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The Last President of Europe

by William Drozdiak & Paul Hodgson Public Affairs (April 28, 2020)

A revelatory examination of the global impact of Emmanuel Macron's tumultuous presidency

A political novice leading a brand new party, in 2017 Emmanuel Macron swept away traditional political forces and emerged...


Chernobyl

by Serhii Plokhy & Ralph Lister Hachette Book Group (May 15, 2018)

From a preeminent historian of Eastern Europe, the definitive history of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster

On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion...


Daughters of the Winter Queen

by Nancy Goldstone & Laura Kirman Hachette Book Group (April 10, 2018)

The captivating story of four unforgettable sisters and their glamorous mother, Elizabeth Stuart, granddaughter of Mary, Queen of Scots

Elizabeth Stuart's life was transformed when her father, James I, ascended...


Wallis in Love

by Andrew Morton & Molly Parker Myers Hachette Book Group (February 13, 2018)

For fans of the Netflix series The Crown and from the author of the New York Times bestseller 17 Carnations comes a captivating biography of Wallis Simpson, the notorious woman for whom Edward VIII gave up the...


Fearless

by Jonathan Northcroft & Nathan Turner Hachette Original (November 22, 2016)

"The odds of the Foxes winning the Premier League at the start of the season were the same as the Yeti or the Loch Ness Monster being proven to exist, Christmas being the warmest day of the year in England or...


Miracles on the Water

by Tom Nagorski & Graeme Malcolm Hachette Books (August 25, 2015)

An unforgettable story of children in wartime, of heroism at sea, and--above all--of courage and the power of the human spirit.

On September 17, 1940, at a little after ten at night, a German submarine torpedoed...


Retreat from Moscow

by David Stahel Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 18, 2019)

A gripping and authoritative revisionist account of the German Winter Campaign of 1941-1942

Germany's winter campaign of 1941-1942 is commonly seen as its first defeat. In Retreat from Moscow, a bold, gripping...


Active Measures

by Thomas Rid Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 20, 2020)

This revelatory and dramatic history of disinformation traces the rise of secret organized deception operations from the interwar period to contemporary internet troll farms

We live in the age of disinformation...


Chanel's Riviera

by Anne De Courcy St. Martin's Press (February 10, 2020)

In this captivating narrative, Chanel's Riviera explores the fascinating world of the Cote d'Azur during a period that saw the deepest extremes of luxury and terror in the twentieth century.

The Cote d'Azur in...


Revolutionary Brothers

by Tom Chaffin St. Martin's Press (November 25, 2019)

In a narrative both panoramic and intimate, Tom Chaffin captures the four-decade friendship of Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette.

Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette shared a singularly...


Voyage of Mercy

by Stephen Puleo St. Martin's Press (March 02, 2020)

"Puleo has found a new way to tell the story with this well-researched and splendidly written chronicle of the Jamestown, its captain, and an Irish priest who ministered to the starving in Cork city...Puleo's...


The Russian Job

by Douglas Smith Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 04, 2019)

An award-winning historian reveals the harrowing, little-known story of an American effort to save the newly formed Soviet Union from disaster

After decades of the Cold War and renewed tensions, in the wake of...


The Celestial Hunter

by Roberto Calasso & Richard Dixon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 27, 2020)

"[Calasso's] flow of associations leaves you feeling not out of your depth, but smarter and better read." --The New York Times Book Review

The eighth part of Roberto Calasso's monumental series on the primal...


Europe Against the Jews, 1880-1945

by Gotz Aly Metropolitan Books (April 06, 2020)

From the award-winning historian of the Holocaust, Europe Against the Jews, 1880-1945 is the first book to move beyond Germany's singular crime to the collaboration of Europe as a whole.

The Holocaust was perpetrated...


The Fire and the Darkness

by Sinclair McKay St. Martin's Press (February 03, 2020)

A gripping work of narrative nonfiction recounting the history of the Dresden Bombing, one of the most devastating attacks of World War II.

On February 13th, 1945 at 10:03 PM, British bombers began one of the...


To the Finland Station

by Edmund Wilson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 11, 2019)

One of the great works of modern historical writing, the classic account of the ideas, people, and politics that led to the Bolshevik Revolution

Edmund Wilson's To the Finland Station is intellectual history...


Sophie Scholl and the White Rose

by Annette Dumbach & Jud Newborn Oneworld Publications (January 04, 2018)

This is the gripping story of the five Munich university students who set up an underground resistance movement in World War II, featured in the award-winning Oscar-nominated film, Sophie Scholl - The Final...


The Last London

by Iain Sinclair Oneworld Publications (September 07, 2017)

A New Statesman Book of the Year

London. A city apart. Inimitable. Or so it once seemed.

Spiralling from the outer limits of the Overground to the pinnacle of the Shard, Iain Sinclair encounters a metropolis stretched...


Censoring Queen Victoria

by Yvonne M. Ward Oneworld Publications (March 06, 2014)

'Fascinating' BBC History

'Remarkable and clever' New York Times

'Original and important' Sir David Cannadine

When Queen Victoria died, two gentlemen were commissioned with the monumental task of editing her vast...


A Very Dangerous Woman

by Deborah Mcdonald & Jeremy Dronfield Oneworld Publications (May 07, 2015)

Moura Budberg: spy, adventurer, charismatic seductress and mistress of two of the century’s greatest writers, the Russian aristocrat Baroness Moura Budberg was born in 1892 to indulgence, pleasure and selfishness....


The Art of the English Murder

by Lucy Worsley Pegasus Crime (October 15, 2014)

Murder--a dark, shameful deed, the last resort of the desperate or a vile tool of the greedy. And a very strange obsession. But where did this fixation develop? And what does it tell us about ourselves?Our fascination...


Russia

by Abraham Ascher Oneworld Publications (September 07, 2017)

Distinguished Professor Abraham Ascher offers an impressive blend of engaging narrative and fresh analysis in this perennially popular introduction to Russia.

Newly updated on the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik...


The Edge of the Empire

by Bronwen Riley Pegasus Books (May 03, 2016)

AD 130. Rome is the dazzling heart of a vast empire and Hadrian its most complex and compelling ruler. Faraway Britannia is one of the Romans' most troublesome provinces: here the sun is seldom seen and "the...


The Edge of the World

by Michael Pye Pegasus Books (April 15, 2015)

Saints and spies, pirates and philosophers, artists and intellectuals: they all criss-crossed the grey North Sea in the so-called “dark ages,” the years between the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning...


The Zoo

by Isobel Charman Pegasus Books (April 04, 2017)

The founding of a zoo in Georgian London is a story of jaw-dropping audacity in the Age of Empire. It is the story of diplomats, traders, scientists and aristocratic amateur naturalists charged by Sir Stamford...


Kicking the Kremlin

by Marc Bennetts Oneworld Publications (February 06, 2014)

In the freezing winter of 2011, in what was a watershed moment, 100,000 took to Moscow's streets to protest Putin's landslide election victory amid widespread allegations of corruption and vote-rigging. A few...


The Plot to Kill Putin

by Max Karpov Arcade Crimewise (March 03, 2020)

A Frighteningly Plausible, Fast-Paced Thriller about a Russian Cyberattack on America and a Plot to Kill President Putin, Involving Fake News and Anonymous Hackers

The CIA has learned that the Kremlin is about...


The Siege of Vienna

by John Stoye Pegasus Books (February 06, 2008)

"In his splendid study The Siege of Vienna, the Oxford historian John Stoye provides a detailed account of the intricate machinations between the Habsburgs and the Ottomans. Mr. Stoye's description of the siege...


The French Revolution

by Ian Davidson Pegasus Books (December 06, 2016)

The French Revolution casts a long shadow, one that reaches into our own time and influences our debates on freedom, equality, and authority. Yet it remains an elusive, perplexing historical event. Its significance...


The Fighting Temeraire

by Sam Willis Pegasus Books (March 12, 2012)

The extraordinary story of the mighty Temeraire, the ship behind J. M. W. Turner's iconic painting.

The H.M.S. Temeraire, one of Britain’s most illustrious fighting ships, is known to millions through J....


The Medici

by Paul Strathern Pegasus Books (March 15, 2016)

A dazzling history of the modest family that rose to become one of the most powerful in Europe, The Medici is a remarkably modern story of power, money, and ambition. Against the background of an age that saw...


The Secret State

by John Hughes-Wilson Pegasus Books (January 10, 2017)

From the ancient Greek and Roman origins of human intelligence and its use in the Catholic church to Francis Walsingham's Elizabethan secret service to the birth of the surveillance state in today's digital...


The English Opium-Eater

by Robert Morrison Pegasus Books (February 15, 2012)

A masterful biography of England's most notorious literary figure.

Author of the scandalous Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859) has long lacked a full-fledged biography. His...


Europa

by Julio MacLennan Pegasus Books (July 03, 2018)

European history is deeply embedded in the global civilization that has emerged in the twenty-first century. More than two thirds of today’s nations were once European colonies or protectorates. Europe’s...


The Eternal City

by Ferdinand Addis Pegasus Books (November 06, 2018)

The magnificent and definitive history of the Eternal City, narrated by a master historian.

Why does Rome continue to exert a hold on our imagination? How did the "Caput mundi" come to play such a critical role...


Stonehenge

by Francis Pryor Pegasus Books (February 06, 2018)

Perched on the chalk uplands of Salisbury Plain, the megaliths of Stonehenge offer one of the most recognizable outlines of any ancient structure. Its purpose--place of worship, sacrificial arena, giant calendar--is...


The Time Traveler's Guide to Restoration Britain

by Ian Mortimer Pegasus Books (April 11, 2017)

Imagine you could see the smiles of the people mentioned in Samuel Pepys’s diary, hear the shouts of market traders, and touch their wares. How would you find your way around? Where would you stay? What would...


A Strange Business

by James Hamilton Pegasus Books (September 15, 2015)

Britain in the nineteenth century saw a series of technological and social changes which continue to influence and direct us today. Its reactants were human genius, money and influence, its crucibles the streets...


Culloden

by Trevor Royle Pegasus Books (November 08, 2016)

The Battle of Culloden in 1746 has gone down in history as the last major battle fought on British soil: a vicious confrontation between the English Royal Army and the Scottish forces supporting the Stuart claim...


The Last Winter of the Weimar Republic

by Rüdiger Barth, Hauke Friederichs & Caroline Waight Pegasus Books (February 04, 2020)

 

A thrilling day-by-day account of the final months of the Weimar Republic, documenting the collapse of democracy in Germany and Hitler’s frightening rise to power.

November 1932. With the German economy in...


In the Land of Giants

by Max Adams Pegasus Books (October 11, 2016)

A cultural exploration of the Dark Age landscapes of Britain that poses a significant question: Is the modern world simply the realization of our ancient past?

The five centuries between the end of Roman Britain...


The Borgias

by Paul Strathern Pegasus Books (August 06, 2019)

The Borgia family have become a byword for evil. Corruption, incest, ruthless megalomania, avarice and vicious cruelty--all have been associated with their name. And yet, paradoxically, this family lived when...


Bosworth 1485

by Michael Jones Pegasus Books (September 15, 2015)

On August 22, 1485, at Bosworth Field, Richard III fell, the Wars of the Roses ended, and the Tudor dynasty began. The clash is so significant because it marks the break between medieval and modern; yet how...


Caesar's Footprints

by Bijan Omrani Pegasus Books (December 05, 2017)

An intellectual adventure through ancient France revealing how Caesar’s conquest of Gaul changed the course of French culture, forever transforming modern Europe.

Julius Caesar’s conquests in Gaul in the...


Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane

by Paul Thomas Murphy Pegasus Crime (April 15, 2016)

On April 26th, 1871, a police constable walking one of London’s remotest beats stumbled upon a brutalized young woman kneeling in the muddy road. She stretched out her hand to him, collapsed in the mud, muttered,...


The Audacious Crimes of Colonel Blood

by Robert Hutchinson Pegasus Books (June 14, 2016)

One morning in May 1671, a man disguised as a parson daringly attempted to seize the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. Astonishingly, he managed to escape with the regalia and crown before being apprehended....


Battle Royal

by Hugh Bicheno Pegasus Books (January 10, 2017)

England, 1454: King Henry VI, having struggled for a decade to contain the violent feuding of his dukes, is losing his mind. Disgruntled nobles support the regal claims of Richard, Duke of York, great-grandson...


Hemingway at War

by Terry Mort Pegasus Books (December 06, 2016)

From Omaha Beach on D-Day and the French Resistance to the tragedy of Huertgen Forest and the Liberation of Paris, this is the story of Ernest Hemingway's adventures in journalism during World War II.

In the...


Blood Royal

by Hugh Bicheno Pegasus Books (June 06, 2017)

The concluding volume to this rousing two-part history of the Wars of the Roses, England’s longest and bloodiest civil war, narrated by a master historian.

England, 1462.

The Yorkist Edward IV has been king...


Hitler's Secret Army

by Tim Tate Pegasus Books (July 02, 2019)

This dramatic exposé of Allied subterfuge and betrayal uncovers the treachery of undercover fascists and American Nazi spy rings during the height of World War II. 

Between 1939 and 1945, more than seventy...