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The Dark Defile: Britain's Catastrophic Invasion of Afghanistan, 1838-1842

by Diana Preston

Some 170 years ago, England sent a powerful army into Afghanistan to protect its national interests. It was catastrophically destroyed. This is the story of the First Afghan War and the start of "The Great Game."...


Cleopatra and Antony: Power, Love, and Politics in the Ancient World

by Diana Preston

The story of the world's best-remembered celebrity couple, set against the political backdrop of their time.


Taj Mahal: Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire

by Diana Preston

Taj Mahal brings alive both the grand sweep of Moghul history and the details that make it memorable: the battles and dynastic rivalries that forged the Empire alongside an intimate chronicle of daily life within...


Before the Fallout

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2005

by Diana Preston

On December 26, 1898, Marie Curie announced the discovery of radium and observed that "radioactivity seems to be an atomic property." A mere 47 years later, "Little Boy"exploded over Hiroshima. Before the Fallout...


A Pirate of Exquisite Mind

by Diana Preston

In the history of exploration, nobody has ventured further than Englishman William Dampier. Yet while the exploits of Cook, Shackleton, and a host of legendary explorers have been widely chronicled, those of...