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John Quincy Adams

by Lynn Hudson Parsons

In this concise biography, Parsons masterfully chronicles the dramatic and prolific career of one of America's most absorbing figures.


Canadian Folk: Portraits of Remarkable Lives

by Peter Unwin

A collection of lives and stories that provides a fascinating look at the eminent and no so eminent characters who came before us and left their colourful mark on Canada's history.


The Memoirs of Walter Bagehot

by Frank Prochaska

Walter Bagehot (1826–1877) was a prominent English journalist, banker, and man of letters. For many years he was editor of The Economist, and to this day the magazine includes a weekly “Bagehot” column....


Alexander Hamilton: Ambivalent Anglophile

by Lawrence S. Kaplan

Of all of the Founding Fathers of the American republic none, with the possible exception of Thomas Jefferson, has evoked more passions and aroused more controversy than Alexander Hamilton.

In this absorbing...


Ibn Saud: The Desert Warrior Who Created the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

by Barbara Bray & Michael Darlow

Ibn Saud grew to manhood living the harsh traditional life of the desert nomad, a life that had changed little since the days of Abraham. Equipped with immense physical courage, he fought and won, often with...


An Autobiography of General Custer

by Stephen Brennan

Taken from George Armstrong Custer's own writings, An Autobiography of General Custer is the “true story” of one of the most praised, most despised, but surely most remembered American military heroes. Indeed,...


Hitler: The Memoir of the Nazi Insider Who Turned Against the Fuhrer

by Ernst Hanfstaengl & John Willard Toland

Of American and German parentage, Ernst Hanfstaengl graduated from Harvard and ran the family business in New York for a dozen years before returning to Germany in 1921. By chance he heard a then little-known...


Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader (1808-1883)

by John W. Kiser

A rousing biography and history of world hero Abd el-Kader's resistance to the French colonization of Algeria.


The King in the North: The Life and Times of Oswald of Northumbria

by Max Adam & Max Adams

Oswald Whiteblade lived one of the most influential and colourful lives in early English history. Before his death in battle against the pagans of Mercia cut short his reign as king of Northumbria (634-42),...


The Easy Day Was Yesterday: The Extreme Life of an SAS Soldier

by Paul Jordan

From his cage in a putrid, overcrowded Indian gaol, Paul Jordan reflects on a life lived on the edge and curses the miscalculation that robbed him of his freedom. His childhood, marred by the loss of his father...


Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

by Edward Erickson & Adam Hook

Mustafa Kemal was one of the 20th century’s greatest combat commanders. Born in Salonika to a middle–class family, this book follows the life of a great commander who served in the Italo–Turkish War of...


John Buchan: Model Governor General

by J. William Galbraith, David Johnston & Deborah Stewartby

An accomplished Scottish thriller writer, journalist, soldier, spy, and Member of Parliament, John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, was Canada's governor general from 1935 to 1940 and helped draw Canada, Britain,...


From Freedom to Freedom

by Kathy Ivanov

From freedom to Freedom follows a young boy's harrowing journey from an idyllic European kingdom into a world he never could have imagined. Forced to persevere through imprisonment, refugee camps, and an oceanic...


In the Front Line: A Doctor in War and Peace

by Alec Glen

This memoir by a Scottish doctor who was born and went on to work in Govan was found among family papers long after his death in 1972. Less an account of the author's inner life, it is a graphic narrative, by...


Edie's Tale: Growing Up In Darlaston

by Edith Rushton

A personal memoir of an ordinary working-class woman who grew up in the back streets of Darlaston between the wars. Illustrated with family photos and 25 images of between-the-wars Darlaston, this book captures...


The Will To Survive: Three and a Half Years as a Prisoner of the Japanese

by Arthur Godman

Taken prisoner after the fall of Singapore in 1942, Arthur Godman spent the next three and a half years on the Burma-Siam railway, living in camps along the River Kwai. Like other PoWs, he experienced disease...


Fortress Britain: All the Invasions and Incursions Since 1066

by Ian Hernon

As Stuart Laycock's book All the Countries We've Ever Invaded: and the Few We Never Got Round To shows, the British have not been backward in coming forward when it comes to aggressive visits abroad. But it...


In Sights: The Story of a Welsh Guardsman

by Tim Rees

The journey from boyhood to manhood has rarely included such diverse experience. From military training in the Guards Depot to Trooping the Colour, from academic failure to intelligence work in Northern Ireland....


Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten

by Pamela Hicks

A magical memoir about a singular childhood in England and India by the daughter of Lord Louis and Edwina Mountbatten

Few families can boast of not one but two saints among their ancestors, a great-aunt who was...


Queen of the Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus

by Dean N. Jensen

A true life Water for Elephants, Queen of the Air brings the circus world to life through the gorgeously written, true story of renowned trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, Queen of the Air, the most...