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    All the Countries We've Ever Invaded (Hardback)

    Stuart Laycock


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    Did you know that of the 193 countries that are currently UN member states, Great Britain has invaded or fought conflicts in the territory of 171? Taking a look at how Britain has been a force, for both good and bad, across the world, Stuart Laycock's All the Countries We've Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To reveals Britain as a dynamic and unpredictable nation that has changed the world in many ways... Discussing how Britain set up the United States and Ionian Islands, the informative - and witty - hardback also looks at lesser-known invasions including those of Iran, Ethiopia, Corfu and the other Ionian islands.
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    A Spy Among Friends (Hardback)

    Ben Macintyre


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    Along with his 'friends' Nicholas Elliott and James Jesus Angleton, Kim Philby was one of the rising stars in the intelligence world during the early years of the Cold War. The three spies drank in the same bars, wore the same suits and spoke with the same accents, but Philby had one secret he never revealed to MI6 agent Elliott and CIA agent Angleton - he was covertly working for Moscow. An agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, Ben Macintyre's A Spy Among Friends looks at how Philby managed to hide his true identity for so long. It's a gripping tale of duplicity, loyalty, trust and treachery, made all the more startling as it is true. Macintyre draws on detailed research and newly released MI5 files, along with family papers, to deliver the definitive biography of what may well be the great secret of the Cold War. The book also comes with an afterword from John Le Carre.
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    HSTY

    History - The Definitive Visual Guide (Hardback)


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    From the experts at DK, History: The Definitive Visual Guide is a must-have reference book for the whole family. The book takes a compelling look at the existence of mankind, and with over 3,000 detailed images, you will be able to learn all about the people, events, themes, ideas and forces that have shaped our existence. Covering everything from our origins through to Sputnik and Machu Pichu, the book explores the architecture, artefacts and big ideas from humans that have changed the world, while also examining the effect we've had on nature. It also reveals how we have unlocked the past, from interpreting ancient documents through to analysing ice cores.
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    Mapping the First World War (Hardback)

    Peter Chasseaud

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    Published in association with the Imperial War Museum, military historian Dr Peter Chasseaud provides a unique collection of historical maps, expert commentary and photographs in Mapping the First World War. The maps included here give a greater overview and detail of situations as they happened on the ground and this informative book features small-scale maps showing country boundaries and occupied territories, large-scale maps covering the key battles and offensives and maps of trenches that detail the front line. The way maps were used in newspapers and propaganda is also covered, and among the maps that clearly show the position of the allied and central powers are those for the Battle of Ypres, The Somme and the Battle of Verdun.
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    Secret Days: Codebreaking in Bletchley Park (Hardback)

    Asa Briggs


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    Written by Lord Asa Briggs, one of Britain's most important historians, Secret Days: Codebreaking in Bletchley Park: A Memoir of Hut Six and the Enigma Machine is a meticulously researched account of life in Hut Six in Bletchley Park during the Second World War. In addition to discussing the progress of the Allies'code-breaking efforts and how this impacted on the war, Lord Briggs considers what the Germans knew about Bletchley. He also discusses how the Germans reacted to revelatory memoirs about the Enigma machine which were not made public until the 1970s. A fascinating read for anyone interested in wartime history.
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    The Story of the World Cup (Hardback)

    Richard Brassey


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    With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil just around the corner, Richard Brassey - author and illustrator of The Story of the Olympics - brings The Story of the World Cup. With a wealth of information including an insight into the very first tournament in Uruguay way back in 1930, to the historic (yet to be repeated) win by captain Bobby Moore and his England teammates in the 1966 World Cup Final at Wembley, this book hits the back of the net.

    With its wealth of knowledge, red cards, penalty shoot-outs and goals, goals, goals The Story of the World Cup will enthrall football fans of all ages, with its colourful illustrations and fun facts that anyone suffering from football fever can use to impress family and friends.
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    How to Read Industrial Britain (Hardback)

    Tim Colin Cooper


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    A guide to the machines, sites and artefacts that shaped the United Kingdom, Tim Cooper's How to Read Industrial Britain is an insightful hardback guide to our industrial heritage that uncovers the secrets behind our urban and rural landscapes. Revealing, in fascinating detail, how to understand the context and significance of buildings, structures and townscapes, this thoroughly interesting book will help you relate an accurate historical background to many of the buildings that we have come to rely on in the modern era.
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    HTLR

    Hitler Memoirs Collection - 2 Books (collection)

    Various


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    The Hitler Memoirs set brings together two books that provide a fascinating insight into the life and times of Adolf Hitler, the two books contain eyewitness accounts from those closest to him. I Was Hitler's Chauffeur sees his personal driver Erich Kempka offer candid memoirs and a unique account of the events leading up to and during the war. Christa Schroeder's The Memoirs of Adolf Hitler's Secretary also observes the actions and behaviour of Hitler and the most important characters who surrounded him. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in history, especially World War II.

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    The Animals' VC For Gallantry and Devotion (Hardback)

    David Long


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    David Long's The Animals' VC: For Gallantry and Devotion tells how there have been just 63 recipients of the Animals' Victoria Cross award. Awarded for 'Conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving in military conflict', this book reveals all about the heroic, touching and stirring stories. True tales of heartrending devotion and duty are told from first hand accounts and from the citations themselves. There's Rip the terrier who is credited with saving upwards of 100 lives after sniffing out survivors buried after bombing raids during WWII, Judy the pointer, who was the hero of a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp and Simon the ship's cat who, though injured, continued to stay with his crew under fire. The book has been written in a spirit of celebration, and is intended to provide a lasting memorial to the remarkable animals and the men and women who came to rely on them.
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    The Battlefields of the First World War (Hardback)

    Peter Barton


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    The Battlefields of the First World War provides a revelatory and unique collection of panoramic photographs that cover the entire British sector of the Western Front. Interspersed with individual photographs and recollections of the soldiers caught in action, it is a highly poignant read as we approach the centenary of the beginning of WWI, that also comes with a free DVD-ROM that includes 60 extra panoramas of the battlefields. Previously marked top secret and for the eyes of the commanding officer only, the panoramic photographs reveal what no others can, with everything from waiting snipers to soldiers picking lice from shirts easily identifiable. Many of the desolate images show no evidence of war at all, but the the horrific battles of Somme and Passchendaele are covered too, giving a first-hand account of the darkness of war.

    Please note the DVD-ROM is suitable for use with PCs and Macs, not standard DVD players.
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    MAPR

    Mapping the Roads (Hardback)

    Mike Parker

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    Covering Britain's road development, Mike Parker's Mapping the Roads is a fascinating true-life story that also explores the country's political, economical and social history. The car has helped shape Britain's landscape, changed our maps and nowadays our lifestyle depends very much on our roads - from getting from A to B to distribution and much more. Although perhaps now taken for granted, the building of roads was once seen as a glorious advancement, with Britain's motorways being seen as 'the cathedrals of the modern world'. This intriguing and extensive book from The AA charts the ambitions and hopes of the nation through our maps, from the old ways through to our motorways, complete with distinct and colourful cartography.
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    AUTO

    The Auto Biography (Hardback)

    Mark Wallington


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    Mark Wallington has been driving around our country for over 60 years and in this wonderfully nostalgic journey, he takes us from the Golden Age of driving in the 1950s right through to the gridlock of today. The Auto Biography finds Mark sharing his own personal memories from driving a number of everyday cars including the Morris Oxford, the Peugeot Estate and the VW Camper Van and is a wonderful portrait of Britain's roads and history.
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    From Pole to Pole (Hardback)

    Garth James Cameron


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    One of the most successful polar explorers of his generation, and the first man to unquestionably reach both the North and South Poles, Roald Amundsen was a world-renowned explorer with a passion for flight.

    Whilst on a rescue mission to the Arctic in 1928, Amundsen and his team's plane mysteriously vanished - believed to have crashed in fog in the Barents Sea, with only a petrol tank and wing float ever found of the wreckage.

    In From Pole to Pole: Roald Amundsen's Journey in Flight, Garth James Cameron explores the feats in aviation in which Amundsen was involved with vivid detail and passionate intricacy. Including an adventure to the North Pole in a biplane, which he barely survived, and an analysis of the circumstances surrounding this famous adventurer's death, this book is ideal for any budding adventurer, aviation enthusiast or reader with a keen interest in modern history.
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    Shackleton's Whisky (Hardback)

    Neville Peat


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    Sir Ernest Shackleton was not a heavy drinker at all. In fact, drinking to excess appalled him... How, then, must he have felt about signing an order for twenty-five cases of whisky - 300 bottles - for his 1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition? Written by Neville Peat, Shackleton's Whisky follows the story of the Rare Old Highland Whisky taken south on his Nimrod expedition. Based largely on what Shackleton and his colleagues wrote about the expedition in their diaries and journals, this shows how Antarctic exploration and whisky complement each other so much and also looks at the recovery of three cases of Scotch from icy entombment under the hut at Cape Royds. The subsequent return of these three bottles to Scotland for sampling and analysis resulted in a near-magical replication.
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    DVLC

    Da Vinci's Last Commission (Hardback)

    Fiona McLaren


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    Imagine you have an old painting that's been in the family for years and that curiosity leads to the discovery that it is more rare and worth more than you could possibly have imagined. As experts get increasingly excited, it becomes apparent the painting was thought to be by a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci, and possibly actually by the master himself. After extensive research and communication with academics and institutions from all over the world, the results are astounding. In turn, this revelation leads to the discovery of one of the greatest heresies of our time, a story that the Roman Catholic Church has been desperate to keep secret for centuries... Fiona McLaren's Da Vinci's Last Commission: The Most Sensational Detective Story in the History of Art is a truly astonishing account of a remarkable true story.
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    LIEC

    London In The 18th Century (Hardback)

    Jerry White


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    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.

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    Military History Collection - 10 Books (collection)

    Various


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    Anyone with an interest in military history will be captivated by the ten books featured in this collection. A mixture of moving real-life stories and thought-provoking and emotional fiction, the books offer the reader a glimpse into what life must have been like during both World War I and World War II. As we approach the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, Six Weeks reveals the British Junior Officers who went straight from the classrooom to the most dangerous job in the world, while Paths of Glory tells the story of WWI from the French point of view. Other books in the collection focus on the brave aviators and test pilots, while it also includes the highly acclaimed Das Boot.
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    India (Hardback)

    Patrick French


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    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.

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    COMM

    Commanders (Hardback)

    R. G. Grant


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    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.

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    Shakespeare's Restless World (Hardback)

    Neil MacGregor


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    Written by Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum and acclaimed creator of A History of the World in 100 Objects, Shakespeare's Restless World is a wonderfully informative and enthralling exploration of William Shakespeare's era that accompanies the BBC Radio 4 series. A pivotal period in human history, the New World was discovered during Shakespeare's time and life was exhilaratingly uncertain. In this thrilling hardback, MacGregor looks at 20 objects from Shakespeare's life and times and uncovers the fascinating stories behind them all. Ranging from the grand (such as the hoard of gold coins that make up the Salcombe treasure) to the humble (worn garments of an unknown pedlar), the objects allow MacGregor to explore issues as diverse as piracy and Islam, Catholicism and disguise.
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    The History of the World in Bite-Sized Chunks (Hardback)

    Emma Marriott


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    Written by Emma Marriott, The History of the World in Bite-Sized Chunks examines how the modern world came to be the way it is today. From the earliest civilizations in 3500 BC through to the founding of the United Nations in 1945 and beyond, this is a fascinating look at major historical events and is concise, readable and authoritative.
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    Rome (Hardback)

    Robert Hughes

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    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.

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    NEWE

    The New Elizabethans (Hardback)

    James Naughtie


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    To mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Jim Naughtie looks back over the span of her reign to identify the people who have defined the era in The New Elizabethans: Sixty Portraits of Our Age. The official tie-in to the popular Radio 4 series, the book reveals a fascinating and eclectic collection of profiles that celebrate 60 New Elizabethans who represent all walks of life in British society. A superb comment on social and political life, it is the perfect present for anyone interested in royalty and contemporary history.
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    Forgotten Voices Collection - 8 Books (collection)

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    Moving and sometimes almost unbelievable, this stunning collection of real-life stories recalls momentous happenings from some of the most startling experiences of Britons at war. Forgotten Voices features men and women who speak with honest fear, determination, bewilderment, indifference and unmistakable courage, as they recount their experiences from events such as the Battle of the Somme, the D-Day Landings, Dunkirk and other times from The Great War and World War II. A remarkable and definitive series of startling oral history, praised by the likes of Stephen Fry, told in the words by the extraordinary people who witnessed it all. Exciting and harrowing, this is a must-read collection that non-fiction and history enthusiasts will be gripped by.
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    Murder on the Home Front (Hardback)

    Molly Lefebure


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    One ordinary day, in an ordinary courtroom, forensic pathologist Dr Keith Simpson asks a keen young journalist to be his secretary. Although the horrors of secretarial work don't exactly appeal to Molly Lefebure, she's intrigued to find out just what goes on behind a mortuary door. Capable and curious, she quickly becomes indispensable to Dr Simpson as he meticulously pursues the truth. Accompanying him from sombre morgues to London's most gruesome crime scenes, Miss Molly observes and assists as he uncovers the dark and disturbing secrets that all murder victims keep. With a sharp sense of humour and a rebellious spirit, Molly tells her own remarkable true story here with warmth and wit, painting a vivid portrait of wartime London.
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    DAYV

    D-Day to Victory (Hardback)

    Trevor Greenwood


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    Tank Commander Sgt Trevor Greenwood's D-Day to Victory: The Diaries of a British Tank Commander provides a fascinating new personal perspective on a famous conflict. Greenwood sailed for France in June 1944 as part of the Allied invasion of Normandy, and from D-Day to April 1945 he kept a diary of his experiences as the Allies made the final push through France and into Germany. Often writing in secret in terrible conditions, this is the memoir of an ordinary man thrown into extraordinary circumstances. An intriguing and powerful read for anyone interested in military history.
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    VCTE

    The Visitor's Companion To Tudor England (Hardback)

    Suzannah Lipscomb


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    Whether you're an armchair traveller or you're looking for inspiration for a great day out, Suzannah Lipscomb's A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England is a practical guide that will take you to palaces, castles, theatres and abbeys that uncover the true stories behind Tudor England. From Hampton Court to Hever Castle, this lively and engaging guide reveals the rich history of the era and invites you to visit the many places in which Tudors once lived, worked and played. A must for anyone interested in this fascinating period in history.

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    ASEV

    The Ascent of Everest (Hardback)

    John Hunt


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    On 29 May 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay stepped on to the summit of Mount Everest and captivated the world with this phenomenal achievement. Marking the 60th anniversary of their conquest, The Ascent of Everest tells the story of how these two brave men managed to reach the top of the world's highest mountain and come back unscathed. It also describes the tenacious endeavour of all those who tried to conquer Everest before them.
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    What the Newspapers Don't Tell You (Hardback)

    Lawrence Potter


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    Lawrence Potter answers 57 questions about the world we live in in What The Newspapers Don't Tell You, a book he claims is "for those confused by the problems of a troubled world". Important information, including the latest research on environmental issues and the history behind current worldwide events, is presented in enough detail to be useful without overwhelming readers. A balanced, informed reference guide that answers questions from 'What is jihad' to 'Is fair trade a good thing?'

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    DOGF

    Dogfight (Hardback)

    Tony Holmes

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    Find out what life was like as a fighter pilot during World War II with Dogfight. Written by aerospace enthusiast Tony Holmes, the book examines the head-to-head combat between the legendary and iconic aircraft of this important historical period and also features first-hand accounts and interviews with surviving pilots from the time. The book focuses on some of the world's greatest aerial match-ups, including Spitfires battling Messerschmitts and Fw 190s facing up against Mustangs of the 8th Air Force.
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    GCOM

    Great Commanders Collection - 4 Books (collection)

    Andrew Roberts


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    The Great Commanders Set brings together four books that cover the military giants of the ancient, medieval, early modern and modern world. The books describe the tactics Julius Caeser employed to defeat Pompey at Pharsalus, the qualities that made Atilla the Hun a strategist of genius and how the farmer Oliver Cromwell created an army that overthrew the king and changed the course of British history. The brilliant analysis in all four books also answers many other questions about the world's greatest military commanders.

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    GTAX

    The Great Tax Robbery (Paperback)

    Richard Brooks

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    This must-read book by former tax-inspector and Private Eye reporter Richard Brooks is a meticulous, punchy and highly effective expose of the British government's complicity in tax avoidance. From exploring how companies like Vodafone influence tax laws to how multinational companies like Google and Starbucks operate virtually tax-free in the UK, and how the likes of Wayne Rooney can use image rights companies to reduce their tax liability, The Great Tax Robbery sees Brooks puts forward his very compelling argument for a tax system where EVERYONE is required to contribute their fair share.

    This is the paperback edition of The Great Tax Robbery, not the hardback version as stated in our catalogue. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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