The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

On Winston Churchill s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons It was

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

The definitive, dramatic untold story of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, based on original reporting and new archival research n nApril 25, 1986, in Chernobyl, was a turning point in world history The disaster not only changed the world s perception of nuclear power and the science that

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics

In the bestselling tradition of Why Nations Fail and The Revenge of Geography, an award winning journalist uses ten maps of crucial regions to explain the geo political strategies of the world powers.All leaders of nations are constrained by geography Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers,

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World

With a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people and a global reach, the Spanish flu of 1918 1920 was the greatest human disaster, not only of the twentieth century, but possibly in all of recorded history And yet, in our popular conception it exists largely as a footnote to World War I.In Pa

The End is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses

The creator of the wildly popular award winning podcast Hardcore History looks at some of the apocalyptic moments from the past as a way to frame the challenges of the future n nDo tough times create tougher people Can humanity handle the power of its weapons without destroying itself Will human te

The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire

The story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country n nIn August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes throug

Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill

From New York Times bestselling author of Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt, a thrilling narrative of Winston Churchill s extraordinary and little known exploits during the Boer War At age twenty four, Winston Churchill was utterly convinced it was his destiny to become prime minister

Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History's First Global Manhunt

The New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Map and How We Got to Now returns with the story of a pirate who changed the world n n n Most confrontations, viewed from the wide angle of history, are minor disputes, sparks that quickly die out But every now and then, someone strikes a match that

Pandemic 1918: The Story of the Deadliest Influenza in History

In January 1918, as World War I raged on, a new and terrifying virus began to spread across the globe In three successive waves, from 1918 to 1919, influenza killed than 50 million people German soldiers termed it Blitzkatarrh, British soldiers referred to it as Flanders Grippe, but world wid

Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History

Confronting Nazi evil is the subject of the latest installment in the mega bestselling Killing series n nAs the true horrors of the Third Reich began to be exposed immediately after World War II, the Nazi war criminals who committed genocide went on the run A few were swiftly caught, including the no

Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution

The dramatic real life stories of four young people caught up in the mass exodus of Shanghai in the wake of China s 1949 Communist revolution a precursor to the struggles faced by emigrants today n n nShanghai has historically been China s jewel, its richest, most modern and westernized city The bu