In 1914, the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton announced an ambitious plan to lead the first trek across Antarctica via the South Pole. The expedition would prove fraught with adventure--and peril. South is the remarkable tale of the ill-fated expedition, told in Shackleton's own words--breathtak... read more

South: The Illustrated Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917

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Hannibal

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A highly original history of the least understood and most intractable form of organised human aggression, from ancient Rome to our present conflict-ridden world We think we know civil war when we see it. Yet ideas of what it is, and isn't, have a long and contested hi... read more

Civil Wars: A History in Ideas

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Throughout history, the human quest for knowledge of the divine has ruffled feathers. This book not only traces the history of angels and demons from their earliest roots to their modern day renaissance, but also reveals their most intimate secrets. Whether through... read more

A Brief History of Angels and Demons

This history explores many of the myths and true stories about the notorious outlaws of the oceans, including Captain Kidd and Blackbeard as well as Mary Read and other famous female pirates.

A Brief History of Pirates and Buccaneers

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This volume tells the story of Christianity through the individual men and women who shaped it. It is a story of colossal undertakings and spectacular successes as well as ferocious intolerance, greed and bloodshed. Bamber Gascoigne traces a clear path through a complicat... read more

Brief History of Christianity

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"At least thirty-seven per cent of male convicts and fifteen per cent of female convicts were tattooed by the time they arrived in the penal colonies, making Australians quite possibly the world's most heavily tattooed English-speaking people of the nineteenth century. Each convict's d... read more

Convict Tattoos

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Series:Civilisations Ser.

Companion to the major new BBC documentary series CIVILISATIONS, presented by Mary Beard, David Olusoga and Simon SchamaOscar Wilde said 'Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.' Was he right? In Civilisations, David Olusoga travels the wo... read more

Civilisations: First Contact / The Cult of Progress

The first crossing of Antarctica in 1957/58 by the Trans-Antarctic Expedition, led by Sir Vivian 'Bunny' Fuchs, was one of the twentieth century's great triumphs of exploration. Sir Ernest Shackl... read more

The Crossing of Antarctica: Original Photographs from the Epic Journey That Fulfilled Shackleton's Dream

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Awards:Commended for L.A. Times Book Prize (Biography) 2014.

"Born at a time when Christianity was dying out and the Ottoman Empire was aggressively expanding, Isabella was inspired in her youth by tales of Joan of Arc, a devout young woman who unified her people and led them to victory against foreign invaders. In 1474, when most wom... read more

Isabella: The Warrior Queen

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Situated at the crossroads of three continents, the Middle East has confounded the ambition of conquerors and peacemakers alike. Christianity, Judaism and Islam all had their genesis in the region but with them came not just civilization and religion, but also some o... read more

A Short History of the Middle East