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D-Day: By Those Who Were There

by Peter Liddle

Drawing upon a new international archive of the Second World War, the support of veterans world-wide and from archives overseas, the author uses previously unpublished letters, diaries, photographs and reminiscences...


The Diary of a Young Girl

by Ann Frank

The diary as Anne Frank wrote it. At last, in a  new translation, this definitive edition contains  entries about Anne's burgeoning sexuality and  confrontations with her mother that were cut from  previous...


Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex

by Anne Frank

Hiding from the Nazis in the "Secret Annexe"  of an old office building in Amsterdam, a  thirteen-year-old girl named Anne Frank became a writer.  The now famous diary of her private life and  thoughts...


Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer

by Michael Smith

An extraordinary character and one of history’s great explorers, Ernest Shackleton pioneered the path to the South Pole over 100 years ago, becoming the dominant figure in Antarctic discovery. His incredible...


The Basque History of the World

by Mark Kurlansky

From the author of Cod-the illuminating story of an ancient and enigmatic people.


The Devil's Diary

by Robert K. Wittman & David Kinney

A groundbreaking World War II narrative wrapped in a riveting detective story, The Devil’s Diary investigates the disappearance of a private diary penned by one of Adolf Hitler’s top aides—Alfred Rosenberg,...


The Medieval Mind: A History of the Development of Thought and Emotion in the Middle Ages

by Henry Osborn Taylor

Lasting from the fifth to the fifteenth centuries AD, the medieval period was a crucial time of transformation and growth, setting the stage for the flowering of knowledge and culture that would come to pass...


The Gallic Wars

by Julius Caesar

Caesar portrayed his invasion of Gaul as being a defensive pre-emptive action, most historians agree that the wars were fought primarily to boost Caesar's political career and to pay off his massive debts. Even...


Life in Dixie During the War

by Mary A. H. Gay

The "official" account of the Civil War is well known by many, but this sweeping narrative often overlooks the experiences and impressions of individuals. Life in Dixie During the War offers up a fascinating...


Lincoln: The Screenplay

by Tony Kushner & Doris Kearns Goodwin

A revealing drama about a great American president.


Samurai William

by Giles Milton

An eye-opening account of the first encounter between England and Japan, by the acclaimed author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg

In 1611, the merchants of London's East India Company received a mysterious letter from Japan,...


Summary of Lilac Girls: by Martha Hall Kelly | Includes Analysis

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Summary of Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly | Includes Analysis

 

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Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly’s debut, is a World War II-era novel based on real people and events. The novel tells the intertwined...


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...


Jutland 1916: Twelve Hours to Win the War

by Angus Konstam

Using a narrative approach, Jutland 1916 - Twelve Hours that Decided the War tells the story of the Battle of Jutland, the greatest naval clash of the First World War. Drawing on a wealth of first-hand accounts,...


The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise

by Michael Grunwald

The Everglades was once reviled as a liquid wasteland, and Americans dreamed of draining it. Now it is revered as a national treasure, and Americans have launched the largest environmental project in history...


The Making of Salafism: Islamic Reform in the Twentieth Century

by Henri Lauzière

Some Islamic scholars hold that Salafism is an innovative and rationalist effort at Islamic reform that emerged in the late nineteenth century but disappeared in the mid twentieth. Others argue Salafism is an...


Why New Orleans Matters

by Tom Piazza

Tom Piazza's award-winning portrait of a city in crisis, with a new preface from the author, ten years after.

Ten years ago, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the disaster that followed, promises were...


Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2010

by Laura Hillenbrand

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.

In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible...


No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

by Mark Owen & Kevin Maurer

The #1 New York Times bestselling first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy SEAL who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moments.

From the streets...


Women of the Titanic Disaster

by Sylvia Caldwell & Julie Hedgepeth Williams

Sylvia Caldwell was onboard the Titanic when it sank in 1912. As one of the disaster's survivors, she took it upon herself to write an account of what happened in the event's aftermath. Women of the Titanic...