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Last mission to Tokyo  by Michel (Lawyer) Paradis

Last mission to Tokyo

Michel (Lawyer) Paradis

Book

A narrative account of the Doolittle Raids of World War II traces the daring Raiders attack on mainland Japan, the fate of the crews who survived the mission, and the international war crimes trials that defined Japanese-American relations and changed...

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Forgotten peoples of the ancient world  by Philip Matyszak

Forgotten peoples of the ancient world

Philip Matyszak

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The ancient world saw the birth and collapse of great civilizations. In mainstream history the Classical world is dominated by Greece and Rome, and the Biblical world is centred on the Hebrews. Yet the roughly four-and-a-half thousand years (4000 BC-AD...

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Treasures of world history  by Peter Snow

Treasures of world history

Peter Snow

Book

A spirited examination of world history, told through 50 key documents, by two celebrated historians and journalists. With a wealth of experience between them on political, social, cultural and military history, and today's current affairs, Peter Snow...

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Civilization

Civilization

Book

Discover how humans created their world from the objects they left behind from the US Constitution to the first iPhone, in DK's latest history book. From the beginning of human history, the one thing that has defined us is our talent for making things,...

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Imperial China  by Tony Allan

Imperial China

Tony Allan

Book

From the clans and legends of prehistory to the last Qing emperor, this book brings China's imperial history to life through its pivotal events, political forces, and powerful people, in a stunning collaboration between British and Chinese publishing...

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City at the centre

City at the centre

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City at the Centre tells the story of a small town carved out of the bush that once cloaked the Manawatu plains, whose growth was driven by the railway that runs through it, by farming, by defence and by Massey University. From Maori history and earl...

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Superpower interrupted  by Michael Schuman

Superpower interrupted

Michael Schuman

Book

We in the West routinely ask: "What does China want?" The answer is quite simple: the superpower status it always had, but briefly lost. In this colorful, informative story filled with fascinating characters, epic battles, influential thinkers, and d...

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People of the river  by Grace Karskens

People of the river

Grace Karskens

Book

A landmark history of Australia's first successful settler farming area, which was on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. Award-winning historian Grace Karskens uncovers the everyday lives of ordinary people in the early colony, both Aboriginal and British....

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On our doorstep  by Craig Collie

On our doorstep

Craig Collie

Book

'I can't understand the mentality of the Australian people. One day they are in a panic about the war and the next they want more race meetings.' - John Curtin. By March 1942, the Japanese had steamrolled through Malaya, laid siege to Singapore, and ...

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Second best  by Ben Pobjie

Second best

Ben Pobjie

Book

History is always written by the winners and about the winners. But what about the poor souls lurking in the shadows of history, the ones who were just as remarkable but perhaps didn't stick their chests out as they crossed the line? In SECOND BEST,....

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Love in the Blitz  by Eileen Alexander

Love in the Blitz

Eileen Alexander

Book

With the intimacy and wit of a Second World War Bridget Jones, Eileen Alexander offers a portal into life during the Blitz: - The sex, joys and cruelties of young love - for Eileen with a man who had just inadvertently involved her in a car crash, for...

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World War II : Volume II, From Operation "Husky" to the Japanese surrender, 1943-45  by R. J. Overy

World War II : Volume II, From Operation "Husky" to the Japanese surrender, 1943-45

R. J. Overy

Book

Contains dozens of specially commissioned maps and specially photographed items of ephemera. Published to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (May 2020) and Victory in Japan Day (August 2020), this is an outstanding concise history...

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World War II from above  by Julian Thompson

World War II from above

Julian Thompson

Book

Written by a highly decorated soldier and leading military history expert, this is an innovative, richly detailed and visually stunning overview of history's most destructive conflict. World War II from Above offers a never-before-seen combination of...

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Egyptologists' notebooks  by Chris Naunton

Egyptologists' notebooks

Chris Naunton

Book

For centuries the beguiling ancient ruins of Egypt have provided an endless source of fascination for explorers, antiquarians, treasure hunters and archaeologists. All, from the very earliest travellers, were entranced by the beauty and majesty of th...

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Sicily '43  by James Holland

Sicily '43

James Holland

Book

This is the story of the biggest seaborne landing in history. Codenamed Operation HUSKY, the Allied assault on Sicily on 10 July 1943 remains the largest amphibious invasion ever mounted in world history, landing more men in a single day than at any ...

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Blood and oil  by Bradley Hope

Blood and oil

Bradley Hope

Book

Thirty-five-year-old Mohammed bin Salman's sudden rise stunned the world. Political and business leaders such as former Prime Minister Tony Blair and WME Chairman Ari Emmanuel flew out to meet with the Crown Prince and came away convinced that his desire...

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Rag and bone  by Lisa Woollett

Rag and bone

Lisa Woollett

Book

A brilliantly written combination of family memoir, social history and nature writing. From relics of Georgian empire-building and slave-trading, through Victorian London's barged-out refuse to 1980s fly-tipping and the pervasiveness of present-day p...

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Britain 1940  by Anton Rippon

Britain 1940

Anton Rippon

Book

On New Year's Day 1940, the people of Britain looked back on the first four months of the Second World War with a sort of puzzled unease. Wartime life was nothing like what they had imagined. Unlike the First World War there was no fighting on the We...

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Jerusalem  by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Jerusalem

Simon Sebag Montefiore

Book

The story of Jerusalem is the story of the world. Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilisations. How did this small, remote...

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Hoax  by Brian Stelter

Hoax

Brian Stelter

Book

The urgent and untold story of the collusion between Fox News and Donald Trump from the New York Times bestselling author of Top of the Morning. While other leaders were marshaling resources to combat the greatest pandemic in modern history, President...

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The storm before the calm  by George Friedman

The storm before the calm

George Friedman

Book

An illuminating, provocative new book by the master geopolitical forecaster and New York Times bestselling author of The Next 100 Years- with a new Australian foreword about COVID-19. George Friedman turns to the future of the United States, predicting...

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Eat the Buddha  by Barbara Demick

Eat the Buddha

Barbara Demick

Book

Set in Aba, a town perched at 12,000 feet on the Tibetan plateau in the far western reaches of China that has been the engine of Tibetan resistance for decades, Eat the Buddha tells the story of a nation through the lives of ordinary people living in...

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Instructions for New Zealanders

Instructions for New Zealanders

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In 1864 politician John Gorst wrote: "Every country has some staple manufacture, and there can be no doubt that laws are the staple manufacture of New Zealand." And so New Zealanders ended up with a welter of rules, regulations, edicts, recommendations...

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The COVID chronicles  by Paul Little

The COVID chronicles

Paul Little

Book

The dramatic story of New Zealand's response to a global pandemic. For the first time in history, on 15 March 2020 the New Zealand government closed the country's borders. What followed was a story unprecedented in almost every way imaginable. Featur...

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Marbles and mangoes = Mapu moe mango  by Sione Tapani Mangisi

Marbles and mangoes = Mapu moe mango

Sione Tapani Mangisi

Book

"This is a dual English Tongan language book where Sione Tapani Mangisi shares some of his memories about growing up in Tonga in the nineteen fifties. His topic is marbles, a children's game popular when he was young. The book describes how games were...

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The splendid and the vile  by Erik Larson

The splendid and the vile

Erik Larson

Book

The #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers a startlingly fresh portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had alr...

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Phenomenal and wicked  by John (John A. B.) Crawford

Phenomenal and wicked

John (John A. B.) Crawford

Book

Reviews historical reporting of the number of NZ ANZAC troops present at Gallipoli.

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Tiger Battalion 507

Tiger Battalion 507

Book

'May the army of millions of dead of all nations bear witness to humanity for the hope that future generations may learn to discard war as the best way to resolve their differences.' - Helmut Schneider. This is the little-known story of Heavy Panzer ...

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Australia's greatest escapes  by Colin Burgess

Australia's greatest escapes

Colin Burgess

Book

A collection of stories about the most dangerous aspect of the Australian prisoner of war experience - escape. Here is all the adventure, suspense and courage of ordinary Australians who defied their captors; men who tunnelled to freedom, crawled by...

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The world aflame  by Dan Jones

The world aflame

Dan Jones

Book

The epic, harrowing and world-changing story – in words and colourized images – of global conflict from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the obliteration of Hiroshima by the dropping of the first atom bomb. The World Aflame will embrace...

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How to survive in Ancient Egypt  by Charlotte Booth

How to survive in Ancient Egypt

Charlotte Booth

Book

Imagine you were transported back in time to Ancient Egypt and you had to start a new life there. How would you fit in? Where would you live? What would you eat? Where would you go to have your hair done? Who would you go to if you got ill, or if you...

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King Arthur  by Tony Sullivan

King Arthur

Tony Sullivan

Book

The book is an investigation of the evidence for King Arthur based on the earliest written sources rather than later myths and legends. The evidence is laid out in a chronological order starting from Roman Britain and shows how the legend evolved and...

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Liar's circus  by Carl Hoffman

Liar's circus

Carl Hoffman

Book

In this work of daring and immersive contemporary anthropology, Carl Hoffman, who has written about the most dangerous and remote corners of the world, journeys deep inside Donald Trump’s rallies seeking to understand the strange and powerful tribe that...

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Italian life  by Tim Parks

Italian life

Tim Parks

Book

There is no world for whistle-blower in Italian, though you can absolutely chiudere un'occhio (turn a blind eye). In all areas of public life – community, education, employment – your connections are everything. From the bestselling author of Italian...

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Fallout  by Lesley M. M. Blume

Fallout

Lesley M. M. Blume

Book

In the days following the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese surrendered unconditionally. But even before the surrender, the US had begun a secret propaganda campaign to celebrate these weapons as the ultimate peacekeepers — hiding...

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All against all  by Paul Jankowski

All against all

Paul Jankowski

Book

A narrative history, cinematic in scope, of a process that was taking shape in the winter of 1933 as domestic passions around the world colluded to drive governments towards a war few of them wanted and none of them could control. All Against All is the...

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Who ate the first oyster?  by Cody Cassidy

Who ate the first oyster?

Cody Cassidy

Book

In this book, writer Cody Cassidy digs deep into the latest research to uncover the untold stories of some of these incredible innovators (or participants in lucky accidents). With a sharp sense of humor and boundless enthusiasm for the wonders of our...

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Atomic salvation  by Tom Lewis

Atomic salvation

Tom Lewis

Book

So did not the atomic weapons bring about a great peace? Since the initial grateful acknowledgement of the success of the A-bomb attacks in ending World War II, there has been a steady reversal of opinion and sentiment: from a first hearty appreciation...

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Surviving autocracy  by Masha Gessen

Surviving autocracy

Masha Gessen

Book

Since Trump's inauguration in 2016, a new mantra has taken hold: 'this isn't normal'. And in Trump's response to COVID-19, we have witnessed the extreme consequences of his presidency, and of a government at war with itself. In this searing analysis of...

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The Irish diaspora

The Irish diaspora

Book

Ireland is known worldwide as a country that produce emigrants. The existence of the Irish diaspora' is the subject of this fifth instalment of the 'Irish perspectives' collaboration between Pen and Sword and History Ireland. From the early Christian...

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Searching for Charlie  by Tom Scott

Searching for Charlie

Tom Scott

Book

"Captain Charles Hazlitt Upham is the only combat soldier ever to win the Victoria Cross twice. His acts of bravery in World War II meant he probably deserved six more.The mystery of how a reserved, modest, slightly built farm valuer from New Zealand,...

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World history  by Philip Parker

World history

Philip Parker

Book

A truly global view of history covering over 350 of the world's most important milestones and key turning points. An essential gift for every history buff, this boldly illustrated book maps out the events that have shaped our world - from the dawn of...

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A little annihilation  by Anna Janko

A little annihilation

Anna Janko

Book

June 1, 1943, Eastern Poland. Within just a few hours, the village of Sochy had ceased to exist. Buildings were burned. Residents shot. Among the survivors was nine-year-old Teresa Ferenc, who saw her family murdered by German soldiers, and would never...

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Crossing the lines  by Brent Coutts

Crossing the lines

Brent Coutts

Book

In Crossing the Lines, Brent Coutts brings to light the previously untold history of New Zealand homosexual soldiers in World War II, drawing on the experiences of ordinary men who lived through extraordinary times. At the centre of the story are New...

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On the road  by James Naughtie

On the road

James Naughtie

Book

James Naughtie, the acclaimed author and BBC broadcaster, now brings his unique and inquisitive eye to the country that has fascinated him and drawn him across the Atlantic for half a century. In looking at America, from Presidents Nixon through to Trump,...

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Four hours of fury  by James (James M.) Fenelon

Four hours of fury

James (James M.) Fenelon

Book

On the morning of March 24, 1945, more than two thousand Allied aircraft droned through a cloudless sky toward Germany. Escorted by swarms of darting fighters, the armada of transport planes carried 17,000 troops to be dropped, via parachute and glider,...

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Southern spirit  by Ian Dougherty

Southern spirit

Ian Dougherty

Book

"The book is a celebration of southern landscapes, from the fantastic fiords in the west and across the green plains to a fossil forest in the east. It introduces readers to unique flora and fauna, from one of the world's rarest plants to some of its...

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The Light Division in the Peninsular War, 1808-1811  by Tim Saunders

The Light Division in the Peninsular War, 1808-1811

Tim Saunders

Book

Histories of the Light Division have tended to be incomplete, being based on memoirs of a few well known diarists, principally from the 95th Rifles. The authors of this book, the first volume of two, have sought memoirs from across the division, including...

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Whaler by providence  by Don Wilson

Whaler by providence

Don Wilson

Book

Patrick Norton was 20 years old when he appeared before the judge at County Galway on a charge of theft. Convicted and sentenced, he was transported to New South Wales in 1810 and never returned to his native Ireland. This detailed and meticulously-r...

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Into the unknown  by Ian Trafford

Into the unknown

Ian Trafford

Book

"A personal account of WWI from the diaries of a Gisborne farm boy, shaped into a ... narrative by the diarist's grandson 100 years later. Follow Alick as he moves from his last night on the farm in early 1916, through enshipment and training, then off...

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Endgame  by Eric Swalwell

Endgame

Eric Swalwell

Book

How do you stop a rogue president? How do you protect our country from a man who lies, who obstructs justice, and who seeks to cheat with foreign powers to get reelected? Our constitution offers one remedy: impeachment. Thanks to the courageous actions...

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Remembering Leningrad  by Mary McAuley

Remembering Leningrad

Mary McAuley

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Englishwoman Mary McAuley first arrived in Leningrad in the early 1960s, eager to study labor relations for her thesis. Staying at a hostel, she met a number of Soviet students, many born under the rule of Joseph Stalin. Over the half-century that fo...

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Once upon a time in Iraq  by James Bluemel

Once upon a time in Iraq

James Bluemel

Book

In war, there is no easy victory. When troops invaded Iraq in 2003 to topple Saddam Hussein's regime, most people expected an easy victory. Instead, the gamble we took was a grave mistake, and its ramifications continue to reverberate through the lives...

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Invisible Romans  by Robert C. Knapp

Invisible Romans

Robert C. Knapp

Book

'Invisible Romans' seeks out the ordinary men, housewives, prostitutes, slaves, soldiers, and gladiators, who formed the fabric of everyday life in the ancient Roman world. The author tracks down and pieces together various bits of evidence cast off by...

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The happiest man on Earth  by Eddie Jaku

The happiest man on Earth

Eddie Jaku

Book

Eddie Jaku always considered himself a German first, a Jew second. He was proud of his country. But all of that changed on 9 November 1938, when he was beaten, arrested and taken to a concentration camp. Over the next seven years, Eddie faced unimagi...

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When America stopped being great  by Nick (Nicholas Andrew) Bryant

When America stopped being great

Nick (Nicholas Andrew) Bryant

Book

The presidency of Donald Trump is commonly seen as an historical accident. In When America Stopped Being Great, Nick Bryant argues that by 2016 it had become almost historically inescapable. In this highly personal account, drawing on decades of cove...

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Donald Trump and his assault on truth  by Glenn Kessler

Donald Trump and his assault on truth

Glenn Kessler

Book

The Fact Checker staff of the Washington Post presents a collection of selected statements made by President Donald Trump since January 2017 and their analysis, both graphical and textual.

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Will he go?  by Lawrence Douglas

Will he go?

Lawrence Douglas

Book

It doesn't require a strong imagination to get a sense of the mayhem Trump will unleash if he loses a closely contested election. It is no less disturbing to imagine Trump still insisting that he is the rightful leader of the nation. With millions of...

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The Napoleonic Wars  by Alexander Mikaberidze

The Napoleonic Wars

Alexander Mikaberidze

Book

In this ambitious and far-ranging work, Alexander Mikaberidze argues that the Napoleonic Wars can only be fully understood in an international perspective. France struggled for dominance not only on the plains of Europe but also in the Americas, West...

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The golden maze  by Richard Fidler

The golden maze

Richard Fidler

Book

In 1989, Richard Fidler was living in London as part of the provocative Australian comedy trio The Doug Anthony All Stars when revolution broke out across Europe. Excited by this galvanising historic, human, moment, he travelled to Prague, where a de...

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Sex and sexuality in Stuart Britain  by Andrea Zuvich

Sex and sexuality in Stuart Britain

Andrea Zuvich

Book

Peek beneath the bedsheets of Stuart Britain in this frank, informative, and captivating look at the sexual lives of the peoples of the British Isles between 1603 and 1714. Popular Stuart historian Andrea Zuvich, The Seventeenth Century Lady , explores...

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The great imperial hangover  by Samir Puri

The great imperial hangover

Samir Puri

Book

For the first time in millennia we live without formal empires. But that doesn't mean we don't feel their presence rumbling through history. The Great Imperial Hangover examines how the world's imperial legacies are still shaping the thorniest issues...

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A short history of World War II

A short history of World War II

Book

A Short History of World War II is essentially a military history, but it reaches from the peace settlements of World War I to the drastically altered postwar world of the late 1940's. Lucidly written and eminently readable, it is factual and accurate...

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True crimes and misdemeanors  by Jeffrey Toobin

True crimes and misdemeanors

Jeffrey Toobin

Book

What happens when the President of the United States engages in criminal activity? He runs for re-election. Donald Trump's campaign chairman went to jail. So did his personal lawyer. His long-time political consigliere was convicted of serious federal...

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A house in the mountains  by Caroline Moorehead

A house in the mountains

Caroline Moorehead

Book

In the late summer of 1943, when Italy changed sides in the War and the Germans - now their enemies - occupied the north of the country, an Italian Resistance was born. Ada, Frida, Silvia and Bianca were four young Piedmontese women who joined the Re...

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A short history of the world in 50 places  by Jacob Field

A short history of the world in 50 places

Jacob Field

Book

Discover the most impactful and incredible episodes from human history, from the prehistoric era to the early twenty-first century, through fifty of the most surprising and often less well-known places in the world. From the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania,...

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Prisoners of history  by Keith Lowe

Prisoners of history

Keith Lowe

Book

In this extraordinary history book, Keith Lowe uses monuments from around the world to show how different countries have attempted to sculpt their history in the wake of the Second World War, and what these memorials reveal about their politics and n...

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No mercy, no leniency  by Cyril Cunningham

No mercy, no leniency

Cyril Cunningham

Book

This is the most authoritative and comprehensive British account ever published of the brutal North Korean and Chinese mistreatment of British POWs during the Korean War. The author, a psychologist, was a Scientific Advisor to the POW Intelligence Or...

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Fifth sun  by Camilla Townsend

Fifth sun

Camilla Townsend

Book

Five hundred years ago, in November 1519, Hernando Cortés walked along a causeway leading to the capital of the Aztec kingdom and came face to face with Moctezuma. That story--and the story of what happened afterwards--has been told many times, but always...

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Battle of Britain  by Simon Pearson

Battle of Britain

Simon Pearson

Book

In Battle of Britain: The pilots and planes that made history, Ed Gorman and Simon Pearson paint a vivid picture of the men and their machines as the battle for air superiority over Britain is played out across the skies of Europe, from the west of Ireland...

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The Russian job  by Douglas Smith

The Russian job

Douglas Smith

Book

In 1921, after six years of unrelenting war and revolution, Russia was in ruins. The economy had collapsed, the country was ravaged by disease and starvation claimed the lives of millions. People were so desperate for food that there were reports of....

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War in the Tenasserim  by Alastair Shephard

War in the Tenasserim

Alastair Shephard

Book

"The entry of Japan into the Second World War with its attack on Pearl Harbour found the British defense of Burma very much unprepared. No invasion threat from the east had been envisaged. The British deemed the jungle and precipitous mountain ranges...

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Digging Up Armageddon  by Eric H. Cline

Digging Up Armageddon

Eric H. Cline

Book

In 1925 a team of archaeologists was sent by famed archaeologist James Henry Breasted, the Director of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, to search for the city that King Solomon built in the tenth century BCE. These excavations are...

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Cameras, combat and courage  by Dan Brookes

Cameras, combat and courage

Dan Brookes

Book

What was it like to be a military combat photographer in the most photographed war in history the Vietnam War? Cameras, Combat, and Courage , a companion volume to "Shooting Vietnam", takes you there as you read the firsthand accounts and view the hundreds...

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Mussolini's war  by John Gooch

Mussolini's war

John Gooch

Book

While staying closely aligned with Hitler, Mussolini remained carefully neutral until the summer of 1940. Then, with the wholly unexpected and sudden collapse of the French and British armies, Mussolini declared war on the Allies in the hope of makin...

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A brief history of Portugal  by Jeremy Black

A brief history of Portugal

Jeremy Black

Book

Portugal's history from ad420 to the thirteenth century takes in the Suevi, Visigoths and Moors. Then, a look at medieval Portugal, covers the development of Christian Portugal culminating with the expulsion of the Moors, with a focus on key sites. A...

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Harrier 809  by Rowland White

Harrier 809

Rowland White

Book

April 1982. Argentina invades the Falkland Islands. In response, Britain despatches a naval Task Force. Eight thousand miles from home, its fate hinges on just twenty Sea Harriers against the two hundred-strong might of the Argentine Air Force. The o...

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Himmler's Nazi concentration camp guards  by Ian Baxter

Himmler's Nazi concentration camp guards

Ian Baxter

Book

This book is the most thorough study yet of the whole process of recruitment, indoctrination and performance of those responsible for the guarding of concentration camp inmates. It is not an attractive subject - the conversion of human beings into mu...

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Egypt  by Giorgio Ferrero

Egypt

Giorgio Ferrero

Book

This title presents a civilization that never ceases to amaze scholars, enthusiasts and the general public by providing us with exceptional treasures. The magnificent monuments built in ancient Egypt are world famous, just as the general public knows...

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The Kalimpong Kids  by Jane McCabe

The Kalimpong Kids

Jane McCabe

Book

In the early 20th century, 130 young Anglo-Indians were sent to New Zealand in an organised immigration scheme from Kalimpong, in the Darjeeling district of India. They were the mixed-race children of British tea planters and local women, and were placed...

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Big sister, little sister, red sister  by Jung Chang

Big sister, little sister, red sister

Jung Chang

Book

The best-known modern Chinese fairy tale is the story of three sisters from Shanghai, who for most of the twentieth century were at the centre of power in China. It was sometimes said that ‘One loved money, one loved power and one loved her country’,...

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War amongst the clouds  by Hugh Granville White

War amongst the clouds

Hugh Granville White

Book

This is a personal account written by a man reflecting on his time as a young pilot with the Royal Flying Corps in France during the First World War, who eventually became an ace. It is a story of survival against the odds at a time when the conduct of...

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