All the Kremlin's Men
Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin
Drawing on hundreds of interviews with Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, the Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar presents a portrait of Putin, the ‘man who accidentally became king’ and the machinations of his court. Described as ‘a milestone’ by the Financial Times, the book covers the years 1999 to 2015, revealing the inner workings of the Kremlin and the power struggles of oligarchs and officials as it traces Putin’s metamorphosis from ‘Vlad the Lionheart’ to ‘Vlad the Terrible’.
The White King
Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr
Reviled as a tyrant and canonized as a martyr, Charles I remains one of the most controversial of English monarchs, and he polarizes historians to this day. Drawing on previously unseen royal correspondence, Leanda de Lisle’s carefully researched history charts the tragic career of a flawed king, sets the Civil War in the context of the wider European conflict of the Thirty Years' War, and highlights the crucial and often underestimated role of Charles’s wife Henrietta Maria. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World
The influenza pandemic of 1918–20, which infected a third of the global population, killed 50–100 million people (probably more than the First and Second World Wars combined), yet it barely figures in the collective memory. This story of how the virus ‘emerged, swept the planet and receded’ also investigates human coexistence with flu viruses over the past 12,000 years, and looks at how societies might best combat another pandemic. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Dreams of a Great Small Nation
The Mutinous Army that Threatened a Revolution, Destroyed an Empire, Founded a Republic, and Remade the Map of Europe
In 1917, 50,000 Czech and Slovak army veterans found themselves stranded in Siberia as the Russian Empire disintegrated. Determined to reach the West, they seized control of the Trans-Siberian Railway… Drawing on first-hand accounts, this book tells the gripping story of a little-known episode of the First World War, in which a band of soldiers posed what Trotsky considered the greatest threat to Soviet rule, helped destroy the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and realized their dream of an independent Czecho-Slovakia.
The Ingenious Mr Pyke
Inventor, Fugitive, Spy
Geoffrey Pyke first came to prominence when he escaped from a German prison camp in 1915. His ingenuity and energy subsequently produced experiments in various fields from stock-market speculation to educational theory and, during the Second World War, both Churchill and Mountbatten championed his extraordinary military inventions. Drawing on recently declassified files, this biography analyses his gift for innovation and considers whether he may have been spying for the Russians, as the files suggest. Slightly off-mint.
The Broken Promise of US-Arab Relations, 1820–2001
When Woodrow Wilson included Arab self-determination in his template for a new world after the First World War, many in the Middle East saw the United States as a beacon of hope. Today, mutual distrust could not run deeper. This riveting, detailed and nuanced account of US-Arab relations since the 19th century unearths a forgotten history of lost opportunities, and demonstrates how the establishment of the state of Israel, the Cold War, and the oil crisis soured a once-promising relationship.