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The Unruly Queen
The Life of Queen Caroline
Written by Flora Fraser


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45636-6 (0-307-45636-6)

When the Prince Regent (who would later become King George IV) separated privately from Princess Caroline in 1796, they had been together for less than a year. Their disastrous marriage, ridiculed by the satirists of the day, led to profound political consequences and the eventual trial of Queen Caroline for adultery... Read more >

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Quakers

Written by Peter Furtado


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1250-0 (0-7478-1250-0)

A small sect of fewer than 20,000 in the UK, and approximately 100,000 in the USA, the Quaker religion has produced a disproportionate number of eminent thinkers, scientists, businessmen, and their teachings have been widely influential and become mainstream.

Best known as pacifists, Quakers have always been at the forefront of social justice... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Restoration England
1660-1699
Written by Peter Furtado


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-0793-3 (0-7478-0793-0)

In a period marked by a number of great diarists, England after the Civil War was a place of pleasure and drama. Indulgences such as coffee-houses and frost fairs were enjoyed by some, while the fashion for displaying finery lent itself to a new style of shopping. However, a renewed outbreak... Read more >

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Winston Churchill's War Leadership

Written by Martin Gilbert


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7732-8 (1-4000-7732-X)

How does he assess the information that is brought to him? How does his personal or political philosophy, or a moral sense, sustain him? How does he draw inspiration from those around him? How does he deal with setbacks and disasters? In this brilliant close-up look at Winston Churchill's leadership during... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nightingales
The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale
Written by Gillian Gill


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-45188-0 (0-345-45188-0)

NOW IN PAPERBACK

Florence Nightingale was, for a time, one of the most famous women in Britain--if not the world. While she is known today primarily as a saintly character and as a reformer of Britain’s health-care system, the reality is a little more complex. In Nightingales, acclaimed author Gillian Gill examines... Read more >
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Debutantes and the London Season

Written by Lucinda Gosling


Format: Trade Paperback, 70 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1219-7 (0-7478-1219-5)

Until the middle of the last century, the dominant feature of London’s social calendar was ‘the Season’, and central to this was the phenomenon of the debutante. As the privileged classes descended on the capital to embark on a four-month whirlwind of key social events and smart parties, the daughters of... Read more >
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The British Airman of the Second World War

Written by Stuart Hadaway


Format: Trade Paperback, 70 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1222-7 (0-7478-1222-5)

This title will provide an introduction to the extraordinary range of conditions and challenges experienced by British airmen during the Second World War. The airman of the Royal Air Force served in every corner of the globe during this conflict, operating over oceans and deserts, jungles and cities. Rather than take... Read more >

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The Confident Hope of a Miracle
The True Story of the Spanish Armada
Written by Neil Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7817-2 (1-4000-7817-2)

The Confident Hope of a Miracle is a gripping account of the defeat of the Spanish Armada—the defining international event of the Elizabethan age. In 1588, determined to reclaim England for the Catholic Church, King Philip II of Spain launched a fleet of huge castle-crowned galleons that stretched for miles across... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Winston's War
Churchill, 1940-1945
Written by Max Hastings


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38871-1 (0-307-38871-9)

Winston’s War is a vivid and incisive portrait of Winston Churchill during wartime. Here are the glories and triumphs, the contradictions and blunders of the man who, through sheer force of will, kept Britain fighting in 1940. But as the tide of the war turned, historian Max Hastings shows how Churchill... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Winston's War
Churchill, 1940-1945
Written by Max Hastings


Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26839-6 (0-307-26839-X)

From our foremost historian of World War II, a vivid and incisive portrait of Winston Churchill during wartime.

With unparalleled insight, Max Hastings brings to life the man and his complexities, giving us a penetrating analysis of Churchill’s relationship with his nation, its allies, and its armed forces. He captures Churchill’s galvanizing... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Greatness
Reagan, Churchill, and the Making of Extraordinary Leaders
Written by Steven F. Hayward


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: October 24, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-23719-4 (0-307-23719-2)

In Greatness, Steven F. Hayward--who has written acclaimed studies of both Reagan and Churchill--uncovers the remarkable parallels between the two statesmen. In exploring these connections, Hayward shines a light on the nature of political genius and the timeless aspects of statesmanship--critical lessons in this or any age. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Life in Secrets
Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII
Written by Sarah Helm


Format: Trade Paperback, 546 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 4, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3140-5 (1-4000-3140-0)

From an award-winning journalist comes this real-life cloak-and-dagger tale of Vera Atkins, one of Britain’s premiere secret agents during World War II.

As the head of the French Section of the British Special Operations Executive, Vera Atkins recruited, trained, and mentored special operatives whose job was to organize and arm the resistance... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gandhi & Churchill
The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age
Written by Arthur Herman


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 28, 2009
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38376-8 (0-553-38376-0)

In this fascinating and meticulously researched book, bestselling historian Arthur Herman sheds new light on two of the most universally recognizable icons of the twentieth century, and reveals how their forty-year rivalry sealed the fate of India and the British Empire.

They were born worlds apart: Winston Churchill to Britain’s most glamorous... Read more >
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How the Scots Invented the Modern World
The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It
Written by Arthur Herman


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 24, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80999-0 (0-609-80999-7)

Who formed the first literate society? Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism? The Scots. As historian and author Arthur Herman reveals, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Scotland made crucial contributions to science, philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce, and politics—contributions that have formed and nurtured the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The De-moralization Of Society
From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values
Written by Gertrude Himmelfarb


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76490-8 (0-679-76490-9)

Himmelfarb presents a fresh view of the Victorian intertwining of manners and morality and its impact on sexuality, marriage, poverty, and women's rights. But The De-Moralization of Society is also a blistering critique of our current-day penchant for banishing virtue from public life. Lively, acerbic, and long overdue, the resulting book... Read more >

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Poverty and Compassion
The Moral Imagination of the Late Victorians
Written by Gertrude Himmelfarb


Format: Trade Paperback, 492 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 27, 1992
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74173-2 (0-679-74173-9)

Poverty and Compassion chronicles the moment in which an entire society--late Victorian England--discovered poverty and attacked it with the same combination of scientific rigor and moral fervor that characterized so much of the age.  Himmelfarb shows how the public spirit of that age became the public policy of our own. It is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Age of Revolution: 1749-1848

Written by Eric Hobsbawm


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 26, 1996
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77253-8 (0-679-77253-7)

Between 1789 and 1848 the world was transformed by both the French Revolution and by the Industrial Revolution that originated in Britain. In The Age of Revolution, the first of his four volume world history, Hobsbawm traces with characteristic analytical clarity the changes brought about in every sphere of European life... Read more >

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Captain Swing

Written by Eric Hobsbawm and George Rude


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-180-0 (1-78168-180-5)

The classic social history of the Great English Agricultural Uprising of 1839 by two of the greatest historians of our age.

In our increasingly mechanized age, the Swing revolts are a timely record of the relationship between technological advance, labour and poverty.With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, capitalism swept from the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Apollo's Angels
A History of Ballet
Written by Jennifer Homans


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6874-3 (0-8129-6874-3)

Finalist, 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
Named one of “The 10 Best Books of 2010” by the editors of the New York Times Book Review
A 2011 Choice "Outstanding Academic Title"
A 2012 American Library Association Notable Book for Adults (Nonfiction)


For more than four hundred years, the art of ballet has... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Women's Suffrage Movement

Written by Molly Housego and Neil R. Storey


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: June 19, 2012
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1089-6 (0-7478-1089-3)

This book is an overview of the struggle for women to gain the vote in Great Britain and explores who the women were that formed and led or became members of the women’s suffrage movement; explains their motives and what the press and other women thought of them. Early campaigners and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Conquer or Die!
Wellington's Veterans and the Liberation of the New World
Written by Ben Hughes


Format: Hardcover, 392 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-183-2 (1-84908-183-2)

In 1815, just after the battle of Waterloo, over 6,000 British volunteers sailed across the Atlantic to aid Simon Bolivar in his liberation of Gran Columbia from her Spanish oppressors. The expeditions were plagued with disaster from the start, when one ship sank shortly after leaving Portsmouth with the loss of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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They Shall Not Pass
The British Battalion at Jarama - The Spanish Civil War
Written by Ben Hughes


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 19, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-549-6 (1-84908-549-8)

In 1937 a group of idealistic British volunteers sailed from England to fight the dark threat of dictatorship in Spain. In the olive groves of Jarama they achieved the first victory against Franco’s army. It was Fascism’s first defeat. Hardly remembered today, it was possibly the crucial military turning point of... Read more >
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The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs. Beeton
The First Domestic Goddess
Written by Kathryn Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27866-1 (0-307-27866-2)

In Victorian England there was only one fail-safe authority on matters ranging from fashion to puddings to scullery maids: Beeton’s Book of Household Management. In this delightful, superbly researched biography, award-winning historian Kathryn Hughes pulls back the lace curtains to reveal the woman behind the book—Mrs. Beeton, the first domestic diva... Read more >

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Edge of Empire
Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850
Written by Maya Jasanoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 420 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7546-1 (1-4000-7546-7)

Winner of the 2005 Duff Cooper Prize

A Palladian villa filled with Western artifacts in the middle of Calcutta's central banana depot, the Mughal Emperor's letters uncovered in the back room of an archive in the French Alps, the name of a long-dead English diplomat feebly scratched into the stone of an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gladstone
A Biography
Written by Roy Jenkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6641-1 (0-8129-6641-4)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Churchill, a towering historical biography, available for the first time in paperback.

William Gladstone was, with Tennyson, Newman, Dickens, Carlyle, and Darwin, one of the stars of nineteenth-century British life. He spent sixty-three of his eighty-nine years in the House of Commons and was... Read more >
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