• Vietnam War An Intimate History
    Vietnam War An Intimate History
    This definitive account is perfect for any history-buff this Father's day.

    **The New York Times Bestseller**
    **The book of the landmark documentary, The Vietnam War, by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick**

    The definitive work on the Vietnam War, the conflict that came to define a generation, told from all sides by those who were there.

    More than forty years after the Vietnam War ended, its legacy continues to fascinate, horrify and inform us. As the first war to be fought in front of TV cameras and beamed around the world, it has been immortalised on film and on the page, and forever changed the way we think about war.

    Drawing on hundreds of brand new interviews, Ken Burns and Geoffrey C. Ward have created the definitive work on Vietnam. It is the first book to show us the war from every perspective- from idealistic US Marines and the families they left behind to the Vietnamese civilians, both North and South, whose homeland was changed for ever; politicians, POWs and anti-war protesters; and the photographers and journalists who risked their lives to tell the truth. The book sends us into the grit and chaos of combat, while also expertly outlining the complex chain of political events that led America to Vietnam.

    Beautifully written, this essential work tells the full story without taking sides and reminds us that there is no single truth in war. It is set to redefine our understanding of a brutal conflict, to launch provocative new debates and to shed fresh light on the price paid in 'blood and bone' by Vietnamese and Americans alike.

    ISBN: 9781529103069
    Publication date: 06/09/2018
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Ward, Geoffrey C.
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Vietnam War the Definitive Illustrated History
    Vietnam War the Definitive Illustrated History
    The Vietnam War is the definitive illustrated history of the world's first televised war. Compiling insightful maps, at-a-glance timelines, and incredible archive photography, The Vietnam War is an all-encompassing showcase of the story of the conflict, and a reflection on modern issues of battle such as prisoners of war and civil rights. Detailed descriptions of every episode, from Operation Passage to Freedom to the evacuation of the US embassy in Saigon, are enhanced by the stories of those who witnessed the drama unfold. Eyewitness features pick out iconic photographs and individual tales, giving you a truly immersive look at the events of the Vietnam War. Discover the stories of the conflict's most significant figures, with detailed biographies of Henry Kissinger, General Thieu, President Nixon, and Pol Pot. Hundreds of incredible images are brought together to form an incredible visual record of the suffering, sacrifice, and heroism in America's bloodiest conflict of the 20th century.

    ISBN: 9780241286821
    Publication date: 30/03/2017
    Price: $55.00
    Author: DK
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $55.00
  • Viking Britain
    Viking Britain
    A new narrative history of the Viking Age, interwoven with exploration of the physical remains and landscapes that the Vikings fashioned and walked: their rune-stones and ship burials, settlements and battlefields. To many, the word `Viking' brings to mind red scenes of rape and pillage, of marauders from beyond the sea rampaging around the British coastline in the last gloomy centuries before the Norman Conquest. It is true that Britain in the Viking Age was a turbulent, violent place. The kings and warlords who have impressed their memories on the period revel in names that fire the blood and stir the imagination: Svein Forkbeard and Edmund Ironside, Ivar the Boneless and Alfred the Great, Erik Bloodaxe and Edgar the Pacifier amongst many others. Evidence for their brutality, their dominance, their avarice and their pride is still unearthed from British soil with stunning regularity.But this is not the whole story.In Viking Britain, Thomas Williams has drawn on his experience as project curator of the British Museum exhibition of Vikings: Life and Legend to show how the people we call Vikings came not just to raid and plunder, but to settle, to colonize and to rule. The impact on these islands was profound and enduring, shaping British social, cultural and political development for hundreds of years. Indeed, in language, literature, place-names and folklore, the presence of Scandinavian settlers can still be felt, and their memory - filtered and refashioned through the writings of people like J.R.R. Tolkien, William Morris and G.K.Chesterton - has transformed the western imagination.This remarkable book makes use of new academic research and first-hand experience, drawing deeply from the relics and landscapes that the Vikings and their contemporaries fashioned and walked: their runestones and ship burials, settlements and battlefields, poems and chronicles. The book offers a vital evocation of a forgotten world, its echoes in later history and its implications for the present.

    ISBN: 9780008171957
    Publication date: 09/08/2018
    Price: $26.99
    Author: Williams, Thomas
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.99
  • Viva La Revolucion
    Viva La Revolucion
    Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012) wrote that Latin America was the only region of the world outside Europe which he felt he knew well and where he felt entirely at home. He claimed this was because it was the only part of the Third World whose two principal languages, Spanish and Portuguese, were within his reach. But he was also, of course, attracted by the potential for social revolution in Latin America. After the triumph of Fidel Castro in Cuba in January 1959, and even more after the defeat of the American attempt to overthrow him at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961, 'there was not an intellectual in Europe or the USA', he wrote, 'who was not under the spell of Latin America, a continent apparently bubbling with the lava of social revolutions'. 'The Third World brought the hope of revolution back to the First in the 1960s'. The two great international inspirations were Cuba and Vietnam, 'triumphs not only of revolution, but of Davids against Goliaths, of the weak against the all-powerful'.

    ISBN: 9780349141299
    Publication date: 05/01/2017
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Hobsbawm, Eric
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Voices of History
    Voices of History
    VOICES OF HISTORY celebrates the great speeches of world history and cultural life. In this exuberant collection, acclaimed historian Simon Sebag Montefiore takes us on a journey from ancient times to the twenty-first century: some speeches are heroic and inspiring; some diabolical and atrocious; some are exquisite and poignant; others cruel and chilling. The speakers themselves vary from empresses and conquerors to rock stars, novelists and sportsmen, dreamers and killers, from Churchill and Elizabeth I to Stalin and Genghis Khan, and from Michelle Obama and Cleopatra to Bob Dylan, Nehru and Muhammad Ali.

    All human drama is here: from the carnage of battlefields to the theatre of courtrooms, from table-talk to audiences of millions, from desperate last stands to orations of triumph, from noble calls for liberation to genocidal rants, from foolish delusions and strange confessions to defiant resistance and heartbreaking farewells, VOICES OF HISTORY spans centuries, continents and cultures. In the accessible and gripping style of a master storyteller, Montefiore shows why these seventy speeches are essential reading, and how they enlighten our past, enrich our present and inspire - and hold warnings for - our future.

    ISBN: 9781474609920
    Publication date: 19/09/2019
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Montefiore, Simon Sebag
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • Voyages of Captain James Cook
    Voyages of Captain James Cook
    The Voyages of Captain James Cook is now available in a highly produced paperback edition specially to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Cook's first voyage.

    Captain James Cook's eighteenth century adventures circumnavigating the globe culminated in England's mapping of the known world. Now available in a handsome paperback edition,The Voyages of Captain James Cook tells the epic tale of expert cartographer and navigator Cook and his crew who set out from London on a quest of scientific discovery and exploration.

    Over the course of three voyages, they sailed the South Pacific, South America, Antarctica, New Zealand, the Pacific Northwest, the Arctic Circle, and much more. From Cook's travels came a wealth of knowledge: documentation of flora and fauna, indigenous peoples, and, best of all, maps of the world - all of which were recorded for posterity in Cook's journals and in the work of many crew members.

    By the time Cook died in 1779, he had created charts so accurate that some were used into the 1990s. The Voyages of Captain James Cook is a handsome illustrated volume that's rich with excerpts from Cook's journals, illustrations, photos, and more that together create a fascinating account of his voyages.

    ISBN: 9780760362501
    Publication date: 19/04/2018
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Thomas, Nicholas
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Walls  A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick
    Walls A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick
    'This is history with all the eerie qualities of a short story by Borges: emperors wait for barbarians, labyrinthine complexes of walls are discovered in mysterious deserts. A haunting and brilliant achievement.' - Tom Holland, author of Rubicon and Persian Fire

    Historian David Frye presents a bold new thesis on how 'civilization' happens-the epic story of history's greatest manmade barriers, from ancient times to the medieval era and into the present.

    At the dawn of humanity's ascent, there was only bloody conflict: nomadic tribes slashing at each other, and each man bred to a life of struggle and pillage. But then came the invention of the wall, dividing populations into two opposing groups. On one side were those who gained enough of a respite from the clash of arms to think, create, preserve, trade. On the other were the unwalled, warriors driven by the search for plunder.

    In Walls, historian David Frye shows us what each side gained-and lost-with their decision about how to live. The stars of each chapter are the walls themselves-rising up in places as ancient and exotic as Mesopotamia, Babylon, Greece, China, Rome, Mongolia, Turkey, Afghanistan, Western Europe, and even Central and North America. As we journey across time and place, we discover thousand-mile-long walls in the desert wastes of Turkistan; learn of bizarre Spartan rituals; watch Genghis Khan drive his miles-long horde across the steppe; witness the epic siege of Constantinople; feel chilled at the extermination of French explorers of the lower Mississippi; inhale the gunpowder-scented air of France's Maginot Line; and visit some of the seventy border walls that have been erected in just the past decade.

    With provocative insight, Walls charts the centuries-long uneasy tension between the walled and unwalled, showing that walls profoundly shape the human psyche. Creativity, vigour, hardiness, the urge to make one's mark-all depend heavily on whether one lives inside or outside a barrier. Frye's clarion call: walls make civilization possible, but if we depend on them too heavily, they also create a dangerous vulnerability.

    ISBN: 9780571348411
    Publication date: 04/10/2018
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Frye, David
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $45.00
  • War and Religion
    War and Religion
    The resurgence of violent terrorist organizations claiming to act in the name of God has rekindled dramatic public debate about the connection between violence and religion and its history.

    Offering a panoramic view of the tangled history of war and religion throughout Europe and the Mediterranean, War and Religion takes a hard look at the tumultuous history of war in its relationship to religion. Arnaud Blin examines how this relationship began through the concurrent emergence of the Mediterranean empires and the great monotheistic faiths. Moving through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and into the modern era, Blin concludes with why the link between violence and religion endures. For each time period, Blin shows how religion not only fueled a great number of conflicts but also defined the manner in which wars were conducted and fought.

    ISBN: 9780520286634
    Publication date: 16/04/2019
    Price: $85.99
    Author: Blin, Arnaud
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $85.99
  • Weird American History
    Weird American History
    This historical collection will have you questioning everything! Weird American History: Its Myths, Deceptions, and Conspiracies presents an undistorted picture of the history of the United States, from the inception of the Constitution to modern day.

    From over 15 years of research, author Steve Harris will take you through dozens of revelations, with recorded facts from credible figures. From investigating economic schemes and major world events to assassinations of presidents, this book will examine the myths within American history.

    Discover the mysteries behind the assassinations of presidents like John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Unearth the deceptions of the biggest events in US history, like the Civil War, World War I, the Great Depression, 9/11, and much more. This powerful volume will guide you through history with undeniable evidence to reveal the lies of our democracy.

    Weird American History: Its Myths, Deceptions, and Conspiracies is a great gift for history buffs, conspiracy enthusiasts, and anyone who wants to find out more about US history.

    ISBN: 9780785836865
    Publication date: 27/08/2019
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Harris, Steve
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • When Montezuma Met Cortes
    When Montezuma Met Cortes
    A dramatic rethinking of the encounter between Montezuma and Cortes that completely overturns what we know about the Spanish conquest of the Americas

    On November 8, 1519, the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortes first met Montezuma, the Aztec emperor, at the entrance to the capital city of Tenochtitlan. This introduction-the prelude to the Spanish seizure of Mexico and to European colonization of the mainland of the Americas-has long been the symbol of Cortes's bold and brilliant military genius. Montezuma, on the other hand, is remembered as a coward who gave away a vast empire and touched off a wave of colonial invasions across the hemisphere.

    But is this really what happened In a departure from the traditional tellings, When Montezuma Met Cortes uses "the Meeting"-as Restall dubs their first encounter-as the entry point into a comprehensive reevaluation of both Cortes and Montezuma. Drawing on rare primary sources and overlooked accounts by conquistadors and Aztecs alike, Restall explores Cortes's and Montezuma's posthumous reputations, their achievements and failures, and the worlds in which they lived-leading, step by step, to a dramatic inversion of the old story. As Restall takes us through this sweeping, revisionist account of a pivotal moment in modern civilization, he calls into question our view of the history of the Americas, and, indeed, of history itself.

    ISBN: 9780062427274
    Publication date: 21/01/2019
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Restall, Matthew
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Where Poppies Blow
    Where Poppies Blow
    Winner of the 2017 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize for nature writingThe natural history of the Western Front during the First World War'If it weren't for the birds, what a hell it would be.'During the Great War, soldiers lived inside the ground, closer to nature than many humans had lived for centuries. Animals provided comfort and interest to fill the blank hours in the trenches - bird-watching, for instance, was probably the single most popular hobby among officers. Soldiers went fishing in flooded shell holes, shot hares in no-man's land for the pot, and planted gardens in their trenches and billets. Nature was also sometimes a curse - rats, spiders and lice abounded, and disease could be biblical.But above all, nature healed, and, despite the bullets and blood, it inspired men to endure. Where Poppies Blow is the unique story of how nature gave the British soldiers of the Great War a reason to fight, and the will to go on.

    ISBN: 9781780224916
    Publication date: 14/09/2017
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Lewis-Stempel, John
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • White King  The tragedy of Charles I
    White King The tragedy of Charles I
    Less than forty years after the golden age of Elizabeth I, England was at war with itself. At the head of this disintegrating kingdom was Charles I, who would change the face of the monarchy for ever. His reign is one of the most dramatic in history, yet Charles the man remains elusive. In this portrait -- informed by newly disclosed manuscripts, including letters between the king and his queen -- Leanda de Lisle uncovers a Charles I who was principled and brave, but also fatally blinkered. He is revealed as a complex man who pays the price for bringing radical change; his wife as a warrior queen and political player as impressive as any Tudor. Here too are the cousins who befriended and betrayed them- the peacocking Henry Holland, whose brother engineered the king?s fall; and the magnetic 'last Boleyn girl?, Lucy Carlisle.This is a tragic story for our times, of populist politicians and religious war, of a new media and the reshaping of nations, in which women vied with men for power. For Charles it ended on the scaffold; condemned as a traitor and murderer, he was also heralded as a martyr.'This is the most gripping piece of revisionist history I have read for a long time' - The Spectator

    ISBN: 9780099555278
    Publication date: 10/01/2019
    Price: $28.00
    Author: Lisle, Leanda de
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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