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How to Lose a War at Sea

by Bill Fawcett

An engrossing compendium of high-seas military disasters

From the days of the Spanish Armada to the modern age of aircraft carriers, battles have been bungled just as badly on water as they have been on land....

The Sleepwalkers

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History 2013

by Christopher Clark

On the morning of June 28, 1914, when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie Chotek, arrived at Sarajevo railway station, Europe was at peace. Thirty-seven days later, it was at war. The conflict that...

Popular Tales of the West Highlands - Volume 1

by John F Campbell

This volume has been especially republished to raise funds for the Prince's Trust. It contains twenty-three ursgeuln, or tales, plus a number of fables collected from the Western Highlands of Scotland by the...

Detroit: An American Autopsy

by Charlie LeDuff

An explosive exposé of America’s lost prosperity—from Pulitzer Prize­–winning journalist Charlie LeDuff


Back in his broken hometown, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches the ruins...

The Invisible War: The Untold Secret Story of Number One Canadian Special Wireless Group

by Gil Murray

While the Second World War raged in Europe, an equally fierce war was taking place with Japan in the Far East.

Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans (Updated and Revised)

by Ronald Takaki

In an extraordinary blend of narrative history, personal recollection, & oral testimony, the author presents a sweeping history of Asian Americans. He writes of the Chinese who laid tracks for the transcontinental...

Raffles and the British Invasion of Java

by Tim Hannigan

On a hot August afternoon in 1811, an army of 10,000 British redcoats splashed ashore through the muddy shallows off Batavia (the former name of Jakarta, Indonesia's capital) to conquer the Dutch colony of Java....

Savage Continent

by Keith Lowe

The Second World War might have officially ended in May 1945, but in reality it rumbled on for another ten years...

The end of the Second World War in Europe is one of the twentieth century's most iconic moments....

MacArthur: A Biography

by Richard B. Frank & Wesley K. Clark

Douglas MacArthur is best remembered for his ability to adapt, a quality that catalyzed his greatest accomplishments. Adaptability has become an indispensable trait for military leadership in an era of technological...

A Single Shard

by Linda Sue Park

In this Newbery Medal-winning book set in 12th century Korea, Tree-ear, a 13-year-old orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch’ulp’o, a potters' village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated...


by David Halberstam

“If you have tears, prepare to shed them.”

--Frank McCourt

"In the firehouse, the men not only live and eat with each other, they play sports together, go off to drink together, help repair one another's...

Britain - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

by Paul Norbury

Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive...

Secret Missions of the Civil War

by Philip Van Doren Stern

Civil War historian and celebrated author Philip Van Doren Stern presents an underground history woven from first hand accounts of Civil War spies, scouts, detectives and double agents. Secret Missions of the...

Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure

by Petie Kladstrup & Donald Kladstrup

The remarkable untold story of France’s courageous, clever vinters who protected and rescued the country’s most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II.

"To be a Frenchman means to fight...

Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression

by Studs Terkel

In recording this oral history, Studs Terkel interviewed over 100 individuals who shared their thoughts or experiences of the Great Depression. This digital edition was derived from ACLS Humanities E-Book's...

My Traitor's Heart: A South African Exile Returns to Face His Country, His Tribe, and His Conscience

by Rian Malan

“Here is truth-telling at its most exemplary and courageous. The remorseless exercise of a reporter’s anguished conscience gives us a South Africa we thought we knew all about: but we knew nothing.” —John...

The Battle of Mogadishu: First Hand Accounts From the Men of Task Force Ranger

by Matt Eversmann & Dan Schilling

“No matter how skilled the writer of nonfiction, you are always getting the story secondhand. Here’s a chance to go right to the source. . . . These men were there.”

–MARK BOWDEN (from the Foreword)


Sun Tzu's: Art of War

by Hwang Chung-Mei & Khoo Kheng-Hor

Recognised as the oldest and most popular military treatise of all time, Sun Tzu's ART OF WAR has been studied by world leaders, military strategist and business executive all over the world. Why are Japanese...

Luftwaffe Combat Reports

by Bob Carruthers

"My Luftwaffe is invincible... And so now we turn to England. How long will this one last - two, three weeks?" Hermann Goering, June 1940. These detailed accounts of Luftwaffe combat operations are taken from...

A Motorcycle Courier in the Great War

by Captain W.H.L. Watson & Bob Carruthers

W.H.L. Watson was a British Army, motorcycle despatch rider in the World War I. He saw active service during the key battles of 1914 and early 1915. Watson and his colleagues formed part of the Royal Engineers...