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It is only from studying the past that we can learn about the present and so great history books are essential reading for anyone with an interest in the modern world. From the traditions of the Ancient World, expertly recounted by Mary Beard and Tom Holland, to reflections on the twentieth-century by the likes of Andrew Marr and David Kynaston – not to mention pioneering works by David Olusoga on Black British history – here are books that illuminate previous centuries and help us to understand our shared past.

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Our Best History Books

Pandora's Jar
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Agent Sonya
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The Ratline
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The White Ship
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Tornado
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Putin's People
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The Shortest History of England
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Operation Pedestal
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The Crew
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Ancestors
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The Anarchy
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Behind the Enigma
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Natives
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The Anglo-Saxons
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Unwell Women
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Black and British
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Burning the Books
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France: A Short History
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Our Best New History Hardbacks

Checkmate in Berlin
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The Spitfire Kids
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France: A Short History
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X Troop
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Madhouse at the End of the Earth
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The Shortest History Of War
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Barbarossa Through German Eyes
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The Secret History of Here
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Tea with Hitler
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Fake History
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Going with the Boys
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Three Days In June
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The Ground Breaking
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The Aristocracy of Talent
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About Time
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The Utopians
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Gurkha Brotherhood
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Our Best New History Paperbacks

The White Ship
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The Shortest History of England
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Behind the Enigma
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Burning the Books
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Sicily '43
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Thebes
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British Summer Time Begins
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The Craft
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Philip and Alexander
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Our Bodies, Their Battlefield
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The Address Book
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Imperial Mud
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The Outpost
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Love in the Blitz
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The Woman They Could Not Silence
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Dressed For War
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Inge's War
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The bestselling author of Talking to Strangers returns with an eye-opening volume that explores a group of idealistic strategists whose well-intentioned plans and technological innovations veered in a new direction after the outbreak of the Second World War.
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Powers and Thrones
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Brothers in Arms
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Time's Witness
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How the Word Is Passed
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The History Makers
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Ethel Rosenberg
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The Nine
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Soldiers
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Traitor King
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Writing in the Dark
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Conclave 1559
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On the Cusp
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The Radical Potter
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Devil-Land
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A Useful History of Britain
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Innovation
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Until Proven Safe
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Antwerp
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Lancaster
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Black Spartacus
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Twilight of Democracy
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Dead Famous
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The Haunting of Alma Fielding
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The Hitler Conspiracies
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Endell Street
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The Great Imperial Hangover
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The Lost Homestead
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Mr Atkinson's Rum Contract
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Topgun
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Imperial Tragedy
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Stranger in the Shogun's City
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The Northumbrians
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Great State
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The Female Past

History explored through a female focus

The Five
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Square Haunting
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Our Bodies, Their Battlefield
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A History of the World in 21 Women
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Bloody Brilliant Women
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She Speaks
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The Unwomanly Face of War
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Queens of Jerusalem
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A Woman of No Importance
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On This Day She
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Misjustice
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Hidden Figures
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The War on Women
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Great Women Artists
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The Century Girls
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She Said
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Ladies Can't Climb Ladders
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Black & British

Black and British
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One of Them
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Tribes
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Homecoming
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Musical Truth
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100 Great Black Britons
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We're Here Because You Were There
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Natives
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Black Tudors
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Mixed/Other
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Voices of the Windrush Generation
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Safe
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There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack
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Biracial Britain
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Black Britain
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Staying Power
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Our Best Military History Books

Agent Sonya
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The Ratline
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Tornado
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Operation Pedestal
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The Crew
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Chastise
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Under Pressure
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Barbarossa
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SAS Great Escapes
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Harrier 809
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The Spitfire Kids
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Sicily '43
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X Troop
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The Bomber Mafia
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The Shortest History Of War
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Britain at Bay
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Mission France
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Mussolini's War
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Our Best British History Books

The White Ship
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The Shortest History of England
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The Anglo-Saxons
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Natives
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Black and British
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The Red Prince
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Never Greater Slaughter
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Empireland
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British Summer Time Begins
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Viking Britain
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Black and British
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Square Haunting
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Palace of Palms
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Court Number One
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A Short History of England
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Providence Lost
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London and the Seventeenth Century
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Imperial Mud
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Our Best World History Books

The Power of Geography
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The Anarchy
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Burning the Books
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Dominion
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Nuclear Folly
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Eat the Buddha
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The Silk Roads
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The Hundred Years' War on Palestine
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The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen
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A History of the World in 21 Women
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The Arab Conquests
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The Handshake
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Histories of Nations
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The Wood Age
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The Utopians
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The Boundless Sea
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The Great Cities in History
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Our Best European History Books

The Ratline
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Putin's People
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Checkmate in Berlin
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East West Street
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France: A Short History
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The Florentines
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When Time Stopped
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The Shortest History of Germany
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Stasiland
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The Lost Cafe Schindler
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Crusaders
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The Good Germans
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Medieval Bodies
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Blood and Iron
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The Romanovs
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Travellers in the Third Reich
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Lotharingia
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The Mediterranean in History
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Our Best Ancient History Books

Pandora's Jar
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Thebes
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Alexandria
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SPQR
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Philip and Alexander
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The Darkening Age
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The Great Empires of Asia
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The Great Empires of the Ancient World
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Babylon
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The Spartans
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A History of Ancient Greece in 50 Lives
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Rubicon
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The Mighty Dead
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The Classical World
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The Ancient Paths
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The Story of Egypt
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Pax Romana
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Infamy
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The Greek and Roman Myths
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Murder Maps
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The Madman's Library
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The Silk Roads
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The Book in the Cathedral
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Battles that Changed History
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World War II: Infographics
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Spirit of Place
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The English Civil War
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Pandora's Jar
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Civilization
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Treasures of World History
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Himalaya
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As We Were: The First World War
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The Company Quartet
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A History of the 20th Century in 100 Maps
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Max Hastings on Operation Pedestal

The acclaimed historian Max Hastings describes a military operation at the mid-point of World War II which the allies had to win at any cost.

Philippe Sands on Unexpected Connections to the Past

Philippe Sands, author of The Ratline, our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for May, discusses letters and artefacts connected to his work.

Hadley Freeman on a Very Special Family History

Hadley Freeman, author of House of Glass, our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for March, describes the sensation of writing such an intensely personal work.