1923-1968: The Idealist (Volume 1)
Few US statesmen have been as revered and reviled as Henry Kissinger. This first of two volumes charts his escape from Nazi Germany, his combat experience in the Second World War, his early celebrity as a Harvard professor, and his formative visit to Vietnam. Off-mint with a felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge
The Myth of Sisyphus
‘It is legitimate and necessary to wonder whether life has a meaning; therefore it is legitimate to meet the problem of suicide face to face’: this is how Camus, in his preface, describes the subject of this profound philosophical statement. The Myth is accompanied by five short essays, including ‘Summer in Algiers’, evoking the city in which Camus’ novels The Outsider and The Plague are set.
When The Going Was Good
Between 1929 and 1935, Evelyn Waugh travelled widely and wrote extensively about his experiences. This collection brings together his accounts of a Mediterranean cruise, and his travels in Abyssinia, Aden, Zanzibar, Kenya, the Congo, Guyana and Brazil. Written with his characteristic dry wit and perception, these reports contain the seeds of his classic novels Scoop and Black Mischief.
The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of JMW Turner
Born into an era of far-reaching change, Turner revolutionized landscape painting – and bewildered his contemporaries – with his visionary canvases. Based on extensive first-hand research, this biography charts his tumultuous life and career, from his birth as a barber’s son in Covent Garden to his burial amid the pomp of St Paul’s Cathedral. Moyle explores Turner’s fraught personal relations, follows his travels in Europe, and addresses the rumours of madness that haunted his last years.
1923–1968: The Idealist
Few US statesman have been as revered and reviled as Henry Kissinger. This first of two volumes charts his escape from Nazi Germany, his combat experience in the Second World War, his early celebrity as a Harvard professor, and his formative visit to Vietnam. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Battle of the Bulge
In a last, desperate counter-attack in December 1944, the German Army advanced rapidly through the forests of the Ardennes, achieving complete surprise and almost accomplishing their goal of dividing the advancing Allied armies. Reflecting the perspectives of participants at every level, the celebrated historian Antony Beevor’s account of the pivotal engagement describes how this bloodiest battle of the Second World War ‘brought the terrifying brutality of the eastern front to the west’. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Cookery Postcards from Penguin
100 Cookbook Covers in One Box
John Hamilton is an art director at Penguin and a dedicated collector of cookbooks. Chosen as much for the artwork on their covers as the recipes inside, his collection spans around 60 years of book jacket design and includes many classics of cookery writing, with cover illustrations by artists such as Edward Bawden, Osbert Lancaster and David Gentleman. The 100 jackets are reproduced here on 100 semi-matt postcards in a sturdy presentation box.
Five Came Back
A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War
After Pearl Harbor, five of the most renowned Hollywood film directors were enlisted into the American armed forces to fight the propaganda battle, explain American objectives in the war, and shape a narrative that would determine how Americans would perceive the conflicts in Europe and the Pacific. This account of Hollywood’s contribution to fighting the Second World War is told through the wartime service of the five great directors: John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler and Frank Capra.
Stories in the Stars
An Atlas of Constellations
‘Lying on our backs, we look up at the night sky. This is where stories began’ (John Berger). Drawing on folk and literary traditions of many cultures, this book retells some of the myriad myths and legends inspired by the stars. From Andromeda to Vulpecula (the ‘Little Fox’), each constellation’s story is accompanied by an illustration and a celestial map that shows adjacent constellations and the apparent magnitude of each star as seen from Earth. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A New Book of Middle Eastern Food
Originally published in 1968, Roden’s acknowledged classic helped change the Western perception of Middle Eastern cuisine. This revised edition includes old favourites as well as new dishes: Stuffed Vine Leaves, Baklava and Morroccan Mint Tea sit alongside the more exotic Chicken Stuffed With Dried Nuts and Sweet and Sour Aubergine Salad. Including many helpful tips and techniques, the clearly explained recipes are interspersed with riddles, poems and proverbs, and often given a rich cultural or historical context.
For the Glory
Eric Liddell's Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr
The world's best sprinter at the 1924 Olympics, Eric Liddell (1902–1945), proved his unshakeable commitment to his faith when he refused to compete in the 100m on a Sunday, winning instead the 400m on a weekday. This biography of the athlete portrayed in the film Chariots of Fire describes his remarkable sporting career and his inspirational later work as a missionary in China, where he remained in testing conditions during the war until his death in a Japanese internment camp. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The End of History and the Last Man
With reference to Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche, this controversial thesis, originally published in 1992, puts forward the case that the battle for dominance between political ideologies will inevitably result in the universal adoption of liberal democracy as the natural form of government. Fukuyama also demonstrates that, with liberty and equality at its heart, liberal democracy can accommodate the human need for recognition.
The Foucault Reader
An Introduction to Foucault's Thought
This selection of transcribed interviews and extracts from major works, including Discipline and Punish, The History of Sexuality and Madness and Civilization, introduces the key Foucauldian relationship between knowledge and power, and how it works to objectify and manipulate the individual. An authoritative introduction by editor Paul Rabinow tackles Foucault’s ‘three modes of objectification’: institutional isolation, scientific classification and self-objectification.
Although Arthur Wellesley left no memoirs or autobiography there is a mass of private and official correspondence, amounting to millions of words, giving incomparable insight into the mind of the great commander and illuminating his decisions as events unfolded. This collection of his dispatches, edited and with contextual commentary by Charles Esdaile, begins with his arrival in Portugal in 1808 and reports on the campaigns in the Iberian Peninsula, southern France, and Waterloo in 1815. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Inside the Minds of Britain's Most Notorious Criminals
The Criminal Justice Act of 2003 allowed judges to sentence the perpetrators of particularly shocking crimes to a ‘whole life order’, with no chance of release. This book examines the lives of murderers currently serving these sentences in British prisons, such as Ian Huntley and Rose West. Debating the question of whether life really should mean life, the reports investigate each inmate’s motivations for committing their crimes as well as their subsequent attitudes to the offences and their imprisonment.
The Great Explosion
Gunpowder, The Great War, and a Disaster on the Kent Marshes
In April 1916, shortly before the Battle of the Somme, a series of explosions ripped through a munitions works on the Kent marshes, killing 108 people and injuring many more. This remarkable book recreates the events of that day, shedding new light on the home front during the Great War. Brian Dillon offers a chilling natural history of explosives and their effects on bodies, buildings, and the earth; and a deeply personal exploration of one of England’s most bleakly beautiful landscapes.
Classic Children's Tales
Published to mark the 150th anniversary of Frederick Warne & Co, this volume contains classic works by four of the greatest authors and illustrators originally published by the company. Reproduced as they would have first appeared, the six books are Beatrix Potter’s The Sly Old Cat; Sing a Song for Sixpence by Randolph Caldecott; Kate Greenaway’s A for Apple and Mother Goose; and Edward Lear’s Nonsense Songs & Stories and The Book of Nonsense. There are short introductions to each author-illustrator and their work.
Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells
The Best of Early Vanity Fair
In the course of its 100-year history, Vanity Fair magazine has been a synonym for intelligence, wit and stylish writing, and its contributors have included some of the greatest names in world literature. This selection from its early issues includes F Scott Fitzgerald on what a magazine should be, DH Lawrence on women, Aldous Huxley on ‘What exactly is modern?’ and Dorothy Parker on peak, waspish form.
Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex
Artemis Fowl, the young criminal mastermind, has summoned an elite group of fairies to Iceland. When he presents them with his invention to save the world from global warming, the fairies are alarmed – Artemis has become nice. Now that the subterranean city of Atlantis is under attack by robots, how will a nice Artemis fight them? Age 8+
The Secret History of MI6
From its foundation in 1909, through two world wars to its present role at the heart of modern British government, the Secret Intelligence Service, or MI6, has been a subject of sustained and intense public interest. This landmark study, the first written by an independent historian with unrestricted access to the service's archives, analyses the role and significance of intelligence and gives an authoritative account of SIS people, organization, development and operations over the first 40 years of its existence.
1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation
Martin Luther’s revolutionary ideas spread across Europe within just a few years of the day in 1517 when he posted his ‘theses’ on a church door. As this book shows, Luther’s success was far from accidental: a skilled communicator, he worked closely with Wittenberg’s printers to craft the distinctive pamphlets that made him the world’s first mass-media figure, boosted the newly emerging publishing industry and inspired others to disseminate their own writings. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death
Reflections on Memory and Imagination
After a lifetime of academic writing on the Holocaust, Otto Dov Kulka turns to his own experiences as a child in Auschwitz in this bleakly poetic memoir. Blending personal recollection and historical research, he vividly recreates the grim absurdity of this ‘metropolis of death’, and reveals why the Nazis set up and then liquidated a model ‘family camp’ there.
Elizabeth and Leicester
In this absorbing dual biography of Elizabeth and her favourite courtier, Robert Dudley, Sarah Gristwood reviews every known detail of their secret love and 30-year political alliance, and presents the most intimate account of their lives ever attempted. Myths are exposed and discarded, received opinions re-assessed, and Gristwood demonstrates that the truth of this royal relationship is more intriguing than the many fictions it has spawned.
How Britain Made the Modern World
Niall Ferguson tackles the question of how Britain came to rule such vast tracts of the world and sets out the evidence for judging whether the British Empire was a Good Thing or a Bad Thing. From 17th century English pirates plundering the European empires, to the legacy of empire in the world today, he describes the forces of commerce, migration, religion, government and global finance that drove the British Empire and the 20th century wars which were its undoing.
The Making of Victorian Values
Decency and Dissent in Britain: 1789–1837
Ben Wilson explores 'the way the British went about moral rearmament' in the early 19th century. His focus is on the generation born in the aftermath of the American and French revolutions, and he begins with the libertine spirit inspired by Byron, Shelley and the Romantics. He then examines how 'an alliance of evangelical reformers and secular utilitarians' fought against forms of debauchery and vice to shape the moral, political and social character of 19th century Britain. Slightly off-mint.