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            The Spymaster of Baghdad: The Untold Story of the Elite Intelligence Cell that Turned the Tide against ISIS
             

            The Spymaster of Baghdad: The Untold Story of the Elite Intelligence Cell that Turned the Tide against ISIS (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Coker, Margaret

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            • Pub Date
              18 Mar 21

            The driver was sweating as his explosive-filled pickup truck sped along a rain-slicked Baghdad highway toward a neighbourhood bustling with open-air markets. And he had another reason for panic - he was a spy who thought his cover had been blown. The Spymaster of Baghdad is the g...ripping story of the top-secret Iraqi intelligence unit that infiltrated the Islamic State. The information they gathered, more so than that of any foreign power, turned the tide against the insurgency. Set against the backdrop of the most brutal conflict of recent decades, we chart the spymaster's struggle to develop the Falcons from scratch in challenging circumstances following the American invasion of Iraq. But at the heart of the book is the fraught relationship of two of his agents - the Sudani brothers: one undercover in ISIS for 16 long months, the other his handler. We follow their emotional journey in this page-turning story of family, unlikely heroes and unbelievable courage. The unprecedented access to the whole cast of characters, from bomb-makers through spy chiefs, is remarkable. Pulitzer Prize-finalist Margaret Coker challenges the conventional view that western coalition forces defeated ISIS and we see that victory was down to old-fashioned spy craft. The Spymaster of Baghdad is compulsive, shocking and explosive reading. *** Margaret Coker is an investigative journalist. She has lived and worked in Iraq and the wider Middle East since 2003. An ex-Baghdad Bureau Chief for the New York Times, she honed her reporting skills at The Wall Street Journal where she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize as part of a team chronicling Turkey's failed coup, political purges and teetering democracy. Her coverage of national security issues won the Overseas Press Club Award and the Edwin M. Hood Prize from the National Press Club, America's top prize for diplomatic reporting. This is her first book.
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            ISBN 9780241409107
            Released NZ 18 Mar 2021
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture

            Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture (Hardback)

            By Hazareesingh, Sudhir

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            The Haitian revolution began in the French colony of Saint-Domingue with a slave revolt in November 1791, and culminated a dozen years later in the proclamation of the world's first independent black republic. Touissant Louverture did more than any other to shape the course of th...is revolution- after the abolition of slavery in 1793, he became the leader of the colony's 500,000 blacks, commander of its republican army and eventually its governor. Treacherously captured by Napoleon's invading army a year later and imprisoned, he ended his days as the revolution's most eminent martyr. Louverture confronted the mighty forces of his age - slavery, settler colonialism, imperial domination, racial hierarchy and European cultural supremacy - and bent them to his implacable will. He was the world's first black superhero. Sudhir Hazareesingh draws on a wealth of archival material, much of it overlooked by previous biographers, to follow every step in Louverture's singular career, to capture his voice and the force of his personality. To a greater extent than any previous biography, Black Spartacus situates Louverture's vision and leadership not solely in the context of events in Europe and imported Enlightenment ideals, but in a world of hybrid slave culture and African and Caribbean influences.
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            ISBN 9780241293812
            Released NZ 30 Apr 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps: The Bloody Battles and Intrigues of the Shinsengumi

            The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps: The Bloody Battles and Intrigues of the Shinsengumi (Paperback)

            By Hillsborough, Romulus

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            Power to them meant everything. It was founded on courage, which begot honor. And by this courage and for this honor they fought to the death. The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps tells the thrilling story, the first ever in the English language, of the Shinsengumi-the legendary Samur...ai corps tasked with keeping order in Kyoto during the turbulent final years of the Tokugawa Shogunate (1600-1868). This book recounts many fascinating tales of political intrigue, murder, and assassination that would turn Kyoto's streets into a sea of blood as rival groups vied for power including: The infamous slaughter at the Ikeda'ya Inn where, after learning of a plan to set fire to the city, a group of thirty Shinsengumi viciously attacked a group of anti-Tokugawa plotters, killing eight. The bloody assassination of Serizawa Kamo, a Shinsengumi leader, under suspicious circumstances which allowed his fellow commanders to consolidate power. The death of commander Kondo Isami, who was arrested by imperial troops, imprisoned, tried and executed for assassinations carried out by the Shinsengumi. The final bloody battles of the civil war where the Shinsengumi would fight in a doomed last stand with the Shogun. Author and Samurai history expert Romulus Hillsborough uses letters, memoirs, interviews and eyewitness accounts to paint a vivid picture of the Shinsengumi, their origins, violent methods and the colorful characters that led the group. In this updated volume, Hillsborough has contributed a new chapter on the Tennen Rishin swordsmanship school favored by the Shinsengumi leadership further commenting on the bloody story of this fascinating Samurai corps.
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            ISBN 9784805315460
            Released NZ 1 Jan 2021
            Publisher Tuttle Publishing
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            History Atlas

            History Atlas (Hardback)

            Illustrated by de Moraes, Thiago

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            Travel the world from ancient history to the present day in this stunning gift book from the acclaimed creator of MYTH ATLAS. Explore fifteen extraordinary civilisations, with spectacular, action-packed 'maps'. With quirky facts, humorous details and compelling stories, this is h...istory at its most entertaining.
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            ISBN 9781407189239
            Released NZ 1 Nov 2020
            Publisher Scholastic
            Interest Age 7-9 years
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            A Short History of Russia
             

            A Short History of Russia (Hardback)

            By Galeotti, Mark

            • RRP: $35.00
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            • Pub Date
              29 Mar 21

            Can anyone truly understand Russia? Let one of the world's leading experts show you how, using the fascinating history of a nation to illuminate its future. Russia is a country with no natural borders, no single ethnos, no true central identity. At the crossroads of Europe and As...ia, it is everyone's 'other'. And yet it is one of the most powerful nations on earth, a master game-player on the global stage with a rich history of war and peace, poets and revolutionaries. In this essential whistle-stop tour of the world's most misunderstood nation, Mark Galeotti takes us behind the myths to the heart of the Russian story: from the formation of a nation to its early legends - including Ivan the Terrible and Catherine the Great - to the rise and fall of the Romanovs, the Russian Revolution, the Cold War, Chernobyl and the end of the Soviet Union - plus the arrival of an obscure politician named Vladimir Putin.
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            ISBN 9781529106381
            Released NZ 29 Mar 2021
            Publisher Ebury Publishing
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            A Short History of the American Revolutionary War
             

            A Short History of the American Revolutionary War (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Conway, Stephen

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              26 Jul 21

            The American war against British imperial rule (1775-1783) was the world's first great popular revolution. Ideologically defined by the colonists' formal Declaration of Independence in 1776, the struggle has taken on something of a mythic character. From the Boston Tea Party to P...aul Revere's ride to raise the countryside of New England against the march of the Redcoats; and from the American travails of Bunker Hill (1775) to the final humiliation of the British at Yorktown (1781), the entire contest is now emblematic of American national identity. Stephen Conway shows that, beyond mythology, this was more than just a local conflict: rather a titanic struggle between France and Britain. The Thirteen Colonies were merely one frontline of an extended theatre of operations, with each superpower aiming to deliver the knockout blow. This bold new history recognizes the war as the Revolution but situates it on the wider, global canvas of European warfare.
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            ISBN 9781350147119
            Released NZ 26 Jul 2021
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
            Interest Age 16+ years
            Series Short Histories
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            Thursday Nights at the Bluebell Inn: Six ordinary women tell their hidden stories of love and loss
             

            Thursday Nights at the Bluebell Inn: Six ordinary women tell their hidden stories of love and loss (Paperback)

            By Fielding, Kit

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              18 Jan 22

            Each week, six women of different ages and backgrounds come together at their local pub. There they form an unlikely darts team, but it is there hidden stories of love and loss that in the end binds them.

            ISBN 9781529378580
            Released NZ 18 Jan 2022
            Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
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            A Short History of the Russian Revolution

            A Short History of the Russian Revolution (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Swain, Professor Emeritus Geoffrey

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            In 1917 revolutionary fervour swept through Russia, ending centuries of imperial rule and instigating political and social changes that would lead to the formation of the Soviet Union. This book provides a concise yet thorough overview of the revolution and the path to civil war.

            ISBN 9781780767932
            Released NZ 15 Feb 2017
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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            The Clever Teens' Guide to Nazi Germany
               

            The Clever Teens' Guide to Nazi Germany (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Rhodes, Felix

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            The Clever Teens' Guide to Nazi Germany covers all the major facts and events giving you a clear and straightforward overview: from the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party, his domestic policies and foreign dealings, the racism and murder to World War Two and the Holocaust. Ideal f...or your clever teenager .
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            ISBN 9781838013448
            Released NZ 28 Mar 2020
            Publisher Felix Rhodes
            Interest Age 13+ years
            Series The Clever Teens' Guides
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            A Short History of the Spanish Civil War

            A Short History of the Spanish Civil War (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Casanova, Prof. Julian

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            The years of the Spanish Civil War filled twentieth-century Spain with hope, frustration and drama. Not only did it pit countryman against countryman, and neighbour against neighbour, but from 1936-39 this bitterly contended struggle sucked in competing and seemingly atavistic fo...rces that were soon to rage across the face of Europe, and then the rest of the world: nationalism and republicanism; communism and fascism; anarchism and monarchism; anti-clerical reformism and aristocratic Catholic conservatism. The 'Guerra Civil' is of enduring interest precisely because it represents much more than just a regional contest for power and governmental legitimacy. It has come to be seen as a seedbed for the titanic political struggles and larger social upheavals that scarred the entire twentieth century. In elegant and accessible prose, Julian Casanova tells the gripping story of these years of anguish and trauma, which hit the country with a force hitherto unknown at any time in Spain's history. Charting the most significant events and battles alongside the main players in the tragedy, he provides answers to some of the pressing questions (such as the roots and extent of anticlerical violence) that have been asked in the seventy years that have passed since the painful defeat of the Second Republic.
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            ISBN 9781350127586
            Released NZ 30 May 2019
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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            Series Short Histories
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