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The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement

The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement

Nathaniel Deutsch

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...

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December, 1941: Twelve Days That Began a World War

December, 1941: Twelve Days That Began a World War

Evan Mawdsley

An account of twelve pivotal days in 1941, when a chain of interlinked events changed world history

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Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910

Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910

Jeffrey H. Jackson

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...

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 Read reviewThe Sons of Clovis

The Sons of Clovis

David Brooks

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...

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Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train

Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train

Ina Caro

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.

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The Bible Now

The Bible Now

Richard Elliott Friedman, Shawna Dolansky

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,...

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Fear, Faith and Hope: Remembering the Long, Wet Summer of 2010-2011

Fear, Faith and Hope: Remembering the Long, Wet Summer of 2010-2011

Matthew Condon

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...

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 Read reviewThe Promise of Iceland

The Promise of Iceland

Kari Gislason

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...

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 Special priceCities of the Classical World: An Atlas and Gazetteer of 120 Centres of Ancient Civilization

Cities of the Classical World: An Atlas and Gazetteer of 120 Centres of Ancient Civilization

Colin McEvedy

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...

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The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662

The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662

Brian Cummings

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...

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Cleopatra

Cleopatra

Stacy Schiff

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...

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The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios

The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios

Eric Rasmussen

Renowned Shakespeare scholar Eric Rasmussen embarked on a riveting journey around the globe, involving run-ins with criminal street gangs in Tokyo, reclusive billionaires, and intense battles of wills with secretive librarians....

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Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History

Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History

Eric Chaline

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...

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Anzacs on the Western Front: The Australian War Memorial Battlefield Guide

Anzacs on the Western Front: The Australian War Memorial Battlefield Guide

Peter Pedersen, Chris Roberts

A lavishly illustrated account of the ANZACs involvement in the Western Front--complete with walking and driving tours of 28 battlefields With rare photographs and documents from the Australian War Memorial archive and extensive...

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Mad Dog: William Cyril Moxley and the Moorebank Killings

Mad Dog: William Cyril Moxley and the Moorebank Killings

Peter Corris

William Cyril Moxley was hanged at Sydney's Long Bay Gaol in 1932 - the first execution in New South Wales for eight years. His crime was the brutal rape and murder of 21-year-old Dorothy Ruth Denzel and the vicious beating and...

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A History of Tasmania

A History of Tasmania

Henry Reynolds

This captivating work charts the history of Tasmania from the arrival of European maritime expeditions through to the modern day.

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A History of Ancient Britain

A History of Ancient Britain

Neil Oliver

Accompanying the BBC TV series of the same name, Neil Olivers popular account of Britains prehistoric and Roman past strikes a personal note, interweaving Olivers own voyage of discovery with a chronological survey.

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Burke & Wills: the Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition

Burke & Wills: the Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition

E. B. Joyce, D. A. McCann

Reveals for the first time the true extent and limits of the scientific achievements of the Burke and Wills Expedition.

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Leningrad: Tragedy of a City Under Siege, 1941-44

Leningrad: Tragedy of a City Under Siege, 1941-44

Anna Reid

The siege of Leningrad is one of the great stories of extraordinary and heroic endurance in World War II

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 Special priceThe Beauty and the Sorrow

The Beauty and the Sorrow

Peter Englund

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.

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Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Timothy Snyder

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...

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Atrocitology: Humanity's 100 Deadliest Achievements

Atrocitology: Humanity’s 100 Deadliest Achievements

Matthew White

A Guardian and Daily Telegraph 'BOOK OF THE YEAR'

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Desert Boys: Australians at War from Beersheba to Tobruk and El Alamein

Desert Boys: Australians at War from Beersheba to Tobruk and El Alamein

Peter Rees

The Australians and New Zealanders fought with great distinction in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East in the two world wars. The names are part of Australian history - Beersheba, El Alamein, Bardia, Benghazi.

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 Special priceLisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-45

Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-45

Neill Lochery

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...

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Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World

Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World

James Carroll

Carroll's urgent, masterly Jerusalem, Jerusalem uncovers the ways in which the ancient city became, unlike any other in the world, an incendiary fantasy of a city.

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The Terror of History: On the Uncertainties of Life in Western Civilization

The Terror of History: On the Uncertainties of Life in Western Civilization

Teofilo F. Ruiz

Reflects on Western humanity's efforts to escape from history and its terrors - from the existential condition and natural disasters to the succession of wars and other man-made catastrophes. In chapters that range across Western...

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When Money Dies: The Nightmare of the Weimar Hyper-inflation

When Money Dies: The Nightmare of the Weimar Hyper-inflation

Adam Fergusson

In 1923, with its currency effectively worthless (the exchange rate in December of that year was one dollar to 4,200,000,000,000 marks), the Weimar Republic was all but reduced to a barter economy. Expensive cigars, artworks and...

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Empires at War: A Short History of Modern Asia Since World War II

Empires at War: A Short History of Modern Asia Since World War II

Francis Pike

New in paperback. Asia - with four billion people, almost two-thirds of the world's population, a huge landmass and the fastest-growing economies - has transformed the geopolitical global balance. This title gives a dramatic...

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Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu

Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu

Christopher Heaney, Neil B Chambers

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...

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Bligh: Master Mariner

Bligh: Master Mariner

Rob Mundle

There's a lot more to Captain Bligh than mutiny, rum and convicts ...

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Bligh: William Bligh in the South Seas

Bligh: William Bligh in the South Seas

Anne Salmond

Award-winning anthropologist Anne Salmond recounts the triumphs and disasters of William Bligh's life and career in a riveting narrative that for the first time portrays the Pacific islanders as key players.

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The Gold Rush: The Fever That Forever Changed Australia

The Gold Rush: The Fever That Forever Changed Australia

David Hill

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...

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Mission 101: The Untold Story of Five Australian Soldiers' Extraordinary War in Ethiopia

Mission 101: The Untold Story of Five Australian Soldiers' Extraordinary War in Ethiopia

Duncan McNab

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...

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The Godfather Was a Girl: Real People Who Inspired Famous and Infamous Characters

The Godfather Was a Girl: Real People Who Inspired Famous and Infamous Characters

Eamon Evans

Eamon Evans has collected over 400 extraordinary and entertaining examples of the real-life people who've influenced some of the most famous fictional characters from books, movies and television. Find out who was the basis for...

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin

Erik Larson

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,...

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An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science

An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science

Edward J. Larson

Offers a fresh perspective on the Antarctic expeditions of the early twentieth century by looking at the British efforts for what they actually were: massive scientific enterprises in which reaching the South Pole was but a...

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Mary Boleyn: 'The Great and Infamous Whore'

Mary Boleyn: ‘The Great and Infamous Whore’

Alison Weir

Mary Boleyn was the mistress of two kings, Francois I of France and Henry VIII of England, and sister to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife. This title explodes much of the mythology that surrounds her subject and uncovers the...

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The Korean War

The Korean War

Cameron Forbes

The Korean War was a 20th Century conflict that has never ended. South Korea, a powerhouse economy and dynamic democracy sits uneasily alongside North Korea, the world's most secretive, belligerent, unpredictable and repressive...

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Venetian Navigators: The Voyages of the Zen Brothers to the Far North

Venetian Navigators: The Voyages of the Zen Brothers to the Far North

Andrea di Robilant

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...

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Dante in Love

Dante in Love

A. N. Wilson

For over half a millennium, The Divine Comedy has inspired writers from Shakespeare to Beckett. Dante's epic journey - out of the raging inferno to the gates of paradise - continues to dazzle readers today. In Dante In Love, A N...

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Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris

Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris

Asti Hustvedt

A groundbreaking new book about the nineteenth century obsession with hysteria, focussing on the renowned Salpetriere hosptial in Paris.

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Waterloo: The Battle That Brought Down Napoleon

Waterloo: The Battle That Brought Down Napoleon

Professor Jeremy Black

A masterly and concise reinterpretation of one of the seminal events in modern history, by one of the world's foremost military historians.

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A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich

A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus’s Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich

Christopher B. Krebs

The riveting story of the Germania and its incarnations and exploitations through the ages.

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Captain Cook: Master of the Seas

Captain Cook: Master of the Seas

Frank McLynn

The age of discovery was at its peak in the eighteenth century, with heroic adventurers charting the furthest reaches of the globe. Foremost among these explorers was navigator and cartographer Captain James Cook of the British...

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Cambodia's Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land

Cambodia’s Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land

Joel Brinkley

A generation after Pol Pot's regime killed one quarter of the nation's population, Cambodia shows every outward sign of having overcome its devastating history - the streets of Phnom Penh are paved; skyscrapers dot the skyline....

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The Wisdom of Birds: An Illustrated History of Ornithology

The Wisdom of Birds: An Illustrated History of Ornithology

Tim Birkhead

The perfect book for birdwatchers and armchair ornithologists everywhere.

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Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89

Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89

Rodric Braithwaite

Examines the Russian experience in that most recent war in Afghanistan. Largely basing his account on Russian sources and interviews, the author shows the war through the eyes of the Russians themselves - politicians, officers,...

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 Special priceThe Road of Bones: A Journey to the Dark Heart of Russia

The Road of Bones: A Journey to the Dark Heart of Russia

Jeremy Poolman

An epic and intimate story of life and death on Russia's greatest road: the Vladimirka

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Marathon: How One Battle Changed Western Civilization

Marathon: How One Battle Changed Western Civilization

Richard A. Billows

The battle of Marathon can perhaps be seen as the most significant moment in our collective history. Richard Billows describes how 10,000 Athenians managed a victory over a Persian military force of 25,000, a defeat that secured...

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The Turbulent World of Franz Goll: An Ordinary Berliner Writes the Twentieth Century

The Turbulent World of Franz Goll: An Ordinary Berliner Writes the Twentieth Century

Peter Fritzsche

Fritzsche traces twentieth-century history through the remarkable diaries of an ordinary Berliner. Franz Goll wrote of hungry winters during WWI, the Berlin bombing, rapes by Russian soldiers, shockwaves cast by Darwin, Freud, and...

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In Bligh's Hand: Surviving the Mutiny on the Bounty

In Bligh’s Hand: Surviving the Mutiny on the Bounty

Jennifer Gall, Peter Cochrane

After the mutiny on the Bounty on 28 April 1789, led by Fletcher Christian, Captain William Bligh and 18 others were forced onto a 7-metre-long open boat and cast adrift. It was the beginning of a 47-day, 6700-km journey from...

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The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History

The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History

Jason Vuic

Brilliantly re-creating the amazing confluence of events that produced the Yugo, Yugoslav expert Vuic uproariously tells the story of the car that became an international joke and a business fiasco.

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Fire and Song: The Story of Luis De Carvajal and the Mexican Inquisition

Fire and Song: The Story of Luis De Carvajal and the Mexican Inquisition

Anna Lanyon

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...

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The Pocketbook of Aussie History

The Pocketbook of Aussie History

Brendan Gullifer

When was the first Melbourne Cup, and which horse won? Who was the first woman to stand for federal parliament? What's the second verse of 'Advance Australia Fair'? Why was Vegemite renamed Parwill in 1928? Here, in one handy...

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Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution

Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution

Simon Schama

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.

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 Read reviewBatavia

Batavia

Peter FitzSimons

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...

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Bligh in Australia: A New Appraisal of William Bligh and the Rum Rebellion

Bligh in Australia: A New Appraisal of William Bligh and the Rum Rebellion

Russell Earls Davis

This account of early Australia focuses on Governor William Bligh (famous as the captain of 'Mutiny on the Bounty' fame). The Rum Rebellion has for generations been told to school children as one of the better stories of...

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The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe

The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe

Glynis Ridley

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...

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Speeches That Changed the World

Speeches That Changed the World

Simon Sebag Montefiore

See and hear the 20th century's greatest orators speak the very words that made history - from Winston Churchill and JFK to Kevin Rudd and Barack Obama. This gripping DVD pack provides genuine historical footage of 20 of the most...

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The Australian Pub

The Australian Pub

Diane Kirkby, Tanja Luckins, Chris McConville

The pub is one of Australia's most-loved institutions. This book takes us on an intoxicating journey through the colourful history of this Australian icon: from its colonial origins along the waterfronts and roadways used by...

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 Special priceUpside Down World: Early European Impressions of Australia's Curious Animals

Upside Down World: Early European Impressions of Australia’s Curious Animals

Penny Olsen

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...

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Unsung, Ordinary Men: A Generation Like No Other

Unsung, Ordinary Men: A Generation Like No Other

Sally Dingo

Inspired by Sally's own experiences when her father returned from World War II. Through the pages of this book she will give a voice to the sorrow she and many others still feel, for they were not aware of what their fathers,...

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The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One

The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One

Miranda Carter

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...

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 Special priceSavage or Civilised?: Manners in Colonial Australia

Savage or Civilised?: Manners in Colonial Australia

Penny Russell

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...

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Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814

Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814

Dominic Lieven

In the summer of 1812, Napoleon, the master of Europe, marched into Russia with the largest army ever assembled, confident that he would sweep everything before him. Yet less than two years later his empire lay in ruins. This...

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The Idea of Justice

The Idea of Justice

Amartya K. Sen

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...

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God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter

God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter

Stephen R. Prothero

God is Not One is the essential guide to learning about and understanding religion and its place in our global culture today, written for religious and non-religious people alike. It gives a chapter-by-chapter overview and...

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From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-line Dispatches from the Advertising War

From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-line Dispatches from the Advertising War

Jerry Della Femina

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...

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The Flight of the Intellectuals

The Flight of the Intellectuals

Paul Berman

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...

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Heart and Soul: Australia's First Families of Wine

Heart and Soul: Australia’s First Families of Wine

Graeme Lofts, James Halliday

A look at the famous families who pioneered the Australian wine industry over generations Heart and Soul takes you on a journey through the history, the people, the vineyards, and the regions of Australia's most famous wineries.

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 Read reviewCrimea: The Last Crusade

Crimea: The Last Crusade

Orlando Figes

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...

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The American Civil War

The American Civil War

John Keegan

The American Civil War was one of the longest and bloodiest of modern wars. It is also one of the most mysterious. This book unpicks the geography, leadership and strategic logic of the war and takes us to the heart of the...

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Europe's Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Years War

Europe’s Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Years War

Peter H. Wilson

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...

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The Pacific

The Pacific

Hugh Ambrose

Between America's retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur's airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August 1945, five men connected by happenstance fought the key battles of the war...

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Turning the Tide of Battle: Ingenious Tactics That Secured Momentous Victories

Turning the Tide of Battle: Ingenious Tactics That Secured Momentous Victories

Joseph Cummins

The Pocket History series is a conveniently portable, stylishly packaged and eminently collectible set of books that each open a window onto a selection of remarkable stories, characters and themes from the past. Ranging through...

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Memory is Another Country: Women of the Vietnamese Diaspora

Memory is Another Country: Women of the Vietnamese Diaspora

Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen

Reveals the experiences of Vietnamese women refugees since the end of the Vietnam War. Based on oral narratives of forty Vietnamese women, this book deals with themes both universal and specific to this diaspora: divergent...

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Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788

Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788

Richard Broome

'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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The Wreck of Western Culture: Humanism Revisited

The Wreck of Western Culture: Humanism Revisited

John Carroll

Humanism built western civilization as we know it today. Its achievements include the liberation of the individual, democracy, universal rights, and widespread prosperity and comfort. So runs the approved view. It is not shared by...

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Death or Liberty: Rebels and Radicals Transported to Australia - 1788-1868

Death or Liberty: Rebels and Radicals Transported to Australia - 1788-1868

Tony Moore

This is the first narrative history that brings together the stories of the political prisoners sent as convicts to Australia from all over Britain and parts of the British Empire. Tony Moore asks who were these prisoners, and...

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The Poor Relation: A History of Social Sciences in Australia

The Poor Relation: A History of Social Sciences in Australia

Stuart Macintyre

The Poor Relation examines the place of the social sciences - from economics and psychology to history, law and philosophy - in the teaching and research conducted by Australian universities. It also relates the arrangements made...

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