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Conundrum: Why Every Government Gets Things Wrong - And What We Can Do About It

by Richard Bacon & Christopher Hope

Government failure is affecting everyone. The single mum worried sick by a tax credit demand from HMRC to ‘repay’ thousands of pounds she never received; the family whose holiday was ruined because the Passport...


The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England¿s Most Notorious Queen

by Susan Bordo

A ground-breaking retelling and reclaiming of Anne Boleyn’s life and legacy from a preeminent cultural thinker puts old questions to rest and raises some surprising new ones.


The New York Times: Disunion: Modern Historians Revisit and Reconsider the Civil War from Lincoln's Election to the Emancipation Proclamat

by Clay Risen, George Kalogerakis & Ted Widmer

A major new collection of modern commentary- from scholars, historians, and Civil War buffs-on the significant events of the Civil War, culled from The New York Times' popular Disunion on-line journal 

Since...


The Making of the Great Communicator: Ronald Reagan's Transformation from Actor to Governor

by Kenneth Holden

One week after Ronald Reagan announced his candidacy for governor of California, the San Francisco Chronicle gibed: “It was simply a flagrant example of miscasting.” Reagan was tanking, and his businessmen...


The Dodger: The Extraordinary Story of Churchill's American Cousin, Two World Wars, and The Great Escape

by Tim Carroll

The Dodger is the story of John Bigelow "Johnny" Dodge, a wartime hero and a pivotal figure in the escapade immortalised in the legendary Hollywood film The Great Escape.

Of all the Allied prisoners who broke...


July 1914: Countdown to War

by Sean McMeekin

When a Serbian-backed assassin gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand in late June 1914, the world seemed unmoved. Even Ferdinand’s own uncle, Franz Josef I, was notably ambivalent about the death of the Hapsburg...


Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy

by Gary May

When the Fifteenth Amendment of 1870 granted African Americans the right to vote, it seemed as if a new era of political equality was at hand. Before long, however, white segregationists across the South counterattacked,...


How to Create the Perfect Wife: Britain's Most Ineligible Bachelor and his Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate

by Wendy Moore

Thomas Day, an 18th-century British writer and radical, knew exactly the sort of woman he wanted to marry. Pure and virginal like an English country maid yet tough and hardy like a Spartan heroine, she would...


Shadow Warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA

by Randall B. Woods

World War II commando, Cold War spy, and CIA director under presidents Nixon and Ford, William Egan Colby played a critical role in some of the most pivotal events of the twentieth century. A quintessential...


The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement

by David Graeber

A bold rethinking of the most powerful political idea in the world—democracy—and the story of how radical democracy can yet transform America

 

Democracy has been the American religion since before the...


The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences

by David Cannadine

From one of our most acclaimed historians, a wise and provocative call to re-examine the way we look at the past: not merely as the story of incessant conflict between groups but also of human solidarity throughout...


Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation

by Jonathan Rieder

"I am in Birmingham because injustice is here," declared Martin Luther King, Jr. He had come to that city of racist terror convinced that massive protest could topple Jim Crow. But the insurgency faltered. To...


Mexico

by Enrique Krauze

The concentration of power in the caudillo (leader) is as much a formative element of Mexican culture and politics as the historical legacy of the Aztec emperors, Cortez, the Spanish Crown, the Mother Church...


Truth's Ragged Edge

by Philip F. Gura

From the acclaimed cultural historian Philip F. Gura comes Truth’s Ragged Edge, a comprehensive and original history of the American novel’s first century. Grounded in Gura’s extensive consideration of...


Death in the Baltic

by Cathryn Prince & Cathryn J. Prince

The worst maritime disaster ever occurred during World War II, when more than 9,000 German civilians drowned. It went unreported.

January 1945: The outcome of World War II has been determined. The Third Reich...


The Conquistadors

by Hammond Innes

This enthralling study which examines the impact of the Spaniards upon the Aztec and Inca worlds is dominated by the personalities involved, in particular Cortes and Montezuma. Their confrontation in the Aztec...


The Last White Rose: The Secret Wars of the Tudors

The History of St Kilda

by Kenneth Macauley & Roger Hutchinson

As one of the most remote corners of the British Isles, the island archipelago of St Kilda has long held a fascination for travellers from mainland Britain and beyond. The unique way of life and customs of its...


Islamic Law in Africa

by J. Norman D. Anderson

A survey of the extent to which Islamic law is applied in those parts of East and West Africa which were at one time under British administration.


Mamluks and Ottomans: Studies in Honour of Michael Winter

by David J Wasserstein & Ami Ayalon

Focusing on Near Eastern history in Mamluk and Ottoman times, this book, dedicated to Michael Winter, stresses elements of variety and continuity in the history of the Near East, an area of study which has...