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The 1966 World Cup Final: Minute by Minute

by Jonathan Mayo

30th July 1966. For millions it was the greatest day of the greatest decade. They may never have seen the Beatles in the Cavern or danced at Woodstock, but they got to see the finest moment in English sporting...


The House by the Lake

by Thomas Harding

A Finalist for the Costa Book Award

Longlisted for the Orwell Prize

Named a Best Book of the Year by

The Times (London) • New Statesman (London) • Daily Express (London) • Commonweal magazine

In the summer...


Holocaust Angst

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Fifty Great War Films

by Tim Newark

From The Battle of the Somme (1916) through to American Sniper (2014), war and conflict has been a staple source of inspiration for the film industry since the turn of the 20th century. Today, this genre and...


Spitfire Aces of the Channel Front 1941-43

by Andrew Thomas & Chris Thomas

80 years after the Spitfire was first developed it remains an icon of military aviation. Though many associate its victory during the Battle of Britain as the high point in the history of the Spitfire, the years...


Dog Gone: A Lost Pet's Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home

by Pauls Toutonghi

The true story of a lost dog’s journey and a family’s furious search to find him before it is too late.

Saturday, October 10, 1998. Fielding Marshall is hiking on the Appalachian Trail. His beloved dog—a...


The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War

by Arkady Ostrovsky

WINNER OF THE 2016 ORWELL PRIZE

FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

“Fast-paced and excellently written…A much needed, dispassionate and eminently readable explanation...” —The New York Times

“[A] bold new...


24 Hours at the Somme

by Robert Kershaw

The first day of the Somme has had more of a widespread emotional impact on the psyche of the British public than any other battle in history. Now, 100 years later, Robert Kershaw attempts to understand the...


Downfall 1945

by Steven J. Zaloga & Steve Noon

As the final month of fighting in Europe in 1945 dawned the Allies embarked upon a series of mopping up operations, destroying the last centres of German resistance as the essentially defeated Wehrmacht fought...


US Army Rangers 1989–2015

by Leigh Neville & Peter Dennis

Written by an expert on modern Special Forces units and the operations they undertake, this book explains the evolution of the Rangers' missions in Panama, the first Gulf War, Somalia and the post 9/11 invasions...


The Royal Armoured Corps in the Cold War 1946 - 1990: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

by M P Robinson & Robert Griffin

The Royal Armoured Corps’ composition may have changed dramatically during the four and a half decades of The Cold War but its role in the nation’s defence has been predominant. This highly informative book...


Too Important For The Generals: Losing and Winning the First World War

by Allan Mallinson

'War is too important to be left to the generals' snapped future French prime minister Georges Clemenceau on learning of yet another bloody and futile offensive on the Western Front.

One of the great questions...


SR-71 Blackbird

by Paul F. Crickmore

Lockheed's SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most iconic and famous jets ever built. Assembled in secret at Lockheed's Skunkworks, the Blackbird's vital statistics remain phenomenal decades later. It holds the airspeed...


Operation Totalize 1944

by Stephen A Hart & Johnny Shumate

In Operation Totalize, Lieutenant-General Guy Simonds' II Canadian Corps launched an attack from its positions along the Bourguébus Ridge south of Caen, striking south-southeast astride the main Caen?Falaise...


F4U Corsair vs Ki-84 "Frank??

by Edward M. Young, Jim Laurier & Gareth Hector

The Vought Corsair was the first American single-engined fighter to exceed 400 mph and establish dominance over the legendary Mitsubishi Type Zero-sen. The Ki-84 Hayate was introduced by the Japanese specifically...


The SBS in World War II

by Gavin Mortimer

The Special Boat Squadron was Britain's most exclusive Special Forces unit during World War II. Highly trained, totally secretive and utterly ruthless, the SBS was established as an entity in its own right in...


Voices of World War Two

by Sue Elliott & Steve Humphries

In association with the flagship BBC2 series.

This is the story of the men and women of a truly remarkable generation. Born into a world still reeling from the earth-shattering events of the Great War, they grew...


Summary of How We Got to Now: by Steven Johnson | Includes Analysis

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How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson | Includes Analysis

 

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Chapter 1

Glass formed in the Libyan desert about twenty-six million years ago when grains of silica became superheated...


Around the World in 175 Days: The First Round-the-World Flight

by Carroll V. Glines & Walter J. Boyne

American military aviation reached a low point after World War I, lagging behind its European counterparts and facing a peacetime battle for survival. To raise the public profile of aviation, military leaders...