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Browse Month: September 2017

Alastair Denniston: Code-breaking From Room 40 to Berkeley Street and the B…



Some of the individuals who played key roles in the success of Bletchley Park in reading the secret communications of Britain’s enemies during the Second World War have become well-known figures. However, the man who created and led the organisation based there, from its inception in 1919 until 1942, has, surprisingly, been overlooked – until now. In 1914 Alastair Denniston, who had been teaching French and German at Osborne Royal Navy College, was one of the first recruits into the…

Partition: The story of Indian independence and the creation of Pakistan in…



Between January and August 1947 the conflicting political, religious and social tensions in India culminated in independence from Britain and the creation of Pakistan. Those months saw the end of ninety years of the British Raj, and the effective power of the Maharajahs, as the Congress Party established itself commanding a democratic government in Delhi. They also witnessed the rushed creation of Pakistan as a country in two halves whose capitals were two thousand kilometers apart. From…

Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI



A riveting true story of greed, serial murder and racial injustice’ JON KRAKAUER
A fiercely entertaining mystery story and a wrenching exploration of evil’ KATE ATKINSON
A fascinating accountof a tragic and forgotten chapter in the history of the American West’ JOHN GRISHAM  

From the bestselling author of The Lost City of Z, now a major film starring Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller and Robert Pattison, comes a true-life murder story which became one of the FBI’s first major…

Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There



A Sunday Times Bestseller

We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, with questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. Rutger Bregman, a bestselling Dutch historian, explains that it needn’t be this way.

Bregman shows that we can construct a society with visionary ideas that are, in fact, wholly implementable. Every milestone of civilization – from the end of slavery to the beginning of…