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Crimea: The Great Crimean War, 1854-1856

by Trevor Royle St. Martin's Press (December 23, 2014)

Crimea: The Great Crimean War, 1854-1856 by Trevor Royle

The Crimean War is one of history's most compelling subjects. It encompassed human suffering, woeful leadership and maladministration on a grand scale....


Three Minutes in Poland

by Glenn Kurtz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 18, 2014)

When Glenn Kurtz stumbles upon an old family film in his parents' closet in Florida, he has no inkling of its historical significance or of the impact it will have on his life. The film, shot long ago by his...


How Far From Austerlitz?

by Alistair Horne St. Martin's Press (November 04, 2014)

A London Sunday Times Book of the Year

A Daily Telegraph Book of the Year

The Battle of Austerlitz was Napoleon's greatest victory, the culmination of one of the greatest military campaigns of all time. It was...


Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution

by Peter Ackroyd St. Martin's Press (October 21, 2014)

Peter Ackroyd has been praised as one of the greatest living chroniclers of Britain and its people. In Rebellion, he continues his dazzling account of the history of England, beginning with the progress south...


First Words

by Rosetta Loy Henry Holt and Co. (August 12, 2014)

An internationally acclaimed novelist and journalist movingly chronicles her childhood in Rome during World War II, providing a rare account by a Catholic of Jewish persecution and Papal responsibility

In 1937,...


Midnight In Sicily

by Peter Robb Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 05, 2014)

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

From the author of M and A Death in Brazil comes Midnight in Sicily.

South of mainland Italy lies the island...


A Sweet and Glorious Land

by John Keahey St. Martin's Press (July 15, 2014)

In the winter of 1897-1898, Victorian writer George Gissing made a well-chronicled journey throughout southern Italy. The result was a book, By the Ionian Sea, in which he detailed the influence of ancient Greece...


Tudors Versus Stewarts

by Linda Porter St. Martin's Press (July 01, 2014)

The war between the fertile Stewarts and the barren Tudors was crucial to the history of the British Isles in the sixteenth century. The legendary struggle, most famously embodied by the relationship between...


Queen Victoria

by Matthew Dennison St. Martin's Press (June 24, 2014)

Queen Victoria is Britain's queen of contradictions. In her combination of deep sentimentality and bombast; cultural imperialism and imperial compassion; fear of intellectualism and excitement at technology;...


The Spanish Armada

by Robert Hutchinson St. Martin's Press (June 10, 2014)

After the accession of Elizabeth I in 1558, Protestant England was beset by the hostile Catholic powers of Europe, including Spain. In October 1585, King Philip II of Spain declared his intention to destroy...


Once Upon a Time in Great Britain

by Melanie Wentz St. Martin's Press (May 13, 2014)

Visiting England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales? Don't miss Narnia, Wonderland, Hogwarts and Middle-Earth!

If you're planning a trip abroad--or just a flight of fancy into literature's best-loved magical lands--Melanie...


Why the Germans? Why the Jews?

by Gotz Aly Henry Holt and Co. (April 15, 2014)

A provocative and insightful analysis that sheds new light on one of the most puzzling and historically unsettling conundrums

Why the Germans? Why the Jews? Countless historians have grappled with these questions,...


Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991

by Orlando Figes Henry Holt and Co. (April 08, 2014)

From the author of A People's Tragedy, an original reading of the Russian Revolution, examining it not as a single event but as a hundred-year cycle of violence in pursuit of utopian dreams

In this elegant and...


Balkan Ghosts

by Robert D. Kaplan Picador (April 01, 2014)

From the assassination that triggered World War I to the ethnic warfare in Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia, the Balkans have been the crucible of the twentieth century, the place where terrorism and genocide first...


How the Scots Made America

by Michael Fry St. Martin's Press (March 04, 2014)

Ever since they first set foot in the new world alongside the Viking explorers, the Scots have left their mark. In this entertaining and informative book, historian Michael Fry shows how Americans of Scottish...


The Queen's Bed

by Anna Whitelock Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 11, 2014)

From the private world of a beloved English queen, a story of intimacy, royalty, espionage, rumor, and subterfuge

Queen Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558, restoring the Protestant faith to England. At...


Natasha's Dance

by Orlando Figes Henry Holt and Co. (February 11, 2014)

History on a grand scale--an enchanting masterpiece that explores the making of one of the world's most vibrant civilizations

A People's Tragedy, wrote Eric Hobsbawm, did "more to help us understand the Russian...


1603

by Christopher Lee St. Martin's Press (February 04, 2014)

1603 was the year that Queen Elizabeth I, the last of the Tudors, died. Her cousin, Robert Carey, immediately rode like a demon to Scotland to take the news to James VI. The cataclysmic time of the Stuart monarchy...


Elizabeth's London

by Liza Picard St. Martin's Press (January 28, 2014)

Liza Picard immerses her readers in the spectacular details of daily life in the London of Queen Elizabeth (1558-1603). Beginning with the River Thames, she examines the city on the north bank, still largely...


Dr. Johnson's London

by Liza Picard St. Martin's Press (January 28, 2014)

An enthralling review of an exhilarating era, Dr. Johnson's London brilliantly records the strangeness and individuality of the past--and continually reminds us of parallels with the present day.

The practical...


Churchill's First War

by Con Coughlin St. Martin's Press (January 28, 2014)

Churchill's First War by Con Coughlin is a fascinating account of Winston Churchill's early military career fighting in the 1890 Afghan campaign, offering fresh and revealing parallels into today's war in Afghanistan...


The Rise of the Tudors

by Chris Skidmore St. Martin's Press (January 14, 2014)

On the morning of August 22, 1485, in fields several miles from Bosworth, two armies faced each other, ready for battle. The might of Richard III's army was pitted against the inferior forces of the upstart...


The Affair of the Poisons

by Anne Somerset St. Martin's Press (January 14, 2014)

The Affair of the Poisons, as it became known, was an extraordinary episode that took place in France during the reign of Louis XIV. When poisoning and black magic became widespread, arrests followed. Suspects...


Travel Guide To Europe, 1492

by Lorenzo Camusso Henry Holt and Co. (December 24, 2013)

On the eve of the five hundredth anniversary of the discovery of the Americas, it bears remembering that in 1492, as Columbus was making his historic voyage, Europe was flourishing, at the very height of the...


London 1945

by Maureen Waller St. Martin's Press (December 31, 2013)

London at the outset of World War II in 1939 was the greatest city in the world, the heart of the British Empire. By 1945, it was a drab and exhausted city, beginning the long haul back to recovery.

The defiant...


Warsaw 1944

by Alexandra Richie Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 10, 2013)

The full untold story of how one of history's bravest revolts ended in one of its greatest crimes

In 1943, the Nazis liquidated Warsaw's Jewish ghetto. A year later, they threatened to complete the city's destruction...


Hell Riders

by Terry Brighton Henry Holt and Co. (December 10, 2013)

On the 150th anniversary of the world's most famous cavalry charge comes a revisionist retelling of the battle based on firsthand accounts from the soldiers who fought there

In October 1854, with the Crimean...


With the Heart of a King

by Benton Rain Patterson St. Martin's Press (December 03, 2013)

Philip II of Spain, the most powerful monarch in sixteenth-century Europe and a ferocious empire-builder, was matched against the dauntless queen of England, Elizabeth I, determined to defend her country and...


Sovereign Ladies

by Maureen Waller St. Martin's Press (November 26, 2013)

Maureen Waller has written a fascinating narrative history---a brilliant combination of drama and biographical insight on the British monarchy---of the six women who have ruled England in their own names.

In...


Red Fortress

by Catherine Merridale Henry Holt and Co. (November 12, 2013)

A magisterial, richly detailed history of the Kremlin, and of the centuries of Russian elites who have shaped it—and been shaped by it in turn

The Moscow Kremlin is the heart of the Russian state, a fortress...


Marianne in Chains

by Robert Gildea Henry Holt and Co. (July 30, 2013)

A startling and original view of the occupation of the French heartland, based on a new investigation of everyday life under Nazi rule

In France, the German occupation is called simply the "dark years." There...


The True German

by Werner Otto Mueller-Hill & Benjamin Carter Hett St. Martin's Press (September 24, 2013)

Werner Otto Müller-Hill served as a military judge in the Werhmacht during World War II. From March 1944 to the summer of 1945, he kept a diary, recording his impressions of what transpired around him as Germany...


Swastika Nation

by Arnie Bernstein St. Martin's Press (September 03, 2013)

In the late 1930s, the German–American Bund, led by its popinjay dictator Fritz Kuhn, was a small but powerful national movement in pre-World War II America, determined to conquer the United States government...


Frederick the Great

by Giles MacDonogh St. Martin's Press (July 30, 2013)

Piet and soldier, misanthrope and philospher, Frederick the Great was a contradictory, almost unfathomable man. His conquests made him one of the most formindable and feared leaders of his era. But as a patron...


Franco's Crypt

by Jeremy Treglown Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 13, 2013)

An open-minded and clear-eyed reexamination of the cultural artifacts of Franco's Spain

True, false, or both?

Spain's 1939-75 dictator, Francisco Franco, was a pioneer of water conservation and sustainable energy....


Shakespeare's Pub

by Pete Brown St. Martin's Press (May 21, 2013)

A history of Britain told through the story of one very special pub, from "The Beer Drinker's Bill Bryson" (Times Literary Supplement)

Welcome to the George Inn near London Bridge; a cosy, wood-paneled, galleried...


The Woman Before Wallis

by Andrew Rose Picador (May 07, 2013)

From the glittering dance halls of Paris during World War I to the maisons de rendezvous, luxurious châteaus in the French countryside, The Woman Before Wallis recounts the untold story of Prince Edward's tempestuous...


The Pity of It All

by Amos Elon Henry Holt and Co. (April 26, 2013)

From an acclaimed historian and social critic, a passionate and poignant history of German Jews from the mid-eighteenth century to the eve of the Third Reich

As it's usually told, the story of the German Jews...


The Guns at Last Light

World War II Liberation Trilogy #3

by Rick Atkinson Henry Holt and Co. (May 14, 2013)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson's acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II

It is the twentieth century's unrivaled epic: at a...


The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

by Lawrence James St. Martin's Press (September 15, 1997)

Great Britain's geopolitical role has undergone many changes over the last four centuries. Once a maritime superpower and ruler of half the world, Britain now occupies an isolated position as an economically...


Death in the Baltic

by Cathryn J. Prince St. Martin's Press (April 09, 2013)

The worst maritime disaster ever occurred during World War II, when more than 9,000 German civilians drowned. It went unreported.

January 1945: The outcome of World War II has been determined. The Third Reich...


Paris Reborn

by Stephane Kirkland St. Martin's Press (April 02, 2013)

Stephane Kirkland gives an engrossing account of Napoleon III, Baron Haussmann, and one of the greatest transformations of a major city in modern history

Traditionally known as a dirty, congested, and dangerous...


The Faithful Executioner

by Joel F. Harrington Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 19, 2013)

Based on the rare and until now overlooked journal of a Renaissance-era executioner, the noted historian Joel F. Harrington's The Faithful Executioner takes us deep inside the alien world and thinking of Meister...


The Fighting Irish

by Tim Newark St. Martin's Press (March 05, 2013)

"Tells the story of the Irish fighting man with wit, clarity, and scholarship." —Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War

For hundreds of years, Irish soldiers have sought their destiny abroad. Wherever they've...


The Nazi Séance

by Arthur J. Magida St. Martin's Press (November 29, 2011)

World War I left Berlin, and all of Germany, devastated. Charlatans and demagogues eagerly exploited the desperate crowds. Fascination with the occult was everywhere – in private séances, personalized psychic...


The Ruling Caste

by David Gilmour Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 12, 2007)

A sparkling, provocative history of the English in South Asia during Queen Victoria's reign

Between 1837 and 1901, less than 100,000 Britons at any one time managed an empire of 300 million people spread over...


Tower

by Nigel Jones St. Martin's Press (October 02, 2012)

A dazzling history of the Tower of London, one of the world's busiest tourist attractions, and the people who populated it.

Castle, royal palace, prison, torture chamber, execution site, zoo, mint, home to the...


Young Henry

by Robert Hutchinson St. Martin's Press (October 30, 2012)

Set during the same years of Henry VIII's life as The Tudors, this book charts his rise as a magnificent and ruthless monarch

Immortalized as a domineering king, notorious philanderer, and the unlikely benefactor...


Foundation

by Peter Ackroyd St. Martin's Press (October 16, 2012)

The first book in Peter Ackroyd's history of England series, which has since been followed up with two more installments, Tudors and Rebellion.

In Foundation, the chronicler of London and of its river, the Thames,...


Former People

by Douglas Smith Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 02, 2012)

Epic in scope, precise in detail, and heart-breaking in its human drama, Former People is the first book to recount the history of the aristocracy caught up in the maelstrom of the Bolshevik Revolution and the...