• 1924 the Year that Made Hitler
    1924 the Year that Made Hitler
    ISBN: 9780316384049
    Title: 1924 the Year that Made Hitler
    Author: RANGE PETER ROSS

    The dark story of Adolf Hitler's life in 1924--the year that made a monster
    Before Adolf Hitler's rise to power in Germany, there was 1924. This was the year of Hitler's final transformation into the self-proclaimed savior and infallible leader who would interpret and distort Germany's historical traditions to support his vision for the Third Reich.
    Everything that would come--the rallies and riots, the single-minded deployment of a catastrophically evil idea--all of it crystallized in one defining year. 1924 was the year that Hitler spent locked away from society, in prison and surrounded by co-conspirators of the failed Beer Hall Putsch. It was a year of deep reading and intensive writing, a year of courtroom speeches and a treason trial, a year of slowly walking gravel paths and spouting ideology while working feverishly on the book that became his manifesto: "Mein Kampf."
    Until now, no one has fully examined this single and pivotal period of Hitler's life. In "1924, "Peter Ross Range richly depicts the stories and scenes of a year vital to understanding the man and the brutality he wrought in a war that changed the world forever.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • 1944 Fdr & the Year that Changed History
    1944 Fdr & the Year that Changed History
    ISBN: 9781439114087
    Title: 1944 Fdr & the Year that Changed History
    Author: WINIK JAY

    New York Times bestselling author Jay Winik brings to life in gripping detail the year 1944, which determined the outcome of World War II and put more pressure than any other on an ailing yet determined President Roosevelt.

    It was not inevitable that World War II would end as it did, or that it would even end well. 1944 was a year that could have stymied the Allies and cemented Hitler's waning power. Instead, it saved those democracies-but with a fateful cost. Now, in a superbly told story, Jay Winik, the acclaimed author of April 1865 and The Great Upheaval, captures the epic images and extraordinary history as never before.

    1944 witnessed a series of titanic events: FDR at the pinnacle of his wartime leadership as well as his reelection, the planning of Operation Overlord with Churchill and Stalin, the unprecedented D-Day invasion, the liberation of Paris and the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and the tumultuous conferences that finally shaped the coming peace. But on the way, millions of more lives were still at stake as President Roosevelt was exposed to mounting evidence of the most grotesque crime in history, the Final Solution. Just as the Allies were landing in Normandy, the Nazis were accelerating the killing of millions of European Jews. Winik shows how escalating pressures fell on an all but dying Roosevelt, whose rapidly deteriorating health was a closely guarded secret. Here then, as with D-Day, was a momentous decision for the president. Was winning the war the best way to rescue the Jews? Was a rescue even possible? Or would it get in the way of defeating Hitler? In a year when even the most audacious undertakings were within the world's reach, including the liberation of Europe, one challenge-saving Europe's Jews-seemed to remain beyond Roosevelt's grasp.

    As he did so brilliantly in April 1865, Winik provides a stunningly fresh look at the twentieth century's most pivotal year. Magisterial, bold, and exquisitely rendered, 1944: FDR and the Year that Changed History is the first book to tell these events with such moral clarity and unprecedented sweep, and a moving appreciation of the extraordinary struggles of the era's outsized figures. 1944 is destined to take its place as one of the great works of World War II.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
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  • 1946: The Making of the Modern World
    1946: The Making of the Modern World
    ISBN: 9780330544856
    Title: 1946: The Making of the Modern World
    Author: SEBESTYEN VICTOR

    Sebestyen creates a taut, panoramic narrative and takes us to meetings that changed the world: from Berlin, July 1945, when Truman tells Stalin we have successfully tested the bomb; to Ye nan, China, January 1946, General George Marshall tells the Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong Americans won t send troops to China assuring the Communists will attain power; Delhi, India, April 1946, UK Cabinet Members tell Pandit Nehur and Mahatma Gandhi that the British will leave India within a few months ending two centuries of British imperialism; to Jerusalem, May 1946, representatives of David Ben Gurion and moderate Zionists, meet Begin and Jewish terrorist groups, to agree to drive British from Palestine. The bombing of King David Hotel resulted, accelerating the creation of Israel.
    Drawing on new archival material and many interviews, Sebestyen reveals the major postwar decisions as he points up the economic collapse, starvation, ethnic cleansing, and displacement that followed the war. He gives a vivid, bleak, and detailed picture of suffering of the populations from Europe to Asia. It was the year it was decided there would be a Jewish homeland, that Europe would be split by the Iron Curtain, independent India would become the world s biggest democracy, and the Chinese communists would win a civil war that positioned them to become a great power.
    (With 16 pages of black-and-white photographs.)"

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  • 1947: When Now Begins
    1947: When Now Begins
    ISBN: 9781911617099
    Title: 1947: When Now Begins
    Author: ASBRINK ELISABETH & GRAHAM FIONA (TRANS)

    Somewhere on the timeline, the war ends, while somewhere else, a new age begins - the one we call now. The shift does not happen overnight, from one day to the next; instead, the world vibrates for a number of years. People try to find their way to homes that are no longer there.

    People run from their deeds, and most of them get away. Among the millions in flight across Europe looking for a new home in 1947 are Asbrink's parents. In 1947, production begins of the Kalashnikov, Christian Dior creates the New Look, Simone de Beauvoir writes The Second Sex, the first computer bug is discovered, the CIA is set up, Hassan Al-Banna draws up the plan that remains the goal of jihadists to this day, and a UN committee is given four months to find a solution to the problem of Palestine.

    In 1947 Elisabeth Asbrink chronicles the creation of the world we now inhabit, as the forces that will go on to govern all our lives during the next 70 years first make themselves known.


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  • 1956, the World in Revolt
    1956, the World in Revolt
    ISBN: 9780571312320
    Title: 1956, the World in Revolt
    Author: HALL SIMON

    Popular uprisings in Poland and Hungary shake Moscow's hold on its eastern European empire. Across the American South, and in the Union of South Africa, black people risk their livelihoods, and their lives, in the struggle to dismantle institutionalised white supremacy and secure first-class citizenship. France and Britain, already battling anti-colonial insurgencies in Algeria and Cyprus, now face the humiliation of Suez. Meanwhile, in Cuba, Fidel Castro and his band of rebels take to the Sierra Maestra to plot the overthrow of a dictator... 1956 was one of the most remarkable years of the twentieth century. All across the globe, ordinary people spoke out, filled the streets and city squares, and took up arms in an attempt to win their freedom. In response to these unprecedented challenges to their authority, those in power fought back, in a desperate bid to shore up their position. It was an epic contest, and one which made 1956 - like 1789 and 1848 - a year that changed our world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
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  • 1956: Year that Changed Britain
    1956: Year that Changed Britain
    ISBN: 9781849549127
    Title: 1956: Year that Changed Britain
    Author: BECKETT FRANCIS & RUSSELL TONY

    In 1956, everything changed. Britain and France occupied Suez, and the Soviet Union invaded Hungary. Nikita Khrushchev's 'secret speech' exposed the crimes of Stalin. Suddenly the left found itself homeless, as the Communist Party became uninhabitable. The Royal Court Theatre unveiled John Osborne's 'Look Back in Anger', exploding the upper-middle-class complacency in which British theatre had cloaked itself. This book takes us through this most momentous of years, week by week and sometimes hour by hour.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
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  • 1963: the Year of the Revolution: How Youth Changed the World With Music, Art, & Fashion
    1963: the Year of the Revolution: How Youth Changed the World With Music, Art, & Fashion
    ISBN: 9780062120458
    Title: 1963: the Year of the Revolution: How Youth Changed the World With Music, Art, & Fashion
    Author: LEVE ARIEL

    Beginning in London and ricocheting across the Atlantic; encompassing music, fashion, film, literature, and stage; 1963: The Year That Rocked is an oral history of twelve months that changed our world-the Youth Quake movement-and laid the foundations for the generation of today. It was the year that Cold War protagonists sought a truce, the race into space stepped up a gear, feminism and civil rights flexed their political muscles, and President Kennedy's assassination numbed the world. But as the front pages of history were being printed, the scoop of the century slipped by unnoticed. On January 13th 1963, two then largely unknown acts made their first appearances on nationwide television in Britain. Neither The Beatles nor Bob Dylan could have known it at the time, but by some strange alchemy the anthems of a social upheaval were being heard by a mass audience-and they were the catalyst. Within the year, their voices were commanding millions of ears around the world. The Beatles had become the poster boys of a revolution that still influences us to this day, and Dylan its prophet. 1963, in short, saw the birth of a global demographic power shift. Within that one year, youth, for the first time in history had become a commercial and cultural force that commanded the attention of government and religion and exercised the power to shape society. 1963 is the first book to recount the kinetic story of the emancipation of youth through music, fashion, and the arts-and in the voices of those who changed the world so radically, from Keith Richards to Eric Clapton, Mary Quant to Vidal Sassoon, Graham Nash to Peter Frampton, Alan Parker to Gay Talese, Stevie Nicks to Norma Kamali, and many more. It is an oral history that records, documentary-style, the incredible roller-coaster ride of that year when a group of otherwise obscure teenagers would become global superstars. It serves not only as a fast-paced historical eye-witness record but as an inspiration to anyone in search of a passion, an identity, and a dream.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • 1968 the Year that Rocked the World
    1968 the Year that Rocked the World
    ISBN: 9780345455826
    Title: 1968 the Year that Rocked the World
    Author: KURLANSKY MARK

    To some, 1968 was the year of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Yet it was also the year of the Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Kennedy assassinations; the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; Prague Spring; the antiwar movement and the Tet Offensive; Black Power; the generation gap; avant-garde theater; the upsurge of the womens movement; and the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union.

    In this monumental book,Mark Kurlansky brings to teeming life the cultural and political history of that pivotal year, when televisions influence on global events first became apparent, and spontaneous uprisings occurred simultaneously around the world. Encompassing the diverse realms of youth and music, politics and war, economics and the media, 1968 shows how twelve volatile months transformed who we were as a peopleand led us to where we are today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
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  • 1983: The World at the Brink
    1983: The World at the Brink
    ISBN: 9780349143040
    Title: 1983: The World at the Brink
    Author: DOWNING TAYLOR


    'A carefully researched and hugely readable account of the build-up to war, the momentum inexorably growing as he assembles each part of the jigsaw. Indeed, his narrative is so persuasive that by the time you are about two- thirds through, it takes some effort to remind yourself that the Third World War never happened' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times


    1983 was a supremely dangerous year - even more dangerous than 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the US, President Reagan massively increased defence spending, described the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire' and announced his 'Star Wars' programme, calling for a shield in space to defend the US from incoming missiles.


    Yuri Andropov, the paranoid Soviet leader, saw all this as signs of American aggression and convinced himself that the US really meant to attack the Soviet Union. He put the KGB on alert to look for signs of an imminent nuclear attack. When a Soviet fighter jet shot down Korean Air Lines flight KAL 007 after straying off course over a sensitive Soviet military area, President Reagan described it as a 'terrorist act' and 'a crime against humanity'. The temperature was rising fast.


    Then at the height of the tension, NATO began a war game called Able Archer 83. In this exercise, NATO requested permission to use the codes to launch nuclear weapons. The nervous Soviets convinced themselves this was no exercise but the real thing.


    This is an extraordinary and largely unknown Cold War story of spies and double agents, of missiles being readied, of intelligence failures, misunderstandings and the panic of world leaders. With access to hundreds of extraordinary new documents just released in the US, Taylor Downing is able to tell for the first time the gripping but true story of how near the world came to the brink of nuclear war in 1983.


    1983: The World at the Brink is a real-life thriller.



    Format: Paperback
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  • 30 Second Ancient China: the 50 Most Important Achievements of a Timeless Civilisation, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    30 Second Ancient China: the 50 Most Important Achievements of a Timeless Civilisation, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    ISBN: 9781782402701
    Title: 30 Second Ancient China: the 50 Most Important Achievements of a Timeless Civilisation, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    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 and the elaborate oracle-bone rituals that were practiced at their courts to the exquisite bronze vessels that gave the age its name, and the birth of Confucianism. Add topics dealing with everyday life in Ancient China, and succinct biographies of some powerful figuresfrom Wu Ding, king of the Shang, to Sun Tzu, author of The Art of War, the first ever treatise on military strategyand 30-Second Ancient China becomes the perfect introduction to one of the great ancient civilizations.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
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  • 30 Second Ancient Greece: 50 Most Important Achievements of a Timeless Civilization, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    30 Second Ancient Greece: 50 Most Important Achievements of a Timeless Civilization, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    ISBN: 9781782405900
    Title: 30 Second Ancient Greece: 50 Most Important Achievements of a Timeless Civilization, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    Author: NICHOLLS MATTHEW


    We think of Ancient Greece as the birthplace of democracy and a breeding ground for pioneering philosophers, but what was life really like in a Greek city-state? Who could vote in an election in Athens? What kind of plays did people see at the theatre? How much impact did gods and myths have on the lives of the ancient Greeks? Why were neighbouring states so often at war?

    30-Second& Ancient Greece presents a unique insight into one of the most creative and influential civilizations, where military might and architectural brilliance flourished alongside great rhetoric and spellbinding stories of heroes. From temples and oracles to soldiers and slavery, from beautiful pottery to tragic drama, this is the key to understanding the 50 crucial ideas and innovations that developed and defined one of the world's greatest civilizations.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
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  • 30-second Ancient Egypt
    30-second Ancient Egypt
    ISBN: 9781782401322
    Title: 30-second Ancient Egypt
    Author: DER MANULIAN PETER

    We've all heard of pyramids, hieroglyphs and Cleopatra, but how much do you really know about ancient Egypt? Why was the Nile integral to the unification of Egypt? What is the mystery surrounding Queen Hetepheres tomb? What did the Amarna 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 Tutankhamuns tomb, to hieroglyphs and mummification, interspersed with biographies of Egypts most intriguing rulers, this is the quickest path to understanding the 50 key ideas and innovations that developed and defined one of the worlds great civilizations.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
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  • 30-Second Ancient Greece the 50 Most Important Achievements of a Timeless Civilization, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    30-Second Ancient Greece the 50 Most Important Achievements of a Timeless Civilization, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    ISBN: 9781782403883
    Title: 30-Second Ancient Greece the 50 Most Important Achievements of a Timeless Civilization, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    Author: NICHOLLS MATTHEW

    The 50 most important achievements of a timeless civilization, each& explained in half a minute.


    Ancient Greek civilization laid the foundations for so many aspects of& modern western life, from architecture to philosophy. But can you recite& the Classical orders with confidence (are you sure what an order actually& is?), and would you be able to define the key contributions of Socrates,& Plato, and Aristotle? 30-Second Ancient Greece offers an engrossing tour of& the Hellenic world, appealingly served up in easily absorbed nuggets.

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    • An internationally bestselling series presents essential concepts in a mere 30 seconds, 300 words, and one ℑ
    • Presents a unique insight into one of the most creative and influential civilizations, where military might and architectural brilliance flourished;
    • From temples and oracles to soldiers and slavery, from beautiful pottery to tragic drama, this is the key to understanding the 50 crucial ideas and innovations that developed and defined one of the world's greatest civilizations.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $23.00
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  • 30-second Ancient Rome
    30-second Ancient Rome
    ISBN: 9781782401315
    Title: 30-second Ancient Rome
    Author: NICHOLLS MATTHEW

    You know that Rome wasnt built in a day, but just how did a cluster of small hilltop villages expand to become one of the greatest empires in history? Why did Romulus kill his brother Remus? How was a legion organized? Did people really speak Latin? What entertainment could you see at the Colosseum? And what was daily life like for a Roman citizen? This book takes a novel approach to answering all these questions and more. 30-Second Ancient Rome presents a unique insight into one of the most brilliantly governed societies, where military might and expansive empire paved the way for technological advances that helped shape our modern existence. From aqueducts to sewers, from mosaics to medical diagnoses, this is the straightest road toward understanding the 50 key innovations and ideas that developed and defined one of the worlds great civilizations.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
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  • 30-Second Anthropology
    30-Second Anthropology
    ISBN: 9781782405450
    Title: 30-Second Anthropology
    Author: UNDERDOWN SIMON

    Who are we? What is it about our species that sets us apart from every other living creature, past and present, on this planet? These are perennially compelling questions about human evolution and development that continue to cudgel the best brains on earth. Anthropology seeks to understand the roots of our common humanity, the diversity of cultures and world-views, and the organisation of social relations and practices. If you only have 30 seconds, that is enough time - by reading this book - to meet the ancestors and master the basic ideas, personalities, controversies and future directions of the study of humankind.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
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  • 30-second Napoleon the 50 Fundamentals of His Life, Strategies, & Legacy, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    30-second Napoleon the 50 Fundamentals of His Life, Strategies, & Legacy, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    ISBN: 9781782405108
    Title: 30-second Napoleon the 50 Fundamentals of His Life, Strategies, & Legacy, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    Author: ESDAILE CHARLES


    Almost two centuries since his death, Napoleon Bonaparte remains the subject of vigorous debate. On one side are those with a romantic attachment to ideals of liberty and democracy, on the other are those who would rather see him as an ambitious warlord, bent on establishing a colonial empire in the heart of Europe.

    30-Second Napoleon
    takes in both viewpoints, presenting an engrossing introduction to one of the most recognizable figures in history and one of extraordinary interest whichever point of view you take, romantic or pragmatic: one who did much to modernize Europe, and who stood for both a powerful state and for rational and efficient government, plus such principles as equality before the law and the career open to talent--achievements that explain his continued fascination for so many people.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
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  • 30-Second Paris
    30-Second Paris
    ISBN: 9781782405443
    Title: 30-Second Paris
    Author: FLOWER JOHN

    Think you know Paris? Why is it called the City of Lights? & Where are the capital's vineyards? What heritage did Hector Guimard bestow on the city? How many bridges cross the Seine? Step away from the grands boulevards and chic boutiques and satisfy your curiosity. Written by experts who live and breathe Paris, this volume gets you under the skin of the city to reveal its true beating heart. In just half a minute - the time it takes to read a topic - 30-Second Paris takes you on a tour without the tourists, revealing Paris and its environs in all its contemporary as well as its historic glory, divulging its quintessential quartiers, famous residents and residences, monuments and museums, cemeteries and squares, markets and fashion meccas, open spaces and entertainment arenas.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
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  • 30-second Twentieth Century
    30-second Twentieth Century
    ISBN: 9781743365595
    Title: 30-second Twentieth Century
    Author: REYNOLDS JONATHAN ED

    30-Second Twentieth Century presents a unique approach to modern history. It condenses 100 years of innovation and art, politics and conflict, triumph and disaster, into 50 graphic snapshots that offer an instant appreciation of the way the world revolves and evolves. It invites the reader to consider which events define a period of history and why.

    From the Red Army to Black Monday, from Woodstock to the World Wide Web, this is the fastest way to travel through time.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
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  • 37th Parallel: the Secret Truth Behind America's Ufo Highway
    37th Parallel: the Secret Truth Behind America's Ufo Highway
    ISBN: 9781785150869
    Title: 37th Parallel: the Secret Truth Behind America's Ufo Highway
    Author: MEZRICH BEN


    Like âeoeAgent Mulderâe of The X-Files, computer programmer and sheriffâe(tm)s deputy Zukowski is obsessed with tracking down UFO reprints in Colorado. He would take the family with him on weekend trips to look for evidence of aliens. But this innocent hobby takes on a sinister urgency when Zukowski learns of mutilated livestock, and sees the bodies of dead horses and cattle âe" whose exsanguination is inexplicable by any known human or animal means.


    Along an expanse of land stretching across the southern borders of Utah, Colorado, and Kansas, Zukowski discovers multiple bizarre incidences of mutilations, and suddenly realizes that they cluster around the 37th Parallel or âeoeUFO Highway.âe So begins an extraordinary and fascinating journey from El Paso and Rush, Colorado, to the mysterious Bigelow Aerospace company and MUFON, from Roswell and Area 51 to the Pentagon and beyond; to underground secret military caverns and Indian sacred sites; beneath strange, unexplained lights in the sky and into corporations that obstruct and try to take over investigations. Inspiring and terrifying, this true story will keep you up at night, staring at the sky, and wondering if we really are alone... and what could happen next.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
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  • 50 Gay & Lesbian Books Everybody Must Read
    50 Gay & Lesbian Books Everybody Must Read
    ISBN: 9781593501198
    Title: 50 Gay & Lesbian Books Everybody Must Read
    Author: CANNING RICHARD ED

    A wide range of writers and scholars brings the importance of gay literature to the masses.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • 50 Leaders Who Changed History
    50 Leaders Who Changed History
    ISBN: 9781743366042
    Title: 50 Leaders Who Changed History
    Author: PHILLIPS CHARLES

    The greatest leaders in politics, religion, business, art and sciences.
    What qualities enabled George Washington-celebrated as the 'father of his country'-to lead a sometimes ramshackle army to victory in the American Revolutionary War and then serve with distinction as the first US President in 1789-97? How did Winston Churchill succeed in inspiring the British people in the darkest days of World War II, when the struggle against the power of Nazi Germany might have seemed hopeless? What made Queen Elizabeth I-hailed as 'Gloriana' by her people-such a triumphantly successful leader, who oversaw the defeat of the mighty Spanish Armada and the flowering of literary geniuses such as William Shakespeare?

    In the modern era, natural authority and honed leadership skills drove Martin Luther King Jr, Fidel Castro, Margaret Thatcher, and Nelson Mandela to make history. The sports teams of British soccer manager Sir Alex Ferguson, baseball coach John McGraw, and Vince Lombardi in American Football, galvanized by brilliant leadership, played on to unprecedented success. While creative powerhouses such as William Morris and Pablo Picasso harnessed their huge talents to change the way people saw the world.

    Have the qualities needed by great leaders changed across centuries? How have the image of the leader and the concept of leadership evolved? This gripping book combines the stories of great leaders' achievements with insightful analysis of what inspired them to lead, and how they pursued and found success. Categorized into stories of 8 religious figureheads, 9 cultural visionaries, 15 military geniuses and 18 political leaders and social visionaries, here is history at its most powerful- and most relevant.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • 50 Strategies that Changed History
    50 Strategies that Changed History
    ISBN: 9781743366035
    Title: 50 Strategies that Changed History
    Author: SMITH DANIEL

    The greatest strategies ever developed for war, business, and politics.
    How did David, the future king of Israel, plot his assault against the seemingly invincible Philistine warrior Goliath? What strategic thinking lay behind the military triumphs of Alexander the Great or Napoleon Bonaparte? When revolutionaries organized to bring about the downfall of the autocratic Russian tsar, what keen intelligence laid the groundwork for their achievement? Study the social media, as well as political, strategy that lay behind Barack Obama's historic election as US President in 2008-and his re-election four years later. Investigate the bold moves, the cunning, and the hard-hitting plans of action that brought triumph to economic giants such as Henry Ford or Bill Gates. Consider how the great strategists of each age learnt from their forerunners as this most practically focused field of thought developed and changed.

    In this thoroughly researched, superbly illustrated, and expertly written book the history of strategic thought comes vividly and immediately to life through stories of 19 military, 14 political, and 17 business geniuses, exploring how strategy has changed our world for better and for worse, and influenced every part of our daily lives.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • 740 Park: the Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building
    740 Park: the Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building
    ISBN: 9780767917445
    Title: 740 Park: the Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building
    Author: GROSS MICHAEL

    For seventy-five years, it's been Manhattan's richest apartment building, and one of the most lusted-after addresses in the world. One apartment had 37 rooms, 14 bathrooms, 43 closets, 11 working fireplaces, a private elevator, and his-and-hers saunas; another at one time had a live-in service staff of 16. To this day, it is steeped in the purest luxury, the kind most of us could only imagine, until now. The last great building to go up along New York's Gold Coast, construction on 740 Park finished in 1930. Since then, 740 has been home to an ever-evolving cadre of our wealthiest and most powerful families, some of America's (and the world's) oldest money--the kind attached to names like Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Bouvier, Chrysler, Niarchos, Houghton, and Harkness--and some whose names evoke the excesses of today's monied elite: Kravis, Koch, Bronfman, Perelman, Steinberg, and Schwarzman. All along, the building has housed titans of industry, political power brokers, international royalty, fabulous scam-artists, and even the lowest scoundrels. The book begins with the tumultuous story of the building's construction. Conceived in the bubbling financial, artistic, and social cauldron of 1920's Manhattan, 740 Park rose to its dizzying heights as the stock market plunged in 1929--the building was in dire financial straits before the first apartments were sold. The builders include the architectural genius Rosario Candela, the scheming businessman James T. Lee (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's grandfather), and a raft of financiers, many of whom were little more than white-collar crooks and grand-scale hustlers. Once finished, 740 became a magnet for the richest, oldest families inthe country: the Brewsters, descendents of the leader of the Plymouth Colony; the socially-registered Bordens, Hoppins, Scovilles, Thornes, and Schermerhorns; and top executives of the Chase Bank, American Express, and U.S. Rubber. Outside the walls of 740 Park, these were the people shaping America culturally and economically. Within those walls, they were indulging in all of the Seven Deadly Sins. As the social climate evolved throughout the last century, so did 740 Park: after World War II, the building's rulers eased their more restrictive policies and began allowing Jews (though not to this day African Americans) to reside within their hallowed walls. Nowadays, it is full to bursting with new money, people whose fortunes, though freshly-made, are large enough to buy their way in. At its core this book is a social history of the American rich, and how the locus of power and influence has shifted haltingly from old bloodlines to new money. But it's also much more than that: filled with meaty, startling, often tragic stories of the people who lived behind 740's walls, the book gives us an unprecedented access to worlds of wealth, privilege, and extraordinary folly that are usually hidden behind a scrim of money and influence. This is, truly, how the other half--or at least the other one hundredth of one percent--lives.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • 9/11 Toronto Report
    9/11 Toronto Report
    ISBN: 9781478369202
    Title: 9/11 Toronto Report
    Author: GOURLEY JAMES

    This volume is the final report issued from the International Hearings on the Events of September 11, 2001, held in Toronto, Canada. Over the four days of the Toronto Hearings, noted authors and scientific experts presented the best evidence gathered in the previous decade to a panel of distinguished individuals whose opinion on the strength of the evidence should carry considerable weight in the public sphere. The four panelists were: Ferdinando Imposimato, former Senior Judge and Honorary President of the Supreme Court of Italy; Herbert Jenkins, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at McMaster University, educated at Oberlin College and Harvard University; Richard Lee, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Toronto and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, previously positions at Harvard, Rutgers and Columbia University; and David Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Tennessee and former President of the U.S. Fulbright Association, educated at Yale and Cornell. Much of the evidence these panelists heard and questioned during the Toronto Hearings is presented in the opening chapters of this report. Following the evidence, each panelist has presented his findings, conclusions and recommendations based on the evidence. Panelist David Johnson noted that much of the evidence, "ignored by the mainstream media, cries out for a wider audience and a rigorous but fair review by independent authorities," and that a "new, honest investigation conducted with subpoena powers should be empanelled to look into whether such crimes might have been committed." Herbert Jenkins found that previous U.S. government investigations of 9/11 "were designed not to understand what actually happened, but rather to defend the official account, which they did by selective omissions and distortions of the evidence" and believes that "without a more open government, there is] no way to repair the profound distrust of government that now cripples democracy in America." Richard Lee said that the Toronto Hearings were "extraordinarily effective in presenting carefully compiled scientific evidence that casts serious doubt on the veracity of the official story" and was "impressed by the seriousness of the witnesses, their willingness to submit their evidence to scientific scrutiny and evaluation, and their challenging the authors of the official story to refute the evidence presented." Ferdinando Imposimato held that the best course forward to achieve justice is to "submit the best evidence concerning the involvement in 9/11 of specific individuals to the International Criminal Court Prosecutor and ask him to investigate" and names potential targets of the ICC investigation. The opinions of the Toronto Hearings panelists make a clear and unmistakable case that the official account of 9/11 is false, and that the only way to realize truth and accountability is to tear down the wall of secrecy and lies that has been erected by the United States government around the events of 9/11.

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    Price: $56.00
    $56.00
  • Aboriginal Art
    Aboriginal Art
    ISBN: 9780500204160
    Title: Aboriginal Art
    Author: CARUANA WALLY

    This concise survey showcases the work of Australias indigenous artists from all parts of the continent. From Arnhem Land and the desert, the Kimberley and northern Queensland, to modern towns and cities, Aboriginal artists have built on traditions that stretch back at least 50,000 years, working in a variety of contexts from the sacred and secret realm of ceremony to more public spheres. Work across all media is included, from painting, sculpture, engraving, constructions and weaving to the most recent work in photography, printmaking and textile design. The story of Aboriginal art is brought into the 21st century in this revised and expanded third edition with a new chapter that maps the latest developments across each of Australias geographical regions. Updated information and more than twenty-five new illustrations highlight, among other things, the impact of urban living, the growth of local art centres which support the work of indigenous artists, and the rise of women artists all testifying to Aboriginal arts continued dynamism and vitality.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Aboriginal Convicts: Australian, Khoisan, & Maori Exiles
    Aboriginal Convicts: Australian, Khoisan, & Maori Exiles
    ISBN: 9781742233239
    Title: Aboriginal Convicts: Australian, Khoisan, & Maori Exiles
    Author: HARMAN KRISTYN

    Bulldog and Musquito, Aboriginal warriors from the Hawkesbury, were captured and sent to Norfolk Island following frontier skirmishes in New South Wales. Eventually, Bulldog seems to have made it home. Musquito was transported to Van Diemen's Land, where he laboured as a convict servant. He never returned. Hohepa Te Umuroa was arrested near Wellington in 1846, with a group of Maori warriors. Five of the men were transported to Van Diemen's Land where Te Umuroa died in custody. More than 140 years later, his remains were carried home to New Zealand. Booy Piet, a twenty-six year-old Khoisan soldier from the Cape Colony, was transported to Van Diemen's Land for desertion in 1842. After three years of convict labour, he died in Hobart General Hospital. These men are among 130 aboriginal convicts who were transported to and within the Australian penal colonies. They lived, laboured, were punished, and died alongside other convicts, but until this groundbreaking book, their stories had largely been forgotten.




    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
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  • About Stains or the Image As Residue
    About Stains or the Image As Residue
    ISBN: 9789042935419
    Title: About Stains or the Image As Residue
    Author: BAERT B


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $108.00
    $108.00
  • Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America
    Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America
    ISBN: 9781501109829
    Title: Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America
    Author: COHEN JARED


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Across the Seas: Australia's Response to Refugees: a History
    Across the Seas: Australia's Response to Refugees: a History
    ISBN: 9781863957359
    Title: Across the Seas: Australia's Response to Refugees: a History
    Author: NEUMANN KLAUS

    Australia's response to asylum-seeking 'boat people' is a constant star in the political news cycle. But the daily reports and political promises lack the historical perspective necessary for informed debate. Have we ever taken our fair share of refugees? Have our past responses been motivated by humanitarian concerns or economic self-interest? Is the influx of boat people of the last fifteen years really unprecedented?In this eloquent and informative new book, historian Klaus Neumann examines both the government policy and the public attitude towards refugees and asylum seekers since Federation. He places the Australian story in the context of global refugee movements, and international responses to those movements.Neumann examines many case studies, including Australia's reluctance in the 1930s to accept Jewish refugees fleeing Germany and Austria, and the Vietnamese 'baby-lifts' of the 1970s. By contrasting the ways in which politicians have approached asylum-seeker debates in the past, Neumann aims to inspire more creative thinking in current refugee and asylum-seeker policy.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Acts of Union, Acts of Disunion
    Acts of Union, Acts of Disunion
    ISBN: 9781781251850
    Title: Acts of Union, Acts of Disunion
    Author: COLLEY LINDA

    The United Kingdom; Great Britain; the British Isles; the Home Nations: such a wealth of different names implies uncertainty and contention - and an ability to invent and adjust. In a year that sees a Scottish referendum on independence, Linda Colley analyses some of the forces that have unified Britain in the past.She examines the mythology of Britishness, and how far - and why - it has faded. She discusses the Acts of Union with Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and their limitations, while scrutinizing England's own fractures. And she demonstrates how the UK has been shaped by movement: of British people to other countries and continents, and of people, ideas and influences arriving from elsewhere. As acts of union and disunion again become increasingly relevant to our daily lives and politics, Colley considers how - if at all - the pieces might be put together anew, and what this might mean.Based on a 15-part BBC Radio 4 series.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Address Book Our Place in the Scheme of Things
    Address Book Our Place in the Scheme of Things
    ISBN: 9780007356294
    Title: Address Book Our Place in the Scheme of Things
    Author: RADFORD TIM


    THE ADDRESS BOOK starts with some of the fundamental questions asked by everyone, in every culture since the beginning of civilisation. Who am I? Where am I? Where am I going? Tim Radford attempts to answer them by drafting in a technique he first used as a school-boy, when he wrote his address in the inside front cover of his exercise book every term, starting with the house number, the street name, the town, and proceeding upwards through levels of scale - the hemisphere, the planet, the solar system, the galaxy - until he reached the final line, the universe itself.


    So - this is a book written on a vertical rather than a horizontal axis. We open with Tim in the present day, in Hastings, sitting at his desk, thinking about his house, his possessions, how they have shaped him and how he has affected them, how a house becomes part of our identity and what binds us to the objects in it. The next chapter deals with Hastings itself; the town as a unit of scale, why we associate ourselves with one place rather than another. And so on, upwards through levels of magnitude. As the units of space grow larger, so Tim himself dwindles and the bigger, colder forces of astronomy and astrophysics come into play. By the time we reach the address's final line we are beginning to understand that there is no final answer to the question "Where am I?" - behind every answer lies a new question, receding into unthinkable distance, to the spectacle of galaxies falling away from each other into nothingness.



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    Price: $27.00
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  • Adolescent Country
    Adolescent Country
    ISBN: 9780143572435
    Title: Adolescent Country
    Author: HARTCHER PETER

    The great crises that threaten Australia's national prosperity come from abroad. So do the grandest opportunities. But in Australian politics the big matters are commonly crowded out by the small. International policy is used for domestic point-scoring. Leaders are criticised for travelling beyond the water's edge. Measured against its potential today and its needs tomorrow, Australia is seriously underperforming. It is wasting valuable opportunities to strengthen its position and help shape the world.Drawing on exclusive interviews with prime ministers, foreign ministers and other policy-makers, Gold Walkley award-winning journalist peter Hartcher argues Australia needs to shake off its 'provincial reflex' and become a mature player in global affairs.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $13.00
    $13.00
  • Adolf Hitler My Part in His Downfall
    Adolf Hitler My Part in His Downfall
    ISBN: 9780241958094
    Title: Adolf Hitler My Part in His Downfall
    Author: MILLIGAN SPIKE

    'At Victoria station the R.T.O. gave me a travel warrant, a white feather and a picture of Hitler marked "This is your enemy". I searched every compartment, but he wasn't on the train . . .'In this, the first of Spike Milligan's uproarious recollections of life in the army, our hero takes us from the outbreak of war in 1939 ('it must have been something we said'), through his attempts to avoid enlistment ('time for my appendicitus, I thought') and his gunner training in Bexhill ('There was one drawback. No ammunition') to the landing at Algiers in 1943 ('I closed my eyes and faced the sun. I fell down a hatchway'). Filled with bathos, pathos and gales of ribald laughter, this is a barely sane helping of military goonery and superlative Milliganese.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Aelfred's Britain: War & Peace in the Viking Age
    Aelfred's Britain: War & Peace in the Viking Age
    ISBN: 9781784080310
    Title: Aelfred's Britain: War & Peace in the Viking Age
    Author: ADAMS MAX


    In 865, a great Viking army landed in East Anglia, precipitating a series of wars that would last until the middle of the following century. It was in this time of crisis that the modern kingdoms of Britain were born. In their responses to the Viking threat, these kingdoms forged their identities as hybrid cultures: vibrant and entrepreneurial peoples adapting to instability and opportunity.


    Traditionally, Ælfred the Great is cast as the central player in the story of Viking Age Britain. But Max Adams, while stressing the genius of Ælfred as war leader, law-giver, and forger of the English nation, has a more nuanced and variegated narrative to relate. The Britain encountered by the Scandinavians of the ninth and tenth centuries was one of regional diversity and self-conscious cultural identities: of Picts, Dál Riatans and Strathclyde Britons; of Bernicians and Deirans, East Anglians, Mercians and West Saxons.



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    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Aethelred the Unready
    Aethelred the Unready
    ISBN: 9780300196290
    Title: Aethelred the Unready
    Author: ROACH LEVI

    An imaginative reassessment of #65533;thelred "the Unready," one of medieval England's most maligned kings and a major Anglo-Saxon figure

    The Anglo-Saxon king #65533;thelred "the Unready" (978-1016) has long been considered to be inscrutable, irrational, and poorly advised. Infamous for his domestic and international failures, #65533;thelred was unable to fend off successive Viking raids, leading to the notorious St. Brice's Day Massacre in 1002, during which Danes in England were slaughtered on his orders. Though #65533;thelred's posthumous standing is dominated by his unsuccessful military leadership, his seemingly blind trust in disloyal associates, and his harsh treatment of political opponents, Roach suggests that #65533;thelred has been wrongly maligned. Drawing on extensive research, Roach argues that #65533;thelred was driven by pious concerns about sin, society, and the anticipated apocalypse. His strategies, in this light, were to honor God and find redemption. Chronologically charting #65533;thelred's life, Roach presents a more accessible character than previously available, illuminating his place in England and Europe at the turn of the first millennium.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $58.00
    $58.00
  • Aethelstan: the First King of England
    Aethelstan: the First King of England
    ISBN: 9780300187717
    Title: Aethelstan: the First King of England
    Author: FOOT SARAH


    The powerful and innovative King AEthelstan reigned only briefly (924-939), yet his achievements during those eventful fifteen years changed the course of English history. He won spectacular military victories (most notably at Brunanburh), forged unprecedented political connections across Europe, and succeeded in creating the first unified kingdom of the English. To claim for him the title of "first English monarch" is no exaggeration.


    In this nuanced portrait of AEthelstan, Sarah Foot offers the first full account of the king ever written. She traces his life through the various spheres in which he lived and worked, beginning with the intimate context of his family, then extending outward to his unusual multiethnic royal court, the Church and his kingdom, the wars he conducted, and finally his death and legacy. Foot describes a sophisticated man who was not only a great military leader but also a worthy king. He governed brilliantly, developed creative ways to project his image as a ruler, and devised strategic marriage treaties and gift exchanges to cement alliances with the leading royal and ducal houses of Europe. AEthelstan's legacy, seen in the new light of this masterful biography, is inextricably connected to the very forging of England and early English identity."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $46.00
    $46.00
  • Affluence Without Abundance: The Disappearing World of the Bushman
    Affluence Without Abundance: The Disappearing World of the Bushman
    ISBN: 9781632865724
    Title: Affluence Without Abundance: The Disappearing World of the Bushman
    Author: SUZMAN JAMES


    A vibrant portrait of the "original affluent society"--the Bushmen of southern Africa--by the anthropologist who has spent much of the last twenty-five years documenting their encounter with modernity.


    If the success of a civilization is measured by its endurance over time, then the Bushmen of the Kalahari are by far the most successful in human history. A hunting and gathering people who made a good living by working only as much as needed to exist in harmony with their hostile desert environment, the Bushmen have lived in southern Africa since the evolution of our species nearly two hundred thousand years ago.


    In Affluence Without Abundance, anthropologist James Suzman vividly brings to life a proud and private people, introducing unforgettable members of their tribe, and telling the story of the collision between the modern global economy and the oldest hunting and gathering society on earth. In rendering an intimate picture of a people coping with radical change, it asks profound questions about how we now think about matters such as work, wealth, equality, contentment, and even time. Not since Elizabeth Marshall Thomas's The Harmless People in 1959 has anyone provided a more intimate or insightful account of the Bushmen or of what we might learn about ourselves from our shared history as hunter-gatherers.



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    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Afghan Modern : the History of a Global Nation
    Afghan Modern : the History of a Global Nation
    ISBN: 9780674286092
    Title: Afghan Modern : the History of a Global Nation
    Author: CREWS ROBERT D

    Rugged, remote, riven by tribal rivalries and religious violence, Afghanistan seems to many a country frozen in time and forsaken by the world. "Afghan Modern" presents a bold challenge to these misperceptions, revealing how Afghans, over the course of their history, have engaged and connected with a wider world and come to share in our modern globalized age.

    Always a mobile people, Afghan travelers, traders, pilgrims, scholars, and artists have ventured abroad for centuries, their cosmopolitan sensibilities providing a compass for navigating a constantly changing world. Robert Crews traces the roots of Afghan globalism to the early modern period, when, as the subjects of sprawling empires, the residents of Kabul, Kandahar, and other urban centers forged linkages with far-flung imperial centers throughout the Middle East and Asia. Focusing on the emergence of an Afghan state out of this imperial milieu, he shows how Afghan nation-making was part of a series of global processes, refuting the usual portrayal of Afghans as pawns in the Great Game of European powers and of Afghanistan as a hermit kingdom.

    In the twentieth century, the pace of Afghan interaction with the rest of the world dramatically increased, and many Afghan men and women came to see themselves at the center of ideological struggles that spanned the globe. Through revolution, war, and foreign occupations, Afghanistan became even more enmeshed in the global circulation of modern politics, occupying a pivotal position in the Cold War and the tumultuous decades that followed."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00

    $75.00
  • Afghanistan, Where God Only Comes to Weep
    Afghanistan, Where God Only Comes to Weep
    ISBN: 9780712623391
    Title: Afghanistan, Where God Only Comes to Weep
    Author: SHAKIB SIBA

    Shirin-Gol was just a young girl when her village was levelled by the Russians' bombs in 1979. After the men in her family joined the resistance, she fled with the women and children to the capital, Kabul, and so began a life of day-to-day struggle in her war-torn country. A life that includes a period living in the harsh conditions of a Pakistani refugee camp, being forced into a marriage to pay off her brother's gambling debts, selling her body and begging for the money to feed her growing family, an attempted suicide, and an unsuccessful endeavour to leave Afghanistan for Iran after the Taliban seized control of her country. Told truthfully and with unflinching detail to writer and documentary-maker Siba Shakib, and incorporating some of the shocking experiences of Shirin-Gol's friends and family members, this is the story of the fate of many of the women in Afghanistan. But it is also a story of great courage, the moving story of a proud woman, a woman who did not want to be banished to a life behind the walls of her house, or told how to dress, who wanted an education for her children so that they could have a chance of a future, to live their lives without fear and poverty. .

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Afghanistan: a Cultural & Political History
    Afghanistan: a Cultural & Political History
    ISBN: 9780691154411
    Title: Afghanistan: a Cultural & Political History
    Author: BARFIELD THOMAS

    Afghanistan traces the historic struggles and the changing nature of political authority in this volatile region of the world, from the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century to the Taliban resurgence today. Thomas Barfield introduces readers to the bewildering diversity of tribal and ethnic groups in Afghanistan, explaining what unites them as Afghans despite the regional, cultural, and political differences that divide them. He shows how governing these peoples was relatively easy when power was concentrated in a small dynastic elite, but how this delicate political order broke down in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when Afghanistan's rulers mobilized rural militias to expel first the British and later the Soviets. Armed insurgency proved remarkably successful against the foreign occupiers, but it also undermined the Afghan government's authority and rendered the country ever more difficult to govern as time passed. Barfield vividly describes how Afghanistan's armed factions plunged the country into a civil war, giving rise to clerical rule by the Taliban and Afghanistan's isolation from the world. He examines why the American invasion in the wake of September 11 toppled the Taliban so quickly, and how this easy victory lulled the United States into falsely believing that a viable state could be built just as easily. Afghanistan is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how a land conquered and ruled by foreign dynasties for more than a thousand years became the "graveyard of empires" for the British and Soviets, and what the United States must do to avoid a similar fate.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
    $36.00
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