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A fascinating insight in to ordinary lives during the First World War and beyond. In a house clearance the diaries of Thomas Cairns Livingstone were found, detailing domestic dramas along side news of the troop movements during WW1. This is a priceless impression of the effect world events were having on the lives of ordinary people back home before, during and after the Great War. Fascinating and filled with the authors illustrations this is a charming and heartfelt piece of that history.
This is a fantastic facsimile providing the reader with everything they could want to know about Charles Darwin. Beautifully presented and with lots of fascinating items of memorabilia to look at and take out of the book. There are copies of his diary entries, handwritten notes, sketches and much much more. This is a must for anyone interested in the man who put forward the theory for natural selection forming the basis of what we can accept as the theory of evolution.
Eminent historian Richard Holmes brings together a collection of over 200 photographs from The Great War, many taken by ordinary soldiers. Photographs can speak to us so much more than words sometimes and in this book they really bring home the reality of war. A moving and fascinating insight in to what those times were like.
One of the few books on the history of the first men to drive tanks in WWI. These were not professional soldiers but men interested in cars, mechanics, plumbing and yet these would be the men who would be ploughing straight in on the front line to clear a path for the infantry. A brave group of men given a great tribute by this book.
A 2013 World Book Night selection. In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colourful picture of wars and conquests, grand works of art, and the spread and limitations of science. This is a text dominated not by dates and facts, but by the sweep of mankind's experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history.
The subtitle “Or 2000 years of upper class idiots in charge” gives you an idea of the slant of this gem of a book. With shades of 1066 And All That matched by O’Farrell’s sharp pen, this is chronologically accurate history given a wonderfully humorous spin. You’ll learn a lot and you’ll laugh a lot. I think it is the ideal Christmas present for anyone with the remotest interest in history, a star choice if ever there were one.
Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2007.Costa Book Awards 2007 Judges' comment: "Incredible scholarship, lightly worn. This biography opens up the previously hidden secrets of Stalin's youth. An amazing story, exceptionally well told." The background to what made the man a monster. Born in poverty, a poet, trainee priest, and fanatical revolutionary, thrilling stuff.
Great stories about the lost world of London’s East End in the 50s before the slum clearances when community was all-important and no one locked their doors. Jennifer Worth, attached to an order of nuns, was the midwife.
This book gets very much to the heart of the young men who flew the bomber planes in World War II. It is a great account of the events of the time but also the emotions, fears, stresses and strains that accompanied being in one of the most relentless roles in the war with men flying, almost continually, to take on a massive bombing campaign against Nazi Germany. This book reflects the amazing achievements of these brave young men.
From inside a surreal bubble of pure Americana known as the Green Zone, the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority attempted to rule Iraq following the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. Drawing on interviews and internal documents, Rajiv Chandrasekaran tells the memorable story of this ill-prepared attempt to build American democracy in a war-torn Middle Eastern country, detailing not only the risky disbanding of the Iraqi army and the ludicrous attempt to train the new police force, but absurdities such as the aide who based Baghdad's new traffic laws on those of the state of Maryland, downloaded from the net, and the twenty-four-year-old who had never worked in finance put in charge of revitalising Baghdad's stock exchange. Imperial Life in the Emerald City is American reportage at its best.
A collection of scandalous tales which span the ages of military history. These are the stories the military hoped would stay buried in the archives but here Terry Crowdy lays them out in all their embarrassing glory.
Antony Beevor obviously has a great interest in the second world war from the volume of work he has dedicated to the subject. What is always amazing about his work is that while engrossing, educational and fascinating he also leaves you with a sense of the destructiveness and futility of war. Berlin is an absorbing account of the final downfall of Hitler’s Germany.
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.