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1 November 2006. Alexander Litvinenko is brazenly poisoned in central London. Twenty two days later he dies, killed from the inside. The poison? Polonium; a rare, ... read more

A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia's Threat to the West
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When Maximilian Potter went to Burgundy to report for Vanity Fair on a crime that could have destroyed the Domaine de la Romanee Conti-the tiny, storied vineyard that produces the m... read more

Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of a Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine
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Sublime and maddening, fascinating yet baffling, Italy is a country of endless paradox and seemingly unanswerable riddles. John Hooper's marvellously entertaining and perceptive book is the ideal companion for anyone seeking to understan... read more

The Italians
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With the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815, the next two centuries for France would be tumultuous. Bestselling historian and political commentator Jonathan Fen... read more

The History of Modern France: From The Revolution to the Present Day
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"Number one Evening Standarad bestseller book of the year". (Daily Telegraph). "Exceptional. A blueprint for productive, sophisticated espionage in the age of Islamist terror". (Daily Tele... read more

The New Spymasters - Inside Espionage from the Cold War to Global Terror
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Russia's recent past has encompassed revolution, civil war, mass terror and two world wars, and the country is still undergoing huge change. In his acclaimed history, now updated to ... read more

The Penguin History of Modern Russia - From Tsarism to the Twenty-First Century
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 European

Awards:Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2015.

Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the Rape of Lucr... read more

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
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Awards:Shortlisted for Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award 2004.

Truth can be stranger—and more fascinating—than fiction. Anna Funder tells extraordinary stories from the underbelly of the most perfected surveillance state of all time, the former East Germany.
Funder meets Miriam, the si... read more

Stasiland
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November 2009. An emaciated young lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, is led to a freezing isolation cell in a Moscow prison, handcuffed to a bed rail, and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime? To testify agains... read more

Red Notice: How I Became Putin's No. 1 Enemy
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The Russian decision to mobilize in July 1914 may have been the single most catastrophic choice of the modern era. Some articulate, thoughtful figures around the Tsar understood Russia's fragility, and... read more

Towards the Flame: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia
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Valtesse de la Bigne was a celebrated nineteenth-century Parisian courtesan. She was painted by Manet and inspired Emile Zola, who immortalised her in his scandalous novel Nana. Her rum... read more

Mistress of Paris: The 19th-Century Courtesan Who Built an Empire on a Secret
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As remarkable as Columbus and the conquistador expeditions, the history of Portuguese exploration is now almost forgotten. But Portugal's navigators cracked the code of the Atl... read more

The Conquerors: How Portugal Seized the Indian Ocean and Forged the First Global Empire
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Set in Renaissance France at the magnificent court of the Valois kings, THE RIVAL QUEENS is the history of two remarkable women, a mother and daughter drive... read more

The Rival Queens: Catherine De' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite De Valois, and the Betrayal That Ignited a Kingdom
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In this bold and important book, Garry Kasparov argues that Vladimir Putin's dangerous global ambitions have been ignored for too long - and he won't be stopped unless the West stands up to him.

Winter is Coming
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This is the entertaining biography of Edward VII and his playboy lifestyle, by Stephen Clarke, author of 1000 Years of Annoying the French and A Year in the Merde. Despite fierce opposition from his mother, Queen ... read more

Dirty Bertie: an English King Made in France
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This book presents a lively and compelling account of how the crusades really worked, and a revolutionary attempt to rethink how we understand the Middle Ages. The story of the wars and conquests ... read more

How to Plan a Crusade: Reason and Religious War in the Middle Ages
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The Ottoman Endgame is the first, and definitive, single-volume history of the Ottoman empire's decade-long war for survival. Beginning with Italy's invasion of Ottoman Tripoli ... read more

The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923
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Awarded The Prix Du Jury Des Grands Prix De La Fondation Napoleon 2014 From Andrew Roberts, author of the Sunday Times bestseller, The Storm of War, this is the definitive modern biography of Napoleon. Napoleon Bonaparte lived one of... read more

Napoleon the Great
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Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the C... read more

Spy Among Friends: Philby and the Great Betrayal
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Dr Matthew Green explores the sights and sounds of London through history. This is a fascinating and unique guide to the capital that takes the reader off the beaten track and into unexplored territory. This book allows ... read more

London A Travel Guide Through Time
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