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Abbey's History Herald

HISTORY BOOKS SPECIALISTS

HISTORY HERALD represents the vast history book catalogue at Abbey's Bookshop, 131 York Street, Sydney.

We are Australia's specialist bookstore for history and archaeology. Australian History, World & Ancient History, Military & Maritime History, Art History, Roman, Greek, Egyptology - whatever your reading or research interests are, we have books sourced from publishers large and small, and from university presses across the globe.

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LIVELY AUSTRALIAN HISTORY-TELLING

The saga of Australia continues with... GIRT NATION, the third book in this entertaining view of Australian history. David Hunt tramples the tall poppies of the past in charting Australia's transformation from aspiration to nation - an epic tale of charlatans and costermongers, of bush bards and bushier beards, of workers and women who weren't going to take it anymore.

Some of you may have already listened to the podcast on ABC Listen, Rum, Rebels & Ratbags, where David Hunt and Dom Knight take you through the history that was included in first book in David's GIRT series. It's a fun listen and a wonderful companion to the book.

TRUE TO THE LAND

Paul van Reyk writes on the history of Australian food alongside the xenophobia and immigration policies which questioned the image of Australia as a model multicultural society. Also examined is the emergence of Indigenous peoples taking control over how their traditional foods are interpreted and marketed.

AUSTRALIAN MUSIC HISTORY

For some years, iconic Australian music writer Clinton Walker has been working on a book which documents a fundamental part of the history of Australian popular music. Knitted into a background of tumultuous social change, Suburban Songbook gets inside the compositions that helped shape the sound, paying long overdue credit to the often-obscure pioneers who toiled to set the stage for the full maturation of Australian music that followed Countdown into the 1980s.

Superbly designed in lavish colour and with a wealth of archival photographs and images, linked playlists (for Spotify and YouTube) and exhaustive discographies across its 272 pages, this book will (like so many of Clinton's other books) become the standard reference on the subject for decades to come.

Australian History Highlights

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Mission

Essays, Speeches & Ideas

Noel Pearson

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The Reckoning

How #MeToo is changing Australia:...

Jess Hill

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$24.99 

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Shelf Life

Journalism 2000-2021

Gideon Haigh

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$35 

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Seeking Asylum

Our Stories

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

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$39.99 

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Growing Up in Australia

Alice Pung

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$29.99 

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Between the Last Oasis and the next Mirage

Writings on Australia

Guy Rundle

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Then Now Always

Royal Australian Air Force Illustrated...

Air Force History Branch

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1942

the year the war came to Australia:...

Peter Grose

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$32.99 

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Adelaide Remember When

The Boomer Stories

Bob Byrne

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$29.99 

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Girt Nation

The Unauthorised History of Australia...

David Hunt

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$34.99 

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William Cooper

An Aboriginal Life Story

Bain Attwood

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$34.99 

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Country

Future Fire, Future Farming

Bill Gammage

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$21.99 

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Writing in the Sand

The Epic Story of Legendary Band...

Matt Garrick

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Symbols of Australia

Imagining a Nation

Melissa Harper

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Harlem Nights

The Secret History of Australia's...

Deirdre O'Connell

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Another Day in the Colony

Chelsea Watego

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Gudyarra

The First Wiradyuri War of Resistance...

Stephen Gapps

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The Game

A Portrait of Scott Morrison

Sean Kelly

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$32.99 

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Lies and Falsehoods

The Morrison Government and the...

Bernard Keane

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Welcome to Country

A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia...

Marcia Langton

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$50 

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The exhibitionists

A History of Sydney's Art Gallery...

Steven Miller

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$65 

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Australia and the Pacific

A History

Ian Hoskins

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$39.99 

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True to the Land

A History of Food in Australia

Paul van Reyk

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Nomad Girl

My life on the gibber plains and...

Kanakiya Myra Ah Chee

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Suburban Songbook

Writing Hits in Post-War / Pre-Countdown...

Clinton Walker

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Freak Out

How a Musical Revolution Rocked...

Tony Wellington

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The Passion for Holden

Commemorative Edition: A Celebration...

Joel Wakely

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$39.99 

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Great Furphies of Australian History

What you really need to know - the...

Jim Haynes

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Edith Blake's War

The only Australian nurse killed...

Krista Vane-Tempest

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Not Playing the Game

Sport and Australia's Great War...

Xavier Fowler

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Dear Prime Minister

Letters to Robert Menzies, 1949-1966...

Martyn Lyons

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The Forgotten Menzies

The World Picture of Australia's...

Stephen Chavura

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Vandemonians

The Repressed History of Colonial...

Janet McCalman

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Moonlite

Garry Linnell

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$22.99 

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No, You're Not Entitled to Your Opinion

And 49 Other Essays that Got the...

Alexandra Hansen

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Firestorm

Greg Mullins

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$34.99 

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Currowan

A story of a fire and a community...

Bronwyn Adcock

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Continent Aflame

Responses to an Australian Catastrophe...

Pat Anderson

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$40 

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Broken Spear

The untold story of Black Tom Birch,...

Robert Cox

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Old Vintage Melbourne

Chris Macheras

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Wounded Country

The Murray-Darling Basin - a Contested...

Quentin Beresford

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The Battle for Shaggy Ridge

Phillip Bradley

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$32.99 

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Rogue Forces

Mark Willacy

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$35 

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Tongerlongeter

First Nations Leader and Tasmanian...

Henry Reynolds

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The Petticoat Parade

Madam Monnier and the Roe Street...

Leigh Straw

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$32.99 

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Long Half-life

The Nuclear Industry in Australia...

Ian Lowe

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The Last Man

A British Genocide in Tasmania

Tom Lawson

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$44.99 

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The Battle of the Bismarck Sea

The Forgotten Battle that Saved...

Michael Veitch

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$32.99 

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Toxic

The Rotting Underbelly of the Tasmanian...

Richard Flanagan

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The Women of Little Lon

Sex Workers in Nineteenth-Century...

Barbara Minchinton

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$32.99 

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Drinking in the Rivers

Volume 1: The Memorable Pubs and...

Colin Whelan

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$49.99 

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Rum

A Distilled History of Colonial...

Matt Murphy

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$34.99 

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Grog War

Alexis Wright

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$29.99 

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Men Without Country

The true story of exploration and...

Harrison Christian

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$34.99 

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Exit Strategy

Politics After the Pandemic: Quarterly...

George Megalogenis

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Fatal Contact

How Epidemics Nearly Wiped Out Australia's...

Peter Dowling

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Australia's Dambusters

Flying into Hell with 617 Squadron...

Colin Burgess

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Semut

The Untold Story of a Secret Australian...

Christine Helliwell

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$34.99 

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Lighter Than Air

Australian Ballooning History

Helene Rogers

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$45 

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Qantas

The Flying Kangaroo

Neil Montagnana-Wallace

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$35 

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Steam at Its Pinnacle

As Recorded by the Camera of Norman...

Bill Phippen

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$35 

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Places of Reconciliation

Commemorating Indigenous History...

Sarah W Pinto

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$44.99 

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Everything You Need to Know About the Uluru Statement...

Megan Davis

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$27.99 

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Farmers or Hunter-gatherers?

The Dark Emu Debate

Peter Sutton

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$34.99 

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Design

Building on Country

Alison Page

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$21.99 

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Convict-era Port Arthur

Misery of the deepest dye

David W. Cameron

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$34.99 

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The Platoon Commander

John O'Halloran

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Darwin

Growth of a City. The 1880s.

Derek Pugh

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$34.95 

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Save Our Sons

Women, Dissent and Conscription...

Dr Carolyn Collins

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Secret and Special

The Untold Story of Z Special Unit...

Will Davies

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$34.99 

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Macquarie

Grantlee Kieza

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$34.99 

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The RAAF History

1921-1996 (3-Volume Boxed Set)

Chris Clark

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$69.99 

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IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST

Pocket sized but powerful, In the National Interest is a new series in the Monash University Publishing list that is focused on the challenges Australia confronts. The series informs, influences and inspires public discourse. Showcasing experts both from within Monash and beyond, these short, thought-provoking and accessible books will address the major issues of our times, from public policy to governance and government. Perfect for the thoughtful commuter or an intellectual lunch break.

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Powers and Thrones

A New History of the Middle Ages...

Dan Jones

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Blood and Ruins

The Great Imperial War, 1931-1945...

Richard Overy

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The Radical Potter

Josiah Wedgwood and the Transformation...

Tristram Hunt

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$55 

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A World Beneath the Sands

Adventurers and Archaeologists in...

Toby Wilkinson

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$26.99 

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JFK

Volume 1: John F Kennedy: 1917-1956...

Fredrik Logevall

Paperback

$32.99 

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The Story of the World in 100 Moments

Discover the stories that defined...

Neil Oliver

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$45 

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The Short History of War

Jeremy Black

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$30.95 

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The Dissolution of the Monasteries

A New History

James Clark

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$51.95 

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When Women Ruled the World

Making the Renaissance in Europe...

Maureen Quilligan

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Merchants

The Community That Shaped England's...

Edmond Smith

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Brilliant Maps

An Atlas for Curious Minds

Ian Wright

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$29.99 

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The Tudors in Love

The Courtly Code Behind the Last...

Sarah Gristwood

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The Hitler Years ~ Disaster 1940-1945

Frank McDonough

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$27.99 

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The Wolf Age

The Vikings, the Anglo-Saxons and...

Tore Skeie

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$49.99 

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The Library

A Fragile History

Arthur der Weduwen

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$49.99 

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The Chinese Question

The Gold Rushes and Global Politics...

Mae Ngai

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Stars and Spies

Intelligence Operations and the...

Christopher Andrew

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$35 

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Soldiers

Great Stories of War and Peace

Max Hastings

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$34.99 

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Career and Family

Women's Century-Long Journey Toward...

Claudia Goldin

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The King's Peace

Law and Order in the British Empire...

Lisa Ford

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The Glamour Boys

The Secret Story of the Rebels who...

Chris Bryant

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Hermann and Albert Goering

The Nazi and the Renegade

James Wyllie

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$32.99 

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The Strange Death and Curious Rebirth of the Israeli...

Jewish Quarterly 246

Jonathan Pearlman

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$22.99 

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The Afghanistan Papers

A Secret History of the War

Craig Whitlock

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$49.99 

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Hitler's American Gamble

Pearl Harbor and the German March...

Brendan Simms

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$55 

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Prisoners of Time

Prussians, Germans and Other Humans...

Christopher Clark

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$55 

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Antwerp

The Glory Years

Michael Pye

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$55 

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Hero of Two Worlds

The Marquis de Lafayette in the...

Mike Duncan

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$45 

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QAnon and On

A Short and Shocking History of...

Van Badham

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$32.99 

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The Ottomans

Khans, Caesars and Caliphs

Marc David Baer

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$34.99 

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The Verge

Reformation, Renaissance and Forty...

Patrick Wyman

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$45 

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The Invention of Sicily

A Mediterranean History

Jamie Mackay

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$39.99 

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Brothers in Arms

One Legendary Tank Regiment's Bloody...

James Holland

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$35 

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What Really Happened In Wuhan

A Virus Like No Other, Countless...

Sharri Markson

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$34.99 

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Time's Witness

History in the Age of Romanticism...

Rosemary Hill

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$55 

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India Rising?

Asia's Huge Question: Australian...

Jonathan Pearlman

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$22.99 

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Hitler and Stalin

The Tyrants and the Second World...

Laurence Rees

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The Last Assassin

The Hunt for the Killers of Julius...

Peter Stothard

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$24.99 

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Wildland

The Making of America's Fury

Evan Osnos

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$29.99 

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Innovation

A History of England Volume VI

Peter Ackroyd

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$36.99 

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Traitor King

The Scandalous Exile of the Duke...

Andrew Lownie

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Mortals

How the fear of death shaped human...

Rachel Menzies

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Imperial Tragedy

From Constantine's Empire to the...

Michael Kulikowski

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We Shall Be Masters

Russian Pivots to East Asia from...

Chris Miller

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The Dressmakers of Auschwitz

The True Story of the Women Who...

Lucy Adlington

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$34.99 

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Behind the Enigma

The Authorised History of GCHQ,...

John Ferris

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$24.99 

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Why the Germans Do it Better

Notes from a Grown-Up Country

John Kampfner

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A Brief History of Motion

From the Wheel to the Car to What...

Tom Standage

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$29.99 

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The Good Germans

Resisting the Nazis, 1933-1945

Catrine Clay

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$22.99 

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The Wrens of World War II

Bletchley's Secret Source

Peter Hore

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$29.99 

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The White Ship

Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking...

Charles Spencer

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Two Afternoons in the Kabul Stadium

A History of Afghanistan Through...

Tim Bonyhady

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$34.99 

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Worlds in Shadow

Submerged Lands in Science, Memory...

Patrick Nunn

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$29.99 

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The Battle of the Bismarck Sea

The Forgotten Battle that Saved...

Michael Veitch

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$32.99 

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The Horde

How the Mongols Changed the World...

Marie Favereau

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The New Middle East

Shifting allies, enemies and loyalties:...

Jonathan Pearlman

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$22.99 

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The Inevitability of Tragedy

Henry Kissinger and His World

Barry Gewen

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Sicily '43

James Holland

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$19.99 

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God Save the Queen

The Strange Persistence of Monarchies...

Dennis Altman

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The Chloroformist

Christine Ball

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$34.99 

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Mussolini's War

Fascist Italy from Triumph to Collapse,...

John Gooch

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$26.99 

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The Pathfinders

The Elite RAF Force that Turned...

Will Iredale

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$35 

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Philip and Alexander

Kings and Conquerors

Adrian Goldsworthy

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The Arab Conquests

Justin Marozzi

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$35 

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The Gallery of Miracles and Madness

Insanity, Art and Hitler's First...

Charlie English

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Tobruk

Fiercely Stand, or Fighting Fall...

David Mitchelhill-Green

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$29.99 

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The Story of Work

A New History of Humankind

Jan Lucassen

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$51.95 

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Henry 'Chips' Channon

The Diaries (Volume 1): 1918-38...

Henry Channon

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$75 

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Ethel Rosenberg

A Cold War Tragedy

Anne Sebba

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$32.99 

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Prague

Belonging in the Modern City

Chad Bryant

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The Nine

How a Band of Daring Resistance...

Gwen Strauss

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To Kidnap a Pope

Napoleon and Pius VII

Ambrogio Caiani

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Men Without Country

The true story of exploration and...

Harrison Christian

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$34.99 

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The Hitler Conspiracies

The Third Reich and the Paranoid...

Richard J. Evans

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$22.99 

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Blue

A Scientist's Search for Nature's...

Kai Kupferschmidt

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$35 

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Zero Fail

the rise and fall of the Secret...

Carol Leonnig

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$35 

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Fallen Idols

Twelve Statues That Made History...

Alex Von Tunzelmann

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$32.99 

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The Jakarta Method

Washington's Anticommunist Crusade...

Vincent Bevins

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$26.99 

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As Long As I Hope to Live

The moving, true story of a Jewish...

Claudia Carli

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$32.99 

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Nemoto'S Travels

The Illustrated Saga of a Japanese...

Michael Claringbould

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$29.95 

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The Greek Revolution

A Critical Dictionary

Paschalis M. Kitromilides

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$65.95 

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Set the Night on Fire

L.A. in the Sixties

Mike Davis

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$24.99 

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Steam Trains Today

Journeys Along Britain's Heritage...

Andrew Martin

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$34.99 

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Asian Worldviews

Religions, Philosophies, Political...

Rein Raud

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$47.95 

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