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Down Folk Tales

by Steve Lally

County Down, where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea, has a rich heritage of myths and legends which is uniquely caputred in this collection of tales by local storyteller Steve Lally. Discover the...


East End Murders: From Jack the Ripper to Ronnie Kray

by Neil Storey & Neil R Storey

Neil R Storey has drawn on a vast array of original sources - among them witness statements, coroners' reports and court records - to produce a revealing insight into the East End's darkest moments. As well...


A Gentleman's Guide to Beard & Moustache Management

by Chris Martin

Do you know how to trim your whiskers properly? With beards and moustaches more popular than ever, this delightful little book sets out to answer this pressing question. And if a trim is not required, then it...


The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity's Moral Predicament

by Wael B. Hallaq

Wael B. Hallaq boldly argues that the “Islamic state,” judged by any standard definition of what the modern state represents, is both an impossible and inherently self-contradictory concept. Comparing the...


The Metamorphoses of Fat: A History of Obesity

by George Vigarello & C. Jon Delogu

One of the world’s top historians of the body, Georges Vigarello maps the evolution of Western ideas about fat and fat people from the Middle Ages to today, paying particular attention to the role of science,...


Sinophone Studies: A Critical Reader

by Shu-mei Shih

This definitive anthology casts Sinophone studies as the study of Sinitic-language cultures born of colonial and postcolonial influences. Its transnational and comparative essays by such authors as Rey Chow,...


Charge!: History's Greatest Military Speeches

by Steve Israel

One of the leading voices on national security issues in the U.S. Congress demonstrates how words have been sharp and powerful weapons of victory in this compilation of great military speeches that helped turn...


Congo: The Miserable Expeditions and Dreadful Death of Lt. Emory Taunt, USN

by Andrew C. Jampoler

Lauded for his ability to tell compelling, true adventure stories, award-winning author Andrew C.A. Jampoler has turned his attention this time to a young American naval officer on a mission up the Congo River...


The Captain Who Burned His Ships: Captain Thomas Tingey, USN, 1750-1829

by Gordon Brown

This is the first biography of Captain Thomas Tingey, who was a key figure in the development of the early U.S. Navy. Having come to America after a short service in the Royal Navy, Tingey contributed importantly...


Manila And Santiago: The New Steel Navy in the Spanish-American War

by Jim Leeke

The U.S. Navy's first two-ocean war was the Spanish-American War of 1898. A war that was global in scope, with the decisive naval battles of war at Manila Bay and Santiago de Cuba separated by two months and...


Agents of Innovation: The General Board and the Design of the Fleet that Defeated the Japanese Navy

by John T. Kuehn

The author examines the influence of the General Board of the U.S. Navy as an agent of innovation in the years between the world wars. A formal body established by the secretary of the Navy, the General Board...


The New Black: What Has Changed--and What Has Not--with Race in America

by Kenneth W. Mack & Guy-Uriel Charles

The election and reelection of Barack Obama ushered in a litany of controversial perspectives about the contemporary state of American race relations. In this incisive volume, some of the country’s most celebrated...


Medieval Mysteries: A Guide to History, Lore, Places and Symbolism

by Karen Ralls

Journey into twelve of the world’s favorite medieval mysteries and cross the threshold into the world of the High Middle Ages. From Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to Umberto Eco’s Name of the Rose to Dan Brown’s...


Aces High: The Heroic Saga of the Two Top-Scoring American Aces of World War II

by Bill Yenne

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


Made Men: Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals, and Myth

by Antonio Nicaso & Marcel Danesi

Despite depictions to the contrary, the mafia is not a cadre of noble and righteous warriors, a class of citizens working in the shadows but upholding traditional values. Instead, the authors argue, it is a...


1835: The Founding of Melbourne & the Conquest of Australia

by James Boyce

Winner of the 2012 Age Book of the Year Award and the 2013 Tasmania Book Prize

With the founding of Melbourne in 1835, a flood of settlers began spreading out across the Australian continent. In three years...


The Good, the Bad and the Unlikely: Australia's Prime Ministers

by MacCallum Mungo

Since Australia's birth in 1901, twenty-seven politicians have run the national show. Their time at the top has ranged from eight days for Frank Forde to eighteen years for Bob Menzies. But whatever the length...


The First Fleet: The Real Story

by Alan Frost

"Alan Frost is the myth-buster of Australian history...His work should be studied not only by students but anyone interested in the birth of a nation." - the Age

In 1787 a convoy of eleven ships, carrying about...


Quarterly Essay 20 a Time for War: Australia as a Military Power

by John Birmingham

In the fourth Quarterly Essay of 2005, John Birmingham ponders the Australian way of war. After East Timor and Bali, a combination of primal fear and primal ambition has transformed attitudes to our region,...


Nimrod Rise and Fall

by Tony Blackman

The scrapping of the Nimrod program has been one of the most controversial events in the military aviation world for many a year. For most of its operational life, from 1969 to date, its contribution to the...