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History Belonging Simon Schama Young Hitler Paul Ham Queens of the Conquest Alison Weir PB $35.00 A history of the Jews is possibly the greatest story that can be told. It is the story of mankind at its most noble and at its most barbaric. Simon Schama believes that the Jewish epic will once again be the fulcrum on which the fate of the world turns. This is in every sense a major book—in its chronological reach and its international scope, in its humour and its tragedy, in the depth of its drama, and in its ability to change the way in which we view the world. HB $32.99 Adolf Hitler could never accept Germany's defeat at the end of WWI. His fury led to a thirst for revenge against the Jews, on whom he would load the blame for all Germany's woes. The seeds of that hatred lay in Hitler’s youthful experiences, growing up in Linz, Vienna and Munich, and as a young soldier in the Great War. By peeling back the layers of Hitler's childhood, war record and early political career, Paul Ham seeks to solve the enigma of the Nazi leader. PB $35.00 Beginning with Matilda of Flanders, who supported William the Conqueror in his invasion of England in 1066, and culminating in the turbulent life of the Empress Maud, who claimed to be queen of England in her own right and fought a bitter war to that end, the five Norman queens emerge as hugely influential figures and fascinating characters. In Alison Weir’s hands these five extraordinary women reclaim their rightful roles at the centre of English history. Richard III Brother Protector King Chris Skidmore Mythos Stephen Fry Travellers in the Third Reich Julia Boyd HB $55.00 December The last Plantagenet king remains one of England's most controversial monarchs. Little in English history can match the drama of Richard III's reign, witnessed in its full bloody intensity. By stripping back the legends that surround Richard's life and reign, and returning to manuscript evidence, Chris Skidmore rediscovers the man as contemporaries saw him. His compelling study presents every facet of Richard's personality as it deserves to be seen. PB $32.99 The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. Spellbinding, informative and moving, Stephen Fry's Mythos perfectly captures these stories for the modern age—in all their rich and deeply human relevance. HB $48.95 Without the benefit of hindsight, how do you interpret what's right in front of your eyes? The events that took place in Germany between 1919 and 1945 were dramatic and terrible but there were also moments of confusion, of doubt—of hope. Travellers in the Third Reich is an extraordinary history of the rise of the Nazis based on fascinating first-hand accounts, drawing together a multitude of voices and stories. These are the accidental eyewitnesses to history.