Escape The Present Through The Past: Our Top History Titles

By Bookends of Keswick

By Bookends of Keswick

Here are some very interesting recent history books, all with an important tale to tell.

The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company

William Dalrymple

£10.99 £10.22

The incredible story of "John Company" and how its machinations, naked greed, daring and organised violence in the 17th and 18th Centuries gave it a dominant position in India.

The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans

David Abulafia

£16.98 £15.79

A masterpiece weaving together the mighty story of humanity's interaction with the oceans.

The Deluge: The Great War and the Remaking of Global Order 1916-1931

Adam Tooze

£14.99 £13.94

A book that upturns established viewpoints on the First World War and its aftermath, arguing that the economic power of the USA, and its sudden emergence as the geopolitical holder of the balance of power, explains the way the war ended and why the uneasy peace could not hold.

The Brothers York: An English Tragedy

Thomas Penn

£12.99 £12.08

Edward IV, Clarence, and Richard III, three lives at the heart of the Wars of the Roses, told with page-turning drama and human insight.

The International Brigades: Fascism, Freedom and the Spanish Civil War

Giles Tremlett

£30.00 £27.90

Wreathed in a romantic legend of the left, this book goes beyond that to show the grim reality of service in the International Brigades, from the heroism of Jarama and Madrid, to darker or more abject exploits, and the consequences of entanglement in the tentacles of Soviet influence.

Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine

Anne Applebaum

£12.99 £12.08

Anne Applebaum follows up her study of the Gulag system with this haunting look at the consequences of Stalin's policy of Collectivization, and his labeling of whole social groups, and disparate individuals, as "kulaks".

Napoleon: The Man Behind the Myth

Adam Zamoyski

£12.99 £12.08

The grand vision, the ego, and the talent for, even obsession with, war. Strong on the military aspects of the man's career, but a rounded study.

Roller-Coaster: Europe, 1950-2017

Ian Kershaw

£12.99 £12.08

One of Britain's greatest historians looks at the sweep of European history since 1945. You can't escape the present in this one I am afraid.

The Arabs: A History - Revised and Updated Edition

Eugene Rogan

£16.98 £15.79

Starting with their position within the Ottoman Empire, this book looks at the development of Arab nationalism and the Arab states that emerged in the 20th Century, bringing the story up to date in the final chapter.

The Good Germans: Resisting the Nazis, 1933-1945

Catrine Clay

£20.00 £18.60

Inspiration, if ever there was any, that when you feel you can't make a difference in the face of the most daunting odds, then maybe, in the longest view, you will.

The Penguin History of Modern Russia: From Tsarism to the Twenty-first Century, Fifth Edition

Robert Service

£16.98 £15.79

Recently revised, this is a highly readable synthesis with an inevitable emphasis on government and the levers of power. The introduction gives some sense of the debates, that have raged within the study of the Tsarist, Soviet and post-Soviet systems.