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Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

by Jill Lepore

National Book Award Finalist

From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians, a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister and a history of history itself. Like her brother,...


Shirley Williams: The Biography

by Mark Peel

For fifty years Shirley Williams has been one of Britain’s best-known and best-loved politicians, admired for her warmth, sincerity, integrity and compassion. Hailing from an impeccable intellectual background,...


Kitchener: The Road to Omdurman and Saviour of the Nation

by John Pollock

This enlightening biography, drawing on both official accounts and private letters, re-establishes Kitchener's reputation as a hero of the British Empire.

When the Great War broke out, Kitchener, with the foresight...


Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln

by Douglas L. Wilson

Abraham Lincoln's remarkable emergence from the rural Midwest and his rise to the presidency have been the stuff of romance and legend. But as Douglas L. Wilson shows us in Honor's Voice, Lincoln's transformation...


Ella Baker: Community Organizer of the Civil Rights Movement

by J. Todd Moye

Ella Josephine Baker was among the most influential strategists of the most important social movement in modern U.S. history, the civil rights movement. With a career that spanned decades, and which began long...


War, Through the Eyes of a Child

by Violet Apted

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Imagine if you will, living through World War II in England. The times were traumatic and terrifying. Now imagine that you are seeing the war Through the Eyes of a Child.

Author Violet Apted describes...


The Goddess of War: A True Story of Passion, Betrayal and Murder in the Old West

by Dennis McCown

John Wesley Hardin is the most famous gunfighter of the American Wild West. The subject of conversations from the Mexican border to the rowdy saloons of Kansas, he was the greatest celebrity of the age. He wrote...


Barack Obama: In His Own Words

by Lisa Rogak

Since delivering his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama has been hailed as the clear saviour of not only the Democratic party, but of the integrity of American politics.

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Madame de Stael

by Maria Fairweather

The influence of the salons of Paris on the thought and culture of the eighteenth century would be difficult to overstate. They were both intellectual powerhouses and also assemblies where the latest and most...


Sappho

by Marguerite Johnson

This series of short incisive books introduces major figures of the ancient world to the modern general reader, including the essentials of each subject's life, works, and significance for later western civilisation....


Dracula's Bloodline: A Florescu Family Saga

by Radu R. Florescu & Matei Cazacu

This book tells the story of the Florescu family, from its feudal blood ties, to notorious 15th century figure Vlad Tepes (Count Dracula), right up to present day. The authors drew on research that had mostly...


John L. O'Sullivan and His Times

by Robert D Sampson

The life of nineteenth-century journalist, diplomat, adventurer, and enthusiast for lost causes John Louis O'Sullivan is usually glimpsed only in brief episodes, perhaps because the components of his life are...


Hanged at Auschwitz: An Extraordinary Memoir of Survival

by Sam Kessel

Boxer and member of the French Resistance Kessel recounts the horrifying time he spent in Nazi captivity-almost three years-including an execution that he narrowly survived.


Slessor: Bomber Champion: The Life of Marshal of the RAF Sir John Slessor, GCB, DSO, MC

by Vincent Orange

Born in India into a family of soldiers and diplomats, Slessor made the first aerial attack on a Zeppelin and went on to serve in the Middle East over the Western Front in World War I; and postwar on the North-West...


Douglas MacArthur: Statecraft and Stagecraft in America's East Asian Policy

by Russell D. Buhite

Buhite offers a trenchant evaluation of Douglas MacArthur's career in East Asia and his role in some of the most important military and diplomatic issues of the twentieth century. Concise and highly readable,...


In the Highest Traditions of the Royal Navy: The Life of Captain John Leach MVO DSO

by Matthew B Wills

On 10 December 1941, the Royal Navy battleship HMS Prince of Wales was sunk by Japanese bombers in the South China Sea. Amongst the several hundred men who went down with her was her Captain, John Leach, who...


John Frank Stevens: Civil Engineer

by Clifford Foust

One of America's foremost civil engineers of the past 150 years, John Frank Stevens was a railway reconnaissance and location engineer whose reputation was made on the Canadian Pacific and Great Northern lines....


The Memoirs of Mrs Leeson, Madam

by Mary Lyons

'The charm of this book lies in its peep-show perspective on Dublin public life in the latter part of the 18th century.' - David Nokes, The Sunday Times 'A vastly entertaining and colourful memoir... The book...


Lady Nijo's Own Story: The Candid Diary of a Thirteenth-Century Japanese Imperial Concubine

by Wilfrid Whitehouse & Eizo Yanagisawa

As a historical work, the book documents the routine of long-ago court life, with its great emphasis on poetry contests, "football" games, drinking parties, and clothing (at the most tragic moment, Lady Nijo...


Megrahi: You Are My Jury: The Lockerbie Evidence

by John Ashton

• Megrahi himself speaks for the first time in a powerful defence of his innocence • New evidence, never before published, destroys the prosecution case • Huge public interest in this case which has had a...