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p u l p i t 1 Claire Harman h i st or y 5 Martin Arnold

The Northmen’s Fury: A History of the Viking World Philip Parker 6 Roger Cr owley

The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World Lincoln Paine 8 Jo hn Gray

The Long Shadow: The Great War and the Twentieth Century David Reynolds 9 David Cesar ani

The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews Bernard Wasserstein • Countrymen: The Untold Story of How Denmark’s Jews Escaped the Nazis Bo Lidegaard 11 James Bar r

America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East Hugh Wilford 12 Jonathan Mirsky

Ping-P ong Diplomacy: Ivor Montagu and the Astonishing Story Behind the Game That Changed the World Nicholas Griffin 14 Jane Rid ley

The Fateful Year: England 1914 Mark Bostridge e l de r stat e s men 15 Michael Burleigh

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War Robert M Gates 16 C hristopher Coker

The Kennan Diaries (ed) Frank Costigliola a rt & a r c h i t e c t u r e 18 Christopher Woodward

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain (ed) Susan Weber 20 Jer ry Brotton

Piero della Francesca: Artist & Man James R Banker 21 Br ian Dillon

Ways of Curating Hans Ulrich Obrist b i o g r a p hy 23 Tim Blanning

Napoleon: Volume I – Soldier of Destiny Michael Broers 24 P hilip Mansel

Faisal I of Iraq Ali A Allawi

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