Empire of Crime
Organised Crime in the British Empire
When Britain banned the lucrative export of opium from Imperial India to China, organized criminals were quick to develop an illegal trade in narcotics. Using government files and personal letters Tim Newark reveals the extent to which gangsters exploited global trade routes, including those made secure by the British Empire itself, and how they became the setting for a turf war involving Shanghai smugglers, American drugbusters and Afghan criminal gangs.
The In and Out
A History of the Naval and Military Club
Originally conceived as a 'civilized place of association' for officers on leave from the Peninsular War, the then 'Military Club' was founded, not without controversy, in 1815. Lavishly illustrated with reproductions of Club portraits and photographs, this volume traces the eventful history of the Club, through two world wars and an IRA bomb, and through several London locations before landing in St James's Square – but still sporting the 'In' and 'Out' of its Piccadilly home. Foreword by Prince Philip, the Club's President.