Non-Fiction

History Books

  • HTRL
    Chris Rogers
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    Providing a crash course in the nation's capital city's architecture, How to Read London is a pocket-sized guide that covers all the famous buildings and reveals their significance and secrets.

    London is one of the world's most-visited cities and also one of the most architecturally diverse. Following the Great Fire of London in 1666, a third of the city was destroyed and the renewal helped the city emerge as a centre of commerce, finance and culture.

    This book covers iconic buildings including Somerset House, Canary Wharf and the Shard and explains how they came to be and their influence.
  • THYB
    DK
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    This DK book will take you on a visual exploration of the world's past and will entertain and inform everyone from avid students to armchair historians.

    Spanning from the first humans arriving in Australia around 45,000 years ago to the modern world as we know it, the book is written in plain, accessible English and gives short and pithy explanations for all the events that have shaped our world.

    It also features step-by-step diagrams to help you untangle knotty concepts and witty illustrations that play with our ideas about our past. From revolutions to changes in civilisations and advancements in technology, it reveals just how much our world has changed over the years.
  • TSAR
    Robert Service
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    Nicholas II, the last Tsar of All the Russias, abdicated in March 1917 and the dynasty that had ruled the country's empire for 300 years was forced from power by revolution.

    To mark the hundredth anniversary of the revolution, eminent historian Robert Service examines Nicholas' reign in the year before his abdication and the months between this hugely important date and his death the following year in The Last of the Tsars.

    Making use of unparalleled research and forensic examination of hitherto untapped sources, Service sheds new light on the way Nicholas worked and even gathered access to his diaries and recorded conversations. He reveals Nicholas was actually the kind of ruler he believed himself to be - until the disastrous ending...
  • LCOU
    Rick Stroud
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    Acclaimed historian Rick Stroud provides a unique and moving narrative of the women who volunteered to be trained by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) set up by Winston Churchill in 1941 in Lonely Courage. He explains how they dropped into Nazi-held France to support various underground networks both during and after the Second World War.

    Although it started off small, by the time of France's liberation in 1944 around 400,000 French citizens (nearly 2 per cent of the population) were involved in the Resistance. Very early on in its creation, it was decided that women would play a vital role with 38 agents being recruited from all walks of life. They all knew France well, were fluent in the French language and were prepared to sacrifice everything to help defeat the enemy.

    The women trained alongside the men, learning how to disappear into the background, how to operate a radio transmitter and how to kill a man with their bare hands. Once trained they were infiltrated behind the lines by parachute or tiny aircraft that could land in remote fields. Some of the women went on to lead thousands of Resistance fighters, while others were arrested, brutally interrogated and sent to concentration camps where they endured torment and death.

    This book tells their story and sheds light on what life was really like for these brave, talented women.
  • PWRH
    Rebecca Rideal
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    From the Great Fire of London to the plague and the Second Dutch War, this fascinating book from historian Rebecca Rideal provides a narrative history of the year 1666.

    Presented in beautiful hardback and based on original archive research, it looks at how these events struck the country and their lasting effects. Rideal also uses little-known sources to provide an eye-opening account of what happened during these 12 months - a period often seen as a turning point in English history.

    Despite the devastation, there were also many significant cultural and scientific feats taking place - John Milton completed Paradise Lost; Christopher Wren proposed his plan for a new London after the Fire; and Isaac Newton discovered gravity.
  • BGHI
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    With stunning visual timelines and special CGI reconstructions, this huge book from DK shows you history's greatest events in ways you have never seen before.

    Taking you from the formation of the universe right up to the present day, the brilliantly illustrated book looks at the major events that have changed the course of life on Earth. Bringing together a range of perspectives, it's a celebration of the human race's incredible journey.

    Containing a foreword from Professor David Christian, whose Big History TED talk had over 5 million views, this huge book will help you not only understand how and why we got where we are today, but also how we should view our place in history. It's aligned with Bill Gates' online Big History Project.
  • LTGT
    Matthew Green
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    Take a step back in time and discover the sights, sounds and smells of London throughout six of the city's most fascinating eras.

    Illustrated and told with charm and charisma, Dr. Matthew Green will transport you back to the time of Shakespeare and the swinging 60s in just a few pages. He also relives the nightmare of the plague; and considers what is must have been like to have lived in medieval England.

    Taking you off the beaten track and revealing little-known snippets about England's capital city, this is an engaging social history which will make you view the streets of London in a very different way.
  • MSWW
    Peter Chasseaud
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    This informative book contains 150 maps that demonstrate how - and where - the Second World War was fought around the world.

    Published in association with the Imperial War Museums, it features everything from small-scale maps of country boundaries to large-scale maps of the key battles.

    Alongside the maps are photographs and expert commentary on the conflict that lasted from 1939-1945. There are also trench maps, maps from newspapers and key propaganda.
  • World War Miscellanies Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9781849537117
    WWMS
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    If you've ever wondered who fired the first British shot of the First World War, how low the Dambusters flew or just how many ships were sunk at Pearl Harbor, these two books will provide the answers.

    Compiled and written by Norman Ferguson, the miscellanies tell the stories of the battles, aircraft, weapons, soldiers, heroes and enemies of both world wars, while also presenting these tales in accessible, bite-sized chunks. Among the events covered in the First World War are the downing of the Red Baron and the first WWI soldier to receive the Victoria Cross...

    The book based around the Second World War tells the stories of the Battle of Britain, the Siege of Leningrad, the horrors of the Holocaust and the D-Day landings... Compelling throughout, the books also contain a startling number of facts and figures to dip into.
  • TNKB
    DK
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    Anyone with an interest in military history will enjoy reading through this definitive list of over 400 different tanks from the experts at DK. Produced in association with The Tank Museum, it covers everything from the very first variation to the ones being developed for the future.

    This book looks at the key designers and complex mechanisms behind some of the most formidable tanks of all time and provides an in-depth look at those that hail from Britain, the United States, Russia and France.

    Presented with stunning photography, this book provides a unique insight into the tanks that went into battle during World War II, the Cold War and many more key historical events.
  • HYBR
    Julian Holland
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    From the development of Britain's railways in 1603 through to the present day, this book is endlessly fascinating. Drawing on a lifetime of railway research, Julian Holland offers a first-class commentary complete with photographs and archive material.

    Showing how Britain has claimed many achievements including the first steam railway locomotive, the first inter-city railway and the world speed record for steam in 1938 (126mph, in case you were wondering).

    The book also looks at trains and railways' effect on the Great Victorian Age and the early 20th century before its nationalisation and modernisation from 1948 onwards. It also covers the Beeching Report in detail and the privatisation of the high-speed railways in the 1990s.
  • Neil Oliver's History Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250502 - Neil Oliver
    HSNO
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    A knowledgeable and popular historian, Neil Oliver reveals the history of the Vikings, Ancient Britain and his native Scotland in this incredibly informative and entertaining three-book collection.

    All based around his popular BBC documentaries, the books are passionately written and will delight any armchair historian. In Vikings, he goes beyond their bloody reputation to discover the truth about them and how they managed to build an empire that lasted nearly 200 years.

    In A History of Ancient Britain, Neil looks at half a million years of human history, taking in everything from Ice Ages to the departure of the Roman Empire in the 5th Century AD. A History of Scotland looks at one of the oldest countries in the world's diverse past and how the tales of failure, submission, thwarted ambition and tragedy often badly serve this great nation and focuses on the rich tapestry of its intricate past. It perfectly captures the essence of Scotland and its place and standing in the world.
  • CRWN
    Nicola Tallis
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    Written by acclaimed historian and debut author Nicola Tallis, Crown of Blood is a retelling of the tragic life of Lady Jane Grey. It follows her journey from the deadly intrigues of her childhood right through to her trial and execution.

    Forced onto the throne by the great power players at court, Queen Jane reigned for just 13 tumultuous days before being imprisoned in the tower and being condemned for high treason and then being executed.

    An engaging and dramatic biography, this book explores a range of evidence that has never been seen before and sweeps away many of the myths to reveal a moving, human story of a young woman who was extraordinarily intelligent, proudly independent and very courageous.
  • BHOB
    David Olusoga
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    Inspired by a landmark BBC Two programme, David Olusoga's Black and British: An Untold Story is a vital re-examination of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa.

    Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, this book provides an unflinching history of black and white Britons and how they have been intimately entwined for centuries.

    From Roman Britain to Shakespeare's Othello and how black people were regarded during the medieval times, this book confronts taboos and reveals some previously unknown scandals.
  • TYCH
    Dixe Wills
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    Dixe Wills, the author of Tiny Islands and Tiny Stations, once again proves why small is beautiful with Tiny Churches.

    In his personal and quirky style, he looks at 60 of the nation's most perfect diminutive churches and explains how you can get to each one via public transport. Each church is so tiny, that only about 30 people could fit comfortably inside!

    Representing a unique slice of British local history and attitude, Dixe looks at how the tiny churches have survived and thrived throughout history. He celebrates the fact that they now retain the atmosphere and beauty of when they were first built.
  • King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to the Magna Carta - Hardback - 9780091954239 - Marc Morris
    KGJN
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    The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta made headlines across the world in 2015 and this biography provides a compelling portrait of King John, the supposed tyrant leader who issued - and consequently rejected - the famous document that bound him and his successors to better behaviour.

    Extensively researched and written by Marc Morris, author of A Great and Terrible King and The Norman Conquest, the book examines whether King John was the familiar figure we all know from Robin Hood - a monarch who was greedy, cowardly, despicable and cruel.

    Throughout the book, the historian draws on contemporary chronicles and the king's own letters to show what John was really like. He argues he was dynamic, inventive and relentless, but also a very flawed individual whose rise to power involved treachery, rebellion and murder.

    The book also looks at the invasions by Wales, Scotland and Ireland that occurred under John's reign and the civil war and foreign invasion that brought upon his downfall.
  • SMME
    Robert J. Kershaw
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    Written by former para and colonel Robert J. Kershaw, 24 Hrs at the Somme provides a definitive account of the battle that changed history and left a huge emotional impact on the British public.

    It's now 100 years since the battle but it still remains one of the most important and devastating moments in military history with 57,470 men ending up dead, missing or wounded. In this detailed and informative book, Kershaw uses the voices of British and German soldiers who lived through the awful day to reveal exactly what happened.

    Juxtaposing the view of the British trenches with that from the German parapet, the book draws on eyewitness accounts, memories and letters to expose the true horror of 1 July, 1916. Amongst the horrifying accounts of warfare there are also poignant stories of humanity, comradeship and patriotic spirit.
  • MTBL
    Nicholas Crane
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    From the Ice Age to the 21st century, Coast presenter (and president of the Royal Geographical Society) Nicholas Crane looks back over 12,000 years of the British landscape in this beautiful book.

    Part-journey, part-history, this book describes the evolution of Britain's countryside and cities and concludes with an examination of where things will head next. It even includes a number of photographs for you to pore over.

    We are now in one of the most extreme centuries of change since the Iron Age and this book examines how we got to this point. From major landscape events including the Black Death, urbanisation and recreation to the role played by geology (and our 6,000-mile coastline) in its development, it's a must for anyone interested in nature.
  • The Times: Complete History of the World - Hardback - 9780007950911
    THTW
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    The most comprehensive, authoritative and accessible work on history available, this bestselling book takes readers from the origins of mankind right through to the technological advancements of the modern day.

    The book with all the answers, it is very visually enticing and covers everything from the cavemen to the Cold War and Alexander the Great to global warming.

    The ultimate work of historical reference, it also contains short biographies of 100 of the world's key figures from history.
  • KHWD
    Josephine Wilkinson
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    Katherine Howard was Henry VIII's Fifth Queen and this biography provides an in-depth look at her life right up until her beheading in 1542 for crimes of adultery and treason - one of the biggest scandals of the Tudor era.

    Having first come to court as a young girl of 14 years old, Katherine's fate was sealed from an early age. This book looks beyond the traditional story of her sexual exploits before she married the king and instead reveals a life blighted by child abuse, family ambition, religious conflict and political and sexual intrigue.

    Revealing Katherine as a bright and intelligent woman who tried to be a good wife to Henry, the book reveals how she was really no more than a child in a man's world - and the tragic victim of those who held positions of authority over her.
  • CWWA
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    With cross-section drawings taken direct from the official Flight and The Aeroplane archives, Classic World War II: Aircraft Cutaways is a must for anyone interested in history and aeronautical engineering.

    Alongside each of the illustrations is some detailed text for each type of aircraft. It covers the history and evaluates the drawing. There are even 12 vehicles displayed on pull-out, double-page gatefolds!

    Telling you everything you could ever want to know about the planes that flew during the Second World War, this keepsake book also features archive photography Aeroplane Montly.
  • TESL
    Oliver Tearle
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    With its die-cut paper jacket, Oliver Tearle's The Secret Library takes book lovers on an incredible journey through the curiosities of history via literature.

    The author leafs through the well-known books that have helped shape the world in which we live, while also giving focus to more neglected works. There's the forgotten Victorian novelist who outsold Dickens, the woman who became the first published poet in America and the tale of an eccentric traveller who introduced the table-fork to England.

    Featuring novels, travel books, cookbooks and even sports almanacs, Tearle examines and explores the intersections between books of all kinds and the last 3,000 years of Western history. He also highlights some of the links between various works and historical figures - including those between Homer's Iliad and Aesop's Fables and the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack and the creator of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Terry Deary's Dangerous Days Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250625 - Terry Deary
    TDDD
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    With his dark sense of humour and accessible writing style, Terry Deary is one of the nation's favourite children's authors.

    Here, he takes the traits which have helped make his Horrible Histories books so popular to introduce adults to the most shocking secrets of the Roman Empire, Elizabethan England and the Victorian Railways.

    From how the Romans (the first 'civilised' society, remember...) made human killing a sport to the lack of safety on the rails, there are so many shocking facts to absorb and gasp over...
  • Imperial War Museum's History Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781471162497
    IWMH
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    Published in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum, this three-book collection brings together a fascinating and authoritative social history of the Second World War.

    A Prayer for Gallipoli covers the Great War from the point of view of a chaplain. Kenneth Best had no military training, so to fulfil his pastoral role, he had to get close to the front line and work with troops as they were under fire. As his empathy for the troops grew larger, he became more and more disgusted with their leaders. These diaries provide an insight into the horrific realities of trench warfare.

    The Secret History of the Blitz by Joshua Levine looks at the people that are not normally mentioned during accounts of the War - those spivs, outcasts and unsung heroes who were in the shadows; and D-Day to Victory features the diaries of a British tank commander as the war finally came to an end.

    All written using archive and primary sources, these are candid and compelling reads about the triumphs and tragedies of war.