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Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill
by Sonia Purnell

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English

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436

Publication Date

October 27, 2015

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<p><b>A long over-due tribute to the extraordinary woman who was Winston Churchill’s closest confidante, fiercest critic and shrewdest advisor that captures the intimate dynamic of one of history’s most fateful marriages, as seen on <i>The Crown</i> and <i>Darkest Hour</i>—“Engrossing…the first formal biography of a woman who has heretofore been relegated to the sidelines.”</b> <b><i>–The New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> Late in life, Winston Churchill claimed that victory in the Second World War would have been “impossible” without the woman who stood by his side for fifty-seven turbulent years. Why, then, do we know so little about her? In this landmark biography, a finalist for the Plutarch prize, Sonia Purnell finally gives Clementine Churchill her due. <br /><br />Born into impecunious aristocracy, the young Clementine Hozier was the target of cruel snobbery. Many wondered why Winston married her, when the prime minister’s daughter was desperate for his attention. Yet their marriage proved to be an exceptional partnership. "You know,"Winston confided to FDR, "I tell Clemmie everything." <br />  <br /> Through the ups and downs of his tumultuous career, in the tense days when he stood against Chamberlain and the many months when he helped inspire his fellow countrymen and women to keep strong and carry on, Clementine made her husband’s career her mission, at the expense of her family, her health and, fatefully, of her children. Any real consideration of Winston Churchill is incomplete without an understanding of their relationship. <i>Clementine</i> is both the first real biography of this remarkable woman and a fascinating look inside their private world.<br />  <br /> <b>"Sonia Purnell has at long last given Clementine Churchill the biography she deserves. Sensitive yet clear-eyed, <i>Clementine</i> tells the fascinating story of a complex woman struggling to maintain her own identity while serving as the conscience and principal adviser to one of the most important figures in history. I was enthralled all the way through." –Lynn Olson, bestselling author of <i>Citizens of London</i> </b><br /><br /></p>
A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories History's...
by Michael Farquhar

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

May 01, 2001

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From Nero's nagging mother (whom he found especially annoying after taking her as his lover) to Catherine's stable of studs (not of the equine variety), here is a wickedly delightful look at the most scandalous royal doings you never learned about in history class.<br /><br /> Gleeful, naughty, sometimes perverted-like so many of the crowned heads themselves-<b>A Treasury of Royal Scandals</b> presents the best (the worst?) of royal misbehavior through the ages. From ancient Rome to Edwardian England, from the lavish rooms of Versailles to the dankest corners of the Bastille, the great royals of Europe have excelled at savage parenting, deadly rivalry, pathological lust, and meeting death with the utmost indignity-or just very bad luck.
Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
by Donnie Eichar

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

October 22, 2013

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<h3><strong>New York Times bestseller! — What happened that night on Dead Mountain?</strong></h3><p><strong>The mystery of Dead Mountain:</strong> In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.</p><p><strong>As gripping and bizarre as <em>Hunt for the Skin Walker:</em></strong> This New York Times bestseller, <em>Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident,</em> is a gripping work of literary nonfiction that delves into the mystery of Dead Mountain through unprecedented access to the hikers' own journals and photographs, rarely seen government records, dozens of interviews, and the author's retracing of the hikers' fateful journey in the Russian winter.</p><p><strong>You'll love this real-life tale:</strong> Dead Mountain is a fascinating portrait of young adventurers in the Soviet era, and a skillful interweaving of the hikers' narrative, the investigators' efforts, and the author's investigations. Here for the first time is the real story of what happened that night on Dead Mountain.</p>
1947: Where Now Begins
by Elisabeth Asbrink

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English

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289

Publication Date

January 30, 2018

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<b><b>“One of the best books, certainly the best nonfiction book, that I've read recently.” —Nancy Pearl on NPR’s Morning Edition </b><br /><b> </b><br /><b>“An extraordinary achievement.” —New York Times Book Review</b><br /><br /><br />An award-winning writer captures a year that defined the modern world, intertwining historical events around the globe with key moments from her personal history.</b><br /><br />The year 1947 marks a turning point in the twentieth century. Peace with Germany becomes a tool to fortify the West against the threats of the Cold War. The CIA is created, Israel is about to be born, Simone de Beauvoir experiences the love of her life, an ill George Orwell is writing his last book, and Christian Dior creates the hyper-feminine New Look as women are forced out of jobs and back into the home. <br /><br />In the midst of it all, a ten-year-old Hungarian-Jewish boy resides in a refugee camp for children of parents murdered by the Nazis. This year he has to make the decision of a lifetime, one that will determine his own fate and that of his daughter yet to be born, Elisabeth
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
by Nicholas Ostler

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English

Pages

643

Publication Date

March 22, 2011

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<p>Nicholas Ostler's <em>Empires of the Word</em> is the first history of the world's great tongues, gloriously celebrating the wonder of words that binds communities together and makes possible both the living of a common history and the telling of it. From the uncanny resilience of Chinese through twenty centuries of invasions to the engaging self-regard of Greek and to the struggles that gave birth to the languages of modern Europe, these epic achievements and more are brilliantly explored, as are the fascinating failures of once "universal" languages. A splendid, authoritative, and remarkable work, it demonstrates how the language history of the world eloquently reveals the real character of our planet's diverse peoples and prepares us for a linguistic future full of surprises.</p>
The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the Worl...
by Mary Pilon

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English

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336

Publication Date

February 17, 2015

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<i>The Monopolists</i> reveals the unknown story of how Monopoly came into existence, the reinvention of its history by Parker Brothers and multiple media outlets, the lost female originator of the game, and one man's lifelong obsession to tell the true story about the game's questionable origins. <br /><br />Most think it was invented by an unemployed Pennsylvanian who sold his game to Parker Brothers during the Great Depression in 1935 and lived happily--and richly--ever after. That story, however, is not exactly true. Ralph Anspach, a professor fighting to sell his Anti-Monopoly board game decades later, unearthed the real story, which traces back to Abraham Lincoln, the Quakers, and a forgotten feminist named Lizzie Magie who invented her nearly identical Landlord's Game more than thirty years before Parker Brothers sold their version of Monopoly. Her game--underpinned by morals that were the exact opposite of what Monopoly represents today--was embraced by a constellation of left-wingers from the Progressive Era through the Great Depression, including members of Franklin Roosevelt's famed Brain Trust. <br /> <br />A gripping social history of corporate greed that illuminates the cutthroat nature of American business over the last century, <i>The Monopolists</i> reads like the best detective fiction, told through Monopoly's real-life winners and losers.
A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies, and a Murder Plot at the Heart...
by John Preston

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English

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361

Publication Date

October 11, 2016

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<b>Now a major TV drama series starring Hugh Grant and Ben Wishaw, a behind-the-scenes look at the desperate, scandalous private life of a British MP and champion manipulator, and the history-making trial that exposed his dirty secrets</b><br />  <br /> While Jeremy Thorpe served as a Member of Parliament and Leader of the Liberal Party in the 1960s and 70s, his bad behavior went under the radar for years. Police and politicians alike colluded to protect one of their own. In 1970, Thorpe was the most popular and charismatic politician in the country, poised to hold the balance of power in a coalition government.<br />  <br /> But Jeremy Thorpe was a man with a secret. His homosexual affairs and harassment of past partners, along with his propensity for lying and embezzlement, only escalated as he evaded punishment. Until a dark night on the moor with an ex-lover, a dog and a hired gun led to consequences that even his charm and power couldn’t help him escape.<br />  <br /> Dubbed the “Trial of the Century,” Thorpe’s climactic case at the Old Bailey in London was the first time that a leading British politician had stood trial on a murder charge, the first time that a murder plot had been hatched in the House of Commons. And it was the first time that a prominent public figure had been exposed as a philandering gay man, in an era when homosexuality had only just become legal.<br />  <br /> With the pace and drama of a thriller, <i>A Very English Scandal</i> is an extraordinary story of hypocrisy, deceit and betrayal at the heart of the British Establishment.
Five Women of the English Reformation
by Paul F. M. Zahl

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English

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128

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June 01, 2001

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Presents profiles of Anne Boleyn, Anne Askew, Katharine Parr, Jane Gray, and Catherine Willoughby.
Cocoa at Midnight: The real life story of my time as a housekeepe...
by Tom Quinn

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English

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272

Publication Date

April 11, 2013

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<p>Kathleen Clifford was born in 1909. Her family lived in a tiny flat near Paddington Station and her earliest memories were of the smell of horses and the shrill whistle of steam trains. For a girl from the slums there was only really one option once school was over - a life in service. She started work on 1925 as a lowly kitchen maid in the London home of Lady Diana Spencer's family. Here she heard tales of the Earl's propensity for setting fire to himself, as well as enjoying the servant's gossip about who was sleeping with whom. The Spencers were just the first in a line of eccentric families for whom she worked during a career that lasted more than thirty earrs and took her from a London palace to remote medieval estates. But despite long hours, amorous butlers and mad employers, Kathleen always kept her sense of humour and knew how to have fun. On one occasion she was almost caught in bed with her boyfriend who had to jump out of the window and run down the drive in his underwear to escape the local bobby.</p>
An Improbable Friendship: The Remarkable Lives of Israeli Ruth Da...
by Anthony David

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English

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312

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September 15, 2015

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<div><I>An Improbable Friendship</I> is the dual biography of Israeli Ruth Dayan, now ninety-eight, who was Moshe Dayan’s wife for thirty-seven years, and Palestinian journalist Raymonda Tawil, Yasser Arafat’s mother-in-law, now seventy-four. It reveals for the first time the two women’s surprising and secret forty-year friendship and delivers the story of their extraordinary and turbulent lives growing up in a war-torn country.<BR><BR>Based on personal interviews, diaries, and journals drawn from both women—Ruth lives today in Tel Aviv, Raymonda in Malta—author Anthony David delivers a fast-paced, fascinating narrative that is a beautiful story of reconciliation and hope in a climate of endless conflict. By experiencing their stories and following their budding relationship, which began after the Six-Day War in 1967, we learn the behind-the-scenes, undisclosed history of the Middle East’s most influential leaders from two prominent women on either side of the ongoing conflict. <br /><BR>An award-winning biographer and historian, Anthony David brings us the story of unexpected friendship while he discovers the true pasts of two outstanding women. Their story gives voice to Israelis and Palestinians caught in the Middle East conflict and holds a persistent faith in a future of peace.<BR><BR>Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a <I>New York Times</I> bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.</div>

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