History The Square and the Tower Niall Ferguson Beneath Another Sky Norman Davies Saga Land Richard Fidler & Kári Gíslason PB $35.00 Historians love to write about rulers or about vast social forces—but what if they are all missing the point? Isn't it clear that what makes the world go round are families, colleagues, teams, associations: in other words, networks? Whether in the Renaissance or in the present day what makes the world work is an astonishing tangle of networks. Niall Ferguson celebrates the ways in which the battle between rival networks makes history happen. HB $69.99 December Everywhere, it seems, human beings have been travelling—pushing out others or arriving in terra nullius— since the beginning of recorded time. So to whom is a land truly native? Beneath Another Sky is Norman Davies' account of a global circumnavigation, from Abu Dhabi to Singapore, the settlement of Tasmania to the short-lived Republic of Texas. Davies' historical gaze penetrates behind the present to see how things became as they are. HB $39.99 Broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kári Gíslason are good friends, sharing a deep attachment to the great sagas of Iceland. Richard and Kári travel across Iceland, to the places where the sagas unfolded a thousand years ago, immersing themselves in the folklore of this fiercely beautiful island. And there is another mission: to resolve a family mystery—a gift from Kári's Icelandic father that might connect him to the greatest of the saga authors. Chaucer's People Liza Picard Rome: A History in Seven Sackings Matthew Kneale Alone Michael Korda PB $32.99 Among the surviving records of the Middle Ages, the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer is the most vivid. But what does it tell us about the everyday lives of medieval people? Through the cast of pilgrims Chaucer selected for The Canterbury Tales, Liza Picard brings medieval social history to life. Drawing on contemporary experiences of a vast range of subjects including trade, religion, remedies and recipes, Chaucer's People recreates the medieval world in detail. HB $39.99 No city on earth has preserved its past as has Rome. These architectural survivals are all the more remarkable considering the violent disasters that have struck the city. Afflicted by earthquakes, floods, fires and plagues, it has most of all been repeatedly ravaged by roving armies. Rome: A History in Seven Sackings examines the most important of these attacks and reveals, with fascinating insight, how they transformed the city—and not always for the worse. HB $42.95 May, 1940. The German war machine blazed into France and Winston Churchill became prime minister as Britain faced a triumphant Nazi Germany. Michael Korda relates what happened and why, and also tells his own story, that of a boy who would himself be evacuated. Alone is a work that seamlessly weaves a family memoir into an unforgettable account of a political and military disaster redeemed by the rescue of over 300,000 men off the beach at Dunkirk.