Monday, 5 July 2010

New History Books: July 5th

Merchant Kings, Stephen R. Brown (Conway)
Including Robert Clive of the English East India Company and Cecil John Rhodes of the British South Africa Company, the story of six merchant adventurers, who, from 1600 to 1900, founded the world’s greatest monopoly trading corporations. Combining commerce and conquest, they ruled millions of people and vast tracts of land, from Hudson Bay, Dutch Manhattan and southern Africa to India, Indonesia and Russian Alaska.

H.G. Wells: Another Kind of Life, Michael Sherborne (Peter Owen)
This biography draws on published and unpublished sources, including the long-suppressed ‘skeleton correspondence’ with his mistresses and illegitimate daughter, to tell the life story of H.G. Wells, who remains a controversial figure to this day, attacked by some as a philistine, sexist and racist, but also praised as a great writer, a prophet of globalisation and a pioneer of human rights.

Caravaggio, Andrew Graham-Dixon (Penguin)
This biography of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio charts the dark and dangerous life of the painter in the worlds of Milan, Rome and Naples in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Graham-Dixon reveals the identities of the ordinary people that Caravaggio used for his depictions of classic religious scenes and provides an account of the circumstances of Caravaggio’s death, aged 38, when he fell victim to a vendetta attack.

Model Nazi, Catherine Epstein (Oxford University Press)
A biography of Arthur Greiser, the man who initiated the final solution in Nazi-occupied Poland, from his birth in the German-Polish borderlands, to his pre-war rise to Nazi prominence in Danzig, his actions as party leader in the Warthegau, and his trial and execution in postwar Poland.

If you wish to purchase any of the above books, click on the following links:

H.G. Wells: Another Kind of Life
Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane
Model Nazi: Arthur Greiser and the Occupation of Western Poland (Oxford Studies in Modern European History)

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