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History - The Definitive Visual Guide (Hardback)
Jerry White's long-awaited finale to his acclaimed history of London over 300 years, London in the Eighteenth Century describes how, after rising from the ashes of the Great Fire, England's capital city was very much a new city. The 18th century was one of expansion, scientific genius, blossoming reason, civility, elegance and manners and was also an age of starving poverty and exquisite fashion, of joy and despair and of sentiment and cruelty. Everything was complicated by class and this tremendous portrait introduces us to the men and women, shopkeepers and prostitutes, street-robbers and thief-takers as they play out the drama of the times.
Chronicling the dramatic story of manned flight in stunning visual detail, The Aircraft Book is a large-format hardback that will delight anyone who has an interest in aviation and its history. With glorious imagery of more than 800 aircraft, the book guides the reader from the earliest recorded flights and the air shows of the 1920s right through to the present day. Taking in the great planes of the wars alongside passenger jets, and even planes that can journey to the edge of space, this is a brilliant gift for anyone who admires air travel. With information on the engines, manufacturers and people and technology behind these awe-inspiring machines, this is a fantastically informative guide to the history of aviation.
Patrick French's wonderfully readable biography of a country that has been reborn in recent times, India: A Portrait is a meticulously researched guide to the modern face of this vast country. With over 1.2 billion inhabitants to account for, the author sets about drawing together the personal stories and accounts that illustrate the wider picture and built the Asian nation. Recounted with great passion and enthusiasm, but told with a scholarly edge, this incredible hardback charts the manner in which India has grown from 'spiritual' to 'hi-tech' in seemingly no time at all.
Explore the lives and conquests of more than 240 inspirational Commanders with this brilliant hardback from R. G. Grant. Published by Dorling Kindersley, this luxurious hardback includes in-depth profiles on 21 infamous leaders such as Julius Caesar, Napoleon and Nelson. Packed with information on their enemies, battles and defining moments, this fascinating historical resource is also filled with special illustrations and photography that helps to paint a full picture of the great military battles that were waged many years ago.
A fascinating and deeply personal account of the Eternal City, told with great historical insight, Robert Hughes' Rome is a dazzling biography. An exhilarating and hugely informative journey, this engaging hardback traces the history of the Italian capital from its mythic foundation with Romulus and Remus to Fascism, Fellini and beyond. Wise and thought-provoking, this analysis of the city's culture and creative history is not to be missed.
A look into the unusual, unseen and downright extraordinary history of life at sea, Breverton’s Nautical Curiosities is a fascinating maritime miscellany. Terry Breverton includes interesting information on some naval admirals and inventors who shaped history, as well as providing a brilliant breakdown of naval slang and analysing how many old nautical terms have now become commonplace in everyday language. There are also sections on famous naval battles, amazing creatures of the deep and an analysis of how the oceans affect our weather.