History 1983 Taylor Downing Hoax Ian Tattersall & Peter Névraumont PB $32.99 1983 was a supremely dangerous year. This is an extraordinary and largely unknown Cold War story of spies and double agents, of missiles being readied, of intelligence failures, misunderstandings and the panic of world leaders. With access to hundreds of extraordinary new documents just released in the US, Taylor Downing is able to tell for the first time the gripping but true story of how near the world came to the brink of nuclear war in 1983. HB $39.99 World history is littered with tall tales and those who have fallen for them. Told chronologically, Hoax begins with the first documented announcement of the end of the world in 365 AD and winds its way through tales such as the Loch Ness Monster and the Shroud of Turin, past proven fakes such as Thomas Jefferson’s ancient wine and the Davenport Tablets built by a lost race, and explores lies in the arts, journalism, and archaeology. Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy Serhii Plokhy The Secret World: A History of Intelligence Christopher Andrew HB $49.99 On 26 April 1986, a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine exploded. While the authorities scrambled to understand what was occurring, workers, engineers, firefighters and those living in the area were abandoned to their fate. The blast contaminated over half of Europe with radioactive fallout. Chernobyl draws on recently opened archives to recreate these events, telling the stories of those caught in a nuclear nightmare. HB $69.99 Christopher Andrew traces shifts in the ancient world from divination to what we would recognise as attempts to gather real intelligence in the conduct of military operations. He charts the development of intelligence and security operations through Renaissance Venice, Elizabethan England, Revolutionary America, Napoleonic France, right up to sophisticated modern activities of which he is the world’s best-informed interpreter. The Rise and Fall of the British Nation David Edgerton HB $69.99 It is usual to see the United Kingdom as an island of continuity in an otherwise unstable Europe. But what if Britain’s history was approached from a different angle? What if we wrote about it as a story of power and of transformation? Packed with surprising examples, The Rise and Fall of the British Nation gives us a grown- up, unsentimental history, one which is crucial at a moment of serious reconsideration for the country and its future. The Pacific with Sam Neill Meaghan Wilson Anastasios HB $39.99 The Pacific with Sam Neill is the companion book to the documentary series of the same name, in which actor Sam Neill takes a present-day voyage to map his own understanding of James Cook, Europe’s greatest navigator, and the immense Pacific Ocean itself. Voyaging on a wide variety on vessels, Sam crosses the length and breadth of the largest ocean in the world to experience for himself a contemporary journey in Cook’s footsteps.