament, Black Elk Speaks is unforgettable.



    Black Elk met the distinguished poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt in 1930 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and asked Neihardt to share his story with the world. Neihardt understood and conveyed Black Elk's experiences in this powerful and inspirational message for all humankind.



    This complete edition features a new introduction by historian Philip J. Deloria and annotations of Black Elk's story by renowned Lakota scholar Raymond J. DeMallie. Three essays by John G. Neihardt provide background on this landmark work along with pieces by Vine Deloria Jr., Raymond J. DeMallie, Alexis Petri, and Lori Utecht. Maps, original illustrations by Standing Bear, and a set of appendixes rounds out the edition.




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  • Blood & Silk: Power & Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia
    Blood & Silk: Power & Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia
    ISBN: 9781474602037
    Title: Blood & Silk: Power & Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia
    Author: VATIKIOTIS MICHAEL

    Why are the region's richest countries such as Malaysia riddled with corruption? Why do Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines harbour unresolved violent insurgencies? How do deepening religious divisions in Indonesia and Malaysia and China's growing influence affect the region and the rest of the world?

    Thought-provoking and eye-opening, BLOOD AND SILK is an accessible, personal look at modern Southeast Asia, written by one of the region's most experienced outside observers. This is a first-hand account of what it's like to sit at the table with deadly Thai Muslim insurgents, mediate between warring clans in the Southern Philippines and console the victims of political violence in Indonesia - all in an effort to negotiate peace, and understand the reasons behind endemic violence.



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    Price: $28.00
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  • Blood, Oil & the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against a Fascist State in Iraq & the Levant 1941
    Blood, Oil & the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against a Fascist State in Iraq & the Levant 1941
    ISBN: 9781468313994
    Title: Blood, Oil & the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against a Fascist State in Iraq & the Levant 1941
    Author: BROICH JOHN


    Spring 1941 was a high point for the Axis war machine. Western Europe was conquered; southeastern Europe was falling, Great Britain on its heels; and Rommel's Afrika Korps was freshly arrived to drive on the all-important Suez Canal.


    In Blood, Oil and the Axis, historian John Broich tells the story of Iraq and the Levant during this most pivotal time of the war. The browbeaten Allied forces had one last remaining hope for turning the war in their favor: the Axis running through its fuel supply. But when the Golden Square--four Iraqi generals allegiant to the Axis cause--staged a coup in Iraq, elevating a pro-German junta and prompting military cooperation between Vichy French-occupied Syria and Lebanon and the Axis, disaster loomed.


    Blood, Oil and the Axisfollows those who participated in the Allies' frantic, improvised, and unlikely response to this dire threat: Palestinian and Jordanian Arabs, Australians, American and British soldiers, Free French Foreign Legionnaires, and Jewish Palestinians, all who shared a desperate, bloody purpose in quashing the formation of an Axis state in the Middle East. Memorable figures of this makeshift alliance include Jack Hasey, a young American who ran off to fight with the Free French Foreign Legion before his own country entered the war; Freya Stark, a famous travel-writer-turned-government-agent; and even Roald Dahl, a twenty-three-year-old Royal Air Force recruit (and future author of beloved children's books).


    Taking the reader on a tour of cities and landscapes grimly familiar to today's reader--from a bombed-out Fallujah, to Baghdad, to Damascus--Blood, Oil and the Axisis poised to become the definitive chronicle of the Axis's menacing play for Iraq and the Levant in 1941 and the extraordinary alliance that confronted it.



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  • Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler & Stalin
    Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler & Stalin
    ISBN: 9780099551799
    Title: Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler & Stalin
    Author: SNYDER TIMOTHY

    In the middle of Europe in the middle of the twentieth century, the Nazi and Soviet regimes killed fourteen million people in certain borderlands between Berlin and Moscow. In these bloodlands, today's Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and the eastern Baltic coast, an average of more than a million civilians were killed annually by the Nazi and Soviet regimes during twelve years that both Hitler and Stalin were in power, from 1933 to 1944. Together Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union ruled most of the Eurasian landmass, but they killed chiefly, indeed almost entirely, in the bloodlands. Beyond the bloodlands, the regimes of Hitler and Stalin together, in their vast domains from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans, deliberately killed no more than three million civilians in these years. If the compact area of the bloodlands is included, the figure rises to seventeen million souls.The centre of gravity of modern European history is here, in the frontier zones and lands between states advocating European ideologies, who assaulted European peoples, and eradicated an established European order.The center of gravity of modern European history is a black hole.Today Stalin's crimes are associated with Russia, and Hitler's with Germany: these countries were not the main sites of mass killing. People were killed in the lands between, where most of Europe's Jews lived, where Hitler and Stalin's plans overlapped, and where the Wehrmacht and the Red Army fought, and where the Soviet NKVD and the German SS concentrated their forces.

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  • Book Smugglers of Timbuktu: The Quest for This Storied City & the Race to Save Its Treasures
    Book Smugglers of Timbuktu: The Quest for This Storied City & the Race to Save Its Treasures
    ISBN: 9780008126650
    Title: Book Smugglers of Timbuktu: The Quest for This Storied City & the Race to Save Its Treasures
    Author: ENGLISH CHARLIE

    'An exemplary work of investigative journalism that is also a wonderfully colourful book of history and travel' Observer, Books of the Year 'A piece of postmodern historiography of quite extraordinary sophistication and ingenuity... [written with] exceptional delicacy and restraint' TLS The fabled city of Timbuktu has captured the Western imagination for centuries. The search for this 'African El Dorado' cost the lives of many explorers but Timbuktu is rich beyond its legends. Home to many thousands of ancient manuscripts on poetry, history, religion, law, pharmacology and astronomy, the city has been a centre of learning since medieval times. When jihadists invaded Mali in 2012 threatening destruction to Timbuktu's libraries, a remarkable thing happened. A team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the precious manuscripts into hiding. Based on new research and first-hand reporting, Charlie English expertly tells this story set in one of the world's most fascinating places, and the myths from which it has become inseparable.

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  • Bookseller of Florence: Vespasiano Da Bisticci & the Manuscripts that Illuminated the Renaissance
    Bookseller of Florence: Vespasiano Da Bisticci & the Manuscripts that Illuminated the Renaissance
    ISBN: 9781784742669
    Title: Bookseller of Florence: Vespasiano Da Bisticci & the Manuscripts that Illuminated the Renaissance
    Author: KING ROSS


    An exhilarating and untold account of a Florentine bookseller working at the frontiers of human knowledge, and the epochal shift from script to print that defined the Renaissance

    The Renaissance in Florence conjures images of beautiful frescoes and elegant buildings - the dazzling handiwork of the city's artists and architects. But equally important were geniuses of another kind: Florence's manuscript hunters, scribes, scholars and booksellers, who blew the dust off a thousand years of history and, through the discovery and diffusion of ancient knowledge, imagined a new and enlightened world.

    At the heart of this activity was a remarkable bookseller: Vespasiano da Bisticci. Besides repositories of ancient wisdom by the likes of Plato, Aristotle and Cicero, his books were works of art in their own right, copied by talented scribes and illuminated by the finest miniaturists. His clients included popes, kings, and princes across Europe who wished to burnish their reputations by founding magnificent libraries. Vespasiano reached the summit of his powers as Europe's most prolific merchant of knowledge when a new invention appeared: the printed book. By 1480, the 'king of the world's booksellers' was swept away by this epic technological disruption.

    A thrilling chronicle of intellectual ferment set against the dramatic political and religious turmoil of the era, The Bookseller of Florence is also an ode to books and bookmaking that charts the world-changing shift from script to print through the life of an extraordinary man long lost to history - one of the true titans of the Renaissance.



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  • Border The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics
    Border The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics
    ISBN: 9781788161794
    Title: Border The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics
    Author: FERRITER DIARMAID

    'Anyone who wishes to understand why Brexit is so intractable should read this book. I can think of several MPs who ought to.' The TimesFor the past two decades, you could cross the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic half a dozen times without noticing or, indeed, turning off the road you were travelling. It cuts through fields, winds back-and-forth across roads, and wends from Carlingford Lough to Lough Foyle. It is frictionless - a feat sealed by the Good Friday Agreement. Before that, watchtowers loomed over border communities, military checkpoints dotted the roads, and smugglers slipped between jurisdictions. This is a past that most are happy to have left behind but might it also be the future?The border has been a topic of dispute for over a century, first in Dublin, Belfast and Westminster and, post Brexit referendum, in Brussels. Yet, despite the passions of Nationalists and Unionists in the North, neither found deep wells of support in the countries they identified with politically. British political leaders were often ignorant of the conflict's complexities, rarely visited the border, and privately disliked their erstwhile unionist allies. Southern leaders' anti-partition statements masked relative indifference and unofficial cooperation with British security services.From the 1920 Government of Ireland Act that created the border, the Treaty and its aftermath, through the Civil Rights Movement, Thatcher, the Troubles and the Good Friday Agreement up to the Brexit negotiations, Ferriter reveals the political, economic, social and cultural consequences of the border in Ireland. With the fate of the border uncertain, The Border is a timely intervention by a renowned historian into one of the most contentious and misunderstood political issues of our time.

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  • Borgias: Power & Fortune
    Borgias: Power & Fortune
    ISBN: 9781786495464
    Title: Borgias: Power & Fortune
    Author: STRATHERN PAUL

    The glorious and infamous history of the Borgia family--a world of saints,& corrupt popes, and depraved princes and poisoners--set& against the golden age of the& Italian Renaissance.

    The Borgia family have become a byword for evil. Corruption, incest, ruthless megalomania, avarice and vicious cruelty--all have been associated with their name. And yet, paradoxically, this family lived when the Renaissance was coming into its full flowering in Italy. Examples of infamy flourished alongside some of the finest art produced in western history.& & & & & & & & & & &

    This is but one of several paradoxes associated with the Borgia family. For the family which produced corrupt popes, depraved princes and poisoners, would also produce a saint. These paradoxes which so characterize the Borgias have seldom been examined in great detail. Previously history has tended to condemn, or attempt in part to exonerate, this remarkable family. Yet in order to understand the Borgias, much more is needed than evidence for and against. The Borgias must be related to their time, together with the world which enabled them to flourish. Within this context the Renaissance itself takes on a very different aspect. Was the corruption part of the creation, or vice versa? Would one have been possible without the other?& & & & & & & & & & &

    In this way, the Borgia too represent the greatest aspirations of the Renaissance. Condemning the Borgia is as futile as attempting to exonerate them. Their leadership and their depravity must both be taken into account, for it would appear that they are both part of the same picture. In the nineteenth century the German philosopher Nietzsche would outline his theory of the Will to Power. In the ensuing century this idea would be hijacked by the Fascists and put into ruthless practice. The Borgia were no Fascists, nor were they thinkers of the calibre of Nietzsche: yet it is arguable that they united both the idea and the practice of the Will to Power some four centuries prior to Nietzsche's conception of this guiding human principle. Telling the story of the Borgias becomes both an illustration and an exemplary analysis of the strengths and flaws of this& evolutionary idea.

    The primitive psychological forces which first played out in the amphitheaters of ancient Greece: hubris, incest, murder, the bitter rivalries and entanglements of doomed families, the treacheries of political power, the twists of fate--they are all here. Along with the final, tragic downfall. All these elements are played out in full in the glorious and infamous history of the Borgia family.

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