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Abigail & John - Portrait of a Marriage (Paperback): Edith Gelles Abigail & John - Portrait of a Marriage (Paperback)
Edith Gelles
R340 R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Save R19 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Married in 1764, Abigail and John Adams worked side by side for a decade, raising a family while John became one of the most prosperous, respected lawyers in Massachusetts. When his duties as a statesman and diplomat during the Revolutionary War expanded, Abigail and John endured lengthy separations. But their loyalty and love remained strong, as their passionate, forthright letters attest. It's in this correspondence that Abigail comes into her own as an independent woman. It's also in these exchanges that we learn about the familial tragedies that tested them: the early deaths of their son Charles from alcoholism and their daughter Nabby from breast cancer.

As much a romance as it is a lively chapter in early American history, "Abigail and John" is an inspirational portrait of a couple who endured the turmoil and trials of a revolution, and in so doing paved the way for the birth of a nation.

The Truths We Hold (Young Reader's Edition) (Paperback): Kamala Harris The Truths We Hold (Young Reader's Edition) (Paperback)
Kamala Harris
R190 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R38 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Now adapted for young readers, Vice President Kamala Harris's empowering memoir about the values and inspirations that guided her life. With her election to the vice presidency, her election to the U.S. Senate, and her position as attorney general of California, Kamala Harris has blazed trails throughout her entire political career. But how did she achieve her goals? What values and influences guided and inspired her along the way? In this young readers edition of Kamala Harris's memoir, we learn about the impact that her family and community had on her life, and see what led her to discover her own sense of self and purpose. The Truths We Hold traces her journey as she explored the values she holds most dear-those of community, equality, and justice. An inspiring and empowering memoir, this book challenges us to become leaders in our own lives and shows us that with determination and perseverance all dreams are possible.

J for Johnnie (Paperback, New edition): John Trotman J for Johnnie (Paperback, New edition)
John Trotman
R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Hero of Two Worlds - The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution (Hardcover): Mike Duncan Hero of Two Worlds - The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution (Hardcover)
Mike Duncan
R612 R507 Discovery Miles 5 070 Save R105 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Few in history can match the revolutionary career of the Marquis de Lafayette. Over fifty incredible years at the heart of the Age of Revolution, he fought courageously on both sides of the Atlantic. He was a soldier, statesman, idealist, philanthropist, and abolitionist. As a teenager, Lafayette ran away from France to join the American Revolution. Returning home a national hero, he helped launch the French Revolution, eventually spending five years locked in dungeon prisons. After his release, Lafayette sparred with Napoleon, joined an underground conspiracy to overthrow King Louis XVIII, and became an international symbol of liberty. Finally, as a revered elder statesman, he was instrumental in the overthrow of the Bourbon Dynasty in the Revolution of 1830. From enthusiastic youth to world-weary old age, from the pinnacle of glory to the depths of despair, Lafayette never stopped fighting for the rights of all mankind. His remarkable life is the story of where we come from, and an inspiration to defend the ideals he held dear.

Edmund Hillary - A Biography - The extraordinary life of the beekeeper who climbed Everest (Paperback): Michael Gill Edmund Hillary - A Biography - The extraordinary life of the beekeeper who climbed Everest (Paperback)
Michael Gill
R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Edmund Hillary - A Biography is the story of the New Zealand beekeeper who climbed Mount Everest. A man who against expedition orders drove his tractor to the South Pole; a man honoured around the world for his pioneering climbs yet who collapsed on more than one occasion on a mountain, and a man who gave so much to Nepal yet lost his family to its mountains. The author, Michael Gill, was a close friend of Hillary's for nearly 50 years, accompanying him on many expeditions and becoming heavily involved in Hillary's aid work building schools and hospitals in the Himalaya. During the writing of this book, Gill was granted access to a large archive of private papers and photos that were deposited in the Auckland museum after Hillary's death in 2008. Building on this unpublished material, as well as his extensive personal experience, Michael Gill profiles a man whose life was shaped by both triumph and tragedy. Gill describes the uncertainties of the first 33 years of Hillary's life, during which time he served in the New Zealand air force during the Second World War, as well as the background to the first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953, when Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit - a feat that brought the pair instant worldwide fame. He reveals the loving relationship Hillary had with his wife Louise, in part through their touching letters to each other. Her importance to him during their 22 years of marriage only underlines the horror of her death, along with that of their youngest daughter, Belinda, in a plane crash in 1975. Hillary eventually pulled out of his subsequent depression to continue his life's work in the Himalaya. Affectionate, but scrupulously fair, in Edmund Hillary - A Biography Michael Gill has gone further than anyone before to reveal the humanity of this remarkable man.

JFK - Volume 1: 1917-1956 (Hardcover): Fredrik Logevall JFK - Volume 1: 1917-1956 (Hardcover)
Fredrik Logevall
R802 R651 Discovery Miles 6 510 Save R151 (19%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

WINNER OF THE ELIZABETH LONGFORD PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL BIOGRAPHY 'The most compelling biography I have read in years . . . There has been a host of JFK biographies, but this one excels for its narrative drive, fine judgments and meticulous research . . . makes the story seem a cliffhanger even though we know what is coming' Max Hastings, Sunday Times 'In his utterly absorbing JFK, Fred Logevall reconstructs not only a great man, but also his entire age' Brendan Simms, author of Hitler: A Global Biography The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian takes us as close as we have ever been to the real John F. Kennedy in this revelatory biography of the iconic, yet still elusive, thirty-fifth president. ________________ By the time of his assassination in 1963, John F. Kennedy stood at the helm of the greatest power the world had ever seen. Born in 1917 to a striving Irish American family that had become among Boston's wealthiest, Kennedy knew political ambition from an early age, and his meteoric rise to become the youngest elected president cemented his status as one of the most mythologized figures in modern history. And while hagiographic portrayals of his dazzling charisma, reports of his extramarital affairs, and disagreements over his political legacy have come and gone in the decades since his untimely death, these accounts all fail to capture the full person. Beckoned by this gap in our historical knowledge, Harvard professor Fredrik Logevall has spent much of the last decade combing through material unseen or unused by previous biographers, searching for and piecing together the 'real' John F. Kennedy. The result of this prodigious effort is a sweeping two-volume biography that for the first time properly contextualizes Kennedy's role in the international events of the twentieth century. This volume spans the first thirty-nine years of JFK's life - from birth through his decision to run for president - to reveal his early relationships, his formative and heroic experiences during World War II, his ideas, his bestselling writings, his political aspirations, and the role of his father, wartime ambassador to Britain. In examining these pre-White House years, Logevall shows us a more serious, independently minded Kennedy than we've previously known. In chronicling Kennedy's extraordinary life and times, with authority and novelistic sensibility, putting the reader in every room where it happened, this landmark work offers the clearest portrait we have of a remarkable figure who still inspires individuals around the world. ________________ 'A riveting study of young JFK. Logevall has written a superb book.' David Runciman, Guardian 'A brisk, authoritative, and candid biography, and a wonderfully compelling history of America's heady and troubled mid-century rise' Jill Lepore, author of These Truths: A History of the United States '[Fredrik Logevall] makes JFK as alive and compelling as if you were reading about him for the first time' George Packer, author of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America 'A powerful, provocative, and above all compelling book' Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of The Soul of America 'In this first volume of Fredrik Logevall's definitive biography, JFK is all too engagingly and amiably human . . . I hope Logevall's second volume will follow soon' Peter Conrad, Observer

Mrs. Lincoln - A Life (Paperback): Catherine Clinton Mrs. Lincoln - A Life (Paperback)
Catherine Clinton
R365 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R19 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Abraham Lincoln is the most revered president in American history, but the woman at the center of his life--his wife, Mary--has remained a historical enigma. One of the most tragic and mysterious of nineteenth-century figures, Mary Lincoln and her story symbolize the pain and loss of Civil War America. Authoritative and utterly engrossing, "Mrs. Lincoln" is the long-awaited portrait of the woman who so richly contributed to Lincoln's life and legacy.

Jefferson the President - First Term, 1801-1805 (Paperback): Dumas Malone Jefferson the President - First Term, 1801-1805 (Paperback)
Dumas Malone
R464 R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Save R58 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Dumas Malone's classic six-volume biography "Jefferson and His Time "was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history and became the standard work on Jefferson's life.

Volume 4. Jefferson the President; First Term, 1801-1805
Examining the first four years of Jefferson's presidency, this volume provides a fascinating account of the Louisiana Purchase, Jefferson's continuing opposition to Hamilton's charge for an overriding central government, and his battle with the Supreme Court.

Maestro - Andre Tchelistcheff and the Rebirth of Napa Valley (Hardcover): James O. Gump Maestro - Andre Tchelistcheff and the Rebirth of Napa Valley (Hardcover)
James O. Gump
R561 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R105 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Wine insiders called Andre Tchelistcheff the "winemaker's winemaker," the "wine doctor," and simply "maestro." After Prohibition brought Napa Valley and its wine industry to the brink of catastrophe, Tchelistcheff (1901-94) proved essential in its revitalization. Tchelistcheff's unique background--a sickly child, a Russian emigre forced from his homeland during the Bolshevik Revolution, a White Army lieutenant who fought in the Crimea, a physical laborer in a Bulgarian coal mine, a Czechoslovakian-trained agronomist, and a French-schooled viticulturist and enologist--prepared him for a remarkable winemaking career. He spent thirty-five years in Napa Valley's Beaulieu Vineyard and nearly two "post-retirement" decades doing freelance consulting work for more than thirty wineries. His early struggles forged his principal character traits, which he passed on to an entire generation of winemakers. His students, including some of the most accomplished winemakers of the post-Prohibition period, marveled over their mentor's sense of authority, profound insight, humble presence, and abundant wisdom. This inspiring account of Tchelistcheff's life includes interviews with friends, family, and mentees, which reveal how one man used his passion and knowledge to help save a community on the edge of disaster. In Maestro James O. Gump preserves the memory of a fascinating individual and one of the most influential winemakers of the modern era.

Landslide - The Final Days of the Trump Presidency (Standard format, CD): Michael Wolff Landslide - The Final Days of the Trump Presidency (Standard format, CD)
Michael Wolff; Read by Holter Graham
R739 R548 Discovery Miles 5 480 Save R191 (26%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
George Washington's 1790 Grand Tour of Long Island (Paperback): Dr Joanne S Grasso George Washington's 1790 Grand Tour of Long Island (Paperback)
Dr Joanne S Grasso
R431 R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Save R81 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Kansvatter - Die Rustelose Lewe van Ben Viljoen (Afrikaans, Paperback): Carel van der Merwe Kansvatter - Die Rustelose Lewe van Ben Viljoen (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Carel van der Merwe
R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Ships in 4 - 8 working days

Ben Viljoen (18681917) was n prominente jonger generaal in die Anglo-Boereoorlog, maar n die oorlog is hy nie opgeneem in die nuwe politieke elite van die Afrikaners nie. Nadat hy die eed van getrouheid op St. Helena onderteken het, het hy noot weer permanent na Suid-Afrika teruggekeer nie.

Carel van der Merwe het besluit om Viljoen se spore te volg na Brittanje, Nederland, Mexiko en Amerika en te gaan uitvind hoe dit gebeur het dat di Boereoorloggeneraal burgerskap van vier verskillende lande gehad het, die ster was van n Boereoorlogskouspel, aan n Mexikaanse revolusie deelgeneem het, as vredeskommissaris tussen die Yaqui-Indiane opgetree het en voor sy dood op die punt was om n film in Hollywood te vervaardig.

n Prentjie van n komplekse persoonlikheid kom na vore wat herinner aan n deel van die huidige generasie Afrikaners minder godvresend, gemaklik in verskillende kulture, en bereid om te emigreer wanneer hulle dink dit tot hul voordeel is.

Undertones Of War (Paperback): Edmund Blunden Undertones Of War (Paperback)
Edmund Blunden
R279 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R44 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"I took my road with no little pride of fear; one morning I feared very sharply, as I saw what looked like a rising shroud over a wooden cross in the clustering mist. Horror! But on a closer study I realized that the apparition was only a flannel gas helmet. . . . What an age since 1914!"
In "Undertones of War," one of the finest autobiographies to come out of World War I, the acclaimed poet Edmund Blunden records his devastating experiences in combat. After enlisting at the age of twenty, he took part in the disastrous battles at the Somme, Ypres, and Passchendaele, describing them as "murder, not only to the troops but to their singing faiths and hopes."
All the horrors of trench warfare, all the absurdity and feeble attempts to make sense of the fighting, all the strangeness of observing war as a writer--of being simultaneously soldier and poet--pervade Blunden's memoir. In steely-eyed prose as richly allusive as any poetry, he tells of the endurance and despair found among the men of his battalion, including the harrowing acts of bravery that won him the Military Cross.
Now back in print for American readers, the volume includes a selection of Blunden's war poems that unflinchingly juxtapose death in the trenches with the beauty of Flanders's fields. "Undertones of War "deserves a place on anyone's bookshelf between Siegfried Sassoon's poetry and Robert Graves's "Goodbye to All That,"

Evelyn Waugh - A Life Revisited (Paperback): Philip Eade Evelyn Waugh - A Life Revisited (Paperback)
Philip Eade
R442 R418 Discovery Miles 4 180 Save R24 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Agent Sonya - Lover, Mother, Soldier, Spy (Paperback): Ben MacIntyre Agent Sonya - Lover, Mother, Soldier, Spy (Paperback)
Ben MacIntyre 1
R350 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R73 (21%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

A TOP TEN SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'His best book yet' The Times 'Macintyre's page-turner is a dazzling portrait of a flawed yet driven individual who risked everything (including her children) for the cause' Sunday Times DISCOVER THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF THE SPY WHO ALMOST KILLED HITLER - FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE SPY AND THE TRAITOR Ursula Kuczynski Burton was a spymaster, saboteur, bomb-maker and secret agent. Codenamed 'Agent Sonya', her story has never been told - until now. Born to a German Jewish family, as Ursula grew, so did the Nazis' power. As a fanatical opponent of the fascism that ravaged her homeland, Ursula was drawn to communism as a young woman, motivated by the promise of a fair and peaceful society. From planning an assassination attempt on Hitler in Switzerland, to spying on the Japanese in Manchuria, to preventing nuclear war (or so she believed) by stealing the science of atomic weaponry from Britain to give to Moscow, Ursula conducted some of the most dangerous espionage operations of the twentieth century. In Agent Sonya, Britain's most acclaimed historian Ben Macintyre delivers an exhilarating tale that's as fast-paced as any fiction. It is the incredible story of one spy's life, a life that would alter the course of history . . . 'Macintyre does true-life espionage better than anyone else' John Preston 'Macintyre has found a real-life heroine worthy of his gifts as John le Carre's nonfiction counterpart' New York Times 'This book is classic Ben Macintyre . . . quirky human details enliven every page' Spectator

The Wit & Wisdom of FDR (Paperback): James C. Humes The Wit & Wisdom of FDR (Paperback)
James C. Humes
R260 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R16 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations," the premier collection of noted sayings, Mark Twain is the only American with more citations under his name than Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR was the greatest raconteur to occupy the White House between the presidencies of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. A superb mimic with a professional comic's sense of timing, he had an ear for a ringing phrase and could laugh at himself, relishing the opportunity to tell stories at his own expense.

The anecdotes, sayings, and witticisms collected in this hugely entertaining and edifying volume are a testament to the high humor and insouciant, infectious personality of one of our greatest presidents.

Lest We Forget: - Beckenham & the Great War (Paperback): Pat Manning, Ian Muir Lest We Forget: - Beckenham & the Great War (Paperback)
Pat Manning, Ian Muir
R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Joan - The Mysterious Life of the Heretic Who Became a Saint (Paperback): Donald Spoto Joan - The Mysterious Life of the Heretic Who Became a Saint (Paperback)
Donald Spoto
R276 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R16 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Since her death at the age of nineteen in 1431, Joan of Arc has maintained a remarkable hold on our collective imagination. She was a teenager of astonishing common sense and a national heroine who led men in to battle as a courageous warrior. Yet she was also abandoned by the king whose coronation she secured, betrayed by her countrymen, and sold to the enemy. In this meticulously researched landmark biography, Donald Spoto captures her astonishing life and the times in which she lived. Neither wife nor nun, queen nor noblewoman, philosopher nor stateswoman, Joan of Arc demonstrates that everyone who follows their heart has the power to change history.

Over the Ocean (Paperback): Erika Fischer Over the Ocean (Paperback)
Erika Fischer; Translated by Andrew Brown 1
R300 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R24 (8%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In July 1940, Erich Fischer found himself in Liverpool being herded onto a British transport ship bound for Australia, along with 2,500 other men. Conditions on board were horrific, with men locked below decks with overflowing latrines and only seawater to clean themselves. Separated from family, friends and removed from any semblance of a normal life, Erich is unsure whether he will ever see wife and child again. Erica Fischer's Over the Ocean tells the extraordinary story of her own parents and at the same time sheds light on a little-known and little-discussed chapter in British history. Fischer's parents met in Austria in the early 1930s. Her mother, Irka, was a Polish Jew and her father, Erich, was a Viennese lapsed Catholic. Faced with growing unrest in Europe, Irka fled to the United Kingdom in 1938, her husband followed a year later. However at the outbreak of war, Erich had been arrested as an 'enemy alien', and having been interned was deported to the opposite side of the world.Faced with unimaginable hardships, the deportees banded together in solidarity to face their new life in Australia and Erich was, against the odds, able to make contact with Irka and their letters established a lifeline between continents. Over the Ocean is an astonishing true tale dealing with an unexposed and unexplored period in British history but also a story of the resilience of love.

Holocaust Child - Lalechka - An Inspirational Story of Survival (Paperback): Amira Keidar Holocaust Child - Lalechka - An Inspirational Story of Survival (Paperback)
Amira Keidar
R238 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R38 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

A little girl is smuggled out of a Jewish ghetto. Two courageous women. And an inspirational story of survival. In 1941 at the height of World War II, in a Polish ghetto, a baby girl named Rachel is born. Her parents, Jacob and Zippa, are willing to do anything to keep her alive. They nickname her Lalechka. Just before Lalechka's first birthday, the Nazis begin to systematically murder everyone in the ghetto. Her father understands that staying in the ghetto will mean certain death for his child. In both desperation and hope, Lalechka's parents decide to save their daughter, no matter the cost. Zippa smuggles her outside the boundaries of the ghetto where her Polish friends, Irena and Sophia, are waiting. She entrusts their beloved Lalechka to them and returns to the ghetto to remain with her husband and parents - unaware of the fate that awaits her. Irena and Sophia take on the burden of caring for Lalechka during the war, pretending she is part of their family despite the grave danger of being discovered and executed. Holocaust Child is based on the unique journal written by Zippa during the annihilation of the ghetto, as well as on interviews with key figures in the story, rare documents, and authentic letters. It is a story of hope in the face of terror.

Who Killed Honor Bright? - How W. B. and George Yeats Caused the Fall of the Irish Free State (Paperback, 4th New edition):... Who Killed Honor Bright? - How W. B. and George Yeats Caused the Fall of the Irish Free State (Paperback, 4th New edition)
Patricia Hughes
R614 Discovery Miles 6 140 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Authorities in the new Irish Free State harassed and murdered Honor Bright before maligning her as a prostitute and acquitting her assassin. The newly founded Garda Siochana spread deceitful rumours and coerced witnesses to conceal Honor's true identity and the real reason for her death. False evidence, perjury and the silencing of potential witnesses led to huge public demonstrations, but newspapers were coerced into printing only authorised stories or else face the consequences from the Garda or Ministry of Justice. Find out why political support moved away from the Free State towards an independent Republic from 1926, and why so many were killed or fled Ireland in the process. Find out what part William Butler Yeats and his wife George played.

A Long Time Coming (Snapshots of Life in the South Wales Valleys) (Paperback): David West A Long Time Coming (Snapshots of Life in the South Wales Valleys) (Paperback)
David West
R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Madam Speaker - Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power (Hardcover): Susan Page Madam Speaker - Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power (Hardcover)
Susan Page
R644 R528 Discovery Miles 5 280 Save R116 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
From Mortar to Mortar (Paperback): Ray Paine From Mortar to Mortar (Paperback)
Ray Paine
R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

World War II Memoirs - Ray Paines personal and dramatic account of his war experiences in a mortar platoon in the British 3rd Division in World War II. A private in the 2nd Lincolns Regiment, Ray describes his assault training in Scotland, the D-Day landing on Sword Beach and his role in the campaign across northern Europe to the Battle of Bremen.

Mailrunning - three eighteenth-century Atlantic lives (Hardcover): Sally Jeffery Mailrunning - three eighteenth-century Atlantic lives (Hardcover)
Sally Jeffery
R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
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