Tuesday, 20 July 2010

New history books: 20th July

Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization, Paul Kriwaczek (Atlantic Books)
This account of the rise and fall of Mesopotamian civilization, from the earliest settlements around 5400 BC to the eclipse of Babylon by the Persians in the sixth century BC, focuses on the glory of Babylon whilst also examining its numerous material, social and cultural innovations and inventions.

The Glenn Miller Conspiracy, Hunton Downs (JR Books)
A famous star of the Big Band era, Glenn Miller disappeared in 1944 while supposedly travelling to entertain US troops in France. The official story has always been that his plane crashed and that his body was never found. Based on his extensive study of declassified documents, the author reveals that Miller was never on that plane and tells the story of his work for the US in the Psychological Warfare Division and the events surrounding his death.

The Fields of Death, Simon Scarrow (Headline)
The last volume in Simon Scarrow’s quartet of novels charting the lives of Napoleon and Wellington, The Fields of Death tells the story of the final confrontation between the two military commanders at the Battle of Waterloo on June 18th, 1810.

The House with Blue Shutters, Lisa Hilton (Corvus)
Set in Castroux in France in 1939, this novel tells the story of Oriane, whose world is thrown into chaos following the German invasion of France. She finds work in a Nazi barracks while her fiancé joins the Resistance.

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