Summer Reading Guide: History

 Special priceBelonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900

Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900

Simon Schama

Here is a passionate history of a world unfolding across many continents and five centuries by one of our greatest and internationally bestselling historians.

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 Special priceCelestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911

Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911

Nathan Woolley

Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911 provides a unique insight into the diversity of life in China during the last imperial dynasty. Through the lives of the Chinese people-from the Dowager Empress to the humble market...

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 Special priceThe Colour of Time: A New History of the World, 1850-1960

The Colour of Time: A New History of the World, 1850-1960

Dan Jones, Marina Amaral

A brilliant artist, working with a bestselling historian, uses digital techniques to bring vividly to life 200 photographs of the defining events and personalities of the modern world.

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 Special priceErebus: The Story of a Ship

Erebus: The Story of a Ship

Michael Palin

Michael Palin brings to life one of the greatest adventures of all time.  

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 Special priceHalf the Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra: 1955-1964

Half the Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra: 1955-1964

Paul Genoni, Tanya Dalziell

'Their years in the Aegean may have been half perfect at best, but it was on Hydra that they connected to a place, a lifestyle and a community that allowed them to live and express themselves intensely, and as they wished. They...

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 Special priceLiving with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples

Living with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples

Neil MacGregor

No society on Earth lacks beliefs about where it has come from, its place in the world, and the connection of individuals to the eternal. Until recently, it was widely assumed that religion was on the wane almost everywhere --...

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 Special priceNew Jerusalem

New Jerusalem

Paul Ham

The short life and terrible death of Christendom's most defiant sect.    

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 Special priceRome: Eternal City

Rome: Eternal City

Ferdinand Addis

A portrait of the city at the heart of Western civilization, brought to life in twenty-two scenes from its 2,500-year history.

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 Special priceThese Truths: A History of the United States

These Truths: A History of the United States

Jill Lepore

In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation.

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 Read reviewA History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet

A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet

Raj Patel, Jason W. Moore

Nature, Money, Work, Care, Food, Energy, and Lives.

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Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet

Seashaken Houses: A Lighthouse History from Eddystone to Fastnet

Tom Nancollas

An enthralling history of Britain's historic rock lighthouses, exploring the enduring appeal of these magnificent, isolated sentinels.     

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 Special priceMonty Python's Flying Circus: Hidden Treasures

Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Hidden Treasures

Adrian Besley

Tells the complete history of Monty Python, with bits in. Along with photographs, this title recounts the story of all six members, from early days in the Cambridge Footlights, through early appearances on the BBC, global stardom,...

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Exactly: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

Exactly: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

Simon Winchester

Bestselling author Simon Winchester writes a magnificent history of the pioneering engineers who developed precision machinery to allow us to see as far as the moon and as close as the Higgs boson.

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