Where the American Century Began
After the Second World War, the initiative to divide Korea at the 38th Parallel was put forward by America. The war that followed resulted in the death of around three million civilians. This critique of America’s involvement in the Korean War of 1950–53 examines the origins of the conflict, America’s response to China’s involvement, including the chemical weapon bombing campaign, and the legacy of militarism and bitterness that remains in North Korea.
The Lives and Spies of MI5's Maxwell Knight
Based on recently declassified MI5 files, this is the story of one of Britain’s greatest intelligence operators, Maxwell Knight (1900–1968) or ‘M’. From 1923, when he was recruited for MI5 by Sir George Makgill, the book follows Knight’s career through infiltrating Communist and Fascist movements in Britain during the 1920s and 1930s, the Second World War and the Cold War, and examines his particular talent for recruiting and training special agents.
War and the Death of News
Reflections of a Grade B Reporter
Martin Bell has seen war from both sides, first as a soldier and then as a journalist, reporting from some of the grimmest conflicts of recent decades. In this compelling personal account, he describes his experiences in Vietnam, Bosnia and Northern Ireland, and reflects on the way that journalism has changed. In the face of ‘embedded’ reporting, ‘infotainment’, social media and ‘post-truth’, he issues an impassioned call to put substance back into the news. Slightly off-mint.
The Black Prince of Florence
The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de' Medici
The illegitimate son of Lorenzo II and a maidservant, Alessandro de’ Medici ruled Florence for six turbulent years until he was assassinated in 1537. This first complete account of his life charts the rise through the intrigue-ridden courts of Renaissance Italy of the model for Machiavelli’s Prince, assesses the qualities of a ruler branded a tyrant by his enemies after his death, and considers the possible ethnic origins of this ‘first European ruler of colour’.
Hero of the Empire
The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill
In 1899 the 25-year-old Winston Churchill scaled the fence of a PoW camp in Pretoria to make a perilous 300-mile escape across Southern Africa. This account of his journey to freedom is set within the context of his early years as a war correspondent, soldier and budding politician, and paints an intimate portrait of a young man keen to seek out danger -– he narrowly survived conflicts in Cuba, the Hindu Kush and Sudan – yet assured of his own long-term destiny. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Oft in Danger
The Life and Campaigns of General Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley
Anthony Farrar-Hockley (1924–2006) began his army career during the Second World War, serving with paratroopers in North Africa, Italy, France and Greece. After 1945, he was with 6th Airborne Division in Palestine and, from 1950, with the Glosters in Korea, where he taken prisoner by the Chinese; then on to Cyprus, Suez, Jordan, the Persian Gulf, and Borneo. A vivid portrait of ‘TFH’, this book also traces the British military’s transformation from conscription army to a voluntary, professional force.
Strafer: Desert General
The Life and Killing of Lieutenant General William Gott
When William 'Strafer' Gott was shot down and killed by the Luftwaffe in 1942, the command he had just been assigned – the 8th Army in North Africa – was given to Bernard Montgomery. Exploring his leadership and personal qualities, this biography examines Gott's formative military experiences in the First World War (during which he was a PoW and won the Military Cross), postings between the wars and his campaigns in the desert from 1940 to 1942, before his assassination.
From Corunna to Waterloo
The Letters and Journals of Two Napoleonic Hussars, 1801–1816
Major Edwin Griffith and his nephew Captain Frederick Philips served in the 15th (King's) Hussars during the Napoleonic Wars and both kept journals of their experiences and regularly wrote letters home. Often serving in separate wings of the regiment, their observations cover different actions, the contemporary accounts describing home service on policing duties as well as the campaign with Wellington through Portugal, Spain and southern France from 1813 up to Waterloo in 1815.
The Prince and the Art of War
During Machiavelli’s lifetime, his fame rested on The Art of War rather than The Prince; although written with the situation in Florence in mind, his practical military treatise was influential throughout Europe. It promotes the concept of war as an extension of politics, and the necessity of a state army, trained, disciplined and deployed on the classical Roman model. The Art of War accompanies The Prince in this Collector’s Library edition.
Death for Desertion
The Story of the Court Martial and Execution of Sub Lt Edwin Dyett
On January 5th, 1917, Sub-Lieutenant Edwin Dyett of the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division, faced the firing squad. Although accused of desertion in the face of the enemy, the facts surrounding the case and Dyett's psychological and nervous condition cast serious doubts on whether justice was done. Drawing on statements and court martial documents, this re-examination of the trial asks: was Dyett a coward, or simply wholly unsuited to the role of an officer in the front line?
British Pill Boxes and Bunkers 1914–1918
The first recorded British concrete machine gun post, concrete dugout or emplacement was constructed in August 1914 and the Army rapidly developed their expertise in this type of fortification throughout the course of the war. This book outlines the development of these pill boxes, as some designs came to be known, and examines all the structures still in existence in France and Belgium today, with photographs, GPS coordinates and maps showing how they fitted into contemporary defensive systems.
Why the Germans Lost
The Rise and Fall of the Black Eagle
From Frederick the Great and the emergence of Prussia as a major power, German armies earned a fearsome reputation, yet that envied military tradition was to be defeated in the First World War and destroyed in 1945. This book assesses the developments in organization, equipment and leadership of the army from the 18th century, through the Napoleonic period, to the two world wars, analysing the strategy and battle performance that lay behind its successes and failures.
Twilight of the Gods
The Decline and Fall of the German General Staff in World War II
David Stone tells the story of the progressive demise of the German general staff, from its revival and rearmament in 1935 to its downfall in the final years of the Second World War. The study examines why the army high command entered into its ‘unholy alliance’ with the National Socialists and Hitler; traces the worsening relationship as the war progressed; and analyses the general staff’s role in von Stauffenberg’s 1944 assassination attempt and the failed Operation Valkyrie.
Harriet Martineau's Writing on British History and Military Reform
Volumes 1-5 contain Martineau's History of the Peace: Being a History of England from 1816 to 1854, with the Introduction 1800-1815 covering the Napoleonic Wars, reprinted from the American edition of 1864. Volume 6 presents England and Her Soldiers (1859), covering post-Crimean events, together with relevant articles and correspondence. No jackets.
A History of Courage, Sacrifice and Brotherhood
Written by a former officer, this searching examination of the experience of men at war draws on hundreds of narrative accounts written by soldiers themselves to produce a combatant's-eye view of battle from Sebastopol to Stalingrad, from Vietnam to Fallujah. It asks what it means to confront the reality of killing or being killed, investigates the complex relationship between love, sex and war, and reveals the 'trial by media' faced by the soldiers of today. Off-mint.
In the Name of Rome
The Men Who Won the Roman Empire
Rome's generals, who were appointed because of their political success, received no formal training for command. So how did men such as Caesar and Scipio win the victories that created and maintained the empire? From campaigns against Hannibal in the third century BCE to Belisarius' desperate efforts to regain the western empire in the sixth century CE, this history of Roman warfare focuses on the skills used by individual leaders to control their forces.