Monday, 28 June 2010

June 28th: New History Books

Young Mandela, David James Smith (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
This biography of Nelson Mandela charts his political and personal life before his imprisonment. Drawing on the testimonies of Mandela’s closest friends and family, the author focuses on Mandela as a person, and a young radical – a side of him which is often overshadowed by his reputation as one of the world’s greatest idols.

Seneca; Anger, Mercy, Revenge, Translated by Robert A. Kaster and Martha C. Nussbaum (University of Chicago Press)
Part of ‘The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca’, a series of new English-language translations of the philosopher’s works in eight volumes, this volume includes his moral essays On Anger and On Clemency and the satire Apocolocyntosis.

The Silent Duchess, Dacia Maraini (Arcadia Books)
Set in Sicily in the mid-18th century, this historical novel tells the story of the noble Ucria family, seen through the eyes of the deaf-mute Duchess Marianna.

The Berlin-Baghdad Express, Sean McMeekin (Penguin Books)
An account of the German attempt during the First World War to exploit Ottoman pan-Islamism in order to destroy the British Empire. The Berlin-Baghdad-Express re-examines the consequences of Western interference in the Middle East, whilst also telling the story of the German construction of the Berlin-to-Baghdad railway, which, on its completion would have allowed the Germans to transport troops to Asia, invulnerable to British naval power.

You may purchase any of the above books by clicking on the following links:

Young Mandela
Anger, Mercy, Revenge (Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
Silent Duchess, The
The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany's Bid for World Power, 1898-1918

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