The Story of America's First Spy Ring
The military engagements that freed the USA from British rule have been abundantly documented, but until now little was known of the shadowy war of espionage that was fought behind the scenes. Drawing on original research, this book exposes a rogues' gallery of barflies, misfits and smugglers using cyphers and invisible ink to transmit vital information about troop movements to the revolutionaries, controlled by a consummate spymaster: George Washington himself.
The Apocalypse of Napoleon Bonaparte: His Last Years,
from Waterloo to St Helena: A Medical Biography
Since Napoleon died a prisoner on St Helena in 1821, there has been much speculation about the cause of his demise. This ground-breaking study sidesteps rumour and speculation, focusing solely on the reports of the doctors who attended him. Its conclusion is startling. While the immediate cause of death was a gastric ulcer, Napoleon's underlying poor health was due to the hostility of the island's governor, Hudson Lowe, and a scandal involving the mistress of Admiral Plampin, commander of its naval station.
The Hidden History
Setting aside the gossip and distortion that have shrouded the Borgias for centuries, Meyer's portrait of the great Renaissance family offers a new understanding of who the Borgias were and what they did. From the election of Alonso Borgia as pope in 1455, to the deaths of Cesare in 1507 and Lucrezia in 1519, the book is a history of popes, warriors, lovers and ambitious political adventurers based on a re-examination of the sources rather than 'established Borgia myth'. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge. Slightly off-mint.
Maritime Power and the Struggle for Freedom
Naval Campaigns that Shaped the Modern World 1788–1851
In this follow-up to his much-acclaimed Maritime Supremacy, Padfield continues to trace the role of naval power in world history, here analysing the factors that led Britain to global dominance in the 19th century.