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History Books

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TFCL
    The National Archives
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    From Captain James Cook's notes of his discovery of the South Pacific and Australia to archive logs, diaries and letters that cover naval battles including Trafalgar and Waterloo, this fantastically presented book provides a glimpse into history's greatest nautical voyages.

    From the National Archives, the commanders' journals cover everything from exploring unknown lands to engaging in war and general trade and provide breathtaking descriptions of all the incredible things these seafarers saw on their travels.

    Armchair historians will find accounts of attempts to stop piracy in the Caribbean, notes about newly discovered exotic plants and animals and medical reports of those who sailed. This keepsake book also features maps, drawings and facsimile documents that were found alongside the logs in the archives.
  • DFTR
    Nicholas Rankin
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    Nicholas Rankin, the bestselling author of Churchill's Wizards, examines how Gibraltar - a lone outpost of the British Empire, riddled with tunnels, spies and secrets - managed to hold off attacks by land, sea and air to help the Allies win the Second World War.

    Two months before his death, Adolf Hitler realised where it had gone wrong - he failed to seize Gibraltar in 1940. A pillar of British sea power since 1704, the Rock of Gibraltar looked formidable but was also very vulnerable.

    Gibraltar was menaced on all sides by Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Vichy France and Francoist Spain and had to let thousands of people cross its frontier to work every day - many of whom were eager to blow up its 25 miles of secret tunnels.

    Eventually in 1942, Gibraltar became US General Eisenhower's HQ for the invasion of North Africa and it was this campaign that led to the Allies' victory. This revelatory book features the likes of Haile Selassie, Anthony Burgess and General Sikorsi and sets Gibraltar in the wider context of the struggle against fascism. It also covers its role in the Spanish Civil War and its people's rise to independence.
  • CDWR
    Bridget Kendall
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    Accompanying the landmark BBC Radio 4 series, former BBC correspondent Bridget Kendall's The Cold War: Stories from the Big Freeze is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how the tensions of the last century have shaped the modern world - and what it has been like to live through them.

    Combining meticulous historical research with personal testimonies from those who lived through the conflict, the series has presented a unique and unbiased history of the Cold War - one of the furthest reaching and longest lasting conflicts in modern history. This book provides even more insight and explains how the war, which lasted over half a century, spanned all over the globe from Greece to China and Hungary to Cuba and has shaped political relations to this day.

    This war also managed to draw new physical and ideological boundaries between East and West and affected all kinds of ordinary people. This captivating read offers a captivating and all-encompassing account of just how far this major historical event reached and its lasting impact.
  • DC Comics: A Visual History Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9780241309810
    DCVH
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    • Just £2.50 per book
    Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are instantly recognisable superheroes all over the world and this eight-book collection .

    Packed with original comic book art by famed illustrators including Jim Lee, Alex Ross and Adam Hughes, these hardback books cover all the way from 1935 to the present day: The Bronze Age, The Silver Age, The Golden Age and The Modern Age. All presented in chronological order, each volume features key character profiles and guides to the iconic cities.

    With the success of both Wonder Woman and Justice League at the cinema this year, this is a must-have compendium for DC fans. In fact, when they receive the set they'll have a smile as big as The Joker's... These books come presented in a keepsake slipcase.

    Format: Hardback
  • Liza Picard History Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250991
    LZPC
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    Covering the Victorian and Elizabethan eras alongside Dr. Johnson's time, these three books from Liza Picard provide a vivid social history of London through the ages.

    Victorian London covers everything from rag-gatherers to royalty and fish knives to freemasons as it explains how ordinary people lived in this important time; Elizabeth's London starts by focusing on the River Thames and its role in the city's history. It then moves on to describe the streets, houses and gardens that were popular during this time.

    Dr. Johnson's London focuses on the years between 1740 and 1770, when the gin craze was just starting to gain ground. She also looks back at the clothes, hobbies, houses and etiquette of the era.

    Format: Paperback
  • PHOW
    Richard Osman
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    Richard Osman and Alexander Armstrong present their very own account of times gone by in A Pointless History of the World.

    Told with their trademark humour, this is a step-by-step journey that takes you from the Big Bang to the fall of the Roman Empire and from the evolution of language all the way through to Last of the Summer Wine.

    Taking you on a journey through time and space, the essays are interspersed with questions from Pointless, everyone's favourite TV quiz show.
  • 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.
  • TTGR
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    Ian Mortimer reveals what it would really be like to live in the United Kingdom between 1660 and 1700 in The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain.

    The third book in his bestselling series, it covers the period from 1660 to 1700; a time when Britain was changing in so many ways. It was the age of Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London and also the period when Isaac Newton was making great waves in science. The Civil Wars had finished and there was excitement for a brand new beginning...

    This accessible book answers all the really important questions like where you would eat, what you would wear, and just how much you'd pay for one of those elaborate wigs...
  • 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.
  • VCAB
    Daisy Goodwin & Sara Sheridan
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    Tying in with the second series of ITV's hit drama series, Victoria, this book provides an in-depth look at the passionate and complicated relationship the Queen embarked on with Prince Albert.

    Both Victoria and Albert were both strong-willed and although they were brought together by an arranged marriage, this did not dampen the spark between them. They were first cousins but could not have had more different personalities - she was impulsive and emotional while he was cautious and logical. They were a very successful couple and this book looks at the differences between their public persona and their private lives.

    Based on the couple's letters and diaries, this book provides a tantalising glimpse into the life of the couple . It's full of rich historical detail and gives insight into this incredible relationship.

    There are also character profiles, interviews with actors and an overview of the production, costumes and props of the show.
  • PSCH
    Nick Lloyd
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    The Battle of Passchendaele took place between July and November 1917 and is widely regarded as one of the worst battles of both World Wars.

    Fought by the Allies against the German Empire in a small corner of Belgium, it was a horrific event that ended with over 500,000 men killed, maimed, gassed or drowned - and many bodies were never found.

    This book marks the centenary of the event. Historian Nick Lloyd references previously unexamined German documents to explain how the offensive put the Allies nearer to a major turning point in the war than anyone has ever imagined...

    It's a fascinating and poignant read for anyone with an interest in military history, trench warfare or past wars.
  • VLNW
    Tom Fort
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    Historian and travel writer Tom Fort, the bestselling author of The A303: Highway to the Sun, travelled the length and breadth on Britain (by bicycle!) to discover the essence of village life and in this personal and whimsical travelogue he shares his findings.

    The first model for communal living, villages still reside in many places despite the advent of technology and modernity. He explains how the chocolate box image of villages may be true in some cases, but how there are still some 'real' English villages remaining - if you can find them...

    Littered with both historical analysis and personal memories, Tom's journeys take in over 6,000 years of communal existence and he also fondly remembers growing up in the village in rural Oxfordshire where he still lives today.
  • 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.
  • Battle Story Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9780750965149 - Various
    BTST
    Various
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    From the Battle of Hastings in 1066 to the Battle of Goose Green during the Falklands War in 1982, this ten-book collection will help anyone fascinated by our past learn all about military history and the various wars and battles that have occurred - and how they have shaped the world we live in today.

    Complete with photographs of the battlefields, illustrations of the key events and easy-to-read maps, each book is packed with fact boxes that will explain how each event contributed to worldwide change.

    From the king that died during conflict in Hastings to the Wars of the Roses, and the bloodiest battles of the First World War - the Somme, Passchendale, El Alamein - to Iwo Jiima, you will be fascinated, appalled and intrigued by these blow-by-blow accounts.
  • 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...
  • COUR
    Samantha Ellis
    (1)
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    In this fascinating biography, Samantha Ellis examines the life of Anne Bronte, an ahead-of-her-time feminist writer who is often unfairly returned to as 'the other Bronte'.

    Overshadowed by her older sisters Charlotte (the successful author of Jane Eyre), Emily (Wuthering Heights) and her brother Branwell, Anne is seen as a tragic, virginal and selfless figure... Samantha believed this before she started researching into the life of Anne.

    In this poignant book, she gives a hugely personal insight into the life and work of a woman who has been sidelined by history. She asks why this is the case and also reveals what we can learn from Anne Bronte's writing.
  • 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.
  • TLFD
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    Football fans know all about the advent of the Premier League in 1992, but what about the 104 years of league football that preceded it? This fascinating book, written by Guardian journalist Scott Murray, tells the story of the old First Division.

    In this one-stop guide to the history of the 'Beautiful Game', Murray cherry-picks the history of the game and rambles about the likes of Preston, Burnley and Wolves just as much as Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester. he also talks about the plight of Glossop - the smallest club to ever play top-flight football.

    Packed with humour and insight, Murray also celebrates the managerial genius of the likes of Tom Watson (the Victorian Mourinho - who was known for his bowler hat), Bill Shankly and Brian Clough. This book will delight any football fan who wants to learn about the sport before it turned into the all-encompassing, multi-billion-bound industry it is today.
  • 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.
  • ATBK
    DK
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    From prehistoric cave paintings to performance art, DK's The Art Book provides an easy-to-follow and fascinating introduction to this compelling and important subject.

    This book explores history's most influential painters, sculptors and artists' most celebrated artworks and provides information surrounding the pieces and insightful quotes about them. It also has profiles of the most important artists from all over the world and explains their impact on impressionism, symbolism and cubism.

    It will help you understand the ideas that inspired Rembrandt and Picasso's masterpieces and covers everything from painting and drawing to printing, sculpture and conceptual art.
  • 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.