Biography: historical, political & military

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  • A history of the Roman Empire in 21 women

    £10.99

    A history of the Roman Empire in 21 women

    Putting the Women Back into Roman History

    £10.99
  • Agents of influence

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    Agents of influence

    ‘A gripping story filled with remarkable revelations.’ Tom Bower, author of Revenge

    £10.99
  • Brexit. Volume 3

    £26.00

    Brexit. Volume 3

    ‘Meticulously sourced, merciless and revelatory. It is a closely observed study of power, and how it is gained, used and lost’ FINANCIAL TIMES

    The unmissable next instalment of Tim Shipman’s #1 bestselling Brexit quartet.

    £26.00
  • Broken threads

    £18.99

    Broken threads

    ‘Unforgettable’ SATHNAM SANGHERA

    ‘Spell-binding’ PETER FRANKOPAN

    ‘Fascinating’ WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

    £18.99
  • Churchill

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    Churchill

    Following an unrivalled political career that spanned a remarkable 60 years and reached both the heights and the depths of political fortune, Sir Winston Churchill undoubtedly became the world’s most caricatured politician of all time. From entering Parliament in 1900 through to his retirement in 1964, this book charts Churchill’s illustrious and tumultuous political career through the work of leading cartoonists from around the world. Through these cartoons there developed very contrary views of Churchill; the glorious cigar-chomping wartime leader and the flawed politician.

    £16.99
  • Cleopatra’s daughter

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    Cleopatra’s daughter

    In 1895, archaeologists excavating a villa at Boscoreale, outside Pompeii, uncovered a spectacular hoard of high-quality Roman silverware. In the centre of one especially fine gilded dish was a bust of a female figure with thick curly hair, deep-set eyes, a slightly hooked nose and a strong jaw, sporting an elephant’s scalp headdress. Modern scholars believe it likely that she represents Cleopatra Selene, one of three children born to Cleopatra VII of Egypt and the Roman triumvir Mark Antony. Using the Boscoreale discovery as her starting-point, Jane Draycott recreates the life and times of a remarkable woman – the sole member of the Ptolemaic dynasty to survive following her parents’ defeat at the Battle of Actium. Unlike her siblings, who were either executed as threat to Rome’s new ruler, Augustus, or simply forgotten, Cleopatra Selene not only survived but prospered.

    £12.99
  • Downfall

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    Downfall

    Evgeny Prigozhin emerged as one of the most dangerous warlords in the world and as one of Vladimir Putin’s chief rivals in Russia’s tumultuous political climate, exiled after leading Wagner’s attempted coup and killed in a mysterious plane crash. But what is the truth about this enigmatic figure, his role in the war with Ukraine, and the chaos unleashed across Russia by his turn against Putin? And, the aftermath of his death, what is next for Russia in the new stage of late Putinism that Prigozhin’s life forged? Drawing on years of research, this book traces the rise of Russia’s most prominent non-state actor and examines the political climate that propelled a convicted gangster with no government office to the formidable role he has come to occupy.

    £18.99
  • Enemies of all

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    Enemies of all

    Shining a light on who pirates really were, and how the well-known ‘skull and crossbones’ Hollywood stereotype evolved

    £25.00
  • Fallen

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    Fallen

    Based on diaries, letters, memoirs and thousands of contemporary documents, ‘Fallen’ is both a forensic account of George Mallory’s last expedition to Everest in 1924 and an attempt to get under his skin and separate the man from the myth.

    £22.00
  • Fanny and Stella

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    Fanny and Stella

    28th April 1870. The flamboyantly dressed Miss Fanny Park and Miss Stella Boulton are causing a stir in the Strand Theatre. All eyes are riveted upon their lascivious oglings of the gentlemen in the stalls. Moments later they are led away by the police. What followed was a scandal that shocked and titillated Victorian England in equal measure.

    £12.99
  • George III

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    George III

    King of Britain for 60 years and the last king of the future United States, George III has traditionally had a bad press as the villain of Whig history and for America’s Founding Fathers a monarch of madness – and, more recently, a figure of fun and menace in the musical Hamilton. Black turns back to the archives and instead locates George within his age as a man of duty and piety, and a king who faced the loss of key colonies, rebellion in Ireland, insurrection in London, constitutional crisis in Britain and an existential threat from Revolutionary France as part of modern Britain’s longest period of war. George III rose to these challenges with fortitude and helped settle parliamentary monarchy as an effective governmental system, eventually becoming the most popular monarch for well over a century. He was also a talented and curious individual, committed to music, art and science.

    £8.99
  • Harold Wilson

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    Harold Wilson

    Using previously restricted materials, Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds examines one of the most influential and successful politicians of the late 20th century, exploring Wilson’s rise to power via Clement Attlee’s post-war government, his relationship to Nye Bevan, whom he eventually replaced in the Shadow Cabinet, the close workings of his own inner circle, and the issues surrounding the first European Referendum. His biography considers previously overlooked aspects of Wilson’s life, such as the mysterious circumstances of his voluntary resignation and legacy in social reform. The book will offer a timely consideration of the advancement of social justice issues under Wilson’s government: homosexuality was decriminalised, abortion legalised and capital punishment abolished.

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  • Heirs of ambition

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    Heirs of ambition

    This book explores how the Boleyn family were able to go from being Norfolk farmers to aristocracy at a time when it was unheard of for families to do so

    £20.00
  • Henry VIII

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    Henry VIII

    Henry VIII’s reign transformed the physical and spiritual landscape of England. Magnificent, tyrannical, a strong ruler, a ‘pillager of the commonwealth’, this most notorious of kings remains a figure of extreme contradictions: a devout traditionalist who oversaw a cataclysmic rupture with the church in Rome; a talented, charismatic, imposing figure who nevertheless could not bear to meet people’s eyes when he talked to them. In this revealing new account, John Guy explores how Henry himself understood the world and his place in it – from his sheltered and increasingly isolated upbringing and the blazing glory of his accession; to his desperate quest for recognition, fame and an heir, and the terrifying paranoia of his last, agonising, 54-inch-waisted years – and in doing so casts new light on his choice of wives and ministers, his impact on the European stage, and his extraordinary legacy.

    £7.99
  • Hitler, Stalin, mum and dad

    £10.99

    Hitler, Stalin, mum and dad

    THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

    A TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

    Winner of the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2023

    ‘Epic, moving and important’ ROBERT HARRIS

    £10.99
  • How to think like an economist

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    How to think like an economist

    Capturing the essence of history’s most influential economists in enjoyable and illuminating biographical sketches, this book shows how the great economic thinkers are still relevant today. We live in the economy – and we are part of it. Living through a pandemic, governments had to work out how to put economies into a deep freeze without destroying them. In explaining how economic thinking is indispensable to tackling these huge problems, this book is a sure-footed guide, spanning Aristotle’s ideas about restraining consumption, Adam Smith’s thinking about the importance of moral character for sustained economic development, and Esther Duflo’s ongoing work to help the world’s poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty. It shows how great economic thinkers have enabled us to see the world differently, and how we can make it better.

    £16.99