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US Marine Infantry Combat Uniforms and Equipment 2000-12

by Kenneth Ewald & J. Eward

The US Marine Corps has been a key part of the US presence in a host of combat zones in the first years of the 21st century, from Iraq to Afghanistan. With a front-line strength of over 200,000 active-duty personnel,...


RAF Fighter Command Pilot: The Western Front 1939-42

by Mark Barber & Graham Turner

The role of the "few" of the RAF in World War II, as described by Churchill during the Battle of Britain, has been the subject of much mythologizing both at the time and in the years since. The recent 70th anniversary...


Austro-Hungarian Battleships 1914-18

by Ryan Noppen & Paul Wright

Despite imperial politics, a modern Austro-Hungarian battleship fleet was built and contested Italian dominance of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean through a series of daring naval raids that netted greater...


Santa Cruz 1942: Carrier Duel in the South Pacific

by Mark Stille & Howard Gerrard

Santa Cruz is the forgotten carrier battle of 1942. Despite myth, the Japanese carrier force was not destroyed at Midway but survived to still prove a threat in the Pacific theater. Nowhere was this clearer...


Oldest Allies - Alcantara 1809

by Rene Chartrand & Mark Stacey

Although somewhat overshadowed by Wellington’s main campaign in the north, the Alcantara raid was an outstanding success. The primary objective of alarming and distracting the French forces in Spain was achieved....


The Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam

by Andrew Wiest

‘compelling…  a fine blend of military and social history, sympathetic, well-written but analytically rigorous’

(Professor Gary Sheffield,  BBC History Magazine  Best Books of the Year 2012)

When the...


Love, Tommy: Letters Home, from the Great War to the Present Day

by Andrew Roberts

A legacy of an empire and a nation at war, Love Tommy, is a collection of letters housed at the Imperial War Museum sent by British and Commonwealth troops from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa...


Borodino 1812: Napoleon's Great Gamble

by Philip Haythornthwaite & Peter Dennis

The battle of Borodino was one of the greatest encounters in European history, and one of the largest and most sanguinary in the Napoleonic Wars. Following the breakdown of relations between Russia and France,...


Destination Berchtesgaden: The US 7th Army during World War II

by John Frayn & Robert Jackson

Of the US Armies fighting in Europe at the end of World War II, General Patch’s Seventh Army has received the least attention from historians. Although over-shadowed by the performance of General Patton and...


Allison-Engined P-51 Mustang

by Martyn Chorlton & Adam Tooby

North American Aviation's rapid and original design development of the P-51 resulted in success versus German and Japanese planes in World War II.

Not enough credit is given to Allison-engined variants of one...


Confederate Currency

by Pierre Fricke

With the outbreak of the U. S. Civil War in 1861, the Confederate States of America began issuing its own paper money. Over the years, seven different series of currency were issued. Counterfeiting became a...


Victorian Country Life

by Janet Sacks

Industrialisation changed every aspect of rural life in the reign of Queen Victoria. It caused a greater diversification in industry which resulted in a decline in agriculture, and people moved from the country...


The Victorians and Edwardians at War

by John Hannavy

By the time the first photographs were taken at war in the late 1840s, the idea that ‘the camera cannot lie’ was already firmly embedded in the Victorian psyche. ‘Truthful’ in a way the work of the war...


Duels and Duelling

by Stephen Banks

A duel could be fought over a matter as trifling as a slip of the tongue or as serious as a public accusation of corruption. At the height of its formality, two men at odds would meet at dawn, armed either with...


Jaguar

by Graham Robson

Sir William Lyons enjoyed a seemingly unstoppable rise to fame and fortune in the motor industry, and the Jaguar brand which he introduced became world-famous. Yet it did not happen overnight. In the 1920s he...


The Scouts

by Susan Cohen

The boy scout movement, started by Lieutenant General Baden-Powell (1857 - 1941) in 1907, has had an enduring impact on British society, providing boys from the age of six upwards with 'instruction in good citizenship.'...


Who Stole the American Dream?

by Hedrick Smith

Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith’s new book is an extraordinary achievement, an eye-opening account of how, over the past four decades, the American Dream has been dismantled and we became two Americas....


On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines - And Future

by Karen Elliott House

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter who has spent the last thirty years writing about Saudi Arabia—as diplomatic correspondent, foreign editor, and then publisher of The Wall Street Journal—an important...


In Xanadu

by William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple’s award-winning first book: his classic, fiercely intelligent and wonderfully entertaining account of his journey across Marco Polo’s 700-year-old route from Jerusalem to Xanadu, the summer...


500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars

by Kurt Eichenwald

Kurt Eichenwald—New York Times bestselling author of Conspiracy of Fools and The Informant— recounts the first 500 days after 9/11 in a comprehensive, compelling page-turner as gripping as any thriller....