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A comprehensive look in to the D-Day landings which took place 65 years ago this year. This covers all aspects of the major offensive that took place that day with leading historians contributing their knowledge and opinions. If you want to know the full account of what took place under this operation then here is one of the best accounts given to date.
A look at post war political history in Britain from one of our most popular political journalists. If you want a general overview of this period then this is a great book to give you a solid grounding. As it covers quite a large period of time don't expect an in depth study of everything but it is accessible and interesting.
This is a fascinating insight into events of the Second World War, seen through the eyes of these remarkable women. Young women who were sent out to do their duty side by side with the soldiers who were fighting. Told from memory of from diaries and letters, written at the time. They knew they had a job to do and they got on with it as one diary entry says: “VE dinner but I wasn’t there. Went back on ward. Had a glass of champagne later”. This book is a true testament to the unselfish, brave and heroic women who volunteered to leave their comfortable homes for the horrors of war.
Winner of the Galaxy Book of the Year and Popular Non-Fiction awards 2009. Reviewed on Richard & Judy's Book Club 2009 on Wednesday 28 January. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 4 December 2008. Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2008. This reads like a first rate crime novel but is in fact an analysis of real life events. It's so good it won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2008. Said to have inspired Dickens, Willkie Collins and many, many more this is a case that will keep you gripped until the final page.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a biography of J Robert Oppenheimer which reads like a thriller as it traces the life of this complex and flawed man through the development of the atomic bomb and the history of that extraordinary period. Riveting stuff.
With the opening of the archives in the East Laurence Rees has had access to material that sheds a whole new light on many events and decisions made in the Second World War. For anyone interested in this period in history this makes a fascinating and sometimes uncomfortable read as new information is unearthed. This is the perfect gift for anyone who devours works on this period in history, as this takes a whole new perspective and gives much more new information to the reader
A fascinating account of the air force and it’s men in 1918, many of whom did not survive the war. This has plenty of first hand accounts of what it was like to serve as one of the airborne in World War I and Hart really know his subject.
Tying in with the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day this book covers what happened in the days leading up to the momentous events of the 11th of November, 1918. This is packed with historical facts and also capturing the mood of the time, among leaders and privates alike. This is a great tribute to those who fought in the Great War and helped to bring about this day of cease fire.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 27 November 2008. A very absorbing book on the life of Florence Nightingale. Probably nothing else out there as in depth or as interestingly written.
Imperial War Museum London Guide. Fully illustrated with objects from the museum collection.
Every First World War Officer would have been issued with his manual. It covered the very basics of moving troops, how to look after and train them, building – everything from trenches to gun emplacements and latrines, tactics and gun and grenade skills, what to do when machinery breaks down and on, ad infinitum. A real glimpse into how the military bureaucracy expected their officers to behave in their very short lives as a front-line soldier. Like for Like ReadingSix Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War, John Lewis-StempelField Service Pocket Book 1914, War Office General Staff
The pre-wartime exploits of two remarkable sisters who smuggled Jews out of Germany from 1934 on, posing as eccentric opera fans and financing the operations themselves.
History is such a broad and universal subject. After all, we’re all living through it and we all have our own. Here’s where you can get new perspectives on past events, discover a subject you’ve never explored or broaden your existing knowledge.
Our resident expert, Sue Baker, has compiled a wide range of great books covering everything from the major wars, or the creation of nations to the life-journeys of world-changing individuals. From social history (Family Britain by David Kynaston) and the World Wars (Swansong 1945 by Walter Kempowski) to the much loved periods of popular fiction authors (The Wars of the Roses by Dan Jones; The Rise of the Tudors: The Family that Changed Britain by Chris Skidmore): From the realities of often romanticised times (The Knight who saved England by Richard Brooks) to the lives of history’s extraordinary people (Cecily Neville: Mother of Kings by Amy Licence). You’ll find a resource here to fascinate on many levels. History without histrionics.