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A five-hundred-year-old legend. An ancient curse. A stunning medical mystery. And a pioneering journey into the unknown heart of the world's densest jungle. Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth…
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The Pax Romana is famous for having provided a remarkable period of peace and stability, rarely seen before or since. Yet the Romans were first and foremost conquerors, imperialists who took by force a vast empire stretching from the Euphrates in the east to the…
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The Battle of Culloden has gone down in history as the last major battle fought on British soil: a vicious confrontation between Scottish forces supporting the Stuart claim to the throne and the English Royal Army. But this wasn't just a conflict between the…
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The battleships of the world's navies in the 1820s were descended directly in line from the Revenge of 1577: they were wooden-built, sail-powered and mounted guns on the broadside, firing solid shot. In the next half century, steel, steam and shells had wrought…
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"The stories in Rise of the Rocket Girls are fun, intense, and endearing, and they give a new perspective on the rise of the space age....We highly recommend reading it." --Popular Science In the 1940s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed…
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In May 1940, the British War Cabinet debated over the course of nine meetings a simple question: Should Britain fight on in the face of overwhelming odds, sacrificing hundreds of thousands of lives, or seek a negotiated peace? Using Cabinet papers from the United…
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The heartbreaking story of the love affair between Boris Pasternak, the author of Doctor Zhivago, and Olga Ivinskaya—the true tragedy behind the timeless classic When Stalin came into power in 1924, the Communist government began persecuting…
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Nicholas Crane's new book brilliantly describes the evolution of Britain's countryside and cities. It is part journey, part history, and it concludes with awkward questions about the future of Britain's landscapes. Nick Crane's story begins with the melting…
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"Without this testimony, we simply cannot grasp what is going on . . . Americans would do well to read [ Gangster Warlords ]." -- The New York Times Book Review On a ranch south of Texas, the man known as The Executioner leaves five hundred body parts in metal…
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The Iran-Iraq War was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the 20th century and accidentally created the current nightmare of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism. There have been many books on the conflict, but this is the first detailed military history using…
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This remarkable story exposes the Sherman tank scandal of World War II, involving some of the biggest American names and stretching from the White House and Pentagon to factories and battlefronts. Outgunned by more powerful German opponents, the inferiority of…
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This fully illustrated history traces the Order of Canada from its establishment in 1967 to its place today as a national honour. Over the past fifty years more than 6,000 Canadians have been appointed to the Order of Canada. This illustrated history traces the…