Category Archives: Irish

The Tudors: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

First published as part of the best-selling The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, John Guy’s Very Short Introduction to The Tudors is the most authoritative short introduction to this age in British history. It offers a compelling account of the … Continue reading

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Spymaster: My Thirty-two Years in Intelligence and Espionage Against the West

Oleg Kalugin oversaw the work of American spies, matched wits with the CIA, and became one of the youngest generals in KGB history. Even so, he grew increasingly disillusioned with the Soviet system. In 1990, he went public, exposing the … Continue reading

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Eduardo Barreiros and the Recovery of Spain

A dramatic biography of the extraordinary Spanish industrialist and entrepreneur Eduardo Barreiros Born in an impoverished region of Galicia, possessed of little education and less money, Eduardo Barreiros (1919?1992) rose to become an immensely successful entrepreneur and one of Spain’s … Continue reading

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Gothic Kings of Britain: The Lives of 31 Medieval Rulers, 1016-1399

This biographical history tells the story of 31 Gothic monarchs who fought in the crusades, enforced their feudal rights throughout the kingdom, sponsored the growth of representative government through a parliament, and ultimately created a military power that would dominate … Continue reading

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The Perfect King

King for 50 years (1327-77), Edward III – like Elizabeth and Victoria after him – embodied the values of his age. He re-made England and forged a nation out of war.

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A Wider Patriotism: Alfred Milner and the British Empire (Empires in Perspective)

When Alfred Milner (1854-1925) was knighted, he took as his motto Communis Patria, ‘patriotism for our common country’. By this he meant the wider patriotism of the British Empire, the furthering of which he made his life’s work. This is … Continue reading

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Christopher Wren (Very Interesting People)

Definitive, concise, and very interesting…From William Shakespeare to Winston Churchill, the Very Interesting People series provides authoritative bite-sized biographies of Britain’s most fascinating historical figures – people whose influence and importance have stood the test of time. Each book in … Continue reading

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The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation

King for fifty years (1327—77), Edward III changed the face of England. He ordered his uncle to be beheaded; he usurped his father’s throne; he started a war which lasted for more than a hundred years, and taxed his people … Continue reading

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Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games

Chosen by William Safire in the New York Times to be the publishing sleeper-seller of the year for 2007. In this rapid-paced book, a former CIA chief of Soviet bloc counterintelligence breaks open the mysterious case of KGB officer Yuri … Continue reading

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Derzhavin: A Biography (Wisconsin Center for Pushkin Studies)

Russian poet, soldier, and statesman Gavriil Derzhavin (1743–1816) lived during an epoch of momentous change in Russia—imperial expansion, peasant revolts, war with Turkey, and struggle with Napoleon—and he served three tsars, including Catherine the Great. Here in its first English … Continue reading

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