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Royal Coronations

by Lucinda Gosling

In 1953, Britain celebrated the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, an event greeted at the time with widespread, nationwide enthusiasm. Sixty years on, the images and memories of the event still resonate, partly...


The Tunnels of Cu Chi: A Harrowing Account of America's Tunnel Rats in the Underground Battlefields of Vietnam

by Tom Mangold

At the height of the Vietnam conflict, a complex system of secret underground tunnels sprawled from Cu Chi Province to the edge of Saigon. In these burrows, the Viet Cong cached their weapons, tended their wounded,...


The Hollywood Studios

by Ethan Mordden

Hollywood in the years between 1929 and 1948 was a town of moviemaking empires. The great studios were estates of talent: sprawling, dense, diverse. It was the Golden Age of the Movies, and each studio made...


Angel of Dien Bien Phu: The Lone French Woman at the Decisive Battle for Vietnam

by Genevieve de Galard

As the only French woman among some 11,000 defenders at Dien Bien Phu, Geneviève de Galard had a unique perspective of the siege and fall of the French fortress. This memoir about her years as a flight nurse...


The Badlands: More Stories from Midnight in Peking (A Penguin Special)

by Paul French

More tales of intrigue in Old Peking from bestselling author Paul French

Through portraits of eight residents of Peking's infamous Badlands district, Paul French brings the area and 1930s Peking vividly to life....


A Brief History of the House of Windsor: The Making of a Modern Monarchy

by Michael Paterson

The British monarchy may be over a thousand years old, but the House of Windsor dates only from 1917, when, in the middle of the First World War that was to see the demise of the major thrones of continental...


Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance

by Alexander Zaitchik

Who is this guy and why are people listening?

Forget Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity-Glenn Beck is the Right's new media darling and the unofficial leader of the conservative grassroots. Lampooned...


Hammarskjöld: A Life

by Roger Lipsey

After his mysterious death, Dag Hammarskjöld was described by John F. Kennedy as the "greatest statesman of our century." Second secretary-general of the United Nations (1953 - 61), he is the only person to...


The Spy Who Came In From the Co-op: Melita Norwood and the Ending of Cold War Espionage

by David Burke

On September 11th 1999 The Times newspaper carried the front page article "Revealed: the quiet woman who betrayed Britain for 40 years. The spy who came in from the Co-op." Melita Norwood, the last of the atomic...


Under Two Dictators: Prisoner of Stalin and Hitler

by Nikolaus Wachsmann & Margarete Buber-Neumann

This book is a unique account by a survivor of both the Soviet and Nazi concentration camps: its author, Margarete Buber-Neumann, was a loyal member of the German Communist party. From 1935 she and her second...


From Hope to Hatred: The Falls Curfew and Catholic Alienation

by Andrew Walsh

The Falls Curfew of 3-5 July 1970 is considered by many to be the turning point in Catholic-Army relations throughout Northern Ireland and Belfast in particular, and ultimately led to Catholic alienation from...


The Polish Experience through World War II: A Better Day Has Not Come

by Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm & Neal Pease

The Polish Experience through World War II explores Polish history through the lives of people touched by the war. The touching and terrible experiences of these people are laid bare by straightforward, first-hand...


Sweet Air: Modernism, Regionalism, and American Popular Song

by Edward Comentale

Finding meaning in the clash of modern life and local, rural musical culture


The Element of Surprise: Navy SEALS in Vietnam

by Darryl Young

It used to be said that the night belonged to Charlie. But that wasn't true where SEALs patrolled. For six months in 1970, fourteen men in Juliett Platoon of the Navy's SEAL Team One--incuding the author--carried...


1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War

by Charles Emmerson

Today, 1913 is inevitably viewed through the lens of 1914: as the last year before a war that would shatter the global economic order and tear Europe apart, undermining its global pre-eminence. Our perspectives...


The Woman Movement: Feminism in the United States and England

by William L. O'Neill

This unusual book traces the development of the feminist movement in America and, to a lesser extent, in England. The comparison between the movements is enlightening.

Professor O'Neill starts with Mary Wollstonecraft...


Wyndham Lewis and the Cultures of Modernity

by Andrzej Gasiorek & Alice Reeve-Tucker

Making a strong case for a revaluation of Wyndham Lewis, this collection argues that significant aspects of Lewis's writing, painting and thinking have not yet received the attention they deserve. Lewis's contributions...


Mediterranean Modernisms: The Poetic Metaphysics of Odysseus Elytis

by Marinos Pourgouris

Engaging with the work of Nobel Prize-winning poet Odysseus Elytis within the framework of international modernism, Marinos Pourgouris places the poet's work in the context of other modernist thinkers in Europe,...


Anxiety and Evil in the Writings of Patricia Highsmith

by Fiona Peters

Drawing extensively on the under-explored Highsmith Archive, Peters suggests that the usual generic distinctions-crime fiction, mystery, suspense-have been largely unhelpful in elucidating Patricia Highsmith's...


The Ekphrastic Encounter in Contemporary British Poetry and Elsewhere

by David Kennedy

Examining a wide range of ekphrastic poems, Kennedy argues that contemporary British poets writing out of both mainstream and avant-garde traditions challenge established critical models of ekphrasis with work...