Veni Vidi Vici
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Romans But Were Afraid to Ask
From ‘a small collection of hilltop huts in Latium’ to the Empire’s conversion to Christianity, Peter Jones provides sharp, focused and stimulating information on 1,200 years of Roman history. Each of the twelve chapters begins with a broad summary of the period it covers, followed by short ‘nuggets’ on topics relevant to the era, including important individuals, places, politics and war, architecture, literature and everyday life.
The Zoomable Universe
A Step-by-Step Tour Through Cosmic Scale, From the Infinite to the Infinitesimal
From the gargantuan distance of 1026 metres, the radius of the observable universe, down to the unimaginably small Planck scale of 10-35 metres, used for measurements inside a proton, this illustrated guide to the cosmos zooms in on matter one order of magnitude (power of ten) at a time, depicting and explaining a curated selection of entities, including galaxies, planets, the solar system, Earth, flora and fauna, cells, viruses, atoms and subatomic particles.
The Union Jack
The Story of the British Flag
‘The ebb and flow of the dream of union washes around the British shores like the seas that surround it.’ Telling the story of the Union Jack, which was inspired by the banners of the ancient Britons and heraldry, Nick Groom explores the long and turbulent history of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and asks what the flag symbolizes in today’s fractious times.
The Unauthorized Story of the Daily Mail, the Paper that Divided and Conquered Britain
The Daily Mail is Britain’s second-bestselling newspaper, and arguably one of its most divisive. This unofficial history explores the secrets of its longevity, from its creation in 1896 to today, examines a variety of controversies, and profiles the flamboyant figures who have shaped its unique brand of journalism.
A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
The city of Hu? was of major strategic importance to the US Army in Vietnam, but the January 1968 offensive against the city by the North Vietnamese Army led, as the Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden shows, to the war’s costliest campaign. Slightly off-mint.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Edward sends his true love the traditional twelve presents, and Emily loves the gold rings, but the birds are ruining the croquet lawn and by the time the leaping lords arrive – all enthusiastically illustrated by Quentin Blake – Emily’s thank-you notes are replaced by a solicitor’s letter.
What Every Woman Should Know
Lifestyle Lessons From the 1950s
Using photographs and facsimile pages from the Daily Mail archives, this richly illustrated volume reveals how women’s attitudes were shaped in the Baby Boom era. Divided into sections on Fashion, Health and Beauty, and A Woman’s Work, the selection includes advice on finding an affordable fur stole, what a working girl should eat and how to apply fake sun-tan, as well as problem letters from unhappy housewives and advertisements for labour-saving devices that could prove their salvation.
Life and Culture in the West, 1918–1938
Europe emerged from the First World War broken and traumatized, its beliefs shattered by four years of carnage. This wide-ranging history charts the social, political and intellectual climate of the age, as citizens of the West turned their energies towards the hedonism of the Jazz Age while artists, scientists and philosophers grappled with the question of how to live without certainties, and sinister new ideologies emerged from the wreckage of the old order.
Fierce, trenchant, unpredictable and funny, Christopher Hitchens (1949–2011) raised the polemical essay to a new art form. This collection of previously unpublished articles on literature, religion, politics and society demonstrates his wit and combative flair on topics ranging from Hezbollah to Hillary Clinton, Orwell to Dickens, Ian Fleming to Salman Rushdie. The book includes the author’s thoughts on the case of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, his wry dissection of ‘The Politicians We Deserve’, and his hilarious exploration of the male ‘makeover’.
The Cooler King
Long before the USA entered the Second World War, William Ash (1918–2014) had left Texas, joined up in Britain and was flying Spitfires with 411 squadron. In 1942 he was shot down over France, captured and incarcerated in Stalag III; he spent the rest of the war trying to escape from various Nazi PoW camps, including Oflag XXIB in Poland. In this book, Bishop explores the PoW experience while telling the exciting and inspirational story of Ash’s determined efforts to break free.
Lady Fanshawe's Receipt Book
An Englishwoman's Life During the Civil War
In the mid 17th century, England was riven by bloody civil war. For Ann Fanshawe, married to a Royalist diplomat, it was a time of insecurity and danger. Throughout the turmoil, she kept a leather-bound book full of ink-stained receipts for everything from life-saving remedies to hot chocolate. That volume forms the basis for this account of her attempts to keep a household together in the face of adversity, and her passionate devotion to the Stuart cause.
Myth, Reality, and Hitler's Lightning War: France 1940
The long-accepted view of Hitler's war machine as an unstoppable force in 1940 is called into question in this meticulous, revisionist account of the Battle of France. Showing that the reputation of blitzkrieg is largely myth (propagated by the Nazis), Lloyd Clark argues that the modern German Army was in fact largely on foot, or reliant on horses and bicycles, and the invasion was a highly risky move that succeeded only with the help of luck and Allied mistakes. Off-mint.
The Telomerase Revolution
The Enzyme That Holds the Key to Human Aging... and Will Soon Lead to Longer, Healthier Lives
Why does growing old lead to so many forms of illness? Recent advances in the study of human cells have revealed that the key to answering this question lies in the telomeres – the tips of chromosomes – which shorten every time a cell reproduces. As he explains these insights, Fossel highlights the ability of the enzyme telomerase to re-lengthen the telomeres and discusses its potential as a means of treating age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Stars in Battledress
A Light-Hearted Look at Service Entertainment in the Second World War
Many of the stars of post-war British entertainment cut their teeth in Army entertainment; established artistes as part of ENSA and, braving the front lines, Stars in Battledress using talent drawn from the serving ranks. This book recounts the stories of such members as Charlie Chester and Spike Milligan as well as tales of the post-war Combined Service Entertainment in which Frankie Howerd and Stanley Baxter learned their trade.
Featuring more than 500 mostly unpublished photographs from the London County Council archive, this richly evocative book opens a window on a vanished past. Spanning 75 years, from 1870 to 1945, it charts the transition from a Dickensian world of coaching inns to the devastation of the Blitz, revealing the architectural beauty that London has lost, explaining why some buildings have survived while others have perished, and sounding a clarion call to save what remains.
The Making of a Myth
Few US presidents have been elected with such hopes, to be confronted with such harsh realities in office, as Barack Obama. Drawing on unpublished letters and diaries, Pulitzer prizewinner David Maraniss charts Obama's journey from his childhood in Hawaii as the son of a Kenyan father and a Texan mother, via Chicago, to Harvard. Authoritative, rounded and sympathetic, this groundbreaking biography demonstrates how a young man's quest for his identity as an African-American shaped his vision for the United States.
Panoramas of Lost London
Work, Wealth, Poverty and Change 1870–1945
Following on from the bestselling Lost London 1870–1945, this astonishing book presents some 280 photographs originally commissioned by the London County Council to record streets and neighbourhoods on the threshold of redevelopment. Enlarged and cropped, the photographs reveal the built environment and life within it in extraordinary detail. They are, as Dan Cruickshank writes in his foreword, 'photographs which record not just the appearance of the building but also, in some uncanny way, its atmosphere, its grand but crumbling soul'.
Arranged by region from North West to South West, this selection of over 1,300 photographs from the Historic England collection presents a visual narrative of the built environment and people's lives within it, from the age of horse-drawn trams to that of trolley buses. Introduced and captioned by Philip Davies, the images show a vast range of English life in town and country – from the commercial grandeur of Liverpool's 'Three Graces' to a blacksmith at work in a Cornish village.
Victoria Cross Heroes of World War One
628 Extraordinary Stories of Valour
Between the first Victoria Cross awarded in 1857 and the outbreak of war in 1914, 500 medals were conferred. Over the next four years that figure more than doubled with trench warfare seemingly affording endless opportunities for courage in the face of the enemy. Comprehensively illustrated with photographs, newspaper cuttings and maps, this impressive book profiles the 628 acts of conspicuous bravery, on land, at sea and in the air, that were rewarded with a VC during the Great War.
A Great and Glorious Adventure
A Military History of the Hundred Years War
In this new history of the Hundred Years War, a conflict that raged from 1337 to 1453, military historian Gordon Corrigan reveals the horrors of the battles and brings to life the personalities of the period – among them, Edward III, the Black Prince, Henry V and Joan of Arc. He shows how, despite their superior tactics and the great victories at Crécy, Poitiers and Agincourt, the English could not hope to hold forever the lands they conquered.
Letters and News from the Trenches and the Home Front
During the First World War the Daily Mail published letters from soldiers and civilians as well as reports from the front line and comment by literary figures such as John Galsworthy, Arthur Conan Doyle and Thomas Hardy. This volume mixes these elements from the paper's archive with private diaries, correspondence and photographs from the battle and home fronts to give a valuable contemporary perspective on the war.
Helped, hidden and protected by their fellow citizens during 14 harrowing days in 1943, 95 per cent of Denmark's Jewish population – 7,742 people – were smuggled out all along the coast on ships,schooners and fishing boats to neutral Sweden. Drawing on contemporary sources, including eye witness accounts, Bo Lidegaard tells the full story of how the people of Nazi-occupied Denmark anticipated the Nazis' round-up of Danish Jews and decided to resist the might of the Third Reich.
A History of 1945
After the most devastating war in human history, how did the world emerge from the wreckage? Drawing on hundreds of eye-witness accounts and personal stories, this study focuses on the immediate aftermath of the Second World War: the months following the surrender of the Axis powers. It begins with the liberation of the camps and surveys the problems of repatriation, hunger, revenge, war crimes tribunals and military occupation, but also the restoration of democracy and the start of the UN.
What Every Woman Should Know
Lifestyle Lessons from the 1930s
In the 1930s women had the vote, they had independence and increasingly they had money to spend. The Daily Mail was one of the first newspapers to recognize this and it led the way in women's lifestyle features. This selection of facsimile pages from 1930s editions of the Mail, with their beauty and fashion advice, cookery tips and household hints, give a revealing and entertaining insight into the preoccupations of the new consumer age.
London Hidden Interiors
Philip Davies's selection of 180 London interiors, all beautifully photographed by Derek Kendall, reveals the architectural riches – and eccentricities – hidden behind inscrutable London facades or tucked away in sidestreets: houses such as 11 Bedford Row, with its magnificent Georgian painted staircase; hidden gems such as the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in Malet Street; and the complete 18th-century dining room by Robert Adam, removed from Bowood House in Wiltshire and reconstructed on the ninth floor of the Lloyd's Building.
We'll Meet Again
Britain at War
With advances in camera technology, photojournalists were able to record everyday life during the Second World War with much more flexibility than ever before and the home front provided them with unforgettable visual material. From bomb destruction and ration queues to evacuees and women working in heavy industry, this collection of 350 photographs from the Daily Mail archive contains many arresting images and portrays a remarkable sense of cheerfulness in the face of adversity.
The Second World War
A Military History
Former Army officer Gordon Corrigan focuses on the operational military history of the Second World War in this one-volume account. He examines the wider agendas of the warring nations as well as the personalities of key political leaders and assesses how these factors affected the military decision-making in all theatres of the war. Advancing fresh interpretations and strident views, the book questions many commonly held perceptions of the events of 1939–1945.