Modern History/Current Affairs

Modern History/Current Affairs

Modern History/Current Affairs

Modern History/Current Affairs

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ARENA OF AMBITION: A History of the Cambridge Union
STEPHEN PARKINSON    Book Number: 80294
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Founded in 1815, the Cambridge Union immediately became the subject of controversy when an attempt was made to shut it down on the grounds that it was interfering with students' studies. The real f...
REVOLUTION
DEB OLIN UNFERTH    Book Number: 80231
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Sub-titled 'The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the Sandinistas' this is a very funny, honest memoir of being young, semi-idealistic, stupid and in love. It is an utterly captivating memoir o...
MADIBA: The Reader's Digest Tribute to Nelson Mandela
NELSON MADELA & JOHN CARLIN    Book Number: 80658
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In 2005, Reader's Digest spoke with Nelson Mandela and explored his hopes, concerns and faiths for the future of his beloved South Africa. In 1990 he walked out of prison, free after 27 years, to ...
THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
KARL MARX AND F. ENGLES    Book Number: 58204
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Marx's prediction that the state would wither away of its own accord has proved inaccurate, and he did not foresee the tyrannies which have ruled large parts of the globe in his name. But some of ...
DARING MY PASSAGES: A Memoir
GAIL SHEEHY    Book Number: 80487
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Literary Manhattan and the world of New Journalism at the fledgling New York magazine is the setting for this memoir. Gail Sheehy was the author of Passages, a book that changed millions of lives ...
AVOIDING ARMAGEDDON:
JEREMY BLACK    Book Number: 80790
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The period between the wars is often seen as a time of learning from the mistakes and successes of World War I and preparation for the next global conflict. But Black argues that British political ...
PERILOUS GLORY: The Rise of Western Military Power
JOHN FRANCE    Book Number: 80909
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An opinionated and crisply argued single volume history of the not-only-Western way of war, this expansive history surveys warfare from ancient times to the current wars in the Middle East. It cha...
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE 20TH CENTURY
GEOFFREY BLAINEY    Book Number: 80933
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Is it possible to condense the history of the most tumultuous century the world has ever known into one volume? Geoffrey Blainey is Australia's most prominent historian and in his previous book, A ...
A HIGHER FORM OF KILLING
DIANA PRESTON    Book Number: 81560
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Poison gas, the torpedo, the Zeppelin, here is a startling new window onto World War One with Diana Preston's chronicle of the birth of weapons of mass destruction. Between April 22nd and May 30th...
HISTORICAL HEARTTHROBS: 50 Timeless Crushes
KELLY MURPHY & HALLIE FRYD    Book Number: 81777
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Here is a completely new way of doing history: work your way through the movers and shakers by giving them a rating out of five for sexiness. Che Guevara is the irresistible intellectual on a motor...
IN MY OWN TIME
JANE MILLER    Book Number: 81838
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By the author of 'Thoughts on Being Old' and the acclaimed 'Crazy Age', Jane Miller first worked in publishing then as an English teacher in a London comprehensive and finally as a Professor at the...
LAST GOODBYE: A History of the World in Resignation Letters
MATT POTTER    Book Number: 82205
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Goodbyes are always hard, but this collection of resignation letters is a witty and at times dangerously analytical example of goodbyes that are seemingly easy to make. Potter categorises such resi...
COLLECTOR'S CABINET: Tales, Fact and Fiction
MARC ALLUN    Book Number: 82606
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A regular on BBC's Antiques Roadshow, here is a delightful nest of insights from a professional who knows the game and who can weave it into words. Go in search of stolen masterpieces, learn the s...
BEST OF BENN: Speeches, Diaries, Letters
EDITED BY RUTH WINSTONE    Book Number: 82467
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Radical statesman and MP for over 50 years, Tony Benn was the pre-eminent diarist of his generation. His political activity continued after 'retirement' through mass meetings, broadcasts and socia...
PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE:
CHARLES YEATS    Book Number: 82513
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The author was brought up in Basutoland at a time when it was part of Britain's Empire and he spent a term at Harrow School, which gives him a unique insight into what the current struggle for glob...
WHEN THE LAMPS WENT OUT: From Home Front to Battle Front
EDITED BY NIGEL FOUNTAIN    Book Number: 82528
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During the First World War, newspapers were eagerly perused by millions, all anxious to know what was happening, especially to those fighting at the front. This collection of extracts from various ...
HEYDAY: The 1850s and the Dawn of the Global Age
BEN WILSON    Book Number: 82916
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The 1850s saw a great many world-changing events. As well as the Australian Gold Rush, the Crimean War and the Indian Rebellion, there were huge technological advances, not least the advent of inte...
EMPIRES IN THE SUN: The Struggle for the Mastery of Africa
LAWRENCE JAMES    Book Number: 82681
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Africa, a prize coveted by the Europeans. It was a magnet for the high-minded, philanthropic, the unscrupulous and insane: missionaries and explorers to big-game hunters. Britain, France, Belgium...
FORTY AUTUMNS: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival
NINA WILLNER    Book Number: 82686
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When the author was five years old she realised that, unlike her friends, she had no grandparents. Where were they? Her mother, Hanna, explained they were behind an iron curtain, and Nina couldn't ...
XINGU: The Indians, Their Myths
ORLANDO & CLAUDIO VILLAS BOAS    Book Number: 83027
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The classic account of the Xingu Indians and their culture, the greatest ecological challenge of the 20th century. In 1941 the Villas Boas brothers joined an expedition to chart and open up the li...
THE WAY WE WERE: The British At Work
TIM GLYNNE-JONES    Book Number: 82040
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From steeplejacks in flat caps scaling London's monuments to a floor full of women in Liverpool processing Pools coupons, these fabulous photographs bring to life the human side of Britain's ever-c...
ALEX THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS
ALEX BELLOS    Book Number: 83046
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Sub-titled 'How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life', this is by the bestselling author of 'Alex's Adventures in Numberland'. He is a man who can talk about numbers without being intimi...
ALEXANDRIA: The Last Nights of Cleopatra
PETER STOTHARD    Book Number: 83121
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During the 2010 Arab Spring, Sir Peter Stothard's memoir on discovering Cleopatra was disturbed by the intense conflict occurring around the Middle East and revolution in Egypt. This personal recol...
BOHEMIANS, BOOTLEGGERS, FLAPPERS AND SWELLS:
EDITED BY GRAYDON CARTER    Book Number: 83125
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The American magazine Vanity Fair recently celebrated its centenary, and here its editor introduces its leading lights. This dazzling collection of articles from its first incarnation 1913-1936 in...
OF WOODLAND POOLS, SPRINGHOLES AND DITCHES
HENRY THOREAU    Book Number: 83178
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"I have an appointment with Spring" wrote Henry Thoreau in March, 1853, and this gorgeous book is a selection of excerpts from his diaries describing the "vernal pools" that form in New England wit...
ROGERSON'S BOOK OF NUMBERS
BARNABY ROGERSON    Book Number: 83190
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Sub-titled 'The Culture of Numbers - From 1001 Nights to The Seven Wonders of the World' we have here a US first edition. The book is based on a numerical array of virtues, spiritual attributes, g...
MIRROR: HISTORY THAT TIME FORGOT: 100 Front Pages
ADAM POWLEY    Book Number: 83248
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Front page banner headlines scream the news at us each day, whether tragedy, scientific breakthroughs, light hearted happenings or the misdemeanours of a famous personality. Compelling conflicts, ...
LENIN THE DICTATOR: An Intimate Portrait
VICTOR SEBESTYEN    Book Number: 83288
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The acclaimed historian and journalist Sebestyen reported widely when Communism and the Berlin Wall collapsed and was Foreign Editor at the Evening Standard. While never ignoring the politics, her...
LUDO AND THE POWER OF THE BOOK
RICHARD INGRAMS    Book Number: 83291
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Sub-titled 'Ludovic Kennedy's Campaigns for Justice' the book is a fine testament to the tradition of investigative journalism. The world first heard of Ludovic Kennedy when he married the beautif...
NEW BOOK OF SNOBS
D. J. TAYLOR    Book Number: 83416
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By the biographer of Thackeray and Orwell and prize-winning fiction writer comes a superb book of modern manners, pitilessly exposed. As an insult, 'snob' is only a little less wounding than 'rac...
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