The Terrible Hours by Peter Maas

The Terrible Hours: The Greatest Submarine Rescue in History by Peter Maas
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Overview: On the eve of World War II, the Squalus, America’s newest submarine, plunged to the bottom of the North Atlantic.

Miraculously, thirty-three crew members still survived in the stricken vessel. While their loved ones waited in unbearable tension onshore, their ultimate fate would depend upon one man, US Navy officer Charles ‘Swede’ Momsen – an extraordinary combination of visionary, scientist and man of action. In this thrilling true story, prize-winning author Peter Maas vividly re-creates a moment-by-moment account of the disaster and the man at its centre.

Could he actually pluck those men from a watery grave?

Or had all his pioneering work been in vain?’
Genre: Non-Fiction > History > World War II > Naval > Submarines

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The Secret History of the Blitz by Joshua Levine

The Secret History of the Blitz by Joshua Levine
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Overview: The Blitz of 1940-41 is one of the most iconic periods in modern British history – and one of the most misunderstood. The ‘Blitz Spirit’ is often celebrated, whereas others dismiss it as a myth. Joshua Levine’s thrilling biography rejects the tired arguments and reveals the human truth: the Blitz was a time of extremes of experience and behaviour. People were pulling together and helping strangers, but they were also breaking rules and exploiting each other. Life during wartime, the author reveals, was complex and messy and real.
From the first page readers will discover a different story to the one they thought they knew – from the sacrifices made by ordinary people to a sudden surge in the popularity of nightclubs; from secret criminal trials at the Old Bailey to a Columbine-style murder in an Oxford College. There were new working opportunities for women and clandestine homosexual relationships conducted in the shadows. The Blitz also allowed for a melting pot of cultures: whilst prayers were offered up in a south London mosque, Jamaican sailors crossed the country. Unlikely friendships were fostered and surprising sexualities explored – these years saw a boom in prostitution and even the emergence of a popular weekly magazine for fetishists. On the darker side, racketeers and spivs made money out of the chaos, and looters prowled the night to prey on bomb victims.
From the lack of cheese to the increased suicide rate, this astonishing and entertaining book takes the true pulse of a ‘blitzed nation’. And it shows how social change during this time led to political change – which in turn has built the Britain that we know today.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Plains Indians by Paul H. Carlson

The Plains Indians by Paul H. Carlson
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Overview: For the Plains Indians, the period from 1750 to 1890, often referred to as the traditional period, was an evolutionary time. Horses and firearms, trade goods, shifting migration patterns, disease pandemics, and other events associated with extensive European contact led to a peak of Plains Indian influence and success in the early nineteenth century. Ironically, that same European contact ultimately led to the devolution of traditional Plains Indian society, and by 1870 most Plains Indian peoples were living on reservations.In The Plains Indians Paul H. Carlson charts the evolution and growth of the Plains Indians through this period of constant change. Carlson examines, among other aspects of these tribal groups, the horse and bison culture, the economy and material culture, trade and diplomacy, and reservation life. In its examination of cultural change, The Plains Indians relies heavily on Indian voices and stresses an Indian viewpoint.Carlson argues that the Plains Indians were neither passive recipients of these cultural changes nor helpless victims. They took what was new and adapted it to and integrated it into their own culture. Even when faced with a significantly altered life on the reservations, the Plains Indians, "without abandoning their cultural base(, ) … adopted sedentary lifeways and shifted toward new life patterns, new sodalities, and different characteristics of community".Carlson also investigates the role of the environment in the lives of the Plains tribal groups. The ecological exploitation of bison was an integral part of their society; both their material and spiritual worlds depended on bison. The Plains Indians, while not living in perfect harmonywith the environment. to some extent adjusted their hunting practices, religious ceremonies, and social organization to the seasons, the bison, and other environmental factors, such as the herding requirements of their horses.The Plains Indians is a clear, well-written narrative history of the Plains Indians during a vital and well-known era in Indian and American history. Those interested in Indian anthropology and history will value this cohesive overview of Plains Indian society and culture.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Oysters of Locmariaquer by Eleanor Clark

The Oysters of Locmariaquer by Eleanor Clark
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Overview: On the northwest coast of France, just around the corner from the English Channel, is the little town of Locmariaquer (pronounced "loc-maria-care"). The inhabitants of this town have a special relationship to the world, for it is their efforts that maintain the supply of the famous Belon oysters, called les plates ("the flat ones"). A vivid account of the cultivation of Belon oysters and an excursion into the myths, legends, and rich, vibrant history of Brittany and its extraordinary people, The Oysters of Locmariaquer is also an unforgettable journey to the heart of a fascinating culture and the enthralling, accumulating drama of a unique devotion. Winner of the National Book Award.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Military in British India by T.A. Heathcote

The Military in British India: The Development of British Land Forces in South Asia 1600-1947 by T.A. Heathcote
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Overview: T.A. Heathcote’s study of the conflicts that established British rule in South Asia, and of the military’s position in the constitution of British India, is a classic work in the field. By placing these conflicts clearly in their local context, his account moves away from the Euro-centric approach of many writers on British imperial military history. It provides a greater understanding not only of the history of the British Indian Army but also of the Indian experience, which had such a formative effect on the British Army itself. This new edition has been fully revised and given appropriate illustrations.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Limits of Tolerance by Denis Lacorne

The Limits of Tolerance: Enlightenment Values and Religious Fanaticism (Religion, Culture, and Public Life) by Denis Lacorne
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Overview: The modern notion of tolerance-the welcoming of diversity as a force for the common good-emerged in the Enlightenment in the wake of centuries of religious wars. First elaborated by philosophers such as John Locke and Voltaire, religious tolerance gradually gained ground in Europe and North America. But with the resurgence of fanaticism and terrorism, religious tolerance is increasingly being challenged by frightened publics.

In this book, Denis Lacorne traces the emergence of the modern notion of religious tolerance in order to rethink how we should respond to its contemporary tensions. In a wide-ranging argument that spans the Ottoman Empire, the Venetian republic, and recent controversies such as France’s burqa ban and the white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, The Limits of Tolerance probes crucial questions: Should we impose limits on freedom of expression in the name of human dignity or decency? Should we accept religious symbols in the public square? Can we tolerate the intolerant? While acknowledging that tolerance can never be entirely without limits, Lacorne defends the Enlightenment concept against recent attempts to circumscribe it, arguing that without it a pluralistic society cannot survive. Awarded the Prix Montyon by the Académie Française, The Limits of Tolerance is a powerful reflection on twenty-first-century democracy’s most fundamental challenges.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Last Indian War by Elliott West

The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story (Pivotal Moments in American History) by Elliott West
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Overview: This newest volume in Oxford’s acclaimed Pivotal Moments series offers an unforgettable portrait of the Nez Perce War of 1877, the last great Indian conflict in American history. It was, as Elliott West shows, a tale of courage and ingenuity, of desperate struggle and shattered hope, of short-sighted government action and a doomed flight to freedom.

To tell the story, West begins with the early history of the Nez Perce and their years of friendly relations with white settlers. In an initial treaty, the Nez Perce were promised a large part of their ancestral homeland, but the discovery of gold led to a stampede of settlement within the Nez Perce land. Numerous injustices at the hands of the US government combined with the settlers’ invasion to provoke this most accomodating of tribes to war. West offers a riveting account of what came next: the harrowing flight of 800 Nez Perce, including many women, children and elderly, across 1500 miles of mountainous and difficult terrain. He gives a full reckoning of the campaigns and battles–and the unexpected turns, brilliant stratagems, and grand heroism that occurred along the way. And he brings to life the complex characters from both sides of the conflict, including cavalrymen, officers, politicians, and–at the center of it all–the Nez Perce themselves (the Nimiipuu, "true people"). The book sheds light on the war’s legacy, including the near sainthood that was bestowed upon Chief Joseph, whose speech of surrender, "I will fight no more forever," became as celebrated as the Gettysburg Address.

Based on a rich cache of historical documents, from government and military records to contemporary interviews and newspaper reports, The Last Indian War offers a searing portrait of a moment when the American identity–who was and who was not a citizen–was being forged.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Janissaries by Godfrey Goodwin

The Janissaries by Godfrey Goodwin
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Overview: From the fifteenth to the sixteenth century, the janissaries were the scourge of Europe. With their martial music, their muskets and their drilled march, it seemed that no one could withstand them. Their loyalty to their corps was infinite as the Ottomans conquered the Balkans as far as the Danube, and Syria, Egypt and Iraq. They set up semi-independent states along the North African coast and even fought at sea. Their political power was such that even sultans trembled. Who were they? Why were they an elite? Why did they decline and what was their end? These are some of the questions which this book attempts to answer. It is the story of extraordinary personalities in both victory and defeat. ‘An incredible book . a tour de force’ Middle East International ‘Well written and lucid.’ Muslim World Books Review ‘Goodwin has done so much in his scholarly career to introduce a wide audience to Ottoman culture.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Ice at the End of the World by Jon Gertner

The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland’s Buried Past and Our Perilous Future by Jon Gertner
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Overview: Greenland: a remote, mysterious island five times the size of California but with a population of just 56,000. The ice sheet that covers it is 700 miles wide and 1,500 miles long, and is composed of nearly three quadrillion tons of ice. For the last 150 years, explorers and scientists have sought to understand Greenland-at first hoping that it would serve as a gateway to the North Pole, and later coming to realize that it contained essential information about our climate. Locked within this vast and frozen white desert are some of the most profound secrets about our planet and its future. Greenland’s ice doesn’t just tell us where we’ve been. More urgently, it tells us where we’re headed.
In The Ice at the End of the World, Jon Gertner explains how Greenland has evolved from one of earth’s last frontiers to its largest scientific laboratory. The history of Greenland’s ice begins with the explorers who arrived here at the turn of the twentieth century-first on foot, then on skis, then on crude, motorized sleds-and embarked on grueling expeditions that took as long as a year and often ended in frostbitten tragedy. Their original goal was simple: to conquer Greenland’s seemingly infinite interior. Yet their efforts eventually gave way to scientists who built lonely encampments out on the ice and began drilling one mile, two miles down. Their aim was to pull up ice cores that could reveal the deepest mysteries of earth’s past, going back hundreds of thousands of years.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History > History of Arctic & Antarctica

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The History of Rome by Eugene Laurene, Sir William Smith

The History of Rome by Eugene Laurene, Sir William Smith
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Overview: This detailed history of Rome covers from the earliest times (including the foundation of the city) to the establishment of the Empire, and has been specially formatted for today’s e-book readers.

Featuring many illustrations, including coins, buildings, busts and more, this excellent book is one of the most well respected within the classical civilisation field.

Subject matters covered include politics, architecture, day-to-day life and much more.

The book is written in an educational style, full of interesting facts and detailed analysis.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The God Market by Meera Nanda +

The God Market: How Globalization is Making India More Hindu by Meera Nanda
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Overview: Conventional wisdom says that integration into the global marketplace tends to weaken the power of traditional faith in developing countries. But, as Meera Nanda argues in this path-breaking book, this is hardly the case in today’s India. Against expectations of growing secularism, India has instead seen a remarkable intertwining of Hinduism and neoliberal ideology, spurred on by a growing capitalist class. It is this "State-Temple-Corporate Complex," she claims, that now wields decisive political and economic power, and provides ideological cover for the dismantling of the Nehru-era state-dominated economy. According to this new logic, India’s rapid economic growth is attributable to a special "Hindu mind," and it is what separates the nation’s Hindu population from Muslims and others deemed to be "anti-modern." As a result, Hindu institutions are replacing public ones, and the Hindu "revival" itself has become big business, a major source of capital accumulation. Nanda explores the roots of this development and its possible future, as well as the struggle for secularism and socialism in the world’s second-most populous country.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Glorious Revolution: 1688 by Edward Vallance

The Glorious Revolution: 1688: Britain’s Fight for Liberty by Edward Vallance
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Overview: Heeding the call of England’s ruling class, the Dutch Prince William of
Orange landed with a massive invasion force and within six weeks
expelled the Catholic King James II in 1688. In what was largely
heralded as a bloodless revolution, William and his English wife Mary,
James II’s Protestant daughter, were crowned joint monarchs, accepting
the Declaration of Rights that affirmed Parliament’s ancient rights. It
was a turning point in Britain’s march toward universal suffrage and
liberties. But as acclaimed historian Edward Vallance reveals, the
Glorious Revolution was characterized by warfare and bloody massacre
(especially for Catholics and Irishmen), affected the rights of the
common man in ways traditional histories have ignored, and engaged the
British populace in the affairs of government as never before. A
thriller-paced book-rich in seventeenth-century first-person accounts of
the bloodshed and political machinations of the period-that turns every
debate about this great historical event on its head.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Falklands War by Ezequiel Mercau

The Falklands War by Ezequiel Mercau
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Overview: Why did Britain and Argentina go to war over a wintry archipelago that was home to an unprofitable colony? Could the Falklands War, in fact, have been a last-ditch revival of Britain’s imperial past? Despite widespread conjecture about the imperial dimensions of the Falklands War, this is the first history of the conflict from the transnational perspective of the British world. Taking Britain’s painful process of decolonisation as his starting point, Ezequiel Mercau shows how the Falklands lobby helped revive the idea of a ‘British world’, transforming a minor squabble into a full-blown war. Boasting original perspectives on the Falklanders, the Four Nations and the Anglo-Argentines, and based on a wealth of unseen material, he sheds new light on the British world, Thatcher’s Britain, devolution, immigration and political culture. His findings show that neither the dispute, the war, nor its aftermath can be divorced from the ongoing legacies of empire.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Duke of Puddle Dock by Nigel Barley

The Duke of Puddle Dock: Travels in the Footsteps of Stamford Raffles by Nigel Barley
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Overview: Born the son of an impoverished sea captain in 1781, Stamford Raffles worked his way up in the East India Company to become a minor official on the island of Penang. Out of the blue, he was appointed Governor of Java, and in 1819 he founded Singapore. Now Barley puts himself in Raffles’ skin to offer this portrait. 16 pages of illustrations.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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