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12 Books That Changed the World - Melvyn Bragg
When we think of great events in the history of the world, we tend to think of war, revolution, political upheaval or natural catastrophe. But throughout history there have been moments of vital importance that have taken place not on the battlefield, or in the palaces of power, or even in the violence of nature, but between the pages of a book. In his fascinating new book accompanying the "ITV" series, Melvyn Bragg presents a vivid reminder of the book as agent of social, political and personal revolution. "Twelve Books that Changed the World" presents a rich variety of human endeavour and a great diversity of characters..

Dusty Warriors: Modern Soldiers at War - Richard Holmes


Literary Review
'compelling...this is Holmes at his best. There isn't a better book about soldiering today.'

The Daily Mail
'vivid, gripping...highly emotional reading...Dusty Warriors is essential reading. Richard Holmes is a first-rate writer.'

Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War - Roderick Braithwaite

Daily Mail, Simon Sebag Montefiore
'a heartbreaking and thrilling story...the reader staggers from laughter to tears, while never forgetting that blood is flowing.'

Sunday Times, Antony Beevor (author of Stalingrad)
‘a wide-ranging and excellent account...Braithwaite never shirks the terrible truths.’

The Great Transformation: The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah - Karen Armstrong

Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times
‘This book deserves nothing but praise.’

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, The Times
‘[Armstrong] shows a formidable grasp of sacred history and biblical scholarship.’

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century
Synopsis: When scholars write the history of the world twenty years from now, and they come to the chapter Y2K to March 2004 , what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing, creating an explosion of wealth in the middle classes of the world's two biggest nations, giving them a huge new stake in the success of globalisation?

The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence

R. W. Johnson, Sunday Times
'A series of often vivid country snapshots . . . Meredith is a sure guide to this colossal, sad story'

Piers Brendon, Sunday Telegraph
'As a popular introduction to the subject it could hardly be bettered'

Our Hidden Lives: The Remarkable Diaries of Postwar Britain

Rachel Redford, The Observer
'A total immersion in living history' --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Jenny Uglow
"Funny, vivid, touching, angry, thoughtful – every page is a delight" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

The Tribes of Britain - David Miles
Synopsis: The diverse peoples of Britain and Ireland are revealed not only by physical characteristics but also through structures and settlements, place names and dialects. Using the latest genetic and archaeological research, the author shows how different peoples traded, settled and conquered, establishing the 'tribal' and regional roots still apparent today.

Letter from America: 1946-2004 - Alistair Cooke
Synopsis: When Alistair Cooke retired in March 2004 and then died a few weeks later, he was acclaimed by many as one of the greatest broadcasters of all time. His Letters from America, which began in 1946 and continued uninterrupted every week until early 2004, kept the world in touch with what was happening in Cooke's wry, liberal and humane style. This selection, made largely by Cooke himself and supplemented by his literary executor, gives us the very best of these legendary broadcasts.

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