Burning the Sky
Operation Argus and the Untold Story of the Cold War Nuclear Tests in Outer Space
As the Cold War intensified in the late 1950s, an eccentric Greek-American physicist developed a startling idea: to detonate nuclear explosions in space to create a radiation belt that would destroy incoming Soviet missiles. Drawing on newly declassified sources, this book describes the plans for Operation Argus, the New York Times exposé of the project, and the 1963 Test Ban Treaty that prevented high-altitude explosions.
The Struggle Over the South China Sea and the Strategy of Chinese Expansion
China’s establishment of military bases on islands in the South China Sea has made these international waters a potential flashpoint. This study examines the threat posed to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, and the likelihood – and dangers – of US involvement.
Iron and Rust
Throne of the Caesars
Set in 235–8 CE, the first novel in Sidebottom’s trilogy brings alive the events that started Rome’s ‘3rd-century crisis’. Old certainties disappear after the Severan dynasty ends in assassination; the new Caesar, Maximinus Thrax, is the first ruler to have risen from the barracks. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge
France and the French
A Modern History
This history offers a broad overview of the upheavals that shaped France in the 20th century: two world wars and the German occupation, the debacles in Vietnam and Algeria, membership of the European Community, and the student and workers’ uprisings of 1968. The book also focuses on the experience of everyday French life, which it explores through the politics of the workplace, the changing role of women, and the issues of immigration, national identity and social exclusion.
The Book of Martial Power
The Universal Guide to the Combative Arts
Different martial arts emphasise different approaches and each has its own set of techniques, training methods and philosophies. Having studied Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian and Western traditions, Steven Pearlman has identified the underlying principles that he presents in this book, proposing a set of fundamental physical movements and postures and spiritual or mental attitudes that are applicable and enlightening to martial artists of all styles.
Beast Friends Forever
Animal Lovers in Rhyme
From the perfumed courtship tactics of Babette the Skunk to happily married Rose the Grisly, whose snoring keeps her adoring fellow sleep-deprived, but mellow, these tales are often hilarious, but never too risqué. Juana and Anna, although they cruise the bars in search of likely male iguanas, are only looking for true love. This wonderful collection of friends and lovers is illustrated in manic style by Ronald Searle.
The Complete Lyrics
One of the wittiest and most versatile songwriters of the 20th century, Noël Coward's lyrics were first collected into a single volume in 1965, but this highly illustrated version also includes over 200 previously unknown songs, the result of researches into Coward's personal archives. Including numbers from unfinished musicals and an abortive collaboration with Jerome Kern as well as all The Master’s famous songs, the lyrics are accompanied by production photographs, publicity material and excerpts from Coward's own manuscripts.
The distinguished Beckett scholar Gerry Dukes presents a photographic biography of one of the most interesting and challenging writers of the 20th century. Illustrated with family snapshots, formal portraits and many informal photographs taken during rehearsals and performances of his plays, the book traces Beckett’s life from his birth in Dublin in 1906 to his death in Paris, his adopted home, in 1989.
The Life and Crimes of Victorian England's Most Notorious Doctor
In 1856 Dr William Palmer was convicted of poisoning his best friend with strychnine and was suspected of committing at least a dozen other murders. One of the last people to be publicly hanged in Britain, he was described by Charles Dickens as ‘the greatest villain who ever stood trial at the Old Bailey’. But in this fresh examination of the evidence, journalist Stephen Bates considers Palmer’s motivation and asks whether he really was a prolific and ruthless serial killer.
Empire of Secrets
British Intelligence, the Cold War, and the Twilight of Empire
Against the backdrop of the Cold War, Britain viewed the nationalist insurgencies shaking its dwindling colonial possessions as Soviet-backed subversion. Drawing on a wealth of top-secret documents and previously overlooked personal papers, this history charts the crucial but unseen role of MI5 in the campaigns waged by British troops in the jungles of Malaya and Kenya and on the streets of Aden, Cyprus and Palestine, uncovering some of the dark secrets of the dying empire. Off-mint.
In the Footsteps of Abraham
The Holy Land in Hand-Painted Photographs
The birthplace of three great Abrahamic faiths, the Holy Land occupies a unique status in history. In the 1920s Arie Speelman, a Dutch Christian, commissioned the hand-colouring of 1,200 black-and-white slides of the area. This book explains their background and reproduces a magnificent selection of these images, which were bequeathed to Amsterdam's Jewish Historical Museum. They offer a rare glimpse of towns, villages and landscapes before the onset of modernization, as Jesus might have seen them.
How British Aristocrats Staked a Claim to the American West
From the 1830s onwards, a succession of British aristocrats headed for the American West, taking with them their valets, their dogs – and their prejudices. This sparkling account describes the newcomers' experiences as they crossed the country to meet Native Americans, hunt buffalo and build cattle empires. Packed with lively incident and colourful personalities, it also charts their reception by Americans often less than pleased at the return of their former colonial overlords.