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Exotic England: The Making of a Curious Nation

by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

England may be a small country on a small island, but its inhabitants have always had a boundless curiosity about the world beyond their shoreline. From the nation's modern origins in the Renaissance, travellers...


The Lion Wakes: A Modern History of HSBC

by David Kynaston & Richard Roberts

The Lion Wakes tells the modern story of HSBC, starting in the late 1970s, when the bank first broke out of the Asia-Pacific region with its purchase of Marine Midland Bank in the US. It follows HSBC's battle...


Italy 1943-1948: From catastrophe to reconstruction

by Massimo L. Salvadori

"The topic of this second edition of the Gaetano Sal- vemini Colloquium is one of the most complex in Italian history. In just a few years, between July 1943 and April 1948, a rapid succession of events took...


Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership

by Susan Butler

A hugely important book that solely and fully explores for the first time the complex partnership during World War II between FDR and Stalin, by the editor of My Dear Mr. Stalin: The Complete Correspondence...


The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination

by Barry Strauss

The exciting, dramatic story of one of history’s most famous events—the death of Julius Caesar—now placed in full context of Rome’s civil wars by eminent historian Barry Strauss.

Thanks to William Shakespeare,...


Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years

by John McHugo

The collapse of Syria into civil war over the past two years has spawned a regional crisis whose reverberations grow louder with each passing month. In this timely account, John McHugo seeks to contextualize...


The Disinherited: A Story of Family, Love, and Betrayal

by Robert Sackville-West

In the small hours of the morning of June 3, 1914, a woman and her husband were found dead in a sparsely furnished apartment in Paris. Only when the identity of the couple was revealed in the English press a...


Sherman's Ghosts: Soldiers, Civilians, and the American Way of War

by Matthew Carr

“To know what war is, one should follow our tracks,” General William T. Sherman once wrote to his wife, describing the devastation left by his armies in Georgia. Sherman’s Ghosts is an investigation of...


Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling across the Rio Grande

by George T. Díaz

Present-day smuggling across the U.S.-Mexico border is a professional, often violent, criminal activity. However, it is only the latest chapter in a history of illicit business dealings that stretches back to...


Where Texas Meets the Sea: Corpus Christi and Its History

by Alan Lessoff

A favorite destination of visitors to the Texas coast, Corpus Christi is a midsize city that manages to be both cosmopolitan and provincial, networked and local. It is an indispensable provider of urban services...


Pinkoes and Traitors: The BBC and the nation, 1974-1987

by Jean Seaton

During the Margaret Thatcher years, Britain experienced mass unemployment, trade union strikes, bloody war in Northern Ireland and the Falklands, and an existential threat to its public service broadcaster,...


Individualism in the United States: A Transformation in American Political Thought

by Stephanie M. Walls

Of the many ideas that inspired and shaped the American Founding Fathers' thought, individualism and a commitment to individual rights were primary among them. The American emphasis on the individual in politics...


The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India and Pakistan

by Dilip Hiro

The partitioning of British India into independent Pakistan and India in August 1947 occurred in the midst of communal holocaust, with Hindus and Sikhs on one side and Muslims on the other. More than 750,000...


Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947

by Bruce Hoffman

A landmark history, based on newly available documents, of the battles between Jews, Arabs, and the British that led to the creation of Israel

Anonymous Soldiers brilliantly re-creates the crucial period in the...


Operation Chowhound

by Stephen Dando-Collins

Beginning with a crazy plan hatched by a suspect prince, and an even crazier reliance on the word of the Nazis, Operation Chowhound was devised. Between May 1 and May 8, 1945, 2,268 military units flown by the...


Lusitania

by Greg King & Penny Wilson

On the 100th Anniversary of its sinking, King and Wilson tell the story of the Lusitania's glamorous passengers and the torpedo that ended an era and prompted the US entry into World War I.

Lusitania: She was...


Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery.

by David Gibson & Michael McKinley

As featured in the 6-part CNN SERIES "Finding Jesus"FINDING JESUS explores six major artifacts, including the Shroud of Turin, the True Cross, and John the Baptist, that give us the most direct evidence about...


A Higher Form of Killing: Six Weeks in World War I That Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare

by Diana Preston

Some 170 years ago, England sent a powerful army into Afghanistan to protect its national interests. It was catastrophically destroyed. This is the story of the First Afghan War and the start of "The Great Game."...


Frankie and Johnny

by John Huston & Miguel Covarrubias

The ill-fated lovers Frankie and Johnny were already legends by 1930, the year of this illustrated drama's publication. The unique interpretation is a collaboration between John Huston, the future director of...


At the Margin of Empire: John Webster and Hokianga, 1841¿1900

by Jennifer Ashton

In telling the story of John Webster’s long and colorful life for the first time, this biography also explores the wider transformation of relationships between Maori and Pakeha during the 19th century. In...