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Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured

by Kathryn Harrison

The profoundly inspiring and fully documented saga of Joan of Arc, the young peasant girl whose "voices" moved her to rally the French nation and a reluctant king against British invaders in 1428, has fascinated...


Stet: An Editor's Life

by Diana Athill

For nearly five decades Diana Athill edited (nursed, coerced, coaxed) some of the most celebrated writers in the English language, among them V. S. Naipaul, Philip Roth, Mordecai Richler, and Norman Mailer....


Little Lodges on the Prairie: Freemasonry & Laura Ingalls Wilder

by Teresa Lynn

The Little House on the Prairie books and TV show have inspired generations, but few people know the history of the Ingalls family in Freemasonry. Discover new stories about Laura Ingalls Wilder in Little Lodges...


Khrushchev

by Edward Crankshaw

This is the story of the rise and fall of one man against the background of his country's history - bloody, tumultuous, yet immensely significant - since the revolution in 1917.

Nikita Sergei Khrushchev was born...


Edward the Rake

by John Pearson

Growing up in the supreme moral rigour of Queen Victoria's court, young Bertie was always going to find it hard to live up to his parents' expectation. He was far from a brilliant student, and though charming,...


Dilke

by Roy Jenkins

Sir Charles Dilke was born in 1843 and died in 1911. His career is one of the mysteries and tragedies of nineteenth-century history.

In the summer of 1885 he was the youngest man in the outgoing cabinet and Gladstone's...


Lenin

by Ronald Clark

In this accomplished biography of Vladimir Lenin, Ronald Clark fills in the gap left by political, economic and social historians: Lenin's personality. Clark introduces readers to Lenin, the man: an enthusiastic...


The Queens and the Hive

by Edith Sitwell

No hive can tolerate two Queens. In the fatal clash between the Protestant Queen of England and the Catholic Queen of Scots, many were determined that 'The death of Mary is the life of Elizabeth'.

In this moving...


Truman

by Roy Jenkins

In his time, Harry S. Truman was one of the most under-rated presidents of the twentieth century. Succeeding the charismatic Roosevelt, he was often seen as an uninspiring leader, a poor diplomat and a fumbling...


European Diary, 1977-1981

by Roy Jenkins

First published in 1989, this diary provides the background to two vital issues: our relations with the European Community and the state of politics in Britain. Few people are better qualified to know how we...


Victoria of England

by Edith Sitwell

The Victorian era has been one of the most influential in shaping modern British society, and Victoria herself is a powerful symbol of the age.

This is a fascinating portrait of the queen, both before and during...


Maria Theresa

by Edward Crankshaw

When Edward Crankshaw's Maria Theresa was published in 1969, it was the first full length study of Maria Theresa to be written in English for sixty years.

Called to the throne in 1740, at the age of twenty-three,...


Balmoral

by Ronald Clark

First published in 1981, this is Ronald Clark's engagingly readable account of Queen Victoria's relationship with "Our dear Balmoral" and the life that went on there.

The biography of Balmoral begins with the...


The True Benjamin Franklin: An Illuminating Look into the Life of One of Our Greatest Founding Fathers

by Sydney George Fisher

In spite of being dead for over two hundred years, Benjamin Franklin remains an object of fascination for many history buffs. He was a diplomat, postmaster, political theorist, politician, scientist, satirist,...


On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller

by Richard Norton Smith

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE BOSTON GLOBE, BOOKLIST, AND KIRKUS REVIEWS • From acclaimed historian Richard Norton Smith comes the definitive life of an American icon: Nelson Rockefeller—one...


The Investigation: a true story

by Torkel S Wächter & Martin Chalmers

THE INVESTIGATION provides an insight into the way in which Hitler's first months in power affect a German-Jewish civil servant's family in Hamburg. The narrative is based on authentic local government documents...


Die Ermittlung: eine wahre Geschichte

by Torkel S Wächter & Paul Berf

DIE ERMITTLUNG vermittelt, wie Hitlers erste Monate an der Macht eine deutsch-jüdische Beamtenfamilie in Hamburg beeinflussen. Die Geschichte basiert auf authentischen Dokumenten sowie privaten Briefen und...


Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies

by Patrice Dutil & Roger Hall

Here are fifteen fresh interpretations of Canada's founding Prime Minister, published for the occasion of the bicentennial of his birth in 1815. Well researched and crisply written by recognized scholars and...


Ambition and Desire: Napoleon's Josephine

by Kate Williams

From CNN’s official royal historian, a highly praised young author with a doctorate from Oxford University, comes the extraordinary rags-to-riches story of the woman who conquered Napoleon’s heart—and...


Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer

by Bettina Stangneth & Ruth Martin

A total and groundbreaking reassessment of the life of Adolf Eichmann—a superb work of scholarship that reveals his activities and notoriety among a global network of National Socialists following the collapse...