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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.
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.
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.