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Modern History 29 68412 TEN DAYS THAT CHANGED THE

NATION: The Making of Modern Britain by Stephen Pollard

Here are the arrival of 492 West Indians aboard SS Empire Windrush, who changed forever the social make- up of the country. The invention of the microwave altered not just what we eat but how we eat. The education system, the author argues, was destroyed by the forced introduction of comprehensive schooling, and the events of the remaining seven days transformed culture, politics, crime, sport, family life, the monarchy and the very future of Western civilisation. 242 paperback pages. £10.99 NOW £3.50

68557 THE FORSAKEN by Tim Tzouliadis In the depths of the Depression of the 1930s, vast numbers of men, women and children emigrated to Stalin’s Russia. Where capitalism had failed them, Communism promised dignity for the working man, racial equality and honest labour. What awaited them however was the most monstrous betrayal. Among the thousands who vanished into the gulags were Gorky Park’s American baseball players. Tzouliadis focuses on two men, Thomas Sgovio and Victor Herman, who miraculously survived, and tells the heart-rending and courageous stories of their years in captivity. It was the least-heralded migration in American history where no one cared to remember the forgotten exiles who stood with their families watching New York fade into the distance as they set off for Leningrad. The author brilliantly links high politics to the torment of innocents adding devastating detail in a spellbinding and extremely impressive book. 472pp. Photos. £10.99 NOW £5

68589 STATE OF AFRICA: A History of Fifty

Years of Independence by Martin Meredith During the Scramble for Africa in the late 1800s, European powers staked claims to virtually the entire continent. Africa was more known as a coastline for trading purposes than a continent, and only in Algeria and southern Africa had any substantial European settlement taken place. The maps used for carving up the continent were mostly inaccurate, and when it came to delineating the new territories European negotiators frequently resorted to drawing straight lines along lines of latitude and longitude or arcs of a circle based on a radius from a certain point. Little or no attention was paid to the myriad of traditional monarchies, chiefdoms, tribal boundaries and other pre-existing African societies, and in all 190 distinct cultural groups were cut through by the new boundaries. The newly created states were already in a poor political condition, and then exploded into violence when the colonial masters left or, in the case of some of the southern states, did not. Add into this violent mix diamonds, gold, oil, religious extremism and a dwindling water supply and the terrible stories which make the news all too frequently are no surprise. Unless people understand it nothing is going to improve. Covers 50 tumultuous years. 58 photos, 752pp paperback.

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68812 VIOLENT LONDON: Two Thousand Years of Riots,

Rebels and Revolt by Clive Bloom

The capital’s streets have been a forum for popular insurrection, yet this is the first time that London’s ‘secret’ history has been fully explored. Here is the underground world of radicals and subversives from Wat Tyler to the Anti- Globalisation Movement via the

Gordon Riots, the Cato Street Conspirators, the Suffragettes, Mosleyites and the IRA. Here is a story of political activism expressed in street fighting and slum warfare, in assassination and bombing, peopled by a fascinating array of demagogues and democrats, lunatics, bigots and social revolutionaries. From the Peasants’ Revolt, Guy Fawkes, Red Ken, Enoch Powell, Notting Hill and Hackney, Brixton to Broadwater Farm and even assassination attempts on the royal family. 597pp in chunky paperback with illus and photos. £9.99 NOW £4

60405 HEROINES: The Bold, the Bad and the Beautiful by Jessica Ruston

Did you know that Hugh Hefner paid £85,000 for the tomb adjoining that of Playboy’s first cover girl, Marilyn Monroe? That 17 people were crushed to death when Eva Peron’s coffin was carried through the streets of Buenos Aires? No? Then you need this book, which is packed full of info about, as well as quotes from, hundreds of Bold, Bad and Beautiful women. 224 pages illustrated in b/w with line drawings. £9.99 NOW £1.25


Shaped the World by William J. Bernstein In this sweeping narrative of the history of world trade from Mesopotamia in 3000BC to the globalisation of today, we follow the extraordinary story of global commerce. Five millennia ago early traders floated barley, copper and ivory up and down the Tigris and Euphrates. We see the Portuguese monopoly of the spice trade rise and fall in the 16th century, then the rush for sugar and slaves in the Caribbean and West Africa. The 20th century was dominated by the great trade battles of the US, and in the 21st we get TVs from Taiwan, lettuce from Mexico and a great many things from China. Distils thousands of years of social, political, cultural, military and economic history. 467pp with b/w plates. $30 NOW £5

67633 NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH: Selected Dispatches

by Anna Politkovskaya

Until her murder in October 2006, Anna Politkovskaya wrote for the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. She won international fame for her reporting on the Chechen Wars and more generally on Russian state corruption. This book is a defining collection of her best writings, published between 1999 and her murder. It demonstrates the breadth of her reportage on the Moscow Theatre hostage taking in which she became involved, the Beslan school siege and pieces about politicians, oligarchs and ordinary citizens. Elsewhere are illuminating accounts of interviews and encounters with Western leaders including Tony Blair and George W. Bush, and exiled figures including Boris Berezovski and Vladimir Bukovsy. 468pp, softback with photos. £12.99 NOW £3

66518 POWER PLAY by Gavin Esler Most US Vice Presidents seem to disappear once they are elected, becoming people without a real job to do. Not so Bobby Black. It had been something of a surprise when he and Theo Carr were elected as they had been ten points behind in the polls just a short while before the election, but a suicide bomber on a plane in Manila changed all that. Once in power it was Black who dominated; bullying and pulling strings to get what he wanted and people even joked that it was the President who was a heartbeat away from the Presidency should anything happen to Black. And something did happen to Black. The British Ambassador to Washington organised a trip to Scotland and arranged that he would go grouse shooting, dine with the Queen and walk in the hills with the Prime Minister. The grouse shoot was going well when fog descended. In moments Black disappeared and despite the best efforts of hundreds of people could not be found. 438 pages. Paperback. £12.99 NOW £1

67100 EUROPE EAST AND WEST by Norman Davies

From the classical origins of the idea of Europe to the division between East and West during the Cold War, from the Jewish and Islamic strands of European history to the expansion of Europe into other continents, from the misunderstood Allied victory in 1945 to Britain’s present place in Europe and from reflections on the use and abuse of history to personal recollections on learning languages, this volume looks at European history from a variety of unusual and entertaining angles. 336 paperback pages, illus. £14.99 NOW £2.50

68713 INSIDE THE STALIN ARCHIVES: Discovering the New Russia

by Jonathan Brent With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has had an opportunity to confront its tortured past. The author here asks why this did not happen. Why are the anti-Semitic ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ sold openly in the lobby of the State Duma? Why are

archivists under surveillance and phones still tapped? Why does Stalin, a man responsible for the death of millions of his own people, remain popular enough to appear on boxes of chocolates sold in the Moscow airport? Historian Brent draws on 15 years of access to high-level Soviet archives to answer these questions. He shows us a Russia where in 1992 used toothbrushes were sold on the streets, whereas today shops are packed with luxury goods and the streets jammed with BMWs. 335pp. £18.99 NOW £6

67653 LIVING ON TICK: Tales from a

Huddersfield Corner Shop Between the Wars by Hazel Wheeler

The corner shop in the 1920s and 30s was more than just a place to buy the groceries. It was a meeting place where familiar faces, on both sides of the counter swapped stories and helped each other out. When times were hard, it was common for a customer to ask for, and usually get, goods ‘on tick’. Shopkeepers had to keep a careful balance between restricting credit and not causing offence - for a customer could disappear, taking his or her debt somewhere else. The author grew up in her father’s shop in Deighton near Huddersfield and recalls her memories of those times. 128 paperback pages with b/w archive photos galore. £12.99 NOW £6

67691 DALAI LAMA: The Revealing Life Story

and his Struggle for Tibet by Mayank Chhaya Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for 1989, the Dalai Lama continues to be associated with Tibet’s struggle for independence. As a lifelong Buddhist monk he is committed to non-violence but a younger generation of Tibetans does not share that commitment. The Dalai Lama is involved in a conflict which has all but destroyed a unique way of life, dismantled a belief system and has caused nearly a million deaths. Above all, it is a conflict between an individual of enormous scholarship, enlightenment and intellectual integrity and a nation, China, that has routinely transgressed basic human values. This book looks at the five decades since 1959 and asks how his role has changed. 342pp, paperback, photos.


Reign of Terror to the Rise of Khomeini by Erik Durschmied

The leaders of the French Revolution killed a king, then turned on each other. Trotsky and Lenin assassinated the Tsar and their subsequent enmity led to totalitarianism. The Shah of Iran failed because the people turned to religion rather than material prosperity. The author covers the French, Russian Revolution, the 1944 putsch against Hitler, the Japanese disarray in 1945, Castro, Che Guevara and Ayatollah Khomeini. 392pp, paperback, photos. $14.95 NOW £2.50


Book of Big Ideas by Lisa Jardine A collection of the very best pieces from Lisa Jardine’s BBC Radio Four Sunday morning broadcasts. Each talk is supposed to take as its starting point something that has happened the preceding week and trigger the train of thought. The period covered by these essays has been an especially turbulent one. Climate change and the behaviour of banks and stock markets have been consistent themes. Jardine will seduce you with the elegance of her thought and the eclecticism of her knowledge. 180pp in paperback, drawings. £7.99 NOW £3

67952 CITY OF HEAVENLY TRANQUILITY: Beijing in the History of China by Jasper Becker

Chairman Mao intended to destroy Old Beijing and create a new capital but his rule was too chaotic for the aim to be realised before his death in 1976. Armies had been and gone - British, French, Boxers, Communists and, in 1989, the tanks of the People’s Liberation Army - but the face of the city remained the same. “Beijing seemed eternal”. Everything changed 20 years later, however, when China won the competition to host the 2008 Olympic Games and demolition began in earnest. Back in 1980 there were still over 6000 old streets but now there are only a few hundred. At a cost of over

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$200 billion and the eviction of 3m inhabitants, the reconstruction of Beijing is one of the biggest building projects ever undertaken. This account of the destruction and rebuilding of Beijing aims to be not just architectural and social but also an analysis of Chinese self-perception. The author covers Beijing’s whole political and cultural history and interviews present-day residents, including Sun Yaoting, the last of the imperial eunuchs, condemned as a capitalist landlord by the Red Guards, together with the imperial heir in hiding who was struggling to raise money for his son’s kidney transplant. 371pp, paperback, photos. £10.99 NOW £4.50

68350 AGE OF THE

WARRIOR: Selected Writings by Robert Fisk

The reader is taken to the mass graves of Titanic passengers, to crusader castles, to Nazi Germany and to the railways of the Middle East, as well as a myriad other places. We meet Fisk’s former Latin professor and the old boys of his school, and sit beside Mstislav Rostropovich, the greatest cellist of his age, as he travels by air to a

Beirut still ravaged by war, with his ‘wife’ - that is, his most precious musical instrument - strapped beside him. Journalist Fisk is refreshingly unrepentant and unafraid to speak out. 522 paperback pages. £14.99 NOW £4.50

68261 JOURNALS 1952-2000

by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr edited by Andrew and Stephen Schlesinger

Schlesinger’s journals form an astonishingly vivid portrait of American politics and culture in the second half of the 20th century, one that only a man who knew everyone, and missed nothing, could provide. Frank, revelatory, suffused with wit and humanity, his previously unpublished journals offer an intimate history of post-war America, from his days on Adlai Stevenson’s campaign team to his years in JFK and RFK’s inner circle, through to the election of George W. Bush. They contain candid reminiscences of the defining events of our time, including the Bay of Pigs, the devastating assassinations of the 1960s, Vietnam, Watergate, the fall of the Soviet Union and Bush v Gore plus ntellectuals, writers and actors. 894 pages. £30 NOW £5

68409 ROBERT BALLARD’S LUSITANIA: Probing the Mysteries of the Sinking that Changed History by Robert Ballard The sinking of the Lusitania on 7 May, 1915, is widely remembered as the event which brought America into the war. In 1993 Robert Ballard, marine archaeologist of the Titanic and the Bismarck, led an expedition to explore the wreck off the coast of Ireland with remote-controlled camera vehicles. Their conclusions are startling. They discuss the possibility that U-Boat Captain Schwieger had in fact intended to hit the Mauretania, used as a troop and hospital ship, and only realised his mistake as the Lusitania went down. Schwieger and his crew disappeared at sea two months after the sinking. The theory that the Lusitania was carrying illegal munitions or contraband is also investigated, and there is also a suggestion that it held paintings by Rubens, Titian and others. 228pp, softback, reproductions in b/w and colour on almost every page. £14.99 NOW £7


Without music, life would be a blank to me. - Jane Austen, Emma

69212 LEARN TO PLAY THE CLARINET: An Illustrated Step-by-step Instructional

Guide by Frank Cappelli Designed by an award-winning clarinet player and composer, this delightful guide will help young players through the first difficult stages of learning the instrument without hassle. From the very

beginning, it is packed with useful advice. The photos are very close-up and extremely clear - showing the reader how to put together the instrument so that, right from the first, the beginner will feel at home with it. The stave and the notes are illustrated in very large sizes so that the player is not daunted by a mass of musical notation, and you will play your very first note without any difficulty at all. From there on it is all plain sailing and, by the end of the book, you will be playing a carol, a sea shanty and a spiritual. 112 very large format pages illus in colour with appendices: Finding the Notes, Clarinet Timeline, Internet Resources and Glossary. £12.99 NOW £6

69213 LEARN TO PLAY THE TRUMPET: An Illustrated Step-by-Step Instructional

Guide by Frank Cappelli Have you ever wanted to learn a musical instrument but felt daunted by the task? This book can help. Playing trumpet is a fun, rewarding and moving experience - one that you will soon enjoy with the help of

a carefully developed system, even if you have never read music before. Compiled by an award-winning trumpet player and well-known composer, the book is designed to help the absolute beginner to find his or her way through the learning process with the minimum of difficulty. Before you have finished, you will be able to read music and play songs that you and your friends will recognize. With practice, you can become the musician you have always dreamed of being. So get blowing! 112 very large format pages with colour photos and appendices: Finding the Notes, Fingering Chart, Trumpet Timeline and Internet Resources. £12.99 NOW £6

67526 MOZART by Julian Rushton A sensitive, judicious and stimulating biography of Mozart, one of the great icons of Western music. Rushton combines a well-researched life of the composer with an introduction to the works - symphonic, chamber, sacred and theatrical. The portrait ranges from Mozart the


Wünderkind travelling from Salzburg to Vienna, Paris, London, Rome and Milan to the mature composer of such fascinating operas as The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. Complete with illustrated musical examples. 306pp in softback. OUP publication. £10.99 NOW £3.50

64288 POPS: The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout

Armstrong was one of the greatest jazz musicians of the 20th century. He knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts, had numerous hit records and shifted the jazz scene’s focus from collective improvisation to solo performers. Offstage, he was witty, introspective and unexpectedly complex - a beloved colleague with an explosive temper, whose larger-than-life personality was tougher and sharper-edged than his worshipping fans ever realised. Includes hundreds of reels of private backstage recordings and after-hours conversations. 475 pages, illus.

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65957 COMPLETE GILBERT AND SULLIVAN: All the Operas in One Definitive Edition, Including the Little-Known ‘Thespis’ edited by Ed Glinert

Gilbert and Sullivan’s operas are some of the world’s best-loved musical works, delighting audiences with their joyous wit, topsy-turvy logic and extravagant wordplay. This glorious treasury, with gold-edged pages and gold silk bookmark, is the definitive annotated edition of all 14 of the Savoy Operas. From the partially lost work ‘Thespis’ through the triumphant comic romps ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ and ‘The Mikado’ to less-frequently performed gems such as the fanciful ‘The Sorcerer’ and the acerbic lampoon ‘Patience’, Gilbert’s libretti are collected here in their most accurate and faithful form. Here, too, are the extraordinary stories behind the inspiration for the operas and their performance histories. 867 pages with original illus from Gilbert’s ‘Bab Ballads’. £30 NOW £11

63679 ALWAYS

MAGIC IN THE AIR by Ken Emmerson

Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Doc Pomus, Mike Stoller, Mort Shuman, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil melded black, white and Latino sounds before multiculturalism became a concept. Here is the story of how 14 American songwriters forever changed popular music. It is a

family portrait of a remarkable group of young songwriters who, huddled in midtown Manhattan’s Brill Building and at 1650 Broadway during the late 1950s and early 60s crafted some of rock ‘n’ rolls great early classics. They wrote songs like Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock, Dionne Warwick’s Walk On By and the Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’. Includes scores of exclusive interviews. 336pp in large softback with b/w photos. £15 NOW £5

65974 MOZART: Letters and Manuscripts by Gilles Cantagrel

In a landmark of a book, the reader can, for the first time, draw close to and glimpse within Amadeus Mozart the man of genius, still today the musician most dearly loved by almost everyone. In Salzburg in 1756, a boy is born after whom music will never be the same again. This astonishingly precocious child travels Europe, visiting Austria, Bohemia, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and the Low countries. From his quill pen will pour forth the greatest masterpieces of the century: operas, symphonies, concertos, quartets, masses, sonatas. Here is the musician constantly working at fever pitch, the husband enjoying a frame of billiards with his beloved Constanze, the perpetual adolescent always ready for a joke. When he dies in 1791, at the age of only 35, poisoned (so rumour has it) by the jealous Salieri, Mozart is at the pinnacle of his art. With his passing, the party comes to an end. 224 large pages lavishly illus in colour. £35 NOW £13


Building Your Classical Collection by Ian March et al

This completely revised edition surveys the major classical recordings issued and reissued over the past five decades. This volume indicates key recordings on CD, as well as on DVD, with their extra video dimension and enhanced SACD, including those in surround sound. It offers the pick of the latest releases as well as all key established recordings, the greatest historic recordings, many in outstanding new transfers including the very first recording of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, an in- depth survey of the best of the budget-priced CDs. 1,553 pages with key to downloading and websites. £30 NOW £5


Wilson Arie Ligthart and Humphrey van Loo In his varied and colourful life, Teddy Wilson worked with innumerable great names of jazz. He came to fame in the small groups led by Benny Goodman. During the mid 1970s he recorded and toured regularly in Europe and during these visits he frequently teamed up with the Dutch Swing College Band. Their guitarist Arie Ligthart together with publicist and author Humphrey van Loo took the opportunity of these visits to work with Wilson on a full length autobiography which has lain unpublished during the years since Wilson’s death in 1986. It is a candid account of his childhood. Earl Hines and Art Tatum, Billie Holiday’s recording career, his recordings with Lester Young and his 1962 trip to Russia. 179pp in paperback with photos. £19.99 NOW £3

66579 BLOOMSBURY BALLERINA by Judith Mackrell

Imperial Russian dancer Lydia Lopokova was unpredictable, vivacious, funny and charming. She achieved international fame as top ballerina for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. But at the height of her career she unexpectedly married British economist and Bloomsbury set member John Maynard Keynes. Lydia’s extraordinary story links ballet, the Bloomsbury group, war and revolution. She ruffled feathers and flitted intriguingly through the lives of many remarkable individuals including Pablo Picasso and Virginia Woolf. Above all, she was a captivating and eccentric character - a bolter, a bohemian and a devoted wife. 476pp in paperback with photos.

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