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

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

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

East West Street: On the Origins of "Genocide" and "Crimes Against Humanity"

A profound and profoundly important book a moving personal detective story, an uncovering of secret pasts, and a book that explores the creation and development of world changing legal concepts that came about as a result of the unprecedented atrocities of Hitler s Third Reich n nEast West Street loo