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    Everyone dies. But some people die in bizarre ways. And for some reason, composers seem to be especially prone to such deaths. Falling Off A Clef describes some of those deaths, and the lives which the composers led.

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    The inside story of what really happened in the aftermath of the worst single day in banking history.

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    The classic social history of the Great English Agricultural Uprising of 1830, from two of the greatest historians of our age.

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    An experience academic Skard presents an in-depth and unique analysis of women's role in politics across the last 50 years.

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    An insightful analysis of the events that lead Britain into World War I and the subsequent naval arms race between Britain and Germany.

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    An utterly unique portrait of one man and his Blenheim plane, a must read.

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    W. Sydney Robinson returns with this brilliant exploration of four Victorian eccentrics.

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    Rochester is a compelling portrait of a remarkable yet complex man and of a cultural golden age that often spilled over into depravity.

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    The diaries of Charlie May give an unforgettable account of the war that took his life, and millions others like him.

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    A profound, moving and important collection of letters, diaries and memories of the First World War.

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    The Scottish Question offers a fresh interpretation of what has made Scotland distinctive and how this changed over time, drawing on an array of primary and secondary sources.

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    A riveting account of the crimes of Dr William Palmer, the Victorian “Prince of Poisoners”, one of the most notorious, yet lesser-known, mass-murderers in British history.

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    In this blockbusting trade debut, distinguished American professor Sheila Miyoshi Jager interweaves international events and previously unknown personal accounts to give a brilliant new history of the war, its aftermath and its global impact told from American, Korean, Soviet and Chinese sides.

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    A fine collection of advertising art from the great war years.

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    Richard Bradford's highly entertaining book looks at some of the closest and most complex friendships in literary history and examines the fallout on relationships and on literature itself.

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    Once one of Man's greatest inventions, Felix Martin makes the argument that we have become money's slave. Taking us to the heart of society's economic misunderstandings, Martin creates a compelling read on the history, and future, of world economics.

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    Bregman delivers a riveting and honest account of Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian territories in this essential read for anyone who wants to understand the origins of the ongoing conflict in the region.

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    For the first time the stories of the most important football matches ever played are brought together in this fascinating collection.

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    Now in Paperback! Last Trains examines why and how England's railway system contracted, exposing the political failures that bankrupted the railways and examining officials’ attempts to understand a transport revolution beyond their control.

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    A heart-clenching account of the violence and abuse women have struggled through to change the world.

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    Drawing on a wealth of unpublished accounts, diaries and oral histories, this brilliant book describes the summit at Bretton Woods in stunning colour and clarity. This is an extraordinarily accomplished work of history from a talented new writer.

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    An extraordinary guide to the greatest male tennis players of all time

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    1917, post-Russian Revolution, an unlikely band of British spies are smuggled into newly Soviet Russia to thwart Lenin's plan to destroy British rule in India. The spies, under Mansfield Cumming, were the unsung founders of the present-day MI6.

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    The highly entertaining prequel to the author's bestselling Rifleman, King’s Cross Kid creates a charming close-up story of 1930s London through the eyes of a working-class boy delighting in every new experience.

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    The story of Patrick Leigh Fermor and his fellow amateur soldiers, who fought to save Crete, oust the Germans and stop Hitler's march eastwards.

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    A breath-taking account of the struggle of British women as they fight against a male-dominated system to represent their country in foreign policy and international relations. A must-read for anyone interested in female politics.

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    Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of that terrible year, Ham takes us on a labyrinthian journey through the minds that drove the world to the Great War.

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    The story of an 'accidental Prime Minister' and his post-war reforms.

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    Recently declassified and published here for the first time, this fascinating document was never intended for circulation outside of government, and is of considerable historical significance.

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    A gripping analysis and critique of Britain’s response to Soviet espionage in British territory after the Great War.

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    The definitive account of the first British occupation of Iraq and the revolt against it in 1920

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    The thrilling account of Britain's most ingenious spy.

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    In this witty, candid and utterly fascinating memoir, Baroness Trumpington looks back on her long and remarkable life.

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    In 1965 the Beatles proved that rock and roll could be art, it was when we went car crazy, the year feminism went mainstream, the year when racial discrimination was outlawed and the death penalty abolished. It was the year when everything changed - and the year that everyone knew it.

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    Never in the history of warfare has the clash between such great and apparently equal forces been decided so swiftly and conclusively as the German conquest of France and the Low Countries in May a...

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    The Ranters – like the Levellers and the Diggers – were a group of religious libertarians who flourished during the English Civil War (1642–1651), a period of social and religious turmo...

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    The memoirs of the record-breaking runner, the first man to run a mile in under four minutes.

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    Charting the rise of the working class, through two world wars to their fall in Thatcher's Britain and today, Todd tells their story for the first time, in their own words in this vivid history of a revolutionary century and the people who really made Britain great.

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    A nostalgic piece of fiction set in 50s Liverpool. An absolute must read for anyone who loves a good family saga.

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    For many it was Halifax, not Churchill, who was the natural choice for Britain's war leader. Drawing on private documents, this acclaimed biography reappraises one of Britain's most influential and controversial politicians of the 1930s.

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    A look at the questions that must be asked and the realities that must be faced ahead of the 2014 referendum.

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    A triumphant story of a remarkable young woman's journey through the darkness of the 1994 genocide of Rwanda.

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    Morris dissects humanity's history of warfare to draw startling conclusions about our future and shows how, in the very long term, war has in fact been a good thing.

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    This re-interpretation of twentieth century history and its trajectory provides a unique contribution to left and radical thinking and political practice.

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    Frantz Fanon is best known as one of the leading twentieth-century political thinkers and activists against colonialism and imperialism and as the author of the iconic book "Wretched of the Earth".

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    Why do people work for other people? This seemingly naive question is at the heart of Lordon’s argument. To complement Marx’s partial answers, especially in the face of the disconcertin...

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    Roy Jenkins's career spans the full half-century from Attlee to Tony Blair, his biography is the story of an exceptionally well-filled and well-rounded life.

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    More Powerful Than Dynamite charts how anarchist anger, progressive idealism, and plutocratic influence converged in the New York July 4th explosion.

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    This compelling biography examines the lives of Tsar Nicholas II's four daughters up until their brutal murder.

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    One of Britain’s leading lawyers gives a history of Catholic sex abuse scandals in England.

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    Twenty years on from the fall of apartheid in South Africa, veteran analyst and activist John S. Saul examines the liberation struggle, placing it in a regional and global context and looking at ho...

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    Recounting all the important military conversations that occurred in government between 1906 and 1914.

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    ‘At every turn the gripping writing reminds you of a world of spies and betrayal that was so much a part of life in post-war Europe…Superb from start to finish.’ JEREMY VINE On 3 ...

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    Tom knew nothing of his mother's love as he grew up in the Foundling Hospital - which, during years of the Second World War, was more like a prison than a children's home. This is also a moving account of survival from one of the very last foundlings.

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    Jambusters tells the story of the minute and idiosyncratic details of everyday life during the Second World War as a third of a million country women set out to make their lives and the lives of those around them more bearable in what they described as 'a period of insanity'

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    Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early ye...

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    For a revolutionary generation of Irishmen and Irishwomen – including suffragettes, labour activists, and nationalists – imprisonment became a common experience. In the years 1912-1921,...

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    Historian Kate Colquhoun recounts an absorbing tale of addiction, lies and infidelity that asks the all-important question, did she kill him?

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    A riveting account of resistance in an age of intolerance.

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    Stimulating and genuinely innovative Broers has created a masterful biography of a historical hero.

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    Original and enlightening, Censoring Queen Victoria is a major contribution to understanding the history of the British monarchy.

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    Margaret Thatcher branded the leaders of the 1984-85 miners strike “the enemy within.” With the publication of this book, the full irony of that accusation became clear. Seumas Milne re...

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    A 'Yes' vote in the referendum on Scottish independence would see the break-up of the 300-year-old union, adding a constitutional crisis to a deep economic crisis.

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    The Great War was the first truly global conflict, and it changed the course of world history In this magnum opus, critically-acclaimed historian Peter Hart examines the conflict in every arena aro...

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    This is the account of Kim Philby that MI6 didn't want you to read.

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    Aerofilms Ltd was born on 9 May 1919. An unprecedented business venture, it hoped to marry the still fledgling technology of powered flight to the discipline of photography. Its founders were Claud...

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    Although the eighteenth century is traditionally seen as the age of the Grand Tour, it was in fact the continental travel of Jacobean noblemen which really constituted the beginning of the Tour as ...

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    In November 1941, a small party of British Commandos landed by submarine in Libya, tasked with the assassination of General Erwin Rommel, commander of the German forces in North Africa, who was bel...

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    The untold story of how Hollywood changed World War II, and how World War II changed Hollywood.

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    As the Scottish people prepare for their biggest ever collective decision with a proposed referendum near at hand, The Independence Book forcefully sets out the Case for Independence. The Imperativ...

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    The debate about Scotland's independence is coming to the fore and so, in this revised and expanded Second Edition of The Road to Independence, Murray Pittcock gives an account of modern Scottish nationalism, as well as historical account of the country's role in Britain. Comprehensive and insightful, this is perfect for students of politics, history, law, social science and to all wishing to understand the rapidly changing face of the UK.

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    Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson takes us on a journey up the Nile - the key to Egypt's colourful past, chaotic present and uncertain future

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    In this highly original and insightful work of history, Jack Beatty challenges the long-dominant assumption that World War I was inevitable following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

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    So much begins on the banks of the Nile: all religion, all life, all stories, the script we write in, the language we speak, the gods, the legends and the names of stars. This mighty river that flo...

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    Over a century ago, a young cavalry lieutenant wrote a riveting account of what he saw during his first major campaign, a vicious war against tribal insurgents on the North-West Frontier.

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    A monumental, wholly accessible work of scholarship that retells human history through the story of mankind's relationship with the sea.

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    Marc Bennetts takes us straight to the beating heart of the opposition movement, introducing a brave new generation of Russian dissidents.

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    Between 1794 and 1815 the Royal Navy repeatedly crushed her enemies at sea in a period of military dominance that equals any in history. When Napoleon eventually died in exile, the Lords of the Adm...

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    Published on the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, BBC Newsnight producer David Belton, one of the first journalists into Rwanda, tells of the horrors he experienced at first-hand and he revisits a country still marked with blood, in search of those who survived and the legacy of those who did not.

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    On capture, British officers and men were routinely told by the Germans ‘For you the war is over’. Nothing could be further from the truth. British Prisoners of War merely exchanged one...

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    The completely updated edition of J. M. Roberts and Odd Arne Westad's widely acclaimed, landmark bestseller The Penguin History of the World

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    When shots rang out in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914, they set in train a tumble of diplomatic dominos that led to Britain declaring war on Germany. Nigel Jones depicts every facet of a year that changed Britain for ever.

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    A secret Battle of Britain fought by imprisoned double-agent Arthur Owens

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    Volume two looks at the bloody years of 1978 and 1979. It covers eyewitness accounts from soldiers on the ground and there is the occasional comment from civilians who were living in the troubled province at the time.

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    1 November 1914 in the seas off the Falkland Islands, the Battle of Coronel claimed 1660 lives, the worst British naval disaster for 100 years. This is the definitive biography of one of the British navy's forgotten heroes who died that day.

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    Scotland’s maritime heritage is a highly significant one, embracing as it does a quite outstanding contribution to Britain’s development both as an empire and as the world’s leadi...

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    The story of Operation Neptune was, of course, more than just a tale of planning, building and logistics. It had action a-plenty and the emotive tales of bravery, ingenuity and determination by the...

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    A powerful and deeply moving account of Bomber Command's 1944 Nuremberg Raid, the few surviving veterans, British and German, tell the story of that terrible night.

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    Evolution and the Victorians tells the story of the origins of the theory of evolution, from beyond the Victoria era to the First World War.

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    An epic narrative history that compares and contrasts the fortunes of all the countries that make up South Asia. If British India had not been partitioned in 1947, its population would today be the...

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    Renata is only five years old when she is left utterly alone after her mother and grandmother fall victim to the tragedy of the Holocaust. This is a truly moving memoir of a child growing up in extraordinary times, who is kept alive by twists of fate and the magical discovery of books.

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    Witness the never-before-told account and terrible irony of the Ovitz family's fate: being burdened with dwarfism helped them to endure the Holocaust.

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    The latest in Biteback’s best-selling Dialogue Espionage Classics series of rediscovered spy masterpieces. reminiscent of The Thirty-Nine Steps.

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    This fascinating work is the only book to set out in full what Scottish independence has meant in literature.

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    Hazem Kandil presents the Egyptian revolution and its aftermath as the latest episodes in the ongoing power struggle between the three components of Egypt’s authoritarian regime: the military...

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    During WW II Eric Lomax was subjected to torture by his Japanese captors. Years later he was to come face to face with the man responsible for his suffering.

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    With unforgettable characters, including suffragettes armed with axes, destroying works of art, schoolchildren going on strike in support of their teachers, and celebrity aviators thrilling spectators by looping the loop, this is the story of England in 1914.

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    A mesmerising, chilling close-up portrayal of Stalin from Milovan Djilas, a Communist insider - with an introduction from Anne Applebaum, author of Gulag and Iron Curtain.

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    The United Kingdom; Great Britain; the British Isles; the Home Nations: such a wealth of different names implies uncertainty and contention – and an ability to invent and adjust. In a year th...

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    The turbulent story of the radical Left in the eloquent words of one of its foremost leaders.

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    The SECRET WORLDS OF STEPHEN WARD is the definitive investigation into the scandal of the Profumo Affair, and the life and mysterious death of the man at its heart. In 1963 John Profumo, the Britis...

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    Kennedy uncovers the true heroes of the war in this unique look at how World War II was won.

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    Geoffrey Robertson Q.C. brings his forensic skills and a deeply felt sense of injustice to the case at the heart of the Profumo affair, the notorious scandal that brought down a government.

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    The transformation from regular warfare to the strategy of a war of attrition within urban centres was an enormous development within the history of Irish Fenianism. Having its origins in the compl...

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    Teenage Tommy is more than just a memoir about trench warfare - it is a deeply entertaining and moving story of life at the front.

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    This is the untold story of American legend, Red Cloud, the great Sioux chief.

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    This book tells the story of freedom and explains how it is a uniquely 'British' invention.

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    Clive Aslet's War Memorial: The Story of One Village's Sacrifice from 1914 to 2003, is a powerful story of those who died in war.

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    On 26th November 2008 the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai is besieged by Pakistani Islamists, armed with explosives and machine guns. For three days, guests and staff of the hotel are trapped as the terrorists run amok. On 29th November commandos launch Operation Black Tornado. The world holds its breath.

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    Drawn from more than two million letters on file at the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, The Letters of John F. Kennedy presents readers with a portrait of both Kennedy the politician and Kennedy the man, as well as the turbulent times he lived in.

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    The birth of America's Progressive Era told through the close friendship between two Presidents: Theodore Roosevelt and his handpicked successor William Howard Taft.

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    Updated edition of the authoritative single-volume biography of John F. Kennedy. Drawing upon first-hand sources and never-before-opened archives, prize-winning historian Robert Dallek reveals more than we ever knew about Jack Kennedy, forever changing the way we think about his life, his presidency and his legacy.

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