Monday, 22 February 2010

This week's new books

Choose Your Weapons, Douglas Hurd (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Beginning with the last ministerial duel in British political history between Castlereagh and Canning, this history of the British foreign policy and the role of Foreign Secretary, from 1807 to 1956, focuses on eleven Foreign Secretaries, including Lord Salisbury, Anthony Eden, Austen Chamberlain and Sir Edward Grey.

2000 years of Mayan Literature, Dennis Tedlock (University of California Press)
An illustrated survey of Mayan literature from the earliest hieroglyphic inscriptions to the works of later writers using the Roman alphabet, which for the first time treats ancient Mayan texts as literature.

The Last Empress, Hannah Pakula (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
The story of the life of Soon May-ling (1897-2003), or Madame Chiang Kai-shek as she was known, who, acting as the advisor, English translator, secretary and champion of her husband, was at the centre of the founding of modern China.

Operation Bluecoat, Ian Daglish (Pen & Sword)
This study of Operation Bluecoat, the British breakthrough which began on July 30th, 1944, by 11th Armoured Division, Guards Armoured Division and the infantry of 15th (Scottish) Division, brings together previously unseen material and is illustrated with aerial photography of the battlefield and period Army maps.

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