The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit that Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War
Facing the well-equipped German forces in North Africa in 1941, David Stirling saw the potential for small teams of highly trained soldiers to mount surprise attacks and acts of sabotage on airfields and supply chains. This account of his founding of the SAS describes their actions in Africa, Sicily, Italy and France and puts into context their vital strategic effectiveness during the Second World War and lasting influence on military tactics thereafter. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Life on the Edge
The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology
Why have humans never successfully created new life entirely from non-living material? How do birds detect Earth’s magnetic field, and how can dogs distinguish so many different smells? In this book a physicist and a biologist introduce the emerging field of quantum biology, which promises to help scientists understand the most puzzling biological phenomena by considering how the behaviour of matter at the quantum scale could affect processes important to life – and could even provide the key to its origins. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
When Lions Roar
The Churchills and the Kennedys
Giant historical figures such as Churchill and JFK appear to stand alone, but few reach such eminence without the support of a network of public and private relationships, starting with their families. This biographical study begins at Chartwell in the 1930s, with a secret business deal between Churchill and Joseph Kennedy, before exploring the complex links between the two dynasties, shedding new light on a transatlantic alliance that would shape world history. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A Spy Among Friends
Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
'If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friends,' wrote EM Forster, 'I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.' Kim Philby did both. In this tale of espionage, friendship and deceit, the bestselling author of Agent Zigzag and Double Cross tells how the spy won the trust of fellow MI6 officer Nicholas Elliott and CIA chief James Jesus Angleton, thwarting several intelligence operations. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Ariadne Objective
The Underground War to Rescue Crete from the Nazis
A committed band of partisans were a thorn in the side of the German occupiers of Crete from May 1941, with an unlikely group of British spies organizing, orchestrating and supplying them. This book tells the story of the operatives, including future travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, John Pendlebury and Xan Fielding, who lived in the Cretan mountains for years conducting sabotage operations culminating in the abduction of the German commanding officer. American-cut pages.
The Discovery of Jeanne Baret
In 1765, Jeanne Baret smuggled herself aboard a French naval expedition on which her lover Philibert Commerson was official botanist. Disguised as a boy, she carried heavy equipment, collected thousands of specimens, took detailed scientific notes – and became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. Drawing on painstaking research and Baret's recently discovered notebook, this captivating book charts her thrilling story and restores this forgotten heroine to her rightful place in the history of science. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
On 1 May 1915, ten months into the First World War, an ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house set sail from New York for Liverpool. Shadowing it across the Atlantic was a German U-boat... This bestselling history from the author of The Devil in the White City musters a vivid cast of characters as it follows the course of U-20 and RMS Lusitania to their fatal meeting off the Irish coast. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.