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A Woman in Berlin

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by Anonymous
A Woman in Berlin is a harrowing and moving account of Berlin in the final days of war: it is the diary of an anonymous woman attempting to navigate the chaos and horrors of the 8-week period from April 1945 when Berlin fell to Russian troops.
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The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe

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by Graham Robb
Graham Robb's new book will change the way you see European civilization. Inspired by a chance discovery, Robb became fascinated with the world of the Celts: their gods, their art, and, most of all, their sophisticated knowledge of science.
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Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide: Facsimile of the 1913 edition

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by George Bradshaw
Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide, once an indispensible tool for anyone planning to explore the Continent and now used in the BBC TV series, provides a fascinating glimpse of Europe soon to be convulsed by the First World War and emerge with many of its international borders changed by the conflict
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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

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by Peter Frankopan
For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the west- in the New World of the Americas. Today, it is the east which calls out to those in search of riches and adventure. Sweeping right across Central Asia and deep into China and India, a region that once took centre stage is again rising to dominate global politics, commerce and culture. A major reassessment of world history, The Silk Roads is...
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Empire of the Mind - A History of Iran

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by Michael Axworthy
From the time of the prophet Zoroaster, to the powerful ancient Persian Empires, to the revolution of 1979, the hostage crisis and current president Mahmud Ahmadinejad – a controversial figure within as well as outside the country – Michael Axworthy produces an account of Iran’s past. He explains clearly and carefully both the complex succession of dynasties that ruled ancient Iran and the surprising ethnic...
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A Line in the Sand

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by James Barr
In 1916, in the middle of the First World War, two men secretly agreed to divide the Middle East between them. Sir Mark Sykes was a visionary politician; Francois Georges-Picot a diplomat with a grudge. The deal they struck, which was designed to relieve tensions that threatened to engulf the Entente Cordiale, drew a line in the sand from the Mediterranean to the Persian frontier. Territory north of that st...
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The Great Cities in History

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by John Julius Norwich
From the origins of urbanization in Mesopotamia to the global metropolises of today, great cities have marked the development of human civilization. The Great Cities in History tells their stories, from Uruk and Memphis to Tokyo and Sao Paulo.
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The Great Explorers

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by Robin Hanbury-Tenison (editor)
The Great Explorers profiles 40 of the world’s greatest explorers, from Europe, America, Asia and Australia. The man who has been hailed as the greatest explorer of the recent times, Robin Hanbury-Tenison presents us with the men and women who trod the paths never taken before and who changed our perception of the world through their courageous explorations, opening our eyes to the physical, natural and his...
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The Railways: Nation, Network and People

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by Simon Bradley
Britain's railways have been a vital part of national life for nearly 200 years. Transforming lives and landscapes, they have left their mark on everything from timekeeping to tourism. As a self-contained world governed by distinctive rules and traditions, the network also exerts a fascination all its own. From the classical grandeur of Newcastle station to the ceaseless traffic of Clapham Junction, fro...
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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

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by Yuval Noah Harari
Yuval Noah Harari, author of the bestselling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges.
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The Mapmakers - A History of Stanfords

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by Peter Whitfield
We are proud to sell this wonderful book, as The Mapmakers is quite literally, all about us. One of London’s best known specialist shops, we have been trading, in Charing Cross and now Covent Garden, for more than 150 years and we are famous all over the world as a premier supplier of maps and geographical books.
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A History of the World in Twelve Maps

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by Jerry Brotton
Throughout history, maps have been fundamental in shaping our view of the world, and our place in it. But far from being purely scientific objects, maps of the world are unavoidably ideological and subjective, intimately bound up with the systems of power and authority of particular times and places. Mapmakers do not simply represent the world, they construct it out of the ideas of their age.
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Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain (1942)

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In 1942 the United States War Department distributed a handbook to American Servicemen advising them on the peculiarities of the 'British, their country, and their ways'. This is that guide, “Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain” is a faithful reproduction of the original tome, taken from the depths of Oxfords world-renowned Bodleian library.
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Instructions for British Servicemen in France (1944)

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In 1944 the British War Office distributed a handbook to British soldiers informing them what to expect and how to behave in a newly-liberated France. Containing candid descriptions of this war-ravaged society (widespread malnourishment, rampant tuberculosis) as well as useful phrases and a pronunciation guide (Bonjewer, commont-allay-voo), it was an indispensable guide to everyday life. But this small and ...
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The Quotable Winston Churchill: A Collection of Wit and Wisdom

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by Running Press
A tiny little gem of a book, only 7 x 8.5cm but 2cm thick, “The Quotable Winston Churchill: A Collection of Wit and Wisdom” contains many of Churchill’s inspirational quotes and excerpts from some of his most famous speeches. Arranged by subjects; life, war, his contemporaries, etc, each quote is presented on its own page, although it seems a pity not to have them dated. But the book does give the dates of ...
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Germany: The Memories of a Nation

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by Neil MacGregor
For the past 140 years, Germany has been the central power in continental Europe. Twenty-five years ago a new German state came into being. How much do we really understand this new Germany, and how do its people now understand themselves?
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SOE Manual: How to be an Agent in Occupied Europe

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by , Special Operations Executive
The actual course given to all secret agents in SOE before working behind enemy lines. It includes everything you needed to know to go undercover - from documents, cover stories and how to live off the land to how to get through an interrogation.
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Short Walks from Bogota: Journeys in the New Colombia

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by Tom Feiling
For decades, Colombia was the 'narcostate'. Now it's seen as one of the rising stars of the global economy. Where does the truth lie? How did a land likened to paradise by the first conquistadores become a byword for hell on earth? And how is it rebuilding itself after decades of violence?
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London - A History in Maps

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by Peter Barber
London - A History in Maps published by the British Library in association with the London Topographical Society beautifully illustrates the development of London over the past 750 years from a small town, snuggly fitted within its walls, into one of the world’s greatest and most dynamic capitals.
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The Teardrop Island

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by Briggs Cherry
Mr Fernando led me into a dark room that was lined with book-cases and smelled of leather and damp. The polished, concrete floor of the library was covered with white jasmine flowers that had blown through the windows during the storm. He began to select from the shelves a collection of disintegrating books. 'If you are going to read any of them, it should really be this one,' he said as he passed me two th...
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