Brings fresh insight into the panorama of the Roman Empire's end, from the bejewelled splendour of the imperial court to the dripping forests of 'Barbaricum'. This title examines the extraordinary success story that was the empire and shows how Europe's barbarians, transformed by centuries of contact with Rome, eventually pulled it apart.
A non-fiction thriller by international bestselling author Blaine Harden (Escape from Camp 14) that explores the world's most repressive state through the intertwined lives of two North Koreans, one infamous, one obscure: Kim Il Sung, the former North Korean leader and No Kum Sok, once the state's youngest jet fighter pilot.Shortly before the Korean War ended, No Kum Sok met Kim Il Sung, who congratulated him for his flying skill and his courage. A few months later, No Kum Sok stole a Soviet-made MiG-15 and flew it to a US airfield in South Korea. Beginning with the arbitrary division of Korea in 1945 and ending two months after the shaky armistice that halted combat in the Korean War, The Great Leader & the Fighter Pilot is an ambitious and gripping book which digs deeply into the character of the Kim family dictatorship.At once an irresistible adventure story and an authoritative guide to the notorious state, it explains why North Korea remains so isolated, why it created and maintains a vast gulag of concentration camps, and why it is still so angry at the western world.
Die Angst rückt immer näher. Schon vor einiger Zeit hat sie offenbar die kosmische Barriere um unsere Galaxie überwunden und rückt immer näher vor. Eine respektvolle Entfernung, nichts, um das man sich Sorgen machen müsste - sollte man meinen, doch mittlerweile sind die Auswirkungen auch auf der Erde zu spüren - besonders in Prag ...
In Civil War, Peter Ackroyd continues his dazzling account of England's history, beginning with the progress south of the Scottish king, James VI, who on the death of Elizabeth I became the first Stuart king of England, and ends with the deposition and flight into exile of his grandson, James II. The Stuart dynasty brought together the two nations of England and Scotland into one realm, albeit a realm still marked by political divisions that echo to this day. More importantly, perhaps, the Stuart era was marked by the cruel depredations of civil war, and the killing of a king.Ackroyd paints a vivid portrait of James I and his heirs. Shrewd and opinionated, the new King was eloquent on matters as diverse as theology, witchcraft and the abuses of tobacco, but his attitude to the English parliament sowed the seeds of the division that would split the country in the reign of his hapless heir, Charles I. Ackroyd offers a brilliant - warts and all - portrayal of Charles's nemesis Oliver Cromwell, Parliament's great military leader and England's only dictator, who began his career as a political liberator but ended it as much of a despot as 'that man of blood', the king he executed.England's turbulent seventeenth century is vividly laid out before us, but so too is the cultural and social life of the period, notable for its extraordinarily rich literature, including Shakespeare's late masterpieces, Jacobean tragedy, the poetry of John Donne and Milton and Thomas Hobbes' great philosophical treatise, Leviathan. Civil War also gives us a very real sense of the lives of ordinary English men and women, lived out against a backdrop of constant disruption and uncertainty.
Bringing together ground-breaking forensic discoveries - including vital DNA evidence - and gripping historical detective work, Naming Jack the Ripper constructs the first truly convincing case for identifying the world's most notorious serial killer.In 2007, businessman Russell Edwards bought a shawl believed to have been left beside the body of the fourth victim, Catherine Eddowes. He knew that, if genuine, the shawl would be the only piece of crime scene evidence still in existence. It was the start of an extraordinary seven-year quest for Russell as he sought to authenticate the shawl and learn its secrets. He had no idea that this journey would take him so far.After undergoing extensive forensic testing by one of the country's top scientists, the shawl was not only shown to be genuine, and stained with Catherine Eddowes' blood, but in a massive breakthrough the killer's DNA was also discovered - DNA that would allow Russell to finally put a name to Jack the Ripper . . .
A compellingly readable, critically acclaimed, agenda-setting account of how and why cities function as they do and why so many of us choose to live in them
The conventional narrative of the Second World War is well known. Bringing a fresh eye to bear on a story we think we know, this title reminds us that the war in Europe was dominated by two evil monsters - Hitler and Stalin - whose fight for supremacy consumed the best people in Germany and in the USSR.
In this compelling new reconstruction, Germany's greatest historian of Nazism describes in vivid detail the claustrophobic atmosphere of the Fuhrer's bunker during the bitter last days of the war when, drugged and enfeebled, Hitler veered between hysterical despair and lunatic optimism while his regime disintegrated amid desperate acts.
Just before the year 1000 a young Viking named Thorvald the Far-farer turned his back on the pagan gods of his fathers to preach the Christian gospel, travelling to Jerusalem, the golden heart of all medieval world maps.
Focuses on strategic issues as well as research in hitherto unopened Russian archives. This title provides study of what the Soviets called - and what their fifteen successor states still call - the Great Patriotic War.
Many years have passed since the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the USSR. Written by a historian of modern Russia, this book sets out to examine the history of communism throughout the world. It shows that although communism in its original form is dead or dying, the poverty and injustice that enabled its rise are dangerously alive.
"A History of Modern Britain" confronts head-on the victory of shopping over politics. It tells the story of how the great political visions of New Jerusalem or a second Elizabethan Age, rival idealisms, came to be defeated by a culture of consumerism, celebrity and self-gratification.
Africa is the only continent to have grown poorer. Why? This book seeks to diagnose the sickness that continues to hobble Africa's development. It provides a history and a commentary on the enigma of modern Africa.
First published in 1999, this gripping account of Israel's secret intelligence service has been updated to include the mysterious events surrounding the 1992 El Al jet crash in Amsterdam, the tracking down of Kurdish leader Ocalan and more details on Mossad's involvement in the crash which killed Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed.
The Korean War has been the black hole of modern American history. This title intends to change that, presenting readers a narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides. It charts the disastrous path that led to the entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu, and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise.
Burleigh sets Nazi Germany in a European context showing how the Third Reich's abandonment of liberal democracy, decency and tolerance was widespread. The underlying premise of his book is that there are good and bad individuals, not good and bad nations, as he recreates the complexities of life under a totalitarian dictatorship.
At eighteen, Alexander had conquered mainland Greece, was crowned King of Macedonia at twenty and by twenty-six he had made himself master of the once mighty Persian Empire. By the time of his death, aged only thirty-three, in 323BCE he was ruler of the known world and was being worshipped as a god by the Greeks, where he died.