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The Origins of Southern College Football - How an Ivy League Game Became Dixie Tradition (Hardcover): Andrew McIlwaine Bell The Origins of Southern College Football - How an Ivy League Game Became Dixie Tradition (Hardcover)
Andrew McIlwaine Bell
R651 R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Save R129 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

College football is a massive enterprise in the United States, and southern teams dominate poll rankings and sports headlines while generating billions in revenue for public schools and private companies. Southern football fans worship their teams, often rearranging their personal lives in order to accommodate season schedules. The Origins of Southern College Football sheds new light on the South's obsession with football and explores the sport's beginnings below the Mason-Dixon Line in the decades after the Civil War. Military defeat followed by a long period of cultural unrest compelled many southerners to look to northern ideas and customs for guidance in rebuilding their beleaguered society. Ivy League universities, considered bastions of enlightenment and symbols of the modernizing spirit of the age, provided a particular source of inspiration for southerners in the form of organized or "scientific" football that featured standardized rules and scoring. Transported to the South by men educated at northern universities, scientific football reinforced cultural values that had existed in the region for centuries, among them a tolerance for violence, respect for martial displays, and support for traditional gender roles. The game also held the promise of a "New South" that its supporters hoped would transform the region into an industrial powerhouse. Students and townspeople alike embraced the new sport, which served as a source of pride for a region that lagged woefully behind its northern counterpart in terms of social equity and economic prowess. The Origins of Southern College Football is an entertaining history of the South's most popular sport cast against a broader narrative of the United States during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, two momentous periods of change that gave rise to the game we recognize today.

Teaching a People's History of Abolition and the Civil War (Paperback): Adam Sanchez Teaching a People's History of Abolition and the Civil War (Paperback)
Adam Sanchez
R398 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R63 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Greatest Lions XV Ever, The (Hardcover): Jonathan Davies, Alun Wyn Bevan Greatest Lions XV Ever, The (Hardcover)
Jonathan Davies, Alun Wyn Bevan 1
R300 R98 Discovery Miles 980 Save R202 (67%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Who are the fifteen best rugby players ever to have represented the Lions? Was Willie John McBride better than Martin Johnson? Was Barry John better than Johnny Wilkinson? Was anyone better than Gareth Edwards? As incisive and decisive as he was on the pitch, Jonathan Davies has the answer to all these questions and more. -- Welsh Books Council

Cook, Taste, Learn - How the Evolution of Science Transformed the Art of Cooking (Hardcover): Guy Crosby Cook, Taste, Learn - How the Evolution of Science Transformed the Art of Cooking (Hardcover)
Guy Crosby
R453 Discovery Miles 4 530 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Cooking food is one of the activities that makes humanity unique. It's not just about what tastes good: advances in cooking technology have been a constant part of our progress, from the ability to control fire to the emergence of agriculture to modern science's understanding of what happens at a molecular level when we apply heat to food. Mastering new ways of feeding ourselves has resulted in leaps in longevity and explosions in population-and the potential of cooking science is still largely untapped. In Cook, Taste, Learn, the food scientist and best-selling author Guy Crosby offers a lively tour of the history and science behind the art of cooking, with a focus on achieving a healthy daily diet. He traces the evolution of cooking from its earliest origins, recounting the innovations that have unraveled the mysteries of health and taste. Crosby explains why both home cooks and professional chefs should learn how to apply cooking science, arguing that we can improve the nutritional quality and gastronomic delight of everyday eating. Science-driven changes in the way we cook can help reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases and enhance our quality of life. The book features accessible explanations of complex topics as well as a selection of recipes that illustrate scientific principles. Cook, Taste, Learn reveals the possibilities for transforming cooking from a craft into the perfect blend of art and science.

Ten Poems About Cricket (Paperback): John Lucas Ten Poems About Cricket (Paperback)
John Lucas
R127 R117 Discovery Miles 1 170 Save R10 (8%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
President Is at Camp David (Paperback, New Ed): W. Dale Nelson President Is at Camp David (Paperback, New Ed)
W. Dale Nelson
R377 R313 Discovery Miles 3 130 Save R64 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this text, W. Dale Nelson chronicles the genesis and development of the position of the White House press secretary during the 20th century. He also covers each administration in detail, using newspaper, archival and interview sources.

Any Given Sunday - The NFL's Epic 100-Year History in 20 Games (Hardcover): Matthew Sherry Any Given Sunday - The NFL's Epic 100-Year History in 20 Games (Hardcover)
Matthew Sherry
R604 R503 Discovery Miles 5 030 Save R101 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

17th September 2020 will mark the centenary of the National Football League. It will reach that landmark as a behemoth, an all-encompassing conglomerate that is the most lucrative sports league in the world - and also the dominant pop culture entity in the United States. The NFL is also making considerable gains worldwide. The International Series has been heading to London since 2007 with incredible sell-outs at the four games in 2019 at Wembley and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadiums. This may lead some to believe the league has always been a roaring success story. History contradicts that reputation, for the NFL of today is a by-product of the humblest beginnings. It is a rocky road filled with genius detours and wrong turns; with heroes and villains; and, most importantly, with thousands of games. Any Given Sunday will detail some of the biggest of those, beginning with the first contest ever played in 1920 and working through to multiple key fixtures from last season. Each chapter will be complemented by countless interviews with some of the game's true legends, from Hall of Fame players and coaches to owners and executives; first-hand accounts from games, including multiple Super Bowls; and, finally, full access to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and NFL Films' extensive archives, including pieces not available to the public. Any Given Sunday takes readers from the boardrooms to the field, into the locker-room and inside the journeys of legends, providing a full snapshot of the NFL's epic first century.

Hard Rock - Great British rock climbs from VS to E4 (Hardcover, New edition): Ian Parnell Hard Rock - Great British rock climbs from VS to E4 (Hardcover, New edition)
Ian Parnell
R820 Discovery Miles 8 200 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Hard Rock is the best of British rock climbing. Featuring over fifty crags and sixty-nine routes in England, Scotland and Wales, it epitomises all that is great about traditional climbing in Great Britain. Ken Wilson's first edition of Hard Rock was published in 1974 and quickly established itself as the definitive representation of British rock climbing. Ken's vision for the book's format - part guidebook, part literary celebration and part coffee table visual showcase - is one that has been much copied but never equalled. In this new edition, editor Ian Parnell has ensured Hard Rock continues to honour Ken's original concept, in particular keeping the route, not the climber, centre stage. While the activity of climbing has undergone myriad changes since 1974 - sticky rubber, camming devices, and the rise of sport climbing and indoor climbing walls - many climbers are still drawn to the drama and challenge of traditionally protected climbing. And this is why Hard Rock is still as relevant now as it was in 1974. Stretching across the Scottish Highlands and Islands, the Lake District, the Pennines and the Peak District, North and South Wales and down to South-West England, the routes tackle big mountain walls, gritstone outcrops and epic sea cliff adventures. Focusing on the trad connoisseur's grade range of VS to E2, with additional routes at E3 and E4, the featured climbs are within reach of a majority of climbers. Timeless classics include The Bat on Ben Nevis, the Old Man of Hoy, the Central Buttress of Scafell, Cenotaph Corner on Dinas Cromlech in the Llanberis Pass, Vector at Tremadog, Right Unconquerable at Stanage Edge and Suicide Wall at Bosigran on the Cornish coast. Alongside many of the original essays, written by a formidable cast of climbers including Pete Crew, Ed Drummond, Royal Robbins, Chris Bonington, Hamish MacInnes and Al Alvarez, this new edition features thirteen new routes and pieces by Eleanor Fuller, Stephen Reid, Kevin Howett, David Pickford, Paul Harrison, John Lawrence Holden, Martin Moran, Paul Donnithorne and Emma Alsford. It is illustrated with all-new colour photography throughout. Hard Rock's timeless collection is sure to inspire for generations to come.

Fascism - A Warning (Paperback, Edition): Madeleine Albright Fascism - A Warning (Paperback, Edition)
Madeleine Albright 1
R301 R202 Discovery Miles 2 020 Save R99 (33%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The #1 NYT BESTSELLER A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today's world, written by one of America's most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state. "There is priceless wisdom on every page." Kirkus Starred review A Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, 'is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have.' The twentieth century was defined by the clash between democracy and Fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions of innocent people dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. In Fascism: A Warning, Madeleine Albright, draws on her own experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that very assumption. Fascism, as Albright shows, not only endured through the course of the twentieth century, but now presents a more virulent threat to international peace and justice than at any time since the end of World War II. The momentum toward democracy that swept the world when the Berlin Wall fell has gone into reverse. The United States, which has historically championed the free world, is led by a president who exacerbates popular divisions and heaps scorn on democratic institutions. In many countries, economic, technological and cultural factors are weakening the political centre and empowering the extremes of right and left. Contemporary leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are employing many of the same tactics used by Fascists in the 1920s and 30s. Fascism: A Warning is a book for our times that is relevant to all times. Written with wisdom by someone who has not only studied history but helped to shape it, this call to arms teaches us the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer if we are to save ourselves from repeating the tragic errors of the past.

Yogi - A Life Behind the Mask (Paperback): Jon Pessah Yogi - A Life Behind the Mask (Paperback)
Jon Pessah
R409 R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Save R62 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Lawrence"Yogi" Berra was never supposed to become a major league ballplayer. That's what his immigrant father told him. That's what Branch Rickey told him, too-right to Berra's face, in fact. Even the lowly St. Louis Browns of his youth said he'd never make it in the big leagues. Yet baseball was his lifeblood. It was the only thing he ever cared about. Heck, it was the only thing he ever thought about. Berra couldn't allow a constant stream of ridicule about his appearance, taunts about his speech, and scorn about his perceived lack of intelligence to keep him from becoming one of the best to ever play the game-at a position requiring the very skills he was told he did not have. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews and four years of reporting, Jon Pessah delivers a transformational portrait of how Berra handled his hard-earned success-on and off the playing field-as well as his failures; how the man who insisted "I really didn't say everything I said!" nonetheless shaped decades of America's culture; and how Berra's humility and grace redefined what it truly means to be a star. Overshadowed on the field by Joe DiMaggio early in his career and later by a youthful Mickey Mantle, Berra emerges as not only the best loved Yankee but one of the most appealingly simple, innately complex, and universally admired men in all of America.

Feed Your Family For GBP20...In A Hurry! - Deliciously Easy, Budget-Friendly Meals in Under 20 Minutes (Paperback): Lorna Cooper Feed Your Family For GBP20...In A Hurry! - Deliciously Easy, Budget-Friendly Meals in Under 20 Minutes (Paperback)
Lorna Cooper
R458 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R71 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Over half a million people have learnt to meal plan, budget and cook for just GBP20 a week through Lorna Cooper's popular cookery blog and debut cookbook. And now she's back and ready to feed the nation on a budget, and in only 20 minutes! Feed Your Family for GBP20 a Week...In a Hurry! is the cookbook that every time- and cash-stretched parent needs in their kitchen. A busy mum of three, Lorna understands how difficult it is to keep the whole family fed on a budget, and to find the time to cook wholesome meals in amongst the pressures of everyday life. With Lorna's savvy shopping tips and clever shortcuts, you'll be amazed what you can make in under 20 minutes AND for under GBP20 a week. From Tuscan Chicken Pasta to Philly Cheese Steak and Peanut Butter Cookies, never has saving time AND money been so easy!

The History of Photography - An Overview (Hardcover, New Ed): Alma Davenport The History of Photography - An Overview (Hardcover, New Ed)
Alma Davenport
R972 R713 Discovery Miles 7 130 Save R259 (27%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

First published in 1991, "The History of Photography" explores the people, technology, and imagery that have made photography such a tremendous force in modern culture. As technology has improved, the level to which society depends upon photography increases. Over the past 150 years, photographers and their works have taught, inspired, angered, and spurred several generations toward social and political action. This interdependence between society and the photographic image continues to strengthen and evolve.

This book develops specific themes from pre-photography to the present. The reader will develop a deeper understanding of how major photographers have viewed their work, how attitudes toward photography have changed, and how photography has influenced world perceptions and events.

Ancient Brews - Rediscovered and Re-created (Paperback): Patrick E. McGovern Ancient Brews - Rediscovered and Re-created (Paperback)
Patrick E. McGovern; Foreword by Sam Calagione
R338 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R58 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Patrick E. McGovern takes us on a fascinating journey through time to the dawn of brewing when our ancestors might well have made a Palaeo-Brew of fruits, honey, cereals and botanicals. Early beverage-makers must have marvelled at the process of fermentation, their amazement growing as they drank the mind-altering drinks which were to become the medicines, religious symbols and social lubricants of later cultures. McGovern circles the globe-to China, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, Scandinavia, Honduras, Peru and Mexico-interweaving archaeology and science to tell stories of making liquid time capsules. Accompanying homebrew interpretations and matching meal recipes help bring the past alive, as our senses and imaginations travel "Back to the Future".

The Accidental Footballer (Hardcover): Pat Nevin The Accidental Footballer (Hardcover)
Pat Nevin
R525 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R89 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

*** THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'A heroic outsider - a pleasure to read.' - The Guardian 'A fulsome evocation of football before the Premier League.' - The i 'Such a good storyteller...joyous.' - Financial Times 'Honest, raw, revealing and very funny. How to live a life and career to the full. Insightful book about the most successful outsider inside football ever...' - Henry Winter, Chief Football Writer, The Times 'Pat is a wonderful one-off...and this is the story of why that is.' - John Murray, Chief Sports Correspondent, BBC Radio 5 Live 'Unusually vibrant and elegant with heroic doses of humour, insight and self-effacement, this is an absolute must-read for the football connoisseur.' - Omid Djalili 'The biggest influence of my professional career both on and off the pitch.' - Graeme Le Saux 'I grew up captivated by Pat Nevin the player. As a man he taught me even more about the beauty of the game. One of football's great mavericks, and Chelsea's greatest players. And he can spin a mean tune too.' - Sam Matterface 'I used to walk miles to see Pat Nevin play football and I'd do the same now to read his thoughts. Always challenging, always entertaining.' - Lord Sebastian Coe 'A refreshingly honest and thought-provoking autobiography. As deftly delivered as some of Pat's ball skills in his 1980's heyday.' - ToffeeWeb Pat Nevin never wanted to be a professional footballer. His future was clear, he'd become a teacher like his brothers. There was only one problem with this - Pat was far too good to avoid attention. Raised in Glasgow's East End, Pat loved the game, playing for hours and obsessively following Celtic. But as he grew up, he also loved Joy Division, wearing his Indie 'gloom boom' coat and going on marches - hardly typical footballer behaviour! Placed firmly in the 80s and 90s, before the advent of the Premier League, and often with racism and violence present, Pat Nevin writes with honesty, insight and wry humour. We are transported vividly to Chelsea and Everton, and colourfully diverted by John Peel, Morrissey and nights out at the Hacienda. The Accidental Footballer is a different kind of football memoir. Capturing all the joys of professional football as well as its contradictions and conflicts, it's about being defined by your actions, not your job, and is the perfect reminder of how life can throw you the most extraordinary surprises, when you least expect it.

Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights - Reformers & the Politics of Maternal Welfare, 1917-1940 (Paperback): Robyn L Rosen Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights - Reformers & the Politics of Maternal Welfare, 1917-1940 (Paperback)
Robyn L Rosen
R653 Discovery Miles 6 530 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
How to Fix Modern Football (Paperback): Chris Sutton How to Fix Modern Football (Paperback)
Chris Sutton
R238 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R38 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

***** Shortlisted for Sports Entertainment Book of the Year in the Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2021 'A manifesto to cure modern football's cornucopia of ills.' - i paper 'A brilliant book.' - Ian Wright With diving players, abusive fans, feckless agents and the dreaded VAR, football has taken a wrong turn. Now, Chris Sutton, the nation's most forthright football pundit, takes an un?ltered look at 25 aspects of the modern game that need to be changed right away - and offers practical and, at times, controversial solutions. From the standard of referees to the lunacy of the managerial merry-go-round, from shameful racist abuse to exploitative ticket prices and the shocking treatments of ex-players with dementia, How to Fix Modern Football leaves no stone unturned in. As a former top-level player, Chris knows the game inside out. Now observing from the commentator's perch, his perspective is shot through with passion, humour and occasionally a little anger. Sutton is a man on a mission, determined to get under the skin of the game he loves and to call out exactly what's going wrong.

The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland: Volume 3, 1850-2000 (Hardcover): Alistair Black, Peter Hoare The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland: Volume 3, 1850-2000 (Hardcover)
Alistair Black, Peter Hoare
R3,565 R3,316 Discovery Miles 33 160 Save R249 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Since the mid-nineteenth century an unprecedented expansion and diversification of library activity has taken place. The Public Libraries Act of 1850 founded a tradition of public provision and service which continues today, and national and academic libraries have grown and multiplied. Libraries have become an industry rather than a localised phenomenon, and librarianship has developed from a scholarly craft to a scientific profession. The essays in this volume present a picture of great diversity, covering public, national, academic, subscription and private libraries. The users of libraries are an important part of their history and are considered here in detail, alongside the development of the library profession and the impact of new information technologies. The place of the library within society and the growth of a professional structure to manage new demands on information are the central concerns of this volume, which celebrates the diversity of the modern library world.

Incredible Baseball Stats - The Coolest, Strangest Stats and Facts in Baseball History (Paperback): Kevin Reavy, Ryan Spaeder Incredible Baseball Stats - The Coolest, Strangest Stats and Facts in Baseball History (Paperback)
Kevin Reavy, Ryan Spaeder; Foreword by Wade Boggs, Lance McCullers 1
R357 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R57 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With forewords by Wade Boggs and Lance McCullers, Jr, here is a modern stat book for modern fans. Whether you follow the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Giants, or another Major League team, you fill find something new and fascinating! As America's pastime since the mid-1800s, baseball offers the sights, sounds, and even smells that are deeply entrenched in our culture. But for some, the experience can be less sensory. Some, such as Ryan Spaeder and Kevin Reavy, live for baseball statistics. Stats give the game historical context and measurables for past, present, and predictive analysis. Incredible Baseball Stats, newly updated, helps tell unique baseball stories, showcasing extraordinary stats and facts in baseball history, through the 2018 season. For example, in 2015, the Nationals' Bryce Harper broke out in a major way. He batted .330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs en route to his first MVP Award. It was his fourth MLB season, but he was still younger than NL Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant. He became the youngest player to lead the league in both on-base percentage and homers in the same season since Ty Cobb in 1909. The authors have scoured the records for untold tales and looked at familiar ones with new statistical insights, to create Incredible Baseball Stats, a perfect book for baseball fans from coast to coast.

Religious Freedom - Jefferson's Legacy, America's Creed (Paperback): John Ragosta Religious Freedom - Jefferson's Legacy, America's Creed (Paperback)
John Ragosta
R547 Discovery Miles 5 470 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For over one hundred years, Thomas Jefferson and his Statute for Establishing Religious Freedom have stood at the center of our understanding of religious liberty and the First Amendment. Jefferson's expansive vision--including his insistence that political freedom and free thought would be at risk if we did not keep government out of the church and church out of government--enjoyed a near consensus of support at the Supreme Court and among historians, until Justice William Rehnquist called reliance on Jefferson "demonstrably incorrect." Since then, Rehnquist's call has been taken up by a bevy of jurists and academics anxious to encourage renewed government involvement with religion.

In "Religious Freedom: Jefferson's Legacy, America's Creed, " the historian and lawyer John Ragosta offers a vigorous defense of Jefferson's advocacy for a strict separation of church and state. Beginning with a close look at Jefferson's own religious evolution, Ragosta shows that deep religious beliefs were at the heart of Jefferson's views on religious freedom. Basing his analysis on that Jeffersonian vision, Ragosta redefines our understanding of how and why the First Amendment was adopted. He shows how the amendment's focus on maintaining the authority of states to regulate religious freedom demonstrates that a very strict restriction on federal action was intended. Ultimately revealing that the great sage demanded a firm separation of church and state but never sought a wholly secular public square, Ragosta provides a new perspective on Jefferson, the First Amendment, and religious liberty within the United States.

Trigger Warning - My Lesbian Feminist Life (Paperback): Sheila Jeffreys Trigger Warning - My Lesbian Feminist Life (Paperback)
Sheila Jeffreys
R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Let the Meatballs Rest - And Other Stories About Food and Culture (Hardcover): Massimo Montanari Let the Meatballs Rest - And Other Stories About Food and Culture (Hardcover)
Massimo Montanari; Translated by Beth Archer Brombert
R1,522 R1,275 Discovery Miles 12 750 Save R247 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Known for his entertaining investigations into culinary practice, Massimo Montanari turns his hungry eye to the phenomenon of food culture, food lore, cooking methods, and eating habits throughout history. An irresistible buffet of one hundred concise and engaging essays, this collection provides stimulating food for thought for those curious about one of life's most fundamental pleasures.

Focusing on the selection, preparation, and mythology of food, Montanari traverses such subjects as the status of the pantry over the centuries, the various strategies of cooking over time, the gastronomy of famine, the science of flavors, the changing characteristics of convivial rituals, the customs of the table, and the ever-evolving identity of food. He shows that cooking not only is a decisive part of our cultural heritage but also communicates essential information about our material and intellectual well-being.

From the invention of basic bread making to chocolate's reputation for decadence, Montanari positions food culture as a lens through which we can plot changes in historical values and social and economic trends. Even the biblical tale of Jacob buying Esau's birthright for a bowl of lentils is a text full of essential meaning, representing civilization's important shift from a hunting to an agrarian society. Readers of all backgrounds will enjoy these delectable insights and their easy consumption in one companionable volume.

Beyond SW19 - World Class Tennis in England since the 1880s (Hardcover): Kevin Jefferys Beyond SW19 - World Class Tennis in England since the 1880s (Hardcover)
Kevin Jefferys
R422 Discovery Miles 4 220 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Wimbledon has long stood at the pinnacle of British and world tennis. But, as Kevin Jefferys shows in this ground-breaking new study, Britain has a rich history of international standard play beyond SW19, in top-level tournaments and Davis Cup competitions at iconic venues such as Queen's Club, Eastbourne and Edgbaston. The book traces the fluctuating fortunes of a dozen or so tournaments that have brought the world's finest players to English shores during the 140-year history of lawn tennis. Taking a tour around different regions of the country, the author sheds fresh light on the best-known events and on largely forgotten but once high-profile tournaments held in Bristol, Torquay and Scarborough. Both a record and a celebration of England's tennis heritage, the book is packed with stories about memorable players and matches, full results for singles finals and anecdotes about quirky or controversial incidents, ranging from the courtside fire that halted a tournament final to the anti-apartheid protests that disrupted a Davis Cup tie.

The Nine - How a Band of Daring Resistance Women Escaped from Nazi Germany (Paperback): Gwen Strauss The Nine - How a Band of Daring Resistance Women Escaped from Nazi Germany (Paperback)
Gwen Strauss
R330 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R66 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

As the Second World War raged across Europe, and the Nazi regime tightened its reign of horror and oppression, nine women, some still in their teens, joined the French and Dutch Resistance. Caught out in heroic acts against the brutal occupiers, they were each tortured and sent east into Greater Germany to a concentration camp, where they formed a powerful friendship. In 1945, as the war turned against Hitler, they were forced on a Death March, facing starvation and almost certain death. Determined to survive, they made a bid for freedom, and so began one of the most breathtaking tales of escape and resilience of the Second World War.

The author is the great-niece of one of the nine, and she interweaves their gripping flight across war-torn Europe with her own detective work, uncovering the heart-stopping escape and survival of these heroes who fought fearlessly against Nazi Germany and lived to tell the tale.

The Cambridge History of Communism (Paperback): Juliane Furst, Silvio Pons, Mark Selden The Cambridge History of Communism (Paperback)
Juliane Furst, Silvio Pons, Mark Selden
R838 R687 Discovery Miles 6 870 Save R151 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The third volume of The Cambridge History of Communism spans the period from the 1960s to the present, documenting the last two decades of the global Cold War and the collapse of Soviet socialism. An international team of scholars analyze the rise of China as a global power continuing to proclaim its Maoist allegiance, and the transformation of the geopolitics and political economy of Cold War conflict in an era of increasing economic interpenetration. Beneath the surface, profound political, social, economic and cultural changes were occurring in the socialist and former socialist countries, resulting in the collapse and transformations of the existing socialist order and the changing parameters of world Marxism. This volume draws on innovative research to bring together history from above and below, including social, cultural, gender, and transnational history to transcend the old separation between Communist studies and the broader field of contemporary history.

The Grand National - A Celebration of the World's Most Famous Horse Race (Paperback): Anne Holland The Grand National - A Celebration of the World's Most Famous Horse Race (Paperback)
Anne Holland
R285 R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Save R46 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Every year the Grand National produces very different stories from jockeys and horses alike; uplifting scenes from a victor and heartbreak when a mere inch divides the loser from the winner at the end of nearly four-and-a-half miles and thirty challenging fences. In 1839 the first winner was aptly named Lottery. Back then, huge crowds rode to Aintree by horseback, in carriages, carts or on foot. Today the Grand National is probably the world's most famous horse race, with a global television audience of some 600 million in 140 countries. This richly informed book focuses on the race's various record-breakers, rather than being a purely chronological history of this greatest of all steeplechases. Many records have stood the test of time: in 2019, Tiger Roll's second consecutive victory was the first time that the feat had been achieved since Red Rum in 1973-74. Anne Holland's authoritative history celebrates one of the world's greatest sporting spectacles. 'A well-organised and cheerily anecdotal volume' Spectator

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