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Istanbul explores a city which stands as a gateway between the east and west, one of the indisputably greatest cities in the world. Previously known by the names Byzantium and Constantinople, this is the most celebrat... read more

Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities
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On 21 August 2015, Ayoub al-Khazzani boarded a train in Brussels bound for Paris. We now know that he was an ISIS terrorist. Khazzani's mission was clear: he had an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter, and enough ammunition to oblitera... read more

The 15:17 to Paris
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'Never before had the world seen four such giants co-existing. Sometimes friends, more often enemies, always rivals, these four men together held E... read more

Four Princes: Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions That Forged Modern Europe
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The Versailles Peace Treaty, the pact that ended World War I between the German empire and the Allies, has not enjoyed a high reputation among politicians, historians... read more

A Perfidious Distortion of History: the Versailles Peace Treaty and the Success of the Nazis
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In this highly original and enjoyable book, Christopher Tyerman focuses on the massive, all-encompassing and hugely costly business of actually preparing a crusade. The efforts of many thous... read more

How to Plan a Crusade: Reason and Religious War in the Middle Ages
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In this original and highly accessible book, Peter Jones takes the reader on a fascinating journey along the highways and byways of Roman life and culture, telling the amazing stories behind t... read more

Quid Pro Quo: What the Romans Really Gave the English Language
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November 2009. An emaciated young lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, is led to a freezing isolation cell in a Moscow prison, handcuffed to a bed rail, and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime? To testify a... read more

Red Notice : How I Became Putin's No. 1 Enemy
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One dramatic - and emblematic - year in the early life of Winston Churchill At the age of twenty-four, Winston Churchill believed that to achieve his ambition of becoming Prime Minister he must do something spectacular on the ba... read more

Hero of the Empire
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From the international bestselling author of Gomorrah, this is a deeply personal and candid portrait of Italy today: a place of trafficking and toxic waste, where votes can be bought and sold, where organi... read more

My Italians True Stories of Crime and Courage
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Awards:Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2016.

The Optician of Lampedusa lives a quiet life with his wife on a remote Mediterranean island. He has seen the headlines about shipwrecked migrants, noticed the reception centre, even crossed paths with the occasional lost ... read more

The Optician of Lampedusa
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The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westwards on its axis, it now turns to the eas... read more

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
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An epic story of courage, genius and terrible folly, this is the first history of how the Soviet Union's scientists became both the glory and the laughing stock of the intellectual worl... read more

Stalin and the Scientists: A History of Triumph and Tragedy 1905-1953
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