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              Hadrian's Wall
               

              Hadrian's Wall (Hardback)

              By Goldsworthy, Adrian

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              From an award-winning historian of ancient Rome, a definitive history of Hadrian's Wall Stretching eighty miles from coast to coast across northern England, Hadrian's Wall is the largest Roman artifact known today. It is commonly viewed as a defiant barrier, the end of the empire..., a place where civilization stopped and barbarism began. In fact, the massive structure remains shrouded in mystery. Was the wall intended to keep out the Picts, who inhabited the North? Or was it merely a symbol of Roman power and wealth? What was life like for soldiers stationed along its expanse? How was the extraordinary structure built--with what technology, skills, and materials? In Hadrian's Wall, Adrian Goldsworthy embarks on a historical and archaeological investigation, sifting fact from legend while simultaneously situating the wall in the wider scene of Roman Britain. The result is a concise and enthralling history of a great architectural marvel of the ancient world.
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              ISBN 9781541644427
              Released NZ 10 Apr 2018
              Publisher Basic Books
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              Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe
               

              Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Plokhy, Serhii

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              From a preeminent historian of Eastern Europe, the definitive history of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Doz...ens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy draws on new sources to tell the dramatic stories of the firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who heroically extinguished the nuclear inferno. He lays bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, tracing the disaster to the authoritarian character of the Communist party rule, the regime's control over scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else. Today, the risk of another Chernobyl looms in the mismanagement of nuclear power in the developing world. A moving and definitive account, Chernobyl is also an urgent call to action.
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              ISBN 9781541617070
              Released NZ 10 Mar 2020
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              Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time
               

              Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time (Hardback)

              By Vince, Gaia

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              What enabled humans to go from simple stone tools to smartphones? How did bands of hunter-gatherers evolve into multinational empires? In Transcendence, Vince argues that modern humans are the product of a nuanced coevolution of their genes, environment, and culture that goes bac...k into deep time.
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              ISBN 9780465094905
              Released NZ 21 Jan 2020
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              Hitler's First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich
               

              Hitler's First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich (Hardback)

              By Fritzsche, Peter

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              The breathtaking rise of Hitler in 1933-and the making of the Nazis Amid the ravages of economic depression, Germans in the early 1930s were pulled to political extremes both left and right. Then, in the spring of 1933, Germany turned itself inside out, from a deeply divided repu...blic into a one-party dictatorship. In Hitler's First Hundred Days, award-winning historian Peter Fritzsche offers a probing account of the pivotal moments when the majority of Germans seemed, all at once, to join the Nazis to construct the Third Reich. Fritzsche examines the events of the period-the elections and mass arrests, the bonfires and gunfire, the patriotic rallies and anti-Jewish boycotts-to understand both the terrifying power the National Socialists exerted over ordinary Germans and the powerful appeal of the new era they promised. Hitler's First Hundred Days is the chilling story of the beginning of the end, when one hundred days inaugurated a new thousand-year Reich.
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              ISBN 9781541697430
              Released NZ 17 Mar 2020
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              The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality
               

              The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Sunkara, Bhaskar

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              From one of the most prominent voices on the American Left, a galvanizing argument for why we need socialism in the United States today In The Socialist Manifesto, Bhaskar Sunkara explores socialism's history since the mid-1800s and presents a realistic vision for its future. Wit...h the stunning popularity of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Americans are embracing the class politics of socialism. But what, exactly, is socialism? And what would a socialist system in America look like? The editor of Jacobin magazine, Sunkara shows that socialism, though often seen primarily as an economic system, in fact offers the means to fight all forms of oppression, including racism and sexism. The ultimate goal is not Soviet-style planning, but to win rights to healthcare, education, and housing, and to create new democratic institutions in workplaces and communities. A primer on socialism for the 21st century, this is a book for anyone seeking an end to the vast inequities of our age.
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              ISBN 9781541647107
              Released NZ 14 Apr 2020
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              The Betrayal of the Duchess: The Scandal That Unmade the Bourbon Monarchy and Made France Modern
               

              The Betrayal of the Duchess: The Scandal That Unmade the Bourbon Monarchy and Made France Modern (Hardback)

              By Samuels, Maurice

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              The dramatic tale of the Duchesse de Berry's quest to retake the French throne for the Bourbons -- and her betrayal at the hands of one of her closest advisors In July 1830, the French royal family went into exile. From a drafty Scottish castle, the Duchesse de Berry hatched a pl...ot to restore the dynasty and, after two years of careful planning, she set out to reclaim the throne for her son. For months, she commanded a guerilla army and evaded capture by disguising herself as a man. But she was soon sold out by her most trusted advisor, a convert from Judaism named Simon Deutz. France's response to the betrayal was intense, the duchess's plight became a cause celebre for Bourbon loyalists, and the affair became a blueprint for anti-Semitic stereotypes and rhetoric. Brimming with intrigue and lush detail, The Betrayal of the Duchess is the riveting story of a high-spirited woman and the charming but volatile young man who double-crossed her.
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              ISBN 9781541645455
              Released NZ 14 Apr 2020
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              Do Dice Play God?: The Mathematics of Uncertainty
               

              Do Dice Play God?: The Mathematics of Uncertainty (Hardback)

              By Stewart, Ian; Read by Vance, Simon

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              A celebrated mathematician explores how math helps make sense of the unpredictable and provides some of the tools people need to better manage the uncertainty that pervades lives.

              ISBN 9781541699472
              Released NZ 3 Sep 2019
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              The Accursed Tower: The Fall of Acre and the End of the Crusades
               

              The Accursed Tower: The Fall of Acre and the End of the Crusades (Hardback)

              By Crowley, Roger

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              From a New York Times-bestselling author comes a stirring account of the siege of Acre in 1291, when the last Christian stronghold fell to the Muslim army.

              ISBN 9781541697348
              Released NZ 5 Nov 2019
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              What Was Liberalism?: The Past, Present, and Promise of a Noble Idea
               

              What Was Liberalism?: The Past, Present, and Promise of a Noble Idea (Hardback)

              By Traub, James

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              An award-winning journalist and author examines the history of liberalism, from the American and French revolutions through the writings of John Stuart Mill and early 20th-century American progressives to its uncertain future.

              ISBN 9781541616851
              Released NZ 24 Sep 2019
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              No Man's Land: The Trailblazing Women Who Ran Britain's Most Extraordinary Military Hospital During World War I
               

              No Man's Land: The Trailblazing Women Who Ran Britain's Most Extraordinary Military Hospital During World War I (Hardback)

              By Moore, Wendy

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              The inspiring story of two pioneering suffragette doctors who ran the only military hospital staffed entirely by women during World War I-and who transformed medicine in the process A month after war broke out in 1914, doctors Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson set out for ...Paris, where they opened a hospital in a luxury hotel and treated hundreds of casualties plucked from France's battlefields. Although, prior to the war, female doctors were restricted to treating women and children, Flora and Louisa's work was so successful that the British Army asked them to set up a hospital in the heart of London. Nicknamed the Suffragettes' Hospital, Endell Street soon became known for its lifesaving treatments and lively atmosphere. In Title TK, Wendy Moore illuminates this turbulent moment when women were, for the first time, allowed to operate on men. Their fortitude and brilliance serve as powerful reminders of what women can achieve against all odds.
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              ISBN 9781541672727
              Released NZ 28 Apr 2020
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