• Richard III: Brother, Protector, King
    Richard III: Brother, Protector, King
    ISBN: 9781780226415
    Title: Richard III: Brother, Protector, King

    'Fresh, gripping and vivid' Simon Sebag Montefiore
    'Exhaustively researched and scrupulously even-handed' David Starkey
    'A portrait that chills you to the bone' Leanda de Lisle, The Times

    A dedicated brother and loyal stalwart to the Yorkist dynasty for most of his early life, Richard's personality was forged in the tribulation of exile and the brutality of combat. An ambitious nobleman and successful general with a loyal following, he could claim to have achieved every ambition in life except one: the crown.

    By stripping back the legends that surround England's most controversial king and returning to original manuscript evidence, Chris Skidmore's compelling biography reveals Richard III as contemporaries saw him.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Riot & Remembrance: America's Worst Race Riot & Its Legacy
    Riot & Remembrance: America's Worst Race Riot & Its Legacy
    ISBN: 9780618340767
    Title: Riot & Remembrance: America's Worst Race Riot & Its Legacy
    Author: HIRSCH JAMES S.

    A best-selling author investigates the causes of the twentieth century's deadliest race riot and how its legacy has scarred and shaped a community over the past eight decades.

    On a warm night in May 1921, thousands of whites, many deputized by the local police, swarmed through the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Oklahoma, killing scores of blacks, looting, and ultimately burning the neighborhood to the ground. In the aftermath, as many as 300 were dead, and 6,000 Greenwood residents were herded into detention camps.

    James Hirsch focuses on the de facto apartheid that brought about the Greenwood riot and informed its eighty-year legacy, offering an unprecedented examination of how a calamity spawns bigotry and courage and how it has propelled one community's belated search for justice. Tulsa's establishment and many victims strove to forget the events of 1921, destroying records pertaining to the riot and refusing even to talk about it. This cover-up was carried through the ensuing half-century with surprising success. Even so, the riot wounded Tulsa profoundly, as Hirsch demonstrates in a compelling combination of history, journalism, and character study. White Tulsa thrived, and the city became a stronghold of Klan activity as workingmen and high civic officials alike flocked to the Hooded Order. Meanwhile, Greenwood struggled as residents strove to rebuild their neighborhood despite official attempts to thwart them. As the decades passed, the economic and social divides between white and black worlds deepened. Through the 1960s and 1970s, urban renewal helped to finish what the riot had started, blighting Greenwood. Paradoxically, however, the events of 1921 saved Tulsa from the racial strife that befell so many other American cities in the 1960s, as Tulsans white and black would do almost anything to avoid a reprise of the riot.

    Hirsch brings the riot's legacy up to the present day, tracing how the memory of the massacre gradually revived as academics and ordinary citizens of all colors worked tirelessly to uncover evidence of its horrors. Hirsch also highlights Tulsa's emergence at the forefront of the burgeoning debate over reparations. RIOT AND REMEMBRANCE shows vividly, chillingly, how the culture of Jim Crow caused not only the grisly incidents of 1921 but also those of Rosewood, Selma, and Watts, as well as less widely known atrocities. It also addresses the cruel irony that underlies today's battles over affirmative action and reparations: that justice and reconciliation are often incompatible goals. Finally, Hirsch details how Tulsa may be overcoming its horrific legacy, as factions long sundered at last draw together.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Rise & Fall
    Rise & Fall
    ISBN: 9781473698666
    Title: Rise & Fall

    Rise and Fall opens with the Akkadian Empire,which ruled over a vast expanse of the region of ancient Mesopotamia,then turns to the immense Roman Empire,where we trace back our western and eastern roots. Next Strathern describes how a great deal of western classical culture was developed in the Abbasid and Umayyid Caliphates. Then,while Europe was beginning to emerge from a period of cultural stagnation,it almost fell to a whirlwind invasion from the East, at which point we meet the Emperors of the Mongol Empire . . .

    Combining breathtaking scope with masterful concision,Paul Strathern traces connections across four millennia and sheds new light on these major civilizations - from the Mongol Empire and the Yuan Dynasty to the Aztec and Ottoman,through to the most recent and biggest Empires: the British,Russo-Soviet and American. Charting 5,000 years of global history in ten succinct chapters, Rise and Fall makes comprehensive and inspiring reading to anyone fascinated by the history of the world

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
  • Rise & Fall of the British Nation
    Rise & Fall of the British Nation
    ISBN: 9780141975979
    Title: Rise & Fall of the British Nation

    It is usual to see the United Kingdom as an island of continuity in an otherwise convulsed and unstable Europe; its political history a smooth sequence of administrations, a story of building a welfare state and coping with decline. But what if Britain's history was approached from a different angle? What if we wrote about it as we might write the history of Germany, say, or the Soviet Union, as a story of power, and of transformation?

    David Edgerton's major new book breaks out of the confines of traditional British national history to reveal an unfamiliar place, subject to radical discontinuities. Out of a liberal, capitalist, genuinely global power of a unique kind, there arose from the 1940s a distinct British nation. This was committed to internal change, making it much more like the great continental powers. From the 1970s it became bound up both with the European Union and with foreign capital in new ways. Such a perspective produces new and refreshed understanding of everything from the nature of British politics to the performance of British industry.
    Packed with surprising examples and arguments, The Rise and Fall of the British Nation gives us a grown-up, unsentimental history, one which is crucial at a moment of serious reconsideration for the country and its future.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • Rise of Rome: From the Iron Age to the Punic Wars
    Rise of Rome: From the Iron Age to the Punic Wars
    ISBN: 9781846684128
    Title: Rise of Rome: From the Iron Age to the Punic Wars

    In the late Iron Age, Rome was a small collection of huts arranged over a few hills. By the third century BC, it had become a large and powerful city, with monumental temples, public buildings and grand houses. It had conquered the whole of Italy and was poised to establish an empire. But how did it accomplish this historic transformation? This book explores the development of Rome during this period, and the nature of its control over Italy, considering why and how the Romans achieved this spectacular dominance. For Rome was only one of a number of emerging centres of power during this period. From its complex forms of government, to its innovative connections with other states, Kathryn Lomas shows what set Rome apart. Examining the context and impact of the city's dominance, as well as the key political, social and economic changes it engendered, this is crucial reading for anyone interested in Ancient Rome.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Romanovs 1613-1918
    Romanovs 1613-1918
    ISBN: 9781474600873
    Title: Romanovs 1613-1918

    The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all?

    This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Montefiore's gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, and peopled by a cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets. Written with dazzling literary flair, drawing on new archival research, THE ROMANOVS is at once an enthralling chronicle of triumph and tragedy, love and death, a universal study of power, and an essential portrait of the empire that still defines Russia today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Russia Anxiety: & How History Can Resolve It
    Russia Anxiety: & How History Can Resolve It
    ISBN: 9780141986500
    Title: Russia Anxiety: & How History Can Resolve It
    Author: SMITH MARK B.

    Russia is an exceptional country, the biggest in the world. It is both European and exotic, powerful and weak, brilliant and flawed. Why are we so afraid of it?

    Time and again, we judge Russia by unique standards. We have usually assumed that it possesses higher levels of cunning, malevolence and brutality than other countries. Yet it has more often than not been a crucial ally, not least against Napoleon and in the two world wars. We admire its music and its writers. We lavish praise on the Russian soul. And still we think of Russia as a unique menace. What is it about this extraordinary country that consistently provokes such excessive responses? And why is this so dangerous?

    Mark B. Smith's remarkable new book is a history of this 'Russia Anxiety'. Whether Russia has been ally or enemy, superpower or failing state, it has always had a exceptional status in our imagination.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Samurai: A Concise History
    Samurai: A Concise History
    ISBN: 9780190932947
    Title: Samurai: A Concise History
    Author: WERT MICHAEL

    The idea of the sword-wielding samurai, beholden to a strict ethical code and trained in deadly martial arts, dominates popular conceptions of the samurai. As early as the late seventeenth century, they were heavily featured in literature, art, theater, and even comedy, from the Tale of the Heike to the kabuki retellings of the 47 Ronin. This legacy remains with us today in the legendary Akira Kurosawa films, the shoguns of HBO's Westworld, and countless renditions of samurai history in anime, manga, and video games. Acknowledging these common depictions, this book gives readers access to the real samurai as they lived, fought, and served.Much as they capture the modern imagination, the samurai commanded influence over the politics, arts, philosophy and religion of their own time, and ultimately controlled Japan from the fourteenth century until their demise in the mid-nineteenth century. On and off the battlefield, whether charging an enemy on horseback or currying favor at the imperial court, their story is one of adventures and intrigues, heroics and misdeeds, unlikely victories and devastating defeats. This book traces the samurai throughout this history, exploring their roles in watershed events such as Japan's invasions of Korea at the close of the sixteenth century and the Satsuma Rebellion of 1877. Coming alive in these accounts are the samurai, both famed and ordinary, who shaped Japanese history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
  • Science City Craft, Commerce & Curiosity in London 1550-1800
    Science City Craft, Commerce & Curiosity in London 1550-1800
    ISBN: 9781785512049
    Title: Science City Craft, Commerce & Curiosity in London 1550-1800

    - An accessible yet enlightening handbook exploring London's rich history as a world-leading city of science- Richly illustrated with a myriad of scientific and mathematical instruments, drawings, paintings and maps- Official companion to a new gallery opening at the Science Museum in autumn 2019 - an institution that attracts over 3 million visitors per yearMany cities around the world could claim to have a rich scientific history. However, between 1550 and 1800, London fostered its very own particular brand of scientific enquiry and practice. Home to the world-famous Royal Society - which boasts membership from figures such as Francis Bacon and Isaac Newton - London encouraged and facilitated scientific expansion. Science City explores London as a world-leading nexus of administration for ambitious scientific projects, as well as a place to obtain exceptional scientific equipment. The story of the city is richly illustrated with objects, artefacts and maps, many of which are from the Science Museum's extraordinary collection of scientific and mathematical instruments. Science City is published to accompany a new gallery at the Science Museum, scheduled to open in the autumn of 2019. This publication accompanies a new gallery, due to open at the Science Museum in Autumn 2019. The Science Museum has 662K followers on Twitter and 174k on Instagram.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
  • Scythians: Nomad Warriors of the Steppe
    Scythians: Nomad Warriors of the Steppe
    ISBN: 9780198820123
    Title: Scythians: Nomad Warriors of the Steppe

    Brilliant horsemen and great fighters, the Scythians were nomadic horsemen who ranged wide across the grasslands of the Asian steppe from the Altai mountains in the east to the Great Hungarian Plain in the first millennium BC. Their steppe homeland bordered on a number of sedentary states to the south - the Chinese, the Persians and the Greeks - and there were, inevitably, numerous interactions between the nomads and their neighbours. The Scythians fought thePersians on a number of occasions, in one battle killing their king and on another occasion driving the invading army of Darius the Great from the steppe.Relations with the Greeks around the shores of the Black Sea were rather different - both communities benefiting from trading with each other. This led to the development of a brilliant art style, often depicting scenes from Scythian mythology and everyday life. It is from the writings of Greeks like the historian Herodotus that we learn of Scythian life: their beliefs, their burial practices, their love of fighting, and their ambivalent attitudes to gender. It is a world that is alsobrilliantly illuminated by the rich material culture recovered from Scythian burials, from the graves of kings on the Pontic steppe, with their elaborate gold work and vividly coloured fabrics, to the frozen tombs of the Altai mountains, where all the organic material - wooden carvings, carpets, saddles andeven tattooed human bodies - is amazingly well preserved.Barry Cunliffe here marshals this vast array of evidence - both archaeological and textual - in a masterful reconstruction of the lost world of the Scythians, allowing them to emerge in all their considerable vigour and splendour for the first time in over two millennia.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $59.00
  • Seapower States: Maritime Culture, Continental Empires & the Conflict That Made the Modern World
    Seapower States: Maritime Culture, Continental Empires & the Conflict That Made the Modern World
    ISBN: 9780300251487
    Title: Seapower States: Maritime Culture, Continental Empires & the Conflict That Made the Modern World

    One of the most eminent historians of our age investigates the extraordinary success of five small maritime states

    Andrew Lambert, author of The Challenge: Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812--winner of the prestigious Anderson Medal--turns his attention to Athens, Carthage, Venice, the Dutch Republic, and Britain, examining how their identities as "seapowers" informed their actions and enabled them to achieve success disproportionate to their size.

    Lambert demonstrates how creating maritime identities made these states more dynamic, open, and inclusive than their lumbering continental rivals. Only when they forgot this aspect of their identity did these nations begin to decline. Recognizing that the United States and China are modern naval powers--rather than seapowers--is essential to understanding current affairs, as well as the long-term trends in world history. This volume is a highly original "big think" analysis of five states whose success--and eventual failure--is a subject of enduring interest, by a scholar at the top of his game.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Shadow King: The Life & Death of Henry VI
    Shadow King: The Life & Death of Henry VI
    ISBN: 9781784979645
    Title: Shadow King: The Life & Death of Henry VI

    A thrilling new account of the tragic life and troubled times of Henry VI.

    'The best life of Henry VI now in print'DAN JONES.
    'Vivid, absorbing and richly detailed'HELEN CASTOR.
    'A well-crafted moving account of a tragic reign'MICHAEL JONES.

    First-born son of a warrior father who defeated the French at Agincourt, Henry VI of the House Lancaster inherited the crown not only of England but also of France, at a time when Plantagenet dominance over the Valois dynasty was at its glorious height.

    And yet, by the time he was done to death in the Tower of London in 1471, France was lost, his throne had been seized by his rival, Edward IV of the House of York, and his kingdom had descended into the violent chaos of the Wars of the Roses.

    Henry VI is perhaps the most troubled of English monarchs, a pious, gentle, well-intentioned man who was plagued by bouts of mental illness. In Shadow King, Lauren Johnson tells his remarkable and sometimes shocking story in a fast-paced and colourful narrative that captures both the poignancy of Henry's life and the tumultuous and bloody nature of the times in which he lived.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Shakespeare in a Divided America
    Shakespeare in a Divided America
    ISBN: 9780571338887
    Title: Shakespeare in a Divided America

    From the author of 1599, a fresh perspective on the history of the United States - and a timely reminder of Shakespeare's indelible influence.


    Shakespeare's position as England's national poet is established and unquestionable.

    But as James Shapiro illuminates in this revelatory new history, Shakespeare has long held an essential place in American culture. Why, though, would a proudly independent republic embrace England's greatest writer? Especially when his works enact so many of America's darkest nightmares: interracial marriage, cross-dressing, same-sex love, tyranny, and assassination?

    Investigating a selection of defining moments in American history - drilling into issues of race, miscegenation, gender, patriotism and immigration; encountering Presidents, activists, writers and actors - Shapiro leads us to fascinating answers and uncovers rich and startling stories.

    But perhaps most pressingly, we learn how, in Trump's America, the staging of his work has provoked threats of violence and has become a battleground for freedom of speech.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies
    Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies
    ISBN: 9780140445626
    Title: Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies

    Bartolom de Las Casas was the first and fiercest critic of Spanish colonialism in the New World. An early traveller to the Americas who sailed on one of Columbus's voyages, Las Casas was so horrified by the wholesale massacre he witnessed that he dedicated his life to protecting the Indian community. He wrote A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies in 1542, a shocking catalogue of mass slaughter, torture and slavery, which showed that the evangelizing vision of Columbus had descended under later conquistadors into genocide. Dedicated to Philip II to alert the Castilian Crown to these atrocities and demand that the Indians be entitled to the basic rights of humankind, this passionate work of documentary vividness outraged Europe and contributed to the idea of the Spanish 'Black Legend' that would last for centuries.

    For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00

  • Short History of England
    Short History of England
    ISBN: 9781788160896
    Title: Short History of England

    From the invaders of the dark ages to the aftermath of the coalition, one of Britain's most respected journalists, Simon Jenkins, weaves together a strong narrative with all the most important and interesting dates in a book that characteristically is as stylish as it is authoritative.A Short History of England sheds light on all the key individuals and events, bringing them together in an enlightening and engaging account of the country's birth, rise to global prominence and then partial eclipse.There have been long synoptic histories of England but until now there has been no standard short work covering all significant events, themes and individuals. Now updated to take in the rapid progress of recent events and beautifully illustrated, this magisterial history will be the standard work for years to come.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Short History of Europe: From Pericles to Putin
    Short History of Europe: From Pericles to Putin
    ISBN: 9780241352526
    Title: Short History of Europe: From Pericles to Putin

    The first short narrative history of the continent, from the author of the bestselling A Short History of England
    Europe is an astonishingly successful place. In this dazzling new history, bestselling author Simon Jenkins grippingly tells the story of its evolution from warring peoples to peace, wealth and freedom - a story that twists and turns from Greece and Rome, through the Dark Ages, the Reformation and the French Revolution, to the Second World War and up to the present day.
    Jenkins takes in leaders from Julius Caesar and Joan of Arc, to Wellington and Angela Merkel, as well as cultural figures from Aristotle to Shakespeare and Picasso. He brings together the transformative forces and dominant eras into one chronological tale - all with his usual insight, colour and authority.
    Despite the importance of Europe's politics, economy and culture, there has not been - until now - a concise book to tell this story. Covering the key events, themes and individuals, Jenkins' portrait of the continent could not be more timely - or masterful.

    'Full of stand-out facts ... absolutely fascinating' - Richard Bacon, BBC Radio 2, on 'A Short History of England'

    'Masterly, perhaps a masterpiece' - Independent, Books of the Year on England's Thousand Best Churches

    'Jenkins is, like all good guides, more than simply informative: he can be courteous and rude, nostalgic and funny, elegant, convincing and relaxed' - Adam Nicolson on 'England's Thousand Best Houses', Evening Standard

    'Full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought' - Michael Wood on 'A Short History of England', New Statesman

    'Any passably cultured inhabitant of the British Isles should ask for, say, three or four copies of this book' - Max Hastings on 'England's Thousand Best Houses', Sunday Telegraph

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Short History of Progress
    Short History of Progress
    ISBN: 9781841958309
    Title: Short History of Progress

    Each time history repeats itself, so it's said, the price goes up. The twentieth century was a time of runaway growth in human population, consumption, and technology, placing a colossal load on all natural systems, especially earth, air, and water -- the very elements of life. The most urgent questions of the twenty-first century are: where will this growth lead? can it be consolidated or sustained? and what kind of world is our present bequeathing to our future?

    In his #1 bestseller A Short History of Progress Ronald Wright argues that our modern predicament is as old as civilization, a 10,000-year experiment we have participated in but seldom controlled. Only by understanding the patterns of triumph and disaster that humanity has repeated around the world since the Stone Age can we recognize the experiment's inherent dangers, and, with luck and wisdom, shape its outcome.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Short History of the World in 50 Places
    Short History of the World in 50 Places
    ISBN: 9781789291971
    Title: Short History of the World in 50 Places
    Author: FIELD JACOB F.

    A Short History of the World in 50 Places provides a new perspective on the grand sweep of our planet's story, from the prehistoric era to the early twenty-first century, taking readers from the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, where fossil evidence of over two million years of human evolution was uncovered, to the CERN laboratory in Switzerland, where cutting-edge contemporary technologies such as the World Wide Web were invented and developed. This book details fifty of the most important places in human history, taking in a great variety of sites, some well-known and others far more surprising, from every continent in the world. Each place brings us closer to major events such as humanity's expansion out of Africa, the Industrial Revolution and the globalised economy, the World Wars, and the rise and fall of communist regimes, showing the place's influence on not just politics, but on the economy, culture, religion and society. Even the most humble of locations can witness the turning of history.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
  • Shortest History of England
    Shortest History of England
    ISBN: 9781760641658
    Title: Shortest History of England
    Author: HAWES JAMES

    With the British Empire gone, Brexit looming and the break-up of the United Kingdom a possibility, there's no better time to discover the true history of England.

    In the latest addition to the acclaimed Shortest History series, James Hawes demonstrates that the whole sweep of a national story can be captured in a pacy narrative packed with maps and graphics, throwing striking new light on the present day.

    A gallop through England's past shows that it is shot through with ancient fault lines, locked into European history and overlaid with that most English of factors- class. The world's most successful colonial culture has been rife with tension and challenge, from the Roman invasion through the Britons, Anglo-Saxons and Danes; to the Norman Conquest, the Anglo-French Empire and the Reformation; to the Empire and the wars of the twentieth century; and up to the question-filled present.

    Other books in this series-
    The best-selling The Shortest History of Europe by John Hirst
    The popular The Shortest History of Germany by James Hawes

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Silk Roads: A New History of the World
    Silk Roads: A New History of the World
    ISBN: 9781408839997
    Title: Silk Roads: A New History of the World

    The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westwards on its axis, it now turns to the east. For centuries, fame and fortune was to be found in the west - in the New World of the Americas. Today, it is the east which calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China and India, is taking centre stage in international politics, commerce and culture - and is shaping the modern world. This region, the true centre of the earth, is obscure to many in the English-speaking world. Yet this is where civilization itself began, where the world's great religions were born and took root. The Silk Roads were no exotic series of connections, but networks that linked continents and oceans together. Along them flowed ideas, goods, disease and death. This was where empires were won - and where they were lost. As a new era emerges, the patterns of exchange are mirroring those that have criss-crossed Asia for millennia. The Silk Roads are rising again. A major reassessment of world history, The Silk Roads is an important account of the forces that have shaped the global economy and the political renaissance in the re-emerging east.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • Sisters & Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America
    Sisters & Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America
    ISBN: 9780393358568
    Title: Sisters & Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America

    Born into a former slaveholding family, Elizabeth, Grace, and Katharine Lumpkin were raised in a culture of white supremacy. While Elizabeth remained a lifelong believer, her sisters reinvented themselves as radical thinkers, organizing for racial justice, women's liberation, and labor rights. National Humanities Award-winning historian Jacquelyn Dowd Hall traces the sisters from their childhood in the Deep South to the progressive zeal of the early twentieth century and toward our contemporary moment.

    By threading these women's stories through a century of history, social movements, and intellectual debates, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall makes visible forgotten sites of experimentation and creative thinking on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line. She demonstrates how the fraught ties of sisterhood were tested and frayed as each sister struggled, albeit in radically different ways, to reinvent herself as a modern woman, grapple with a legacy of racism, and remake the South as a place to call home.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $43.00
  • Six Encounters with Lincoln: A President Confronts Democracy & Its Demons
    Six Encounters with Lincoln: A President Confronts Democracy & Its Demons
    ISBN: 9780143111238
    Title: Six Encounters with Lincoln: A President Confronts Democracy & Its Demons

    In this eye-opening book, Elizabeth Brown Pryor examines six intriguing, mostly unknown encounters that Abraham Lincoln had with his constituents. Taken together, they reveal his character and opinions in unexpected ways, illustrating his difficulties in managing a republic and creating a presidency. Pryor probes both the political demons that Lincoln battled in his ambitious exercise of power and the demons that arose from the very nature of democracy itself: the clamorous diversity of the populace, with its outspoken demands. She explores the trouble Lincoln sometimes had in communicating and in juggling the multiple concerns that make up being a political leader; how conflicted he was over the problem of emancipation; and the misperceptions Lincoln and the South held about each other. Pryor also provides a fascinating discussion of Lincoln's fondness for storytelling and how he used his skills as a raconteur to enhance both his personal and political power.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister
    Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister
    ISBN: 9781784701000
    Title: Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister

    *** Selected as a 2017 Book of the Year in the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Observer and The Economist ***

    'A gripping story of Churchill's unlikely rise to power' Observer

    London, May 1940. Britain is under threat of invasion and Neville Chamberlain's government is about to fall. It is hard for us to imagine the Second World War without Winston Churchill taking the helm, but in Six Minutes in May Nicholas Shakespeare shows how easily events could have gone in a different direction.

    It took just six minutes for MPs to cast the votes that brought down Chamberlain. Shakespeare moves from Britain's disastrous battle in Norway, for which many blamed Churchill, on to the dramatic developments in Westminster that led to Churchill becoming Prime Minister. Uncovering fascinating new research and delving into the key players' backgrounds, Shakespeare gives us a new perspective on this critical moment in our history.

    'Totally captivating. It will stand as the best account of those extraordinary few days for very many years'
    Andrew Roberts

    'Superbly written... Shakespeare has a novelist's flair for depicting the characters and motives of men'
    The Times

    'Utterly wonderful... It reads like a thriller'
    Peter Frankopan

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • So You Want to Talk about Race
    So You Want to Talk about Race
    ISBN: 9781580058827
    Title: So You Want to Talk about Race
    Author: OLUO IJEOMA

    In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America
    Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy--from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans--has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair--and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?
    In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.
    "Oluo gives us--both white people and people of color--that language to engage in clear, constructive, and confident dialogue with each other about how to deal with racial prejudices and biases."--National Book Review
    "Generous and empathetic, yet usefully blunt . . . it's for anyone who wants to be smarter and more empathetic about matters of race and engage in more productive anti-racist action."--Salon (Required Reading)

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Sons of Caesar: Imperial Rome's First Dynasty
    Sons of Caesar: Imperial Rome's First Dynasty
    ISBN: 9780500295908
    Title: Sons of Caesar: Imperial Rome's First Dynasty

    At the heart of this history of the Julio-Claudian dynasty are the lives of six men – Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius Caligula, Claudius and Nero – men who mastered Rome and changed it from a democracy to a personal possession. It was no easy task: Caesar and Caligula were assassinated, Nero committed suicide and Claudius was poisoned. Only Augustus and Tiberius died natural deaths – and even that is uncertain. The Julio-Claudian saga has a host of other characters, from Cicero, the last great statesman of the Republic, to Livia, matriarch of the Empire; the passionate Mark Antony and the scheming Sejanus; and Agrippina, mother of Nero and sister of Caligula, who probably murdered her husband and in turn was killed by her son.

    Set against a background of foreign wars and domestic intrigue, the story of Rome’s greatest dynasty is also the story of the birth of an imperial system that shaped the Europe of today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Spirit Catches You & You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, & the Collision of Two Cultures
    Spirit Catches You & You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, & the Collision of Two Cultures
    ISBN: 9780374533403
    Title: Spirit Catches You & You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, & the Collision of Two Cultures
    Author: FADIMAN ANNE

    The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Downexplores the clash between a small county hospital in California and a refugee family from Laos over the care of Lia Lee, a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy. Lia's parents and her doctors both wanted what was best for Lia, but the lack of understanding between them led to tragedy. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest, and the Salon Book Award, Anne Fadiman's compassionate account of this cultural impasse is literary journalism at its finest.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
  • SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
    SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
    ISBN: 9781846683817
    Title: SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
    Author: BEARD MARY

    Sunday Times Top 10 BestsellerShortlisted for a British Book Industry Book of the Year Award 2016Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the Rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today.SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists. It explores not only how Rome grew from an insignificant village in central Italy to a power that controlled territory from Spain to Syria, but also how the Romans thought about themselves and their achievements, and why they are still important to us.Covering 1,000 years of history, and casting fresh light on the basics of Roman culture from slavery to running water, as well as exploring democracy, migration, religious controversy, social mobility and exploitation in the larger context of the empire, this is a definitive history of ancient Rome.SPQR is the Romans' own abbreviation for their state: Senatus Populusque Romanus, 'the Senate and People of Rome'.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Square & the Tower
    Square & the Tower
    ISBN: 9780141984810
    Title: Square & the Tower

    The instant New York Times bestseller.

    A brilliant recasting of the turning points in world history, including the one we're living through, as a collision between old power hierarchies and new social networks.

    "Captivating and compelling." --The New York Times

    "Niall Ferguson has again written a brilliant book...In 400 pages you will have restocked your mind. Do it." --The Wall Street Journal

    "The Square and the Tower, in addition to being provocative history, may prove to be a bellwether work of the Internet Age." --Christian Science Monitor

    Most history is hierarchical: it's about emperors, presidents, prime ministers and field marshals. It's about states, armies and corporations. It's about orders from on high. Even history "from below" is often about trade unions and workers' parties. But what if that's simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? What if we are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of change?

    The 21st century has been hailed as the Age of Networks. However, in The Square and the Tower, Niall Ferguson argues that networks have always been with us, from the structure of the brain to the food chain, from the family tree to freemasonry. Throughout history, hierarchies housed in high towers have claimed to rule, but often real power has resided in the networks in the town square below. For it is networks that tend to innovate. And it is through networks that revolutionary ideas can contagiously spread. Just because conspiracy theorists like to fantasize about such networks doesn't mean they are not real.

    From the cults of ancient Rome to the dynasties of the Renaissance, from the founding fathers to Facebook, The Square and the Tower tells the story of the rise, fall and rise of networks, and shows how network theory--concepts such as clustering, degrees of separation, weak ties, contagions and phase transitions--can transform our understanding of both the past and the present.

    Just as The Ascent of Money put Wall Street into historical perspective, so The Square and the Tower does the same for Silicon Valley. And it offers a bold prediction about which hierarchies will withstand this latest wave of network disruption--and which will be toppled.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00

  • St Petersburg: Three Centuries of Murderous Desire
    St Petersburg: Three Centuries of Murderous Desire
    ISBN: 9780099592792
    Title: St Petersburg: Three Centuries of Murderous Desire

    'This extraordinary book brings to life an astonishing place. Beautiful prose renders brutality vivid' The Times - BOOK OF THE WEEK
    From Peter the Great to Putin, this is the unforgettable story of St Petersburg - one of the most magical, menacing and influential cities in the world.

    St Petersburg has always felt like an impossible metropolis, risen from the freezing mists and flooded marshland of the River Neva on the western edge of Russia. It was a new capital in an old country. Established in 1703 by the sheer will of its charismatic founder, the homicidal megalomaniac Peter-the-Great, its dazzling yet unhinged reputation was quickly fashioned by the sadistic dominion of its early rulers.

    This city, in its successive incarnations - St Petersburg; Petrograd; Leningrad and, once again, St Petersburg - has always been a place of perpetual contradiction. It was a window on to Europe and the Enlightenment, but so much of the glory of Russia was created here: its literature, music, dance and, for a time, its political vision. It gave birth to the artistic genius of Pushkin and Dostoyevsky, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, Pavlova and Nureyev. Yet, for all its glittering palaces, fairytale balls and enchanting gardens, the blood of thousands has been spilt on its snow-filled streets. It has been a hotbed of war and revolution, a place of siege and starvation, and the crucible for Lenin and Stalin's power-hungry brutality.

    In St Petersburg, Jonathan Miles recreates the drama of three hundred years in this absurd and brilliant city, bringing us up to the present day, when - once more - its fate hangs in the balance. This is an epic tale of murder, massacre and madness played out against squalor and splendour. It is an unforgettable portrait of a city and its people.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Stalin's Wine Cellar
    Stalin's Wine Cellar
    ISBN: 9781760893132
    Title: Stalin's Wine Cellar
    Author: BAKER JOHN

    In the late 1990s, John Baker was known as a purveyor of quality rare and old wines. Always entrepreneurial and up for adventure, he was the perfect person for an occasional business partner to approach with a mysterious wine list that was foreign to anything John, or his second-in-command, Kevin Hopko, had ever come across.The list was discovered to be a comprehensive catalogue of the wine collection of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia. The wine had become the property of the state after the Russian Revolution of 1918, during which Nicholas and his entire family were executed. Now owned by Stalin, the wine was discretely removed to a remote Georgian winery when Stalin was concerned the advancing Nazi army might overrun Russia, and inevitably loot artefacts and treasures. Half a century later, the wine was rumoured to be hidden underground and off any known map.John and Kevin embarked on an audacious, colourful and potentially dangerous journey to Georgia to discover if the wines actually existed; if the bottles were authentic and whether the entire collection could be bought and transported to a major London auction house for sale.A multimillion dollar cellar and a breathtaking collection of wine (and one very expensive broken bottle) is the elusive treasure. The cast of characters include Stalin, Hitler, Tsar Nicholas II and a motley bunch of Georgian businessmen/cowboys toting handguns, in the early days of Russian business development that led to the world of Putin and oligarchs.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
    Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
    ISBN: 9781568585987
    Title: Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
    Author: KENDI IBRAM X


    Americans like to insist that we are living in a postracial, color-blind society. In fact, racist thought is alive and well; it has simply become more sophisticated and more insidious. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, racist ideas in this country have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit.

    In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the lives of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W. E. B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America.

    As Kendi provocatively illustrates, racist thinking did not arise from ignorance or hatred. Racist ideas were created and popularized in an effort to defend deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and to rationalize the nation's racial inequities in everything from wealth to health. While racist ideas are easily produced and easily consumed, they can also be discredited. In shedding much-needed light on the murky history of racist ideas, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose them-and in the process, gives us reason to hope.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $44.00
  • Stasiland
    ISBN: 9780143792529
    Title: Stasiland
    Author: FUNDER ANNA

    Winner of the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize
    Truth can be stranger - and more heartbreaking and hilarious - than fiction.

    In this now classic work, Funder tells extraordinary stories from the most perfected surveillance state of all time, the former East Germany. She meets Miriam, condemned as an enemy of the state at sixteen, and Frau Paul, for whom the Berlin Wall 'went through my heart'. She drinks with the legendary 'Mik Jegger' of the East, once declared by the authorities to 'no longer exist'. And she meets ex-Stasi - men who spied on their families and friends - still loyal to the deposed regime as they await the next revolution.

    Stasilandis a brilliant, timeless portrait of a Kafkaesque world as gripping as any thriller. In a world of total surveillance, its celebration of human conscience and courage is as potent as ever.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Storm Before the Storm The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
    Storm Before the Storm The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
    ISBN: 9781541724037
    Title: Storm Before the Storm The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
    Author: DUNCAN MIKE

    The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. Beginning as a small city-state in central Italy, Rome gradually expanded into a wider world filled with petty tyrants, barbarian chieftains, and despotic kings. Through the centuries, Rome's model of cooperative and participatory government remained remarkably durable and unmatched in the history of the ancient world.

    In 146 BC, Rome finally emerged as the strongest power in the Mediterranean. But the very success of the Republic proved to be its undoing. The republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled: rising economic inequality disrupted traditional ways of life, endemic social and ethnic prejudice led to clashes over citizenship and voting rights, and rampant corruption and ruthless ambition sparked violent political clashes that cracked the once indestructible foundations of the Republic.

    Chronicling the years 146-78 BC, The Storm Before the Storm dives headlong into the first generation to face this treacherous new political environment. Abandoning the ancient principles of their forbearers, men like Marius, Sulla, and the Gracchi brothers set dangerous new precedents that would start the Republic on the road to destruction and provide a stark warning about what can happen to a civilization that has lost its way.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Story of China
    Story of China
    ISBN: 9781471176012
    Title: Story of China
    Author: WOOD MICHAEL

    China's story is extraordinarily rich and dramatic. Now Michael Wood, one of the UK's pre-eminent historians, brings it all together in a major new one-volume history of China that is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand its burgeoning role in our world today.

    China is the oldest living civilisation on earth, but its history is still surprisingly little known in the wider world. Michael Wood's sparkling narrative, which mingles the grand sweep with local and personal stories, woven together with the author's own travel journals, is an enthralling account of China's 4000-year-old tradition, taking in life stationed on the Great Wall or inside the Forbidden City. The story is enriched with the latest archaeological and documentary discoveries; correspondence and court cases going back to the Qin and Han dynasties; family letters from soldiers in the real-life Terracotta Army; stories from Silk Road merchants and Buddhist travellers, along with memoirs and diaries of& emperors, poets and peasants.&
    In the modern era, the book is full of new insights, with the electrifying manifestos of the feminist revolutionaries Qiu Jin and He Zhen, extraordinary eye-witness accounts of the Japanese invasion, the Great Famine and the Cultural Revolution under Chairman Mao, and fascinating newly published sources for the great turning points in China's modern history, including the Tiananmen Square crisis of 1989, and the new order of& President Xi Jinping.
    A compelling portrait of a single civilisation over an immense period of time, the book is full of intimate detail and colourful voices, taking us from the desolate Mongolian steppes to the ultra-modern world of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. It also asks what were the forces that have kept China together for so long? Why was China overtaken by the west after the 18th century? What lies behind China's extraordinary rise today?& The Story of China tells a thrilling story of intense drama, fabulous creativity and deep humanity; a portrait of a country that will be of the greatest importance to the world in the twenty-first century.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BCE - 1492 AD Vol 1
    Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BCE - 1492 AD Vol 1
    ISBN: 9780099546689
    Title: Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BCE - 1492 AD Vol 1
    Author: SCHAMA SIMON

    A story that spans the millennia and the continents - from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; and, the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Stranger in the Shogun's City: A Woman's Life In Nineteenth-Century Japan
    Stranger in the Shogun's City: A Woman's Life In Nineteenth-Century Japan
    ISBN: 9781784742317
    Title: Stranger in the Shogun's City: A Woman's Life In Nineteenth-Century Japan
    Author: STANLEY AMY

    A vivid, deeply researched work of history that explores the life of an unconventional woman in Edo - now known as Tokyo - and a portrait of a great city on the brink of momentous change

    The daughter of a Buddhist priest, Tsuneno was born in 1804 in a rural Japanese village and was expected to live a life much like her mother's. But after three divorces - and with a temperament much too strong-willed for her family's approval - she ran away to make a life for herself in one of the largest cities in the world- Edo, a bustling metropolis at its peak.

    With Tsuneno as our guide, we experience the drama and excitement of Edo just before the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry's fleet, which would open Japan up to trade and diplomacy with the West for the first time. During this pivotal moment in Japanese history, Tsuneno bounces from tenement to tenement, marries a masterless samurai and eventually ends up in the service of a famous city magistrate. An extraordinary woman at an extraordinary time, Tsuneno's life provides a window into 19th-century Japanese culture - and a rare view of a woman who sacrificed her family and her reputation to make a new life for herself, despite social conventions.

    Immersive and gripping, Stranger in the Shogun's City is a revelatory work of history, layered with rich detail and delivered in beautiful prose, about the life of a woman, a city and a culture.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Struggle for Sea Power: a Naval History of American Independence
    Struggle for Sea Power: a Naval History of American Independence
    ISBN: 9781848878464
    Title: Struggle for Sea Power: a Naval History of American Independence
    Author: WILLIS SAM

    In unprecedented and gripping detail, one of Britain's foremost naval historians explores a crucial period in the making of the modern world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00
  • Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery & Restitution in America
    Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery & Restitution in America
    ISBN: 9780190846992
    Title: Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery & Restitution in America

    The author focuses on the experience of Henrietta Wood, a freed slave who wassold back into slavery, eventually freed again, and who then sued the man whohad sold her back into bondage--and won. won.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
  • Talkin' up to the White Woman:  Indigenous Women & Feminism (20th Anniversary Edition)
    Talkin' up to the White Woman: Indigenous Women & Feminism (20th Anniversary Edition)
    ISBN: 9780702263101
    Title: Talkin' up to the White Woman: Indigenous Women & Feminism (20th Anniversary Edition)

    In this ground-breaking and timeless book, Distinguished Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson undertakes a compelling analysis of the whiteness of Australian feminism and its effect on Indigenous women. As a Goenpul woman and an academic, she operationalises an Indigenous women's standpoint as she 'talks up', engages with and interrogates western feminism in representation and practice.

    Through an examination of an extensive range of feminist literature written predominantly by white scholars and activists, Moreton-Robinson demonstrates how whiteness dominates from a position of power and privilege as an invisible norm and unchallenged practice. She illustrates the ways in which Indigenous women have been represented in the publications and teachings of white Australian women. Such renderings of Indigenous lives contrast with the way in which Indigenous women re/present and understand themselves.

    Persuasive and engaging, Talkin' Up to the White Woman is a timely and necessary argument for the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in the teachings and practices that impact on Australia's pluralistic society. First published twenty years ago, this new edition proves the continued relevance of this classic work as a critique of the whiteness of western feminism.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Te Marae: A Guide to Customs & Protocol
    Te Marae: A Guide to Customs & Protocol
    ISBN: 9780143202424
    Title: Te Marae: A Guide to Customs & Protocol
    Author: TAUROA PAT & HIWI

    This book is an invaluable introduction to Maori protocol for Pakehas. Hiwi and Pat Tauroa outline the sequence of events when visitors arrive at the gates of a marae and ends with their departure, with appropriate behaviour being described at each stage. First published in 1986 - now reprinted by Penguin.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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