The Violent Assault that Changed a Presidency
Just two months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan lay near death after an assassin’s bullet passed close to his heart. Killing Reagan tells the story of his rise to power, from Hollywood to the California governor’s mansion, before examining the way he overcame the physical and mental trauma of his brush with death, and how it changed his presidency, enabling him to rise to the challenges of re-election, Libya, the Iran-Contra affair and the Cold War.
The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General
Having survived a spectacularly bloody campaign across Europe, America's most charismatic general, George Patton, was killed in a road accident near Mannheim, Germany, in December 1945. His brusque manner and outspoken nature had made him many enemies and his unexpected death has since provoked suspicion. This book analyses Patton's activities from October 1944 up to the fatal crash and investigates the circumstances of the accident to establish whether it might have been an assassination.
The World Broke in Two
Virginia Woolf, TS Eliot, DH Lawrence, EM Forster and the Year That Changed Literature
The beginning of 1922 found the four subjects of this study troubled by self-doubt, money worries, relationship difficulties and the intellectual challenge posed by James Joyce’s Ulysses. Investigating their friendships and rivalries, the book looks at their creative regeneration in works such as Eliot’s The Waste Land, Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, Forster’s Passage to India and Lawrence’s important if underrated Kangaroo – works now recognized as landmarks of literary modernism.
A Portrait of Harper Lee, from Scout to Go Set A Watchman
Despite the success of To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee (1926–2016) remained a reclusive figure. This biography sheds light on her enigmatic character and her relations with Truman Capote and her editor Tay Hohoff. Fully revised and updated in 2016, this edition includes the death of her beloved sister Alice, the controversy around her former agent’s acquisition of the Mockingbird copyright, and the surprise publication shortly before she died of her first novel, long believed lost. Slightly off-mint.
The Guns at Last Light
The War in Western Europe, 1944–1945
Beginning with the Normandy invasion of June 1944, this third volume in American historian Rick Atkinson’s Liberation Trilogy follows the progress of the Allied advance across Western Europe, recounting engagements such as the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Market Garden. Organizing the year-long struggle into a compelling narrative, this acclaimed account takes in the perspectives of participants at all levels and assesses the characters and actions of leading Allied personalities including Eisenhower, Montgomery and Patton. Off-mint.
Journeys Around Shakespeare's Globe
No writer has been performed, adapted and translated in such a variety of languages and cultures as Shakespeare. This dazzlingly original book ranges across four continents and four centuries to show how Shakespeare was fascinated with the world, and the world became fascinated with Shakespeare. Blending travelogue and cultural history, it ranges from a troupe of English actors tramping the Baltic states in the early 1600s, via Bollywood and apartheid South Africa, to the skyscrapers of 21st-century Beijing.
The Story of The Remarkable Woman Who Mapped The Ocean Floor
In 1952, Marie Tharp started a revolution that changed our ideas about how the continents were created – yet few people today have heard of her. This beautifully written, meticulously researched biography sets the record straight, telling how this unconventional woman marched into the new geophysical lab at Columbia University and demanded a job, and how she and her partner Bruce Heezen spent the next 20 years painstakingly interpreting sonar data to create the first comprehensive map of the ocean floor.
A Royal Experiment
The Private Life of King George III
Our view of George III is coloured by the madness that afflicted him in later life. Yet as this sympathetic biography makes clear, the prince who acceded to the throne at the age of 22 had eminently sane but novel ambitions. He would be a new kind of king, whose authority rested on consent rather than power; and a new kind of man, with a stable, affectionate marriage rather than a string of royal mistresses. (Also published as The Strangest Family.) Slightly off-mint.
The Evolution of Battle
From the horns of dung beetles or the enormous claws of male fiddler crabs to the elaborate antlers of elk, some animals have developed extravagant weapons that seem out of proportion with their size. Evolutionary biologist Douglas Emlen has made a study of the factors that drive the evolution of these extreme specializations and, in this study, draws parallels with the development of military technology in human history, concluding that the governing factors are the same.
A Cruel and Shocking Act
The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination
Philip Shenon's book pieces together the compelling story of the most important, and most misunderstood, homicide investigation in 20th-century America: the Warren Commission inquiry and its conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone to assassinate the President. Drawing on unprecedented access to surviving Commission staff and other key witnesses, Shenon reveals how much of the truth about the Kennedy assassination has not been told and how much evidence was 'shredded, incinerated or erased' before it reached the Commission. Off-mint.
The Sword of Albion
One of Britain's greatest naval heroes, Nelson was nonetheless insecure and needed constant reassurance. Wellington thought him 'so vain and silly as to surprise and almost disgust me'. This second volume of Sugden's biography recounts Nelson's life from 1797 to his death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Drawing on letters and diaries, it weaves his victories at the Nile and Copenhagen with his stormy relations with colleagues and his scandalous private life.