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W&N History HB October £20.00 320pp 978 0 297 60808 0 ebook: £20.00 978 0 297 86925 2

JOHN LEWIS-STEMPEL The War Behind the Wire Life, Death and Heroism amongst British POWs, 1914–18

The last untold story of the Great War. Between 1914 and 1918, 180,000 British soldiers were captured by the enemy. These officers and men were told by the Germans: ‘for you the war is over’, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The men taken prisoner in 1914–18 merely exchanged one barbed-wire battlefield for another: in the Kaiser’s camps – far from the blasted trenches of the official war – the defiance and fighting spirit of the British Tommy was exemplified. The War Behind the Wire tells the story of the camps, using records from personal diaries to German army papers, from letters home to poetry, to explore how and why British POWs survived the camps, and did so with their honour intact. John Lewis-Stempel is a criticall acclaimed historian and author of Six Weeks.

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W&N Non-Fiction/Biography/History • October/November 2013

W&N Biography HB November £20.00 224pp 978 0 297 86880 4 ebook: £20.00 978 0 297 86881 1

SHLOMO AVINERI Herzl: A Biography The new biography of the father of modern political Zionism and, in effect, the state of Israel. Born in Budapest in 1860, Theodor Herzl was a journalist who, as Paris correspondent for Neue Freie Presse, followed the Dreyfus Affair, a notorious anti-Semitic incident in which a French Jewish army captain was falsely convicted of spying for Germany. He came to believe that the Jews must leave Europe and create their own state. In 1896, he published Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State) to immediate acclaim, attracting international attention. As a result, he met Kaiser Wilhelm II; attempted and failed to obtain support from Pope Pius X; secured an offer from the British government to facilitate a large Jewish settlement in East Africa (modern Uganda); and visited St Petersburg to confront the Russian threat to the Zionist movement. Herzl died suddenly in 1904, over forty years before the creation of a Jewish state in Israel, yet he is its undisputed visionary: ‘if you will it, it is no dream’. Shlomo Avineri is Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has written extensively on the history of political philosophy.

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Location: Jerusalem, Israel Available for Interview