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The Showman: The Inside Story of the Invasion That Shook the World and Made a Leader of Volodymyr Zelensky Simon Shuster Owen Bennett-Jones

The Incarcerations: BK-16 and the Search for Democracy in India Alpa Shah Rory McCarthy

The Achilles Trap: Saddam Hussein, the United States and the Middle East, 1979–2003 Steve Coll Adam Brookes

Narcotopia: In Search of the Asian Drug Cartel That Outwitted the CIA Patrick Winn history Philip Snow

Judgement at Tokyo: World War II on Trial and the Making of Modern Asia Gary J Bass Zareer Masani

Queen Victoria & Her Prime Ministers: A Personal History Anne Somerset Peter Marshall

The Dreadful History and Judgement of God on Thomas Müntzer: The Life and Times of an Early German Revolutionary Andrew Drummond Barnaby Crowcroft

Empire, Incorporated: The Corporations That Built British Colonialism Philip J Stern Richard Vinen

Women and the Miners’ Strike, 1984–1985 Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite & Nathalie Thomlinson • The British Miner in the Age of De-Industrialization: A Political and Cultural History Jörg Arnold David Abulafia

How the World Made the West: A 4,000-Year History Josephine Quinn biography Norma Clarke

Barbara Comyns: A Savage Innocence Avril Horner Graham Daseler

Kubrick: An Odyssey Robert P Kolker & Nathan Abrams Lucy Moore

Vagabond Princess: The Great Adventures of Gulbadan Ruby Lal

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