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The Death Of Democracy - Hitler's Rise To Power (Paperback): Benjamin Carter Hett The Death Of Democracy - Hitler's Rise To Power (Paperback)
Benjamin Carter Hett 1
R278 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R47 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

A landmark account of the fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Hitler, based on award-winning research, and recently discovered archival material.

In the 1930s, Germany was at a turning point, with many looking to the Nazi phenomenon as part of widespread resentment towards cosmopolitan liberal democracy and capitalism. This was a global situation that pushed Germany to embrace authoritarianism, nationalism and economic self-sufficiency, kick-starting a revolution founded on new media technologies, and the formidable political and self-promotional skills of its leader.

Based on award-winning research and recently discovered archival material, The Death Of Democracy is a panoramic new survey of one of the most important periods in modern history, and a book with a resounding message for the world today.

The Dressmakers Of Auschwitz - The True Story Of The Women Who Sewed To Survive (Paperback): Lucy Adlington The Dressmakers Of Auschwitz - The True Story Of The Women Who Sewed To Survive (Paperback)
Lucy Adlington
R355 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R71 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A powerful chronicle of the women who used their sewing skills to survive the Holocaust, stitching beautiful clothes at an extraordinary fashion workshop created within one of the most notorious WWII death camps.

At the height of the Holocaust twenty-five young inmates of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp—mainly Jewish women and girls—were selected to design, cut, and sew beautiful fashions for elite Nazi women in a dedicated salon. It was work that they hoped would spare them from the gas chambers.

This fashion workshop—called the Upper Tailoring Studio—was established by Hedwig Höss, the camp commandant’s wife, and patronized by the wives of SS guards and officers. Here, the dressmakers produced high-quality garments for SS social functions in Auschwitz, and for ladies from Nazi Berlin’s upper crust.

Drawing on diverse sources—including interviews with the last surviving seamstress—The Dressmakers of Auschwitz follows the fates of these brave women. Their bonds of family and friendship not only helped them endure persecution, but also to play their part in camp resistance. Weaving the dressmakers’ remarkable experiences within the context of Nazi policies for plunder and exploitation, historian Lucy Adlington exposes the greed, cruelty, and hypocrisy of the Third Reich and offers a fresh look at a little-known chapter of World War II and the Holocaust.

The Gift - 12 Lessons To Save Your Life (Hardcover): Edith Eger The Gift - 12 Lessons To Save Your Life (Hardcover)
Edith Eger
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This practical and inspirational guide to healing from the bestselling author of The Choice shows us how to release your self-limiting beliefs and embrace your potential.

The prison is in your mind. The key is in your pocket. In the end, it's not what happens to us that matters most - it's what we choose to do with it.

We all face suffering - sadness, loss, despair, fear, anxiety, failure. But we also have a choice; to give in and give up in the face of trauma or difficulties, or to live every moment as a gift. Celebrated therapist and Holocaust survivor, Dr Edith Eger, provides a hands-on guide that gently encourages us to change the imprisoning thoughts and destructive behaviours that may be holding us back.

Accompanied by stories from Eger's own life and the lives of her patients her empowering lessons help you to see your darkest moments as your greatest teachers and find freedom through the strength that lies within.

Cilka's Journey (Paperback): Heather Morris Cilka's Journey (Paperback)
Heather Morris 4
R374 R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Save R58 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The sequel to the International Number One Bestseller The Tattooist Of Auschwitz, based on a true story of love and resilience.

Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.

In a Siberian prison camp, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she makes an impression on a woman doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing and taught new skills. Cilka begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.

Cilka finds endless resources within herself as she daily confronts death and faces terror. And when she nurses a man called Ivan, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.

The Crime And The Silence - A Quest For The Truth Of A Wartime Massacre (Paperback): Anna Bikont The Crime And The Silence - A Quest For The Truth Of A Wartime Massacre (Paperback)
Anna Bikont 1
R394 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R63 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Winner of the European Book Prize.

On 10 July 1941 a horrifying crime was committed in the small Polish town of Jedwadbne. Early in the afternoon, the town's Jewish population - hundreds of men, women and children - were ordered out of their homes, and marched into the town square. By the end of the day most would be dead. It was a massacre on a shocking scale, and one that was widely condemned. But only a few people were brought to justice for their part in the atrocity. The truth of what actually happened on that day was to be suppressed for more than sixty years.

Part history, part memoir, part investigation, The Crime And The Silence is an award-winning journalist's account of the events of that day: both the story of a massacre told through oral histories of survivors and witnesses, and a portrait of a Polish town coming to terms with its dark past.

Letters Of Stone - Discovering A Family's History In Nazi Germany (Paperback): Steven Robins Letters Of Stone - Discovering A Family's History In Nazi Germany (Paperback)
Steven Robins 3
R290 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R58 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

As a young boy growing up in Port Elizabeth in the 1960s and 1970s, Steven Robins was haunted by an old postcard-size photograph of three unknown women on a table in the dining room. Only later did he learn that the women were his father’s mother and sisters, photographed in Berlin in 1937, before they were killed in the Holocaust. Steven’s father, who had fled Nazi Germany before it was too late, never spoke about the fate of his family who remained there. Steven became obsessed with finding out what happened to the women, but had little to go on. In time he stumbled on bare facts in museums in Washington DC and Berlin, and later he discovered over a hundred letters sent to his father and uncle from the family in Berlin between 1936 and 1943. The women who before had been unnamed faces in a photograph could now tell their story to future generations.

Letters of Stone tracks Steven’s journey of discovery about the lives and fates of the Robinski family. It is also a book about geographical journeys: to the Karoo town of Williston, where his father’s uncle settled in the late nineteenth century and became mayor; to Berlin, where Steven laid ‘stumbling stones’ (Stolpersteine) in commemoration of his family and other Jewish victims of the Holocaust; to Auschwitz, where his father’s siblings perished.

Most of all, this book is a poignant reconstruction of a family trapped in an increasingly terrifying and deadly Nazi state, and of the immense pressure on Steven’s father in faraway South Africa, which forced him to retreat into silence.

Checkmate in Berlin - The First Battle of the Cold War (Paperback): Giles Milton Checkmate in Berlin - The First Battle of the Cold War (Paperback)
Giles Milton
R265 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R53 (20%) In Stock

'Brilliantly recapturing the febrile atmosphere of Berlin in the first four years after the Second World War, Giles Milton reminds us what an excellent story-teller he is' - Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny Berlin was in ruins when Soviet forces fought their way towards the Reichstag in the spring of 1945. Streets were choked with rubble, power supplies severed and the population close to starvation. The arrival of the Soviet army heralded yet greater terrors: the city's civilians were to suffer rape, looting and horrific violence. Worse still, they faced a future with neither certainty nor hope. Berlin's fate had been sealed four months earlier at the Yalta Conference. The city, along with the rest of Germany, was to be carved up between the victorious powers - British, American, French and Soviet. On paper, it seemed a pragmatic solution; in reality, it fired the starting gun for the Cold War. As soon as the four powers were no longer united by the common purpose of defeating Germany, they reverted to their pre-war hostility and suspicion. Rival systems, rival ideologies and rival personalities ensured that Berlin became an explosive battleground. The ruins of this once-great city were soon awash with spies, gangsters and black-marketeers, all of whom sought to profit from the disarray. For the next four years, a handful of charismatic but flawed individuals - British, American and Soviet - fought an intensely personal battle over the future of Germany, Europe and the entire free world. CHECKMATE IN BERLIN tells this exhilarating, high-stakes tale of grit, skullduggery, and raw power. From the high politics of Yalta to the desperate scramble to break the Soviet stranglehold of Berlin with the greatest aerial operation in history, this is the epic story of the first battle of the Cold War and how it shaped the modern world.

Twelve Caesars - Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern (Hardcover): Mary Beard Twelve Caesars - Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern (Hardcover)
Mary Beard
R685 Discovery Miles 6 850 In Stock

From the bestselling author of SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, the fascinating story of how images of Roman autocrats have influenced art, culture, and the representation of power for more than 2,000 years What does the face of power look like? Who gets commemorated in art and why? And how do we react to statues of politicians we deplore? In this book-against a background of today's "sculpture wars"-Mary Beard tells the story of how for more than two millennia portraits of the rich, powerful, and famous in the western world have been shaped by the image of Roman emperors, especially the "Twelve Caesars," from the ruthless Julius Caesar to the fly-torturing Domitian. Twelve Caesars asks why these murderous autocrats have loomed so large in art from antiquity and the Renaissance to today, when hapless leaders are still caricatured as Neros fiddling while Rome burns. Beginning with the importance of imperial portraits in Roman politics, this richly illustrated book offers a tour through 2,000 years of art and cultural history, presenting a fresh look at works by artists from Memling and Mantegna to the nineteenth-century American sculptor Edmonia Lewis, as well as by generations of weavers, cabinetmakers, silversmiths, printers, and ceramicists. Rather than a story of a simple repetition of stable, blandly conservative images of imperial men and women, Twelve Caesars is an unexpected tale of changing identities, clueless or deliberate misidentifications, fakes, and often ambivalent representations of authority. From Beard's reconstruction of Titian's extraordinary lost Room of the Emperors to her reinterpretation of Henry VIII's famous Caesarian tapestries, Twelve Caesars includes fascinating detective work and offers a gripping story of some of the most challenging and disturbing portraits of power ever created. Published in association with the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Five Love Affairs and a Friendship - A Biography of Nancy Cunard (Hardcover): Anne De Courcy Five Love Affairs and a Friendship - A Biography of Nancy Cunard (Hardcover)
Anne De Courcy
R559 R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Save R96 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Born in March 1896, Nancy Cunard was a great beauty, rich, promiscuous, with a mesmeric effect on men. She was also highly intelligent, reading widely and writing poetry. Of Nancy's many affairs the five included in this book are the ones with the American poet Ezra Pound, the novelists Aldous Huxley and Michael Arlen (who characterised her as Iris Storm in his best-selling novel The Green Hat), Louis Aragon (the real founder of the Surrealist movement) and finally and controversially the black American pianist Henry Crowder, with whom she ran her printing press in Paris. The lifelong friendship was with George Moore, her mother's lover, one of the most acclaimed novelists at the time of her childhood. His death in 1933 marks the end of this tempestuous tale of passion and intrigue.

Nazi Billionaires - The Dark History of Germany's Wealthiest Dynasties (Hardcover): David DeJong Nazi Billionaires - The Dark History of Germany's Wealthiest Dynasties (Hardcover)
David DeJong
R642 R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Save R161 (25%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Packed with revelations, this history traces the corrupt, bloody money that was hoarded by Nazi families during and after the Second World War - and how that money has translated into wealth and power for well known companies and tycoons today. Three weeks after Hitler seized power in Germany he called a meeting. He had summoned twenty-five of the most prominent businessmen in Germany and then arrived late. German big business had not helped Hitler seize power. Most corporate tycoons saw him as loud and violent. A failed painter who made brutish comments, to be laughed at. Nevertheless, these men would become profoundly, fiscally entangled in the Nazi effort. This book investigates and casts stunning new light on how the families and companies of the men who bought into Hitler's vision have prospered and monopolised.

Sources for Byzantine Art History: Volume 3, The Visual Culture of Later Byzantium (1081-c.1350) (Hardcover): Foteini Spingou Sources for Byzantine Art History: Volume 3, The Visual Culture of Later Byzantium (1081-c.1350) (Hardcover)
Foteini Spingou
R5,213 Discovery Miles 52 130 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this book the beauty and meaning of Byzantine art and its aesthetics are for the first time made accessible through the original sources. More than 150 medieval texts are translated from nine medieval languages into English, with commentaries from over seventy leading scholars. These include theories of art, discussions of patronage and understandings of iconography, practical recipes for artistic supplies, expressions of devotion, and descriptions of cities. The volume reveals the cultural plurality and the interconnectivity of medieval Europe and the Mediterranean from the late eleventh to the early fourteenth centuries. The first part uncovers salient aspects of Byzantine artistic production and its aesthetic reception, while the second puts a spotlight on particular ways of expressing admiration and of interpreting of the visual.

Alice's Book - How the Nazis Stole My Grandmother's Cookbook (Hardcover): Karina Urbach Alice's Book - How the Nazis Stole My Grandmother's Cookbook (Hardcover)
Karina Urbach; Translated by Jamie Bulloch
R518 R433 Discovery Miles 4 330 Save R85 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The story of a Jewish chef whose bestselling cookbook was expropriated by the Nazis, and who had to rebuild her life in England and the United States Alice Urbach was a successful pastry chef in Vienna in the 1930s, with a bestselling book and her own cooking school. But after the German annexation of Austria in 1938, she was forced to flee like so many other Jews. Alice escapes to England and spends the war years looking after Jewish refugee children in a home in the Lake District. Meanwhile, her younger son is imprisoned in Dachau, and her older son, Otto, having already emigrated to the United States, becomes an intelligence office fighting the Nazis underground. When she returns to the ruins of Vienna in the late 1940s, she discovers that her book, So Kocht Man in Wien!, is published under the name Rudolf Roesch. But did he even exist? When confronted, her publisher refused to give her back the rights. Abandoning hope, she emigrates to the United States to start afresh, opening a Viennese pastry school in San Francisco and eventually appearing on American television. Her dream to publish her cookbook in English under her own name remained unfulfilled before her death in 1983. Now, eighty years later, the historian Karina Urbach - Alice's granddaughter - sets out to uncover the true story behind the stolen cookbook. Her research takes her from Vienna, to London and Washington. In archives she finds letters and other documents that were assumed long lost. Alice Urbach's German publisher has all along adamantly refused compensation - until October 2020, when the publication of her granddaughter's book brought renewed attention to the case and the rights were restored to the family. Harrowing and incredibly moving, Alice's Book tells the story of a woman who, with her unwavering passion for cooking, survived the horrors of WWII to begin a new life on the other side of the world. Karina Urbach sheds light on an untold chapter in the history of Nazi crimes against Jewish non-fiction authors, and the books they could not afford to burn. Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch

Five Love Affairs and a Friendship - A Biography of Nancy Cunard (Paperback): Anne De Courcy Five Love Affairs and a Friendship - A Biography of Nancy Cunard (Paperback)
Anne De Courcy
R390 R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Save R64 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Born in March 1896, Nancy Cunard was a great beauty, rich, promiscuous, with a mesmeric effect on men. She was also highly intelligent, reading widely and writing poetry. Of Nancy's many affairs the five included in this book are the ones with the American poet Ezra Pound, the novelists Aldous Huxley and Michael Arlen (who characterised her as Iris Storm in his best-selling novel The Green Hat), Louis Aragon (the real founder of the Surrealist movement) and finally and controversially the black American pianist Henry Crowder, with whom she ran her printing press in Paris. The lifelong friendship was with George Moore, her mother's lover, one of the most acclaimed novelists at the time of her childhood. His death in 1933 marks the end of this tempestuous tale of passion and intrigue.

The War on the West - How to Prevail in the Age of Unreason (Hardcover): Douglas Murray The War on the West - How to Prevail in the Age of Unreason (Hardcover)
Douglas Murray
R503 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R127 (25%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The brilliant and provocative new book from one of the world's foremost political writers 'The anti-Western revisionists have been out in force in recent years. It is high time that we revise them in turn...' In The War on the West, international bestselling author Douglas Murray asks: if the history of humankind is a history of slavery, conquest, prejudice, genocide and exploitation, why are only Western nations taking the blame for it? It's become, he explains, perfectly acceptable to celebrate the contributions of non-Western cultures, but discussing their flaws and crimes is called hate speech. What's more it has become acceptable to discuss the flaws and crimes of Western culture, but celebrating their contributions is also called hate speech. Some of this is a much-needed reckoning; however, some of it is part of a larger international attack on reason, democracy, science, progress, and the citizens of the West by dishonest scholars, hatemongers, hostile nations and human rights abusers hoping to distract from their ongoing villainy. In The War on the West, Douglas Murray shows how many well-meaning people have been lured into protests and polarisation by such lies and hypocrisy. A blistering and important polemic, Murray's latest book carefully and methodically shows how far political discourse has strayed in Europe and America from its stated goals: justice and equality. Propelled by an incisive deconstruction of inconsistent arguments and activism, towards a clarion call for the defence of enlightenment values, The War on the West is one of the most important books for a generation, cementing Murray as one of the world's foremost political writers.

The French Mind - A Cultural History of an Exceptional People (Hardcover): Peter Watson The French Mind - A Cultural History of an Exceptional People (Hardcover)
Peter Watson
R530 Discovery Miles 5 300 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The idea of the French way of life has been an endless source of fascination. When we think of France we think of food and fashion, of intellect and taste, sociability and fierce national pride. What is behind these conceptions of the French? How did France become the country it is today, and what makes it exceptional? Journalist and historian Peter Watson sets out to answer these questions in The French Mind, a dazzling cultural history of France that takes us from the 17th century to the present day through the nation's most innovative and influential thinkers. He opens the doors to the Renaissance salons that acted as a breeding ground for poets, philosophers and scientists, and tells the extraordinary forgotten stories of the women who ran these vibrant and definitively French institutions, fostering a culture of intellectualism unmatched anywhere else in the word. On the way we witness the rise of cafe and restaurants, the changing relationship between the bourgeoisie and the French monarchy, and the bloody birth of a republic. From the French revolution to the country's occupation by Nazi Germany, Watson argues that a series of devastating military defeats played a key role in shaping the resilient character of a nation, as well as its exceptionalism. The French Mind is a history of breathtaking scope, propelled forward by the characters Watson brings to vivid life: the artists, revolutionaries and writers who loved, inspired and competed with one another over four hundred years. It documents the shaping of a nation whose global influence, in art and culture, politics and philosophy, cannot be overestimated.

Lily's Promise - Holding on to Hope Through Auschwitz and Beyond--A Story for All Generations (Hardcover): Lily Ebert, Dov... Lily's Promise - Holding on to Hope Through Auschwitz and Beyond--A Story for All Generations (Hardcover)
Lily Ebert, Dov Forman
R620 R515 Discovery Miles 5 150 Save R105 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Mala's Cat - The moving and unforgettable true story of one girl's survival during the Holocaust (Hardcover): Mala... Mala's Cat - The moving and unforgettable true story of one girl's survival during the Holocaust (Hardcover)
Mala Kacenberg
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'A remarkable tale of survival, in which Jewish life in pre-war Poland and the atrocities of the Holocaust appear through an almost dreamlike lens of childhood memory' Jeremy Dronfield, bestselling author of The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz 'Mala's Cat is fresh, unsentimental and utterly unpredictable... This memoir, rescued from obscurity by the efforts of Mala Kacenberg's five children, should be read and cherished as a new, vital document of a history that must never be allowed to vanish' Julie Orringer for the New York Times 'It's an account of astounding courage and resourcefulness . . . The real miracle here is the vitality of Kacenberg's faith and determination' Mail on Sunday __________ Alone in a forest with only a cat for company - this is the deeply moving true story of one little girl's remarkable survival in the shadow of the Holocaust Growing up in the Polish village of Tarnogrod, on the fringes of a deep pine forest, Mala has the happiest childhood anyone could hope for. But, when the Nazis invade, her beloved village becomes a ghetto and family and friends are reduced to starvation. Taking matters into her own hands, she bravely removes her yellow star, and sneaks out to the surrounding villages for food. On her way back she receives a smuggled letter from her sister warning her to stay away: her loved ones have been rounded up for deportation. With only her cat, Malach, and the strength of the stories taught by her family, she must flee into the forest. Malach becomes her family, her only respite from loneliness, a guide and reminder to stay hopeful even in the darkness. With her guardian angel by her side, Mala must find a way to navigate the dangerous forests, outwit German soldiers and hostile villagers, to survive, against all the odds. __________ 'It's an account of astounding courage and resourcefulness . . . The real miracle here is the vitality of Kacenberg's faith and determination' Mail on Sunday

Man's Search For Meaning (Paperback): Victor E. Frankl Man's Search For Meaning (Paperback)
Victor E. Frankl 4
R150 R120 Discovery Miles 1 200 Save R30 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A book for finding purpose and strength in times of great despair, the international best-seller is still just as relevant today as when it was first published.

Man's Search for Meaning is more relevant than ever, Viktor Frank's message provides hope even in the darkest of times. It has sold more than 16 million copies in fifty languages. A reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America.

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

Brothers in Arms - One Legendary Tank Regiment's Bloody War from D-Day to VE-Day (Hardcover): James Holland Brothers in Arms - One Legendary Tank Regiment's Bloody War from D-Day to VE-Day (Hardcover)
James Holland
R654 R540 Discovery Miles 5 400 Save R114 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

From the bestselling author of Normandy '44 and Sicily '43, a brilliant new history of the last days of the war 'Seldom is war so vividly described...An assault on the senses...Painful to read, impossible to put down' Gerard DeGroot, The Times It took a certain type of courage to serve in a tank in the Second World War. Encased in steel, surrounded by highly explosive shells, a big and slow-moving target, every crew member was utterly vulnerable to enemy attack from all sides. Living - and dying - in a tank was a brutal way to fight a war. The Sherwood Rangers were one of the great tank regiments. They had learned their trade the hard way, in the burning deserts of North Africa. From D-Day onwards, they were in the thick of the action til the war's end. They and their Sherman tanks covered thousands of miles and endured some of the fiercest fighting in Western Europe. Their engagements stretch from the Normandy beaches to the bridges at Eindhoven. They were the first British unit into Germany, grinding across the Siegfried Line and on into the Nazi heartland. Through compelling eye-witness testimony and James Holland's expert analysis, Brothers In Arms brings to vivid life the final bloody scramble across Europe and gives the most powerful account to date of what it was really like to fight in the dying days of World War Two.

Tor! - The Story of German Football (Paperback): Uli Hesse Tor! - The Story of German Football (Paperback)
Uli Hesse
R402 R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Save R27 (7%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Germany did not have professional players or a national league until the 1960s, yet it became one of the most successful football nations in the world. Tor! (Goal!) traces the extraordinary story of Germany's club and international football, from the days when it was regarded as a dangerously foreign pastime, through the horrors of the Nazi years to postwar triumphs and the crisis of the new century. Tor! challenges the myth that German football is 'predictable' or 'efficient' and brings to life the fascinating array of characters who shaped it: the betrayed pioneer Walther Bensemann; the enigmatic genius Sepp Herberger; the all-conquering Franz Beckenbauer; the modern misfit Lothar Matthaus. And even the radio commentator Herbert Zimmermann, whose ecstatic cries of 'Tor!' greeted the winning goal in the 1954 World Cup final and helped change a whole nation's view of itself. Fully revised and updated ahead of the 2022 World Cup, Tor! is the definitive history of German football.

Aftermath - Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich, 1945-1955 (Hardcover): Harald Jahner Aftermath - Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich, 1945-1955 (Hardcover)
Harald Jahner; Translated by Shaun Whiteside
R520 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R84 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

***LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2021*** 'A masterpiece' SPECTATOR 'Exemplary [and] important... This is the kind of book few writers possess the clarity of vision to write' MAX HASTINGS, SUNDAY TIMES 'Magnificent... There are great lessons in the nature of humanity to be learnt here' TELEGRAPH Germany, 1945: a country in ruins. Cities have been reduced to rubble and more than half of the population are where they do not belong or do not want to be. How can a functioning society ever emerge from this chaos? In bombed-out Berlin, Ruth Andreas-Friedrich, journalist and member of the Nazi resistance, warms herself by a makeshift stove and records in her diary how a frenzy of expectation and industriousness grips the city. The Americans send Hans Habe, an Austro-Hungarian Jewish journalist and US army soldier, to the frontline of psychological warfare - tasked with establishing a newspaper empire capable of remoulding the minds of the Germans. The philosopher Hannah Arendt returns to the country she fled to find a population gripped by a manic loquaciousness, but faces a deafening wall of silence at the mention of the Holocaust. Aftermath is a nuanced panorama of a nation undergoing monumental change. 1945 to 1955 was a raw, wild decade poised between two eras that proved decisive for Germany's future - and one starkly different to how most of us imagine it today. Featuring black and white photographs and posters from post-war Germany - some beautiful, some revelatory, some shocking - Aftermath evokes an immersive portrait of a society corrupted, demoralised and freed - all at the same time.

Brothers in Arms - One Legendary Tank Regiment's Bloody War from D-Day to VE-Day (Paperback): James Holland Brothers in Arms - One Legendary Tank Regiment's Bloody War from D-Day to VE-Day (Paperback)
James Holland
R263 R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Save R42 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

From the bestselling author of Normandy '44 and Sicily '43 comes the untold story of the Sherwood Rangers It took a certain type of courage to serve in a tank in World War Two. Encased in steel, surrounded by highly explosive shells, a big and slow-moving target, every crew member was utterly vulnerable to enemy attack from all sides. Living - and dying - in a tank was a brutal way to fight a war. The Sherwood Rangers were one of the great tank regiments. They had learned their trade the hard way, under the burning sun of North Africa, on the battlefields of El Alamein and Alam el Halfa. By the time they landed on Gold Beach on D-Day, they were toughened by experience and ready for combat. From that moment on, the Sherwood Rangers were in the thick of the action til the war's end. They and their Sherman tanks covered thousands of miles and endured some of the fiercest fighting in Western Europe. The first British unit to cross into Germany, their engagements stretch from the Normandy beaches, to the bridges at Eindhoven, and the grinding crossing of the Siegfried Line and on into the Nazi heartland. Through compelling eye-witness testimony and James Holland's expert analysis of the war in the West, Brothers In Arms brings to vivid life the final bloody scramble across Europe and gives the most powerful account to date of what it was really like to fight in the dying days of World War Two.

The Human Factor - Gorbachev, Reagan, and Thatcher and the End of the Cold War (Paperback): Archie Brown The Human Factor - Gorbachev, Reagan, and Thatcher and the End of the Cold War (Paperback)
Archie Brown
R353 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R53 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

How the Cold War ended - and the people who made it happen In this penetrating analysis of the role of political leadership in the Cold War's ending, Archie Brown shows why the popular view that Western economic and military strength left the Soviet Union with no alternative but to admit defeat is wrong. To understand the significance of the parts played by Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher in East-West relations in the second half of the 1980s, Brown addresses several specific questions: What were the values and assumptions of these leaders, and how did their perceptions evolve? What were the major influences on them? To what extent were they reflecting the views of their own political establishment or challenging them? How important for ending the East-West standoff were their interrelations? Would any of the realistically alternative leaders of their countries at that time have pursued approximately the same policies? The Cold War got colder in the early 1980s and the relationship between the two military superpowers, the USA and the Soviet Union, each of whom had the capacity to annihilate the other, was tense. By the end of the decade, East-West relations had been utterly transformed, with most of the dividing lines -including the division of Europe- removed. Engagement between Gorbachev and Reagan was a crucial part of that process of change. More surprising was Thatcher's role. Regarded by Reagan as his ideological and political soulmate, she formed also a strong and supportive relationship with Gorbachev (beginning three months before he came to power). Promoting Gorbachev in Washington as a man to do business with, she became, in the words of her foreign policy adviser Sir Percy Cradock, an agent of influence in both directions.

A Brief History of Germany - Indispensable for Travellers (Paperback): Jeremy Black A Brief History of Germany - Indispensable for Travellers (Paperback)
Jeremy Black
R287 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R46 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Not One Inch - America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate (Hardcover): M. E Sarotte Not One Inch - America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate (Hardcover)
M. E Sarotte
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Not one inch. With these words, Secretary of State James Baker proposed a hypothetical bargain to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev after the fall of the Berlin Wall: if you let your part of Germany go, we will move NATO not one inch eastward. Controversy erupted almost immediately over this 1990 exchange-but more important was the decade to come, when the words took on new meaning. Gorbachev let his Germany go, but Washington rethought the bargain, not least after the Soviet Union's own collapse in December 1991. Washington realized it could not just win big but win bigger. Not one inch of territory needed to be off limits to NATO. On the thirtieth anniversary of the Soviet collapse, this book uses new evidence and interviews to show how, in the decade that culminated in Vladimir Putin's rise to power, the United States and Russia undermined a potentially lasting partnership. Prize-winning historian M. E. Sarotte shows what went wrong.

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