• Afghanistan: a Distant War
    Afghanistan: a Distant War
    ISBN: 9783791348650
    Title: Afghanistan: a Distant War
    Author: NICKELSBERG ROBERT

    Noted documentary photographer Robert Nickelsberg's photographs help bring into focus the day-to-day consequences of war, poverty, oppression, and political turmoil in Afghanistan. Since the attack on the World Trade Center, Afghanistan has evolved from a country few people thought twice about to a place that evokes our deepest emotions. TIME magazine photographer Robert Nickelsberg has been publishing his images of this distant yet all too familiar country since 1988, when he accompanied a group of mujahideen across the border from Pakistan. This remarkable volume of photographs is accompanied by insightful texts from experts on Afghanistan and the Taliban. The images themselves are captioned with places, dates, and Nickelsberg's own extensive commentary. Timely and important, the book serves as a reminder that Afghanistan and the rest of the world remain inextricably linked, no matter how much we long to distance ourselves from its painful realities.
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  • Afghanistan: A History from 1260 to the Present Day
    Afghanistan: A History from 1260 to the Present Day
    ISBN: 9781789140101
    Title: Afghanistan: A History from 1260 to the Present Day
    Author: LEE JONATHAN L.

    Located at the intersection of Asia and the Middle East, Afghanistan has been strategically important for thousands of years. Its ancient routes and strategic position between India, Inner Asia, China, Persia, and beyond has meant the region has been subject to frequent invasions, both peaceful and military. As a result, modern Afghanistan is a culturally and ethnically diverse country, but one divided by conflict, political instability, and by mass displacements of its people. In this magisterial illustrated history, Jonathan L. Lee tells the story of how a small tribal confederacy in a politically and culturally significant but volatile region became a modern nation state.

    Drawing on more than forty years of study, Lee places the current conflict in Afghanistan in its historical context and challenges many of the West's preconceived ideas about the country. Focusing particularly on the powerful Durrani monarchy, which united the country in 1747 and ruled for nearly two and a half centuries, Lee chronicles the origins of the dynasty as clients of Safavid Persia and Mughal India: the reign of each ruler and their efforts to balance tribal, ethnic, regional, and religious factions; the struggle for social and constitutional reform; and the rise of Islamic and Communist factions. Along the way he offers new cultural and political insights from Persian histories, the memoirs of Afghan government officials, British government and India Office archives, and recently released CIA reports and Wikileaks documents. He also sheds new light on the country's foreign relations, its internal power struggles, and the impact of foreign military interventions such as the "War on Terror."


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    Price: $80.00
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  • Africa's Long Road Since Independence: the Many Histories of a Continent
    Africa's Long Road Since Independence: the Many Histories of a Continent
    ISBN: 9780141984094
    Title: Africa's Long Road Since Independence: the Many Histories of a Continent
    Author: SOMERVILLE KEITH

    "Over the last half century, sub-Saharan Africa has not had one history, but many. Histories that have intertwined, converged and diverged. They have involved a continuing process of decolonization and state-building, conflict, economic problems but also progress and the perpetual interplay of structure and agency. This new view of those histories looks in particular at the relationship between territorial, economic, political and societal structures and human agency in the complex and sometimes confusing development of an independent Africa. The story starts well before the granting of independence to Ghana in 1957, but the book also looks at Africa in the closing decades of the old millennium and opening ones of the new. This is a book, too, about the history of the peoples of Africa and their struggle for economic development against the global economic straitjacket into which they were strapped by colonial rule and decolonisation. The importance of imposed or inherited structures, whether the global capitalist system, of which Africa is a subordinate part, or the artificial and often inappropriate state borders and political systems is discussed in the light of the exercise of agency by African peoples, political movements and leaders."

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    Price: $38.00
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  • Africa: a Modern History
    Africa: a Modern History
    ISBN: 9781786490360
    Title: Africa: a Modern History
    Author: ARNOLD GUY


    A magisterial and sweeping history of modern Africa.


    The end of the Second World War signalled the rapid end of the European African empires. In 1945, only four African countries were independent; by 1963, thirty African states created the Organization of African Unity. Despite formidable problems, the 1960s were a time of optimism as Africans enjoyed their new independence, witnessed increases in prosperity and prepared to tackle their political and economic problems in their own way.


    By the 1990s, however, the high hopes of the 1960s had been dashed. Dictatorship by strongmen, corruption, civil wars and genocide, widespread poverty and the interventions and manipulations of the major powers had all relegated Africa to the position of an aid 'basket case', with some of the world's poorest and least-developed nations.


    By exploring developments over the last fifteen years, including the impact of China, new IT technology and the Arab Spring, the rise of Nigeria as Africa's leading country and the recent refugee crisis, Guy Arnold brings his landmark history of modern Africa up to date and provides a fresh and insightful perspective on this troubled and misunderstood continent.



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  • African History: a Very Short Introduction
    African History: a Very Short Introduction
    ISBN: 9780192802484
    Title: African History: a Very Short Introduction
    Author: PARKER JOHN & RATHBONE RICHARD

    Essential reading for anyone interested in the African continent and the diversity of human history, this Very Short Introduction looks at Africa's past and reflects on the changing ways it has been imagined and represented. Key themes in current thinking about Africa's history are illustrated with a range of fascinating historical examples, drawn from over 5 millennia across this vast continent.

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    Price: $16.00
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  • African Kaiser: General Paul Von Lettow-vorbeck & the Great War in Africa, 1914-1918
    African Kaiser: General Paul Von Lettow-vorbeck & the Great War in Africa, 1914-1918
    ISBN: 9780425283714
    Title: African Kaiser: General Paul Von Lettow-vorbeck & the Great War in Africa, 1914-1918
    Author: GAUDI RICHARD


    -Let me say straight out that if all military histories were as thrilling and well written as Robert Gaudi's African Kaiser, I might give up reading fiction and literary bio-graphy... Gaudi writes with the flair of a latter-day Macaulay. He sets his scenes carefully and describes naval and military action like a novelist. - --Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
    The incredible true account of World War I in Africa and General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, the last undefeated German commander.


    As World War I ravaged the European continent, a completely different theater of war was being contested in Africa. And from this very different kind of war, there emerged a very different kind of military leader....

    At the beginning of the twentieth century, the continent of Africa was a hotbed of international trade, colonialism, and political gamesmanship. So when World War I broke out, the European powers were forced to contend with one another not just in the bloody trenches, but in the treacherous jungle. And it was in that unforgiving land that General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck would make history.
    With the now-legendary Schutztruppe (Defensive Force), von Lettow-Vorbeck and a small cadre of hardened German officers fought alongside their fanatically devoted native African allies as equals, creating the first truly integrated army of the modern age.
    African Kaiser is the fascinating story of a forgotten guerrilla campaign in a remote corner of Equatorial Africa in World War I; of a small army of ultraloyal African troops led by a smaller cadre of rugged German officers--of white men and black who fought side by side.
    It is the story of epic marches through harsh, beautiful landscapes; of German officers riding bicycles to battle through the bush; of rhino charges and artillery duels with scavenged naval guns; of hunted German battleships hidden up unmapped river deltas teeming with crocodiles and snakes; of a desperate army in the wilderness cut off from the world, living off hippo lard and saw grass flowers--enduring starvation, malaria, and dysentery. And of the singular intercontinental voyage of Zeppelin L59, whose improbable four-thousand-mile journey to the equator and back made aviation history.
    But mostly it is the story of von Lettow-Vorbeck--the only undefeated German commmander in the field during World War I and the last to surrender his arms.
    INCLUDES PHOTOS



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  • Afropean: Notes from Black Europe
    Afropean: Notes from Black Europe
    ISBN: 9780141984728
    Title: Afropean: Notes from Black Europe
    Author: PITTS JOHNY


    Afropean is an on-the-ground documentary of areas where Europeans of African descent are juggling their multiple allegiances and forging new identities. Here is an alternative map of the continent, taking the reader to places like Cova Da Moura, the Cape Verdean shantytown on the outskirts of Lisbon with its own underground economy, and Rinkeby, the area of Stockholm that is 80 per cent Muslim. Johny Pitts visits the former Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, where West African students are still making the most of Cold War ties with the USSR, and Clichy Sous Bois in Paris, which gave birth to the 2005 riots, all the while presenting Afropeans as lead actors in their own story.



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  • After the Victorians the World Our Parents Knew
    After the Victorians the World Our Parents Knew
    ISBN: 9780099451877
    Title: After the Victorians the World Our Parents Knew
    Author: WILSON A N

    How did Britain's power and influence decline? Seeking to answer this question, this book begins with the reign of Edward VII, when Great Britain commanded the mightiest empire in the world. It ends with the Coronation of Elizabeth II, when Britain emerged victorious from a world war, but ruined as a world power.

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  • Afternoon in Summer
    Afternoon in Summer
    ISBN: 9780958291682
    Title: Afternoon in Summer
    Author: GIUFFRE KATHY

    In an attempt to escape from her stressful life as a single working mother of two young boys, Kathy Giuffre books a year-long trip for four in a tropical paradise. At the last minute, her boyfriend announces he isn't joining them, and Kathy finds herself in an unlivable house in Rarotonga, a tiny speck in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean. Her unlikely savior is Emily, an 82-year-old Maori woman with a large white house on the edge of the ocean, which the two women share with two callous missionaries, the ghosts of Emily's ancestors, and, briefly, a bizarre couple from Eastern Europe. As time passes, Kathy is seduced by the island and its people and by feelings she has never before experienced. This is an inspirational story about having the courage to search for something better and finding it--serenity, sensuality, and, ultimately, love.

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    Price: $30.00
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  • Agatha Christie Grand Tour: Letters & Photographs from the British Empire 1922
    Agatha Christie Grand Tour: Letters & Photographs from the British Empire 1922
    ISBN: 9780007447688
    Title: Agatha Christie Grand Tour: Letters & Photographs from the British Empire 1922
    Author: CHRISTIE AGATHA & PRITCHARD I (ED)

    Unpublished for 90 years, Agatha Christie’s extensive and evocative letters and photographs from her year-long round-the-world trip to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America as part of the British trade mission for the famous 1924 Empire Exhibition.

    In 1922 Agatha Christie set sail on a 10-month voyage around the British Empire with her husband as part of a trade mission to promote the forthcoming British Empire Exhibition. Leaving her two-year-old daughter behind with her sister, Agatha set sail at the end of January and did not return until December, but she kept up a detailed weekly correspondence with her mother, describing in detail the exotic places and people she encountered as the mission travelled through South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Canada.

    The extensive and previously unpublished letters are accompanied by hundreds of photos taken on her portable camera as well as some of the original letters, postcards, newspaper cuttings and memorabilia collected by Agatha on her trip.

    Edited and introduced by Agatha Christie’s grandson, Mathew Prichard, this unique travelogue reveals a new side to Agatha Christie, demonstrating how her appetite for exotic plots and locations for her books began with this eye-opening trip, which took place just after only her second novel had been published (the first leg of the tour to South Africa is very clearly the inspiration for the book she wrote immediately afterwards, The Man in the Brown Suit). The letters are full of tales of seasickness and sunburn, motor trips and surf boarding, and encounters with welcoming locals and overbearing Colonials.

    The Grand Tour is a book steeped in history, sure to fascinate anyone interested in the lost world of the 1920s. Coming from the pen of Britain’s biggest literary export and the world’s most widely translated author, it is also a fitting tribute to Agatha Christie and is sure to fascinate her legions of worldwide fans.
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  • Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, & Faith in the New China
    Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, & Faith in the New China
    ISBN: 9780099589976
    Title: Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, & Faith in the New China
    Author: OSNOS EVAN

    Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction finalist
    Winner of the 2014 National Book Award in nonfiction.

    An Economist Best Book of 2014.
    A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation

    From abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global economy-or an addled Goliath, riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation. What we don't see is how both powerful and ordinary people are remaking their lives as their country dramatically changes.
    As the Beijing correspondent for "The New Yorker," Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. In "Age of Ambition," he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party's struggle to retain control. He asks probing questions: Why does a government with more success lifting people from poverty than any civilization in history choose to put strict restraints on freedom of expression? Why do millions of young Chinese professionals-fluent in English and devoted to Western pop culture-consider themselves "angry youth," dedicated to resisting the West's influence? How are Chinese from all strata finding meaning after two decades of the relentless pursuit of wealth?
    Writing with great narrative verve and a keen sense of irony, Osnos follows the moving stories of everyday people and reveals life in the new China to be a battleground between aspiration and authoritarianism, in which only one can prevail.

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  • Age of Anger: a History of the Present
    Age of Anger: a History of the Present
    ISBN: 9780241278130
    Title: Age of Anger: a History of the Present
    Author: MISHRA PANKAJ

    "How can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world - from American 'shooters' and ISIS to Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism across the world to racism and misogyny on social media? In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra answers our bewilderment by casting his gaze back to the eighteenth century, before leading us to the present. He shows that as the world became modern those who were unable to fulfil its promises - freedom, stability and prosperity - reacted in horrifyingly similar ways- intense hatred of invented enemies, attempts to re-create an imaginary golden age, and self-empowerment through spectacular violence. Today, just as then, the wider embrace of mass politics, technology, and the pursuit of wealth and individualism has cast many more billions adrift in a literally demoralized world, uprooted from tradition but still far from modernity - with the same terrible results. Making startling connections and comparisons, Age of Angeris a history of our present predicament unlike any other."

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  • Age of Anger: A History of the Present
    Age of Anger: A History of the Present
    ISBN: 9780141984087
    Title: Age of Anger: A History of the Present
    Author: MISHRA PANKAJ

    How can we explain the paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world-from American shooters and ISIS to Donald Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism across the world to racism and misogyny on social media? In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra answers our bewilderment by casting his gaze back to the eighteenth century, delivering a history of our present predicament unlike any other. He shows that as the world became modern, those who were unable to enjoy its promises-or who were left, or pushed, behind-reacted in horrifyingly similar ways: with intense hatred of invented enemies, attempts to re-create an imaginary golden age, and self-empowerment through spectacular violence. They became increasinglysusceptible to demagogues. Today, just as then, the wide embrace of mass politics and technology and the pursuit of wealth and individualism have cast billions adrift, uprooted from tradition but still far from modernity-with the same terrible results. - For readers of Elizabeth Kolbert and Naomi Klein

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  • Age of Assassins: the Loners, Idealists & Fanatics Who Conspired to Change the World
    Age of Assassins: the Loners, Idealists & Fanatics Who Conspired to Change the World
    ISBN: 9780571220458
    Title: Age of Assassins: the Loners, Idealists & Fanatics Who Conspired to Change the World
    Author: NEWTON MICHAEL

    These were the crimes that were meant to change the world, and sometimes did. The book connects the killing of the Kennedys or the murder that sparked the First World War with less well-known stories, such as the Berlin shooting of an instigator of the Armenian genocide or the attack on an American 'robber baron'. Taking in Malcolm X and Queen Victoria, Adolf Hitler and Andy Warhol, Charles Manson and Emma Goldman, Tsars, Presidents, and pop stars, Age of Assassins traces the process that turned thought into action and murder into an icon.In tackling the history of political violence, the book is unique in its range and attention to detail, summoning up an age of assassination that is far from over.

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  • 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.

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  • Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks & Rewards of Our New Renaissance
    Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks & Rewards of Our New Renaissance
    ISBN: 9781472943521
    Title: Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks & Rewards of Our New Renaissance
    Author: GOLDIN IAN & KUTARNA CHRIS

    Now is humanity's best moment. And our most fragile. Global health, wealth and education are booming. Scientific discovery is flourishing. But the same forces that make big gains possible for some of us deliver big losses to others-and tangle us together in ways that make everyone vulnerable.We've been here before. The first Renaissance, the time of Columbus, Copernicus, Gutenberg and others, redrew all maps of the world, liberated information and shifted Western civilization from the medieval to the early modern era. Such change came at a price: social division, political extremism, economic shocks, pandemics and other unintended consequences of human endeavour.Now is our second Renaissance. In the face of terrorism, Brexit, refugee crises and the global impact of a Trump presidency, we can flourish-if we heed the urgent lessons of history. Age of Discovery, revised and updated for this paperback edition, shows us how.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Age of Extremes the Short Twentieth Century 1914-1991
    Age of Extremes the Short Twentieth Century 1914-1991
    ISBN: 9780349106717
    Title: Age of Extremes the Short Twentieth Century 1914-1991
    Author: HOBSBAWM ERIC

    Now with stunning new jacketsThe Age of Extremesis eminent historian Eric Hobsbawm's personal vision of the twentieth century. Remarkable in its scope, and breathtaking in its depth of knowledge, this immensely rewarding book reviews the uniquely destructive and creative nature of the troubled twentieth century and makes challenging predictions for the future.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
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  • Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century & the Birth of the Modern Mind
    Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century & the Birth of the Modern Mind
    ISBN: 9781408870020
    Title: Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century & the Birth of the Modern Mind
    Author: GRAYLING A C


    Bestselling author A. C. Grayling explains how--fueled by original and unorthodox thinking, war, and technological invention--the seventeenth century became the crucible of modernity.


    What happened to the European mind between 1605, when an audience watching Macbeth at the Globe might believe that regicide was such an aberration of the natural order that ghosts could burst from the ground, and 1649, when a large crowd, perhaps including some who had seen Macbeth forty-four years earlier, could stand and watch the execution of a king? Or consider the difference between a magus casting a star chart and the day in 1639 when Jonathan Horrock and William Crabtree watched the transit of Venus across the face of the sun from their attic, successfully testing its course against Kepler's Tables of Planetary Motion, in a classic case of confirming a scientific theory by empirical testing.


    In this turbulent period, science moved from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observation and astronomy of Galileo, from the classicism of Aristotle, still favored by the Church, to the evidence-based, collegiate investigation of Francis Bacon. And if the old ways still lingered and affected the new mindset--Descartes's dualism an attempt to square the new philosophy with religious belief; Newton, the man who understood gravity and the laws of motion, still fascinated to the end of his life by alchemy--by the end of that tumultuous century "the greatest ever change in the mental outlook of humanity" had irrevocably taken place.



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  • Age of Vikings
    Age of Vikings
    ISBN: 9780691169293
    Title: Age of Vikings
    Author: WINROTH ANDERS


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    Price: $36.00
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  • Age of Wrath: a History of the Delhi Sultanate
    Age of Wrath: a History of the Delhi Sultanate
    ISBN: 9780670087181
    Title: Age of Wrath: a History of the Delhi Sultanate
    Author: ERALY ABRAHAM

    The Delhi Sultanate period (1206-1526) is commonly portrayed as an age of chaos and violence--of rapacious, plundering kings, turbulent dynasties, and the aggressive imposition of Islam on India. But it was also the era that saw the creation of a pan-Indian empire, on the foundations of which the Mughals and the British later built their own Indian empires.The encounter between Islam and Hinduism also transformed, among other things, India's architecture, literature, music and food. Abraham Eraly brings this fascinating period vividly alive, portraying the many kings--mad, brilliant, astute, cruel--who ruled during this period, and discussing the political, social and cultural developments that transformed India. Combining erudition with powerful storytelling, analysis with anecdote, the Age of Wrath is a superb book.

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    Price: $37.00
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  • Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits & Spies in Century Mediterranean World
    Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits & Spies in Century Mediterranean World
    ISBN: 9780141978376
    Title: Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits & Spies in Century Mediterranean World
    Author: MALCOLM NOEL


    In the second half of the sixteenth century, most of the Christian states of Western Europe were on the defensive against a Muslim superpower - the Empire of the Ottoman sultans. There was violent conflict, from raiding and corsairing to large-scale warfare, but there were also many forms of peaceful interaction across the surprisingly porous frontiers of these opposing power-blocs. Agents of Empire describes the paths taken through the eastern Mediterranean and its European hinterland by members of a Venetian-Albanian family, almost all of them previously invisible to history. They include an archbishop in the Balkans, the captain of the papal flagship at the Battle of Lepanto, the power behind the throne in the Ottoman province of Moldavia, and a dragoman (interpreter) at the Venetian embassy in Istanbul.


    Through the life-stories of these adventurous individuals over three generations, Noel Malcolm casts the world between Venice, Rome and the Ottoman Empire in a fresh light, illuminating subjects as diverse as espionage, diplomacy, the grain trade, slave-ransoming and anti-Ottoman rebellion. He describes the conflicting strategies of the Christian powers, and the extraordinarily ambitious plans of the sultans and their viziers. Few works since Fernand Braudel's classic account of the sixteenth-century Mediterranean, published more than sixty years ago, have ranged so widely through this vital period of Mediterranean and European history. A masterpiece of scholarship as well as story-telling, Agents of Empire builds up a panoramic picture, both of Western power-politics and of the interrelations between the Christian and Ottoman worlds.



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    Price: $37.00
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  • Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits & Spies in the Late Sixteenth-century Mediterranean World
    Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits & Spies in the Late Sixteenth-century Mediterranean World
    ISBN: 9780241003893
    Title: Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits & Spies in the Late Sixteenth-century Mediterranean World
    Author: MALCOLM NOEL

    In the second half of the sixteenth century, most of the Christian states of Western Europe were on the defensive against a Muslim superpower - the Empire of the Ottoman sultans. There was violent conflict, from raiding and corsairing to large-scale warfare, but there were also many forms of peaceful interaction across the surprisingly porous frontiers of these opposing power-blocs. Agents of Empire describes the paths taken through the eastern Mediterranean and its European hinterland by members of a Venetian-Albanian family, almost all of them previously invisible to history. They include an archbishop in the Balkans, the captain of the papal flagship at the Battle of Lepanto, the power behind the throne in the Ottoman province of Moldavia, and a dragoman (interpreter) at the Venetian embassy in Istanbul. Through the life-stories of these adventurous individuals over three generations, Noel Malcolm casts the world between Venice, Rome and the Ottoman Empire in a fresh light, illuminating subjects as diverse as espionage, diplomacy, the grain trade, slave-ransoming and anti-Ottoman rebellion. He describes the conflicting strategies of the Christian powers, and the extraordinarily ambitious plans of the sultans and their viziers. Few works since Fernand Braudel's classic account of the sixteenth-century Mediterranean, published more than sixty years ago, have ranged so widely through this vital period of Mediterranean and European history. A masterpiece of scholarship as well as story-telling, Agents of Empire builds up a panoramic picture, both of Western power-politics and of the interrelations between the Christian and Ottoman worlds.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00
    $75.00
  • Agincourt
    Agincourt
    ISBN: 9781444792096
    Title: Agincourt
    Author: FIENNES RANULPH


    25 October 2015 is the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt - a hugely resonant event in English (and French) history. Sir Ranulph Fiennes casts new light on this epic event, revealing that three of his own ancestors fought in the battle for Henry V, and at least one for the French. This is a unique perspective on Agincourt from a trained and decorated soldier.


    Ran reveals the truth behind the myths and legends of the battle. He tells how after the battle Henry V entertained his senior commanders to dinner, where they were waited on by captured French knights. There is the story of Sir Piers Legge of Lyme Hall, who lay wounded in the mud while his mastiff dog fought off the French men-at-arms. Then there is the legend that the French intended to cut off the first and second right hand fingers of every captured archer, to prevent him from using his bow. The archers raised those two fingers to the advancing French as a gesture of defiance.


    In this gripping new study Sir Ranulph Fiennes brings back to life these stories and more, including those of his own ancestors, in a celebration of a historical event integral to English identity.



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    Price: $40.00
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  • Agincourt a New History
    Agincourt a New History
    ISBN: 9780752438139
    Title: Agincourt a New History
    Author: CURRY ANNE

    As night fell in Picardy on Thursday 24 October 1415, Henry V and his English troops, worn down by their long march after the taking of Harfleur and diminished by the dysentery they had suffered there, can little have dreamt that the battle of the next day would give them one of the most complete victories ever won. Anne Curry's startling new history recreates the campaign and battle from the perspectives of the English and the French. Only now, through an in-depth investigation of the contemporary narrative sources as well as the administrative records, and through a new look at the terrain where the battle was fought, can we come to firmer conclusions on what exactly happened, and why. This book, based on years of painstaking research and reflection, makes clear the genius of Henry V as a military leader, and the strengths and capabilities of the English army which he commanded. There can be no doubt of the desire of the French to resist him and to protect their homeland from his invasion. The French fought bravely and to the death. So where did they go wrong? The answers to this, and many other questions, are found in this landmark new history.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
  • Agincourt: Great Battles Series
    Agincourt: Great Battles Series
    ISBN: 9780199681013
    Title: Agincourt: Great Battles Series
    Author: CURRY ANNE

    Written by the world's leading expert on the battle, this book shows just why Agincourt has occupied such a key place in English identity and history in the six centuries since it was fought, exploring a cultural legacy that stretches from bowmen to Beatles, via Shakespeare, Dickens and the First World War.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Agincourt: My Family, the Battle & the Fight for France
    Agincourt: My Family, the Battle & the Fight for France
    ISBN: 9781444792119
    Title: Agincourt: My Family, the Battle & the Fight for France
    Author: FIENNES RANULPH

    25 October 2015 is the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt - a hugely resonant event in English (and French) history. Sir Ranulph Fiennes casts new light on this epic event, revealing that three of his own ancestors fought in the battle for Henry V, and at least one for the French. This is a unique perspective on Agincourt from a trained and decorated soldier. Ran reveals the truth behind the myths and legends of the battle. He tells how after the battle Henry V entertained his senior commanders to dinner, where they were waited on by captured French knights. There is the story of Sir Piers Legge of Lyme Hall, who lay wounded in the mud while his mastiff dog fought off the French men-at-arms. Then there is the legend that the French intended to cut off the first and second right hand fingers of every captured archer, to prevent him from using his bow. The archers raised those two fingers to the advancing French as a gesture of defiance. In this gripping new study Sir Ranulph Fiennes brings back to life these stories and more, including those of his own ancestors, in a celebration of a historical event integral to English identity.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Agincourt: the King, the Campaign, the Battle
    Agincourt: the King, the Campaign, the Battle
    ISBN: 9780349119182
    Title: Agincourt: the King, the Campaign, the Battle
    Author: BARKER JULIET

    In this landmark study of Agincourt, Juliet Barker draws upon a huge range of sources to give a compelling account of the battle. But she also looks behind the action on the field to paint a portrait of the age, moving from the ambition of kings to the dynamics of daily life in peace and war.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Agricola & Germania
    Agricola & Germania
    ISBN: 9780140455403
    Title: Agricola & Germania
    Author: TACTICUS

    The Agricola is both a portrait of Julius Agricola the most famous governor of Roman Britain and Tacitus' well-loved and respected father-in-law and the first detailed account of Britain that has come down to us. It offers fascinating descriptions of the geography, climate and peoples of the country, and a succinct account of the early stages of the Roman occupation, nearly fatally undermined by Boudicca's revolt in AD 61 but consolidated by campaigns that took Agricola as far as Anglesey and northern Scotland. The warlike German tribes are the focus of Tacitus' attention in the Germania, which, like the Agricola, often compares the behaviour of "barbarian" peoples favourably with the decadence and corruption of Imperial Rome. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building With Barbara Smith
    Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building With Barbara Smith
    ISBN: 9781438451145
    Title: Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building With Barbara Smith
    Author: JONES ALETHIA (ED); EUBANKS VIRGINIA (ED);

    As an organizer, writer, publisher, scholar-activist, and elected official, Barbara Smith has played key roles in multiple social justice movements, including Civil Rights, feminism, lesbian and gay liberation, anti-racism, and Black feminism. Her four decades of grassroots activism forged collaborations that introduced the idea that oppression must be fought on a variety of fronts simultaneously, including gender, race, class, and sexuality. By combining hard-to-find historical documents with new unpublished interviews with fellow activists, this book uncovers the deep roots of today s identity politics and intersectionality and serves as an essential primer for practicing solidarity and resistance."

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Alamo & the War of Texan Independence 1835-36
    Alamo & the War of Texan Independence 1835-36
    ISBN: 9780850456844
    Title: Alamo & the War of Texan Independence 1835-36
    Author: HAYTHORNTHWAITE PHILIP J.


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    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Alchemy of Air: a Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon & the Scientific Discovery that Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler
    Alchemy of Air: a Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon & the Scientific Discovery that Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler
    ISBN: 9780307351791
    Title: Alchemy of Air: a Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon & the Scientific Discovery that Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler
    Author: HAGER THOMAS

    Tragic genius, cutting-edge science, and the discovery that changed billions of lives-including your own.
    At the dawn of the twentieth century, humanity was facing global disaster: Mass starvation was about to become a reality. A call went out to the world's scientists to find a solution.
    This is the story of the two men who found it: brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, and saved millions of lives.
    But their epochal triumph came at a price we are still paying. The Haber-Bosch process was also used to make the gunpowder and explosives that killed millions during the two world wars. Both men were vilified during their lives; both, disillusioned and disgraced, died tragically.
    The Alchemy of Air is the extraordinary, previously untold story of a discovery that changed the way we grow food and the way we make war-and that promises to continue shaping our lives in fundamental and dramatic ways.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00
    $34.00
  • Aleppo: the Rise & Fall of a World City
    Aleppo: the Rise & Fall of a World City
    ISBN: 9781784534615
    Title: Aleppo: the Rise & Fall of a World City
    Author: MANSEL PHILIP

    'Every time gardens welcomed us, we said to them,
    Aleppo is our aim and you are merely the route.'
    -Al-Mutanabbi

    Aleppo lies in ruins. Its streets are plunged in darkness, most of its population has fled. But this was once a vibrant world city, where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived and traded together in peace. Few places are as ancient and diverse as Aleppo one of the oldest, continuously inhabited cities in the world successively ruled by the Assyrian, Persian, Greek, Roman, Arab, Ottoman and French empires. Under the Ottomans, it became the empire's third largest city, after Constantinople and Cairo. It owed its wealth to its position at the endof the Silk Road, at a crossroads of world trade, where merchants from Venice, Isfahan and Agra gathered in the largest suq in the Middle East. Throughout theregion, it was famous for its food and its music. For 400 years British and French consuls and merchants lived in Aleppo; many of their accounts are used here for the first time. In the first history of Aleppo in English, DrPhilip Mansel vividly describes its decline from a pinnacle of cultural and economic power, a poignant testament to a city shatteredby Syria's civil war."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00

    $50.00
  • Alexander Hamilton
    Alexander Hamilton
    ISBN: 9781786690036
    Title: Alexander Hamilton
    Author: CHERNOW RON

    The inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton

    In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is "a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all."
    Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow's biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today's America is the result of Hamilton's countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. "To repudiate his legacy," Chernow writes, "is, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world." Chernow here recounts Hamilton's turbulent life: an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, he came out of nowhere to take America by storm, rising to become George Washington's aide-de-camp in the Continental Army, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the Bank of New York, leading the Federalist Party, and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States.


    Historians have long told the story of America's birth as the triumph of Jefferson's democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power. His is a Hamilton far more human than we've encountered before--from his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations, from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Monroe, and Burr, and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza. And never before has there been a more vivid account of Hamilton's famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804.


    Chernow's biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America's birth seen through its most central figure. At a critical time to look back to our roots, Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.

    Ron Chernow's new biography, Grant, will be published by Penguin Press in October 2017.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Alexander the Great
    Alexander the Great
    ISBN: 9780198706151
    Title: Alexander the Great
    Author: BOWDEN HUGH

    Alexander the Great became king of Macedon in 336 BC, when he was only 20 years old, and died at the age of 32, twelve years later. During his reign he conquered the Achaemenid Persian Empire, the largest empire that had ever existed, leading his army from Greece to Pakistan, and from the Libyan desert to the steppes of Central Asia. His meteoric career, as leader of an alliance of Greek cities, Pharaoh of Egypt, and King of Persia, had a profound effect on the world he moved through. Even in his lifetime his achievements became legendary and in the centuries that following his story was told and retold throughout Europe and the East. Greek became the language of power in the Eastern Mediterranean and much of the Near East, as powerful Macedonian dynasts carved up Alexander's empire into kingdoms of their own, underlaying the flourishing Hellenistic civilization that emerged after his death.
    But what do we really know about Alexander? In this Very Short Introduction, Hugh Bowden goes behind the usual historical accounts of Alexander's life and career. Instead, he focuses on the evidence from Alexander's own time -- letters from officials in Afghanistan, Babylonian diaries, records from Egyptian temples -- to try and understand how Alexander appeared to those who encountered him. In doing so he also demonstrates the profound influence the legends of his life have had on our historical understanding and the controversy they continue to generate worldwide.
    ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Alexiad
    Alexiad
    ISBN: 9780140455274
    Title: Alexiad
    Author: KOMNENE ANNA ; FRANKOPAN PETER (TRANS)


    'The shining light of the world, the great Alexios'


    Anna Komnene (1083 - 1153) wrote The Alexiadas an account of the reign of her father, the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I. It is also an important source of information on the Byzantine war with the Normans, and on the First Crusade in which Alexios participated, offering a startlingly different perspective to that of Western historians. Anna's character sketches are shrewd and forthright - from the Norman invader Robert Guiscard ('nourished by manifold evil') and his son Bohemond ('like a streaking thunderbolt') to Pope Gregory VII ('unworthy of a high priest'). The Alexiadis a vivid and dramatic narrative, which reveals as much about the character of its intelligent and dynamic author as it does about the fascinating period through which she lived.


    For this new edition E. R. A. Sewter's renowned translation has been brought up to date and clarified to ensure it reflects the original Greek as faithfully as possible. This volume also includes an introduction by Peter Frankopan examining the importance of The Alexiad and its author, with notes, biographies, a bibliography, maps, family trees, a glossary and topography.


    Translated from the Greek by E. R. A. Sewter
    Edited, revised and with an introduction by Peter Frankopan



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Alistair Cooke's America
    Alistair Cooke's America
    ISBN: 9780465018826
    Title: Alistair Cooke's America
    Author: COOKE ALISTAIR


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • All About Maps
    All About Maps
    ISBN: 9781584236269
    Title: All About Maps
    Author: SANDU CULTURAL MEDIA

    Graphic designers and illustrators are todays cartographers, charting lands real and mythic , from gorgeous renderings in the fields of travel and recreation to stylized representations of the worlds of our favourite games or fantasy series. Here, the full breadth of their work is showcased in stunning full colour.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $95.00
    $95.00
  • All Fall Down
    All Fall Down
    ISBN: 9780702253539
    Title: All Fall Down
    Author: CONDON MATTHEW

    The Three Crooked Kings story ends here ... In Three Crooked Kings we read about the shocking true story of Queensland and how a society was shaped by almost half a century of corruption. In Jacks and Jokers the story continued with Terry Lewis taking the reins as police commissioner, while corruption at the highest levels of the police and government thrived. All Fall Down is the final gripping instalment in this best - selling trilogy, with more corruption, colourful new characters and bad behaviour outside the law by the law. It charts the dramatic demise of police commissioner Terry Lewis, signalling an end to 'The Joke' and the infamous 'crooked kings'. It also reveals for the first time the true story of events leading up to the Fitzgerald Inquiry in the late 1980s, courtesy of interviews with several key players who have, until now, remained silent. As well as the dramatic exit of Queensland's longest serving premier Sir Joh Bjelke - Petersen, All Fall Down captures the resilience and spirit of those unsung heroes who risked all to finally tell the truth about the extent of crime and corruption thriving in Queensland. Containing new revelations and exclusive interviews, All Fall Down concludes the epic saga that embroiled the police force, judiciary and politics - and changed a state forever. While many would fall, it was not always those who should have.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
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  • All That Remains
    All That Remains
    ISBN: 9780857524935
    Title: All That Remains
    Author: BLACK SUE


    Professor Dame Sue Black discusses the subject she grapples with every day - Death - bringing her unique perspective to the multitudinous circumstances in which life is lost. From the painful grieving process after losing a loved one, to violence, murder, criminal dismemberment, missing persons, war (such as Kosovo), natural disasters (such as a tsunami), unidentified bodies, historical remains -- involving investigative agencies, lawyers, justice, criminal sentences, and always sadness and pain, she takes us on a scientific and reflective journey explaining the genetic DNA traits that develop before our birth, and those traits and features we gather in the twists and turns through life, all of which add up to an identity that reveals itself in death.
    Riveting as the best crime novel, and leavened with humour, this is an enriching and reassuring read and a parallel celebration of life.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • All the Countries We've Ever Invaded & the Few We Never Got Round To
    All the Countries We've Ever Invaded & the Few We Never Got Round To
    ISBN: 9780752479699
    Title: All the Countries We've Ever Invaded & the Few We Never Got Round To
    Author: LAYCOCK STUART

    Out of 193 countries currently recognized by the UN, the UK has invaded 158. That's an amazing 82%! Azerbaijan won this year's Eurovision. Don't know where it is? You should, because the UK invaded it for its oil almost a hundred years ago. Every Summer, hordes of British tourists now invade Corfu and the other Ionian islands. Find out how we first invaded them armed with cannon instead of cameras and set up the Unites States of the Ionian Islands. A Scottish invasion of Central America helped bankrupt Scotland and drive it into union with England. You'll have heard of the American war in Vietnam, and maybe even the French war, but what do you know about the British invasion of Vietnam? This book illustrates what a truly awe-inspiring power, for good or bad, our country has been throughout the world. A lot of people are vaguely aware that a quarter of the globe was once pink, but that's not even half the story. We're a stroppy, dynamic, irrepressible nation, and this is how we changed the world, even when it didn't ask to be changed!

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $44.00
    $44.00
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