Readings Recommends: History
The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement
The Jews of the Pale of Settlement created a distinctive way of life little known beyond its borders. Just before World War I, a socialist revolutionary named An-sky and his team collected jokes, recorded songs, took thousands of...
December, 1941: Twelve Days That Began a World War
In far-flung locations around the globe, an unparalleled sequence of international events took place between December 1 and December 12, 1941. This book explores how the story unfolded. It demonstrates how these dramatic events...
Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910
In the winter of 1910 the river that brought life to Paris became a force of destruction drowning Parisian streets, forcing its inhabitants to overcome a history of strife and work together. On the hundredth anniversary of the...
The Times Complete History of the World
The ultimate work of historical reference
The Sons of Clovis
In the mid-1940s, writers James McAuley and Harold Stewart submitted a series of poems to the modernist literary magazine, Angry Penguins , under the fictitious name Ern Malley. This book not only offers an account of the Ern...
Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train
In one of the most inventive travel books in years, Caro invites readers on 25 one-day train trips that depart from Paris and transport travelers back through 700 years of French history.
The Bible Now
The Bible has been a positive force but also has been misread, mistranslated, and misused. Friedman and Dolansky address what the Bible has to say about key issues in current events, including homosexuality, abortion, gender,...
Fear, Faith and Hope: Remembering the Long, Wet Summer of 2010-2011
Fear, faith and hope are just three of the emotions felt by the people of Queensland during the long, wet summer of 2010-2011. The floods and cyclones of that wet season produced a natural disaster which will continue to influence...
The Promise of Iceland
Born from a secret liaison between a British mother and an Icelandic father, Kari Gislason was the subject of a promise - a promise elicited from his father to not reveal his identity. The Icelandic city of Reykjavik, where Kari...
Cities of the Classical World: An Atlas and Gazetteer of 120 Centres of Ancient Civilization
From Alexandria to York, this title allows us to see the great centres of classical civilization afresh. It features 120 maps tracing each city's thoroughfares and defences, monuments and places of worship. It also includes...
The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662
This unique edition of the Book of Common Prayer includes the texts of three different versions, 1549, 1559, and 1662, to provide a panorama of the history of ritual in England from the Reformation to the present day. The first...
Cleopatra's palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. Famous long before she was...
Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History
Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History is a beautifully illustrated book that uncovers the fascinating stories of creatures great and small. These are the animals that have played a central role in the evolution of...
A History of Tasmania
This captivating work charts the history of Tasmania from the arrival of European maritime expeditions through to the modern day.
Burke & Wills: the Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition
Reveals for the first time the true extent and limits of the scientific achievements of the Burke and Wills Expedition.
Leningrad: Tragedy of a City Under Siege, 1941-44
The siege of Leningrad is one of the great stories of extraordinary and heroic endurance in World War II
The Beauty and the Sorrow
Describing the experiences of twenty ordinary people from around the world, all now unknown, this title explores the everyday aspects of war: not only the tragedy and horror, but also the absurdity, monotony and even beauty.
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
In the middle of Europe, in the middle of the twentieth century, the Nazi and Soviet regimes murdered fourteen million people in the bloodlands between Berlin and Moscow. This book offers an investigation into the motives and...
Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-45
This is the story of how a relatively poor European country not only survived the war physically intact, but came out of it much wealthier in 1945 than it had been when war broke out in 1939. The country's emergence as a...
Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu
The first-ever account of adventurer Hiram Bingham's search for the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. Bingham's dispatches cast him as a romanticized hero and revealed the lost city to the Western world. The reader is taken into the...
The Gold Rush: The Fever That Forever Changed Australia
David Hill relates the extraordinary people and staggering events of Australia's great gold-rush years. From the mid- to late-1800s, people from all corners of the globe and all walks of life, including two future prime ministers...
Mission 101: The Untold Story of Five Australian Soldiers' Extraordinary War in Ethiopia
In Late 1940 a group of five Australian soldiers set out on a secret mission: one of the second world war's most daring operations. Leading a small force of Ethiopian freedom fighters on an epic trek across the harsh African bush...
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
1933, Berlin. William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. As the year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement,...
Venetian Navigators: The Voyages of the Zen Brothers to the Far North
In the 14th century, Nicolo and Antonio Zen journeyed from Venice up the North Atlantic, encountering warrior princes, fighting savage natives and, just possibly, reaching the New World a full century before Columbus. This title...
The Road of Bones: A Journey to the Dark Heart of Russia
An epic and intimate story of life and death on Russia's greatest road: the Vladimirka
Fire and Song: The Story of Luis De Carvajal and the Mexican Inquisition
1596: Luis de Carvajal's forbears had fled the Inquisition in Spain to Portugal and then from there to the New World. But the lives they try to rebuild as conversos in Mexico are just as perilous, for the Inquisition is determined...
How to Change the World: Tales of Marx and Marxism
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution
Offers a social, cultural and narrative history of the French Revolution. This title provides an impression of the currents and contradictions which made up this terrible sequence of events.
It is no surprise that the barbarity and evil that came in the wake of the wreck of the Batavia has inspired books, radio and TV documentarys, plays and an opera. Lust, jealously, greed, madness, deception, rape, murder - all the...
The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe
In 1765, eminent botanist Philibert Commerson was appointed official naturalist to a grand new expedition: the first French circumnavigation of the world. Jeanne Baret - Commerson's young mistress and collaborator - disguised...
Upside Down World: Early European Impressions of Australia’s Curious Animals
Late 18th- and early 19th-century Eurocentric perceptions of natural history led to the flora and fauna of the colony of New South Wales being viewed as deficient and inferior. This miscellany of the curious fuelled the rage for...
The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One
As cousins, George V, Kaiser Wilhelm II and the last Tsar Nicholas II should have been friends - but they happened also to rule Europe's three most powerful states. This book offers an account of how three men who should have...
Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater
The definitive history of the Broadway musical: the shows, the stars, the movers, and the shakers.
Savage or Civilised?: Manners in Colonial Australia
In colonial Australia manners marked the difference between savagery and civilisation, between vulgarity and refinement. Colonists recoiled in shock and confusion at the customs of Indigenous Australians, but they also sensed the...
The Idea of Justice
Is justice an ideal, for ever beyond our grasp, or something that may actually guide our practical decisions and enhance our lives? This book offers a fresh approach to mainstream theories of justice. It shows how the principles...
From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-line Dispatches from the Advertising War
It was a meeting of the agency's top people to find an advertising theme for Panasonic, a major new Japanese electronics firm. Suddenly the new $50,000-a-year creative supervisor leapt to his feet in a frenzy of simulated...
The Flight of the Intellectuals
It created a worldwide furore when Tariq Ramadan was barred from US entry to accept a prestigious appointment at Notre Dame University. In a gripping portrait, Paul Berman details Ramadan's disturbing ties to radical Islam, and...
Crimea: The Last Crusade
The terrible conflict that dominated the mid 19th century, the Crimean War killed at least 800,000 men and pitted Russia against a formidable coalition of Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire. This book reimagines this...
Europe’s Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Years War
The horrific series of conflicts known as the Thirty Years War (1618-48) tore the heart out of Europe, killing perhaps a quarter of all Germans and laying waste to whole areas of Central Europe to such a degree that many towns and...
Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788
'In this book Richard Broome has managed an enviable achievement. The vast sweeping story of Aboriginal Australia from 1788 is told in his typical lucid and imaginative style... ' Professor Lynette Russell, Centre for Australian...
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