Monday, 19 October 2009

This week's new books

When the Comics Went to War, Adam Riches (Mainstream Publishing)
This illustrated history of the British war comic book genre charts the evolution of warfare as children lived through it, from the first publications to appear in the 1860s to the last wave of new titles in the mid-1980s.

The Celtic Revolution, Simon Young (Gibson Square)
This history of the Celts covers two millennia, from ancient Rome to medieval France, Germany and England, revealing our rich, albeit often forgotten, Celtic heritage and the influence of the tribal Celts in forging the modern mindset.

Highlander: The History of the legendary Highland Regiments, Tim Newark (Constable)
Based on the diaries, letters and journals of Highland soldiers, the story of the Highlanders told in their own words, from the fields of Waterloo to the deserts of Sudan, the Plains of Abraham to the mountains of Dargai and from the trenches of Flanders to the jungles of Burma.

Gladiator: Rome’s Bloody Spectacle, Konstantin Nossov (Osprey)
This revised history of gladiators explores the evolution of gladiatorial combat, the types of gladiator, their equipment and way of fighting, and their lives and social status, challenging the popular vision of slaves forced to fight to death by a cruel and violent society.

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