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The Story of Egypt


The story of the world’s greatest civilisation spans more than 4000 years of history that has shaped the world. It is full of spectacular sites and epic stories, an evolving society rich in heroes and villains, inventors and intellectuals, artisans and pioneers. Now Professor Joann Fletcher pulls together the complete Story of Egypt – charting the rise and fall of the ancient Egyptians while putting their whole world into a context that we can all relate to.

Joann Fletcher uncovers some…

The Korean War (Pan Military Classics)


On 25 June 1950 the invasion of South Korea by the Communist North launched one of the bloodiest conflicts of the last century. The seemingly limitless power of the Chinese-backed North was thrown against the ferocious firepower of the UN-backed South in a war that can be seen today as the stark prelude to Vietnam.

Max Hastings drew on first-hand accounts of those who fought on both sides to produce this vivid and incisive reassessment of the Korean War, bringing the military and human…

The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words (1000 BCE – 1492)



It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds.

It spans the millennia and the continents – from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman…

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis


A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

Waterstones nonfiction Book of the Month (June)

A Time Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2016

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

‘The political book of the year’ Sunday Times

‘You will not read a more important book about America this year’ Economist

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over…

Black and British: A Forgotten History


Winner of the 2017 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize
Winner of the Longman History Today Trustees’ Award
A Waterstones.com History Book of the Year
Longlisted for the Orwell Prize
Shortlisted for the inaugural Jhalak Prize

In this vital re-examination of a shared history, historian and broadcaster David Olusoga tells the rich and revealing story of the long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa and the Caribbean.

Drawing on new genealogical research, original records, and…

Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar


Winner of the British Book Awards History Book of the Year

Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize

This thrilling biography of Stalin and his entourage during the terrifying decades of his supreme power transforms our understanding of Stalin as Soviet dictator, Marxist leader and Russian tsar.

Based on groundbreaking research, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals in captivating detail the fear and betrayal, privilege and debauchery, family life and murderous cruelty of this secret world. Written…