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'Never before had the world seen four such giants co-existing. Sometimes friends, more often enemies, always rivals, these four men together held Europ... read more

Four Princes: Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions That Forged Modern Europe
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In the summer of 1962, one year after the rise of the Berlin Wall, a group of daring young West Germans risked prison, Stasi torture and even death to liberate friends, lovers, and strangers in East Berlin by digging tunnels under the Wa... read more

The Tunnels
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The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? This is the... read more

The Romanovs: 1613-1918
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An epic story of courage, genius and terrible folly, this is the first history of how the Soviet Union's scientists became both the glory and the laughing stock of the intellectual world. S... read more

Stalin and the Scientists: A History of Triumph and Tragedy 1905-1953
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On 21 August 2015, Ayoub al-Khazzani boarded a train in Brussels bound for Paris. We now know that he was an ISIS terrorist. Khazzani's mission was clear: he had an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter, and enough ammunition to obliterate t... read more

The 15:17 to Paris
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'Extremely interesting ...a serious piece of scholarship, very well researched' Ian Kershaw The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping bestseller reveals, the enti... read more

Blitzed - Drugs in Nazi Germany
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From the international bestselling author of Gomorrah, this is a deeply personal and candid portrait of Italy today: a place of trafficking and toxic waste, where votes can be bought and sold, where organized ... read more

My Italians True Stories of Crime and Courage
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 European

Awards:Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2016.

The Optician of Lampedusa lives a quiet life with his wife on a remote Mediterranean island. He has seen the headlines about shipwrecked migrants, noticed the reception centre, even crossed paths with the occasional lost soul... read more

The Optician of Lampedusa
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Awards:Long-listed for Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History 2016.

'Sicily is the key to everything' Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The author of the classic book on Venice turns his sights to Sicily in this beautiful book full of maps and colour photographs. 'I discovered ... read more

Sicily: A Short History, from the Greeks to Cosa Nostra
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In this highly original and enjoyable book, Christopher Tyerman focuses on the massive, all-encompassing and hugely costly business of actually preparing a crusade. The efforts of many thousands... read more

How to Plan a Crusade: Reason and Religious War in the Middle Ages
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In this original and highly accessible book, Peter Jones takes the reader on a fascinating journey along the highways and byways of Roman life and culture, telling the amazing stories behind the o... read more

Quid Pro Quo: What the Romans Really Gave the English Language
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One dramatic - and emblematic - year in the early life of Winston Churchill At the age of twenty-four, Winston Churchill believed that to achieve his ambition of becoming Prime Minister he must do something spectacular on the battle... read more

Hero of the Empire
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 European

Awards:Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2015.

Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller Shortlisted for a British Book Industry Book of the Year Award 2016 The new series Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit is on BBC2 now Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cru... read more

SPQR A History of Ancient Rome
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The Greek myths have a universal appeal, reaching far beyond the time and physical place in which they were created. But many are firmly rooted in specific settings: Thebes dominates the tragedy o... read more

Greek Mythology: A Traveller's Guide from Mount Olympus to Troy
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Writing good history is a high-wire act of balance and grace. Historians scour their own societies for vestiges of past worlds, for cracks and fissures in the pavement of the present, and for the shimmers a... read more

The Art of Time Travel: Historians and their Craft
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The present is a contest between the bright and dark sides of discovery. To avoid being torn apart by its stresses, we need to recognize the fact-and gain courage and wisdom from the pas... read more

Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance
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In a panoramic and pioneering reappraisal, Pieter Judson shows why the Habsburg Empire mattered so much, for so long, to millions of Central Europeans. Across divides of language, religion, region, and history, ordinary... read more

The Habsburg Empire: A New History
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It was known as 'the vast prison without a roof'. From the beginning of the nineteenth century to the Russian Revolution, the tsarist regime exiled more than one million prisoners and their families beyon... read more

The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars
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Solidarity and prosperity fostered by economic integration: this principle has underpinned the European project from the start, and the establishment of a common currency was supposed to be its most audacious ... read more

The Euro: And its Threat to the Future of Europe
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We live in a world obsessed by luxury. Long-distance airlines compete to offer first-class sleeping experiences and hotels recommend exclusive suites where you are never disturbed. Luxury is a rapidly changing global industry tha... read more

Luxury: A Rich History
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