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The Time Traveler\'s Guide To Restoration Britain
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The Time Traveler's Guide To Restoration Britain

By Ian Mortimer

Imagine you could see the smiles of the people mentioned in Samuel Pepys's diary, hear the shouts of market traders, and touch their wares. How would you find your way around? Where would you stay? What would you wear? Where might you be suspected of witchcraft? Where would you be welcome? This is an up-close-and-personal look at Britain between the Restoration of King Charles II in 1660 and the end of the century. The last witch is sentenced to death just two years before Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica, the bedrock of modern science, is published. Religion still has a severe grip on society and yet some—including the king—flout every moral convention they can find. There are great fires in London and Edinburgh; the plague disappears; a global trading empire develops. Over these four dynamic decades, the last vestiges of medievalism are swept away and replaced by a tremendous cultural flowering. Why are half the people you meet under the age of twenty-one? What is considered rude? And why is dueling so popular? Mortimer delves into the nuances of daily life to paint a vibrant and detailed picture of society at the dawn of the modern world as only he can.

$22.00

1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire
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1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire

By Rebecca Rideal

"1666 was a watershed year for England. An outbreak of the Great Plague, the eruption of the second Dutch War, and the devastating Great Fire of London all struck the country in rapid succession and with devastating repercussions. Shedding light on these dramatic events and their context, historian Rebecca Rideal reveals an unprecedented period of terror and triumph. Based in original archival research drawing on little-known sources, 1666 opens with the fiery destruction of London before taking readers on a thrilling journey through a crucial turning point in English history as seen through the eyes of an extraordinary cast of historical characters. While the central events of this significant year were ones of devastation and defeat, 1666 also offers a glimpse of the incredible scientific and artistic progress being made at that time, from Isaac Newton's discovery of gravity to the establishment of The London Gazette. It was in this year that John Milton completed Paradise Lost, Frances Stewart posed for the iconic image of Britannia, and a young architect named Christopher Wren proposed a plan for a new London--a stone phoenix to rise from the charred ashes of the old city. With flare and style, 1666 exposes readers to a city and a country on the cusp of modernity and a series of events that altered the course of history"--

$20.00

The Debs of Bletchley Park and Other Stories
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The Debs of Bletchley Park and Other Stories

By Michael Smith

2015. Hardcover wih Dust Jacket. New.

$20.00

The Churchills
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The Churchills

By Mary S. Lovell

New. Hardcover. The first Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722) was a soldier of such genius that a lavish palace, Blenheim, was built to honor his triumphs. Succeeding generations of Churchills sometimes achieved distinction but also included profligates and womanizers, and were saddled with the ruinous upkeep of Blenheim. The family fortunes were revived in the nineteenth century by the huge dowries of New York society beauties Jennie Jerome (Winston's mother) and Consuelo Vanderbilt (wife to Winston's cousin).Mary S. Lovell brilliantly recounts the triumphant political and military campaigns, the construction of great houses, the domestic tragedies, and the happy marriage of Winston to Clementine Hosier set against the disastrous unions of most of his family, which ended in venereal disease, papal annulment, clinical depression, and adultery. The Churchills were an extraordinary family: ambitious, impecunious, impulsive, brave, and arrogant. Winston-recently voted "The Greatest Briton"-dominates them all. His failures and triumphs are revealed in the context of a poignant and sometimes tragic private life.

$15.00

There Is No Alternative

By Claire Berlinski

2010. Paperback. Very Good. Shows signs of reading. Berlinski offers this smart, opinionated appreciation of the woman who rescued Great Britain from socialism and proved that American-style conservatism could work around the world. Great Britain in the 1970s appeared to be in terminal decline—ungovernable, an economic train wreck, and rapidly headed for global irrelevance. Three decades later, it is the richest and most influential country in Europe, and Margaret Thatcher is the reason. The preternaturally determined Thatcher rose from nothing, seized control of Britain's Conservative party, and took a sledgehammer to the nation's postwar socialist consensus. She proved that socialism could be reversed, inspiring a global free-market revolution. Simultaneously exploiting every politically useful aspect of her femininity and defying every conventional expectation of women in power, Thatcher crushed her enemies with a calculated ruthlessness that stunned the British public and without doubt caused immense collateral damage.Ultimately, however, Claire Berlinski agrees with Thatcher: There was no alternative. Berlinski explains what Thatcher did, why it matters, and how she got away with it in this vivid and immensely readable portrait of one of the towering figures of the twentieth century.

$8.00

British Regiments at Gallipoli
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British Regiments at Gallipoli

By Ray Westlake

1996. Hardcover wih Dust Jacket. New. At Gallipoli in 1915 the British Admiralty gambled on outflanking Germany's Turkish allies and lost. Thousands of soldiers paid with their lives, as depicted in the famous Australian film. For the remainder of 1915 the Commonwealth troops held on to the rocky slopes of the Gallipoli peninsula, under constant fire from the Turks and their German advisors. The Turkish government has recently granted easier access to the Gallipoli battlefield, sparking renewed interest in the campaign.In addition to Australian troops, many British units also served, making some of the most costly early amphibious landings. World War I authority Ray Westlake provides full details of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Lancashire Fusiliers, and all other British units at Gallipoli. Battles and engagements, along with movements in and out of the line, are dealt with at battalion level, rather than on a larger and less detailed divisional scale. More than 2,000 volumes of war diaries, regimental histories and personal reminiscences were consulted to produce this definitive work.

$20.00

Their Finest Hour
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Their Finest Hour

By Philip Kaplan; Richard Collier

1991. Hardcover. Like New. This book takes readers back to the Battle of Britain through vintage photos and the vivid memories of those who were there. Material from the Royal Air Force Museum is included, along with recent color photos of significant places as they are now.

$30.00