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Among the Thugs
by Bill Buford
A study of football hooliganism in the 1970s.
Listed under 20th Century Britain

Anthony Blunt: His Lives
by Miranda Carter
Listed under Espionage

Black London: Life Before Emancipation
by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina
(Paperback -- November )

The Building of London: From the Conquest to the Great Fire
by John Schofield
(Paperback)

Churchill: A Biography
by Roy Jenkins
Listed under Winston Churchill

The Creation of the Modern World: The British Enlightenment
by Roy Porter
Hardcover - 608 pages (December 4, )
W.W. Norton & Company; ISBN: 0393048721

Crowded with Genius : The Scottish Enlightenment: Edinburgh's Moment of the Mind
by James Buchan
Listed under Scottish History

Excavations at 25 Cannon Street, City of London: From the Middle Bronze Age of the Great Fire (Molas Archaeology Studies Series, 5)
by Nicholas Elsdon
(Paperback)

Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship
by Jon Meacham
Listed under Franklin D. Roosevelt

Francis Bacon
by John Russell
Includes all the major literary writings on which Bacon's reputation rests--the Advancement of Learning, the Essays (in their first and last versions), and the New Atlantis. It also includes sixteen other works not reprinted for over a century, which show Bacon's remarkable all-round abilities in politics, law, theology, and poetry. The selections are annotated in more detail than in any other edition, with particular emphasis on explaining Bacon's language.
(Hardcover - December 1989)

Francis Bacon & the Rhetoric of Nature
by John C. Briggs
Francis Bacon and the Rhetoric of Nature offers a synthesis of Bacon's views about language and nature. John Briggs clarifies the close relation between Bacon's famous reform of scientific method and his less well known conceptions of rhetoric, nature, and religion. Amazon.com
(Paperback)

The Floating Brothel : The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts
by Sian Rees
Listed under Australian History

The Story of England
by Christopher Hibbert
Paperback: 224 pages
Phaidon Press Inc.; ISBN: 0714826529; Reprint edition (March 1993)

The English : A Portrait of a People
by Jeremy Paxman
What is it about the English? Not the British overall, not the Scots, not the Irish or the Welsh, but the English. Why do they seem so unsure of who they are? As Jeremy Paxman remarks in his preface to The English, being English "used to be so easy". Now, with the Empire gone, with Wales and Scotland moving into more independent postures, with the troubling specter of a united Europe (and despite the raucous hype of "Cool Britannia"), the English seem to have entered a collective crisis of national identity.

Jeremy Paxman has set himself the task of finding just what exactly is going on. Why, he wonders, "do the English seem to enjoy feeling so persecuted? What is behind the English obsession with games? How did they acquire their odd attitudes to sex and food? Where did they get their extraordinary capacity for hypocrisy?" He ranges widely in pursuit of answers, sifting through literature, cinema, and history. It is an intriguing investigation, encompassing many aspects of national life and character (such as it is), including the obligatory visit to that baffling phenomenon, the funeral of Princess Diana. Yet Paxman finds something fresh and interesting to say about even that now rather threadbare topic. In the end, he seems to find further questions to ask instead of answers. But why not? To him it is a sign that the English are acquiring a new sense of self. And some indication of this might lie in the obvious response to his remark that the English, being top of the British Imperial tree, had nicknames for their fellow nationalities--Jock, Taffy, Paddy, and Mick--but there was no corresponding name for an Englishman. Of course, there is one now, and it comes from one of the bits of empire to which so many undesirables were exported: Whinging Pom. --Robin Davidson, Amazon.co.uk
Hardcover: 309 pages
Overlook Press; ISBN: 1585670421; (July 6, )
 

London: The Biography
by Peter Ackroyd
(Hardcover -- October 16, )

Guns and Violence: The English Experience
by Joyce Lee Malcolm
(Hardcover -- May )

History of the Kings of Britain
by Geoffrey of Monmouth, et al
(Paperback -- January 1977)

A History of Britain : At the Edge of the World, 3500 B.C.-1603 A.D
by Simon Schama
What do you get when you combine the resources and ethos of the BBC with the literary panache of one of the world's best narrative historians? The answer is Simon Schama's A History of Britain, the first volume of which accompanies the BBC-History Channel series of the same name. In a beautifully written and thoughtfully crafted book, studded with striking portraits, pictures, and maps, Schama, the bestselling author of books on European cultural history such as The Embarrassment of Richesand Citizens, as well as 1999's Rembrandt's Eyes, has managed to be both conventional and provocative. 

He tells the official version of Britain's island story--from Roman Britain, through the Norman conquest, the struggles of the Henrys and Richards with their barons and clerics, Edward I and the subjugation of Wales, King Death (the plague), and on to the Henrician reformation, before closing with the remarkable reign of the virgin queen, Elizabeth I. But, while sticking to a script familiar to anyone who sat up and listened in history lessons at school, Schama brings it all alive, with memorable prose--Simon de Montfort's rebel parliament is described as inaugurating the "union between patriotism and insubordination"; with Henry VIII, Schama says, "you could practically smell the testosterone." And with fine sensitivity, too, particularly on the symbolism of buildings, memorials, language, and ceremonies, and on the complex relations between England and her Celtic and Catholic neighbors. If history must have gloss, then let it be written and presented like this. --Miles Taylor, Amazon.co.uk
Hardcover: 416 pages
Talk Miramax Books; ISBN: 0786866756;

A History of Britain, Volume II: The Wars of the British 1603-1776
by Simon Schama
Listed under 18th Century Britain

How the Irish Saved Civilization : The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe (Hinges of History,)
by Thomas Cahill
Listed under Irish History
 

Isaac Newton
Isaac Newton
by James Gleick
Hardcover from Pantheon Books
 
In the Lion's Court: Power, Ambition, and Sudden Death in the Reign of Henry VIII
by Derek A. Wilson
Listed under Tudor Period

Le Morte D'Arthur
by Thomas Malory
Listed under King Arthur

Mary Queen of Scots
by Antonia Fraser
Listed under Tudor Period

Kings, Queens, Bones and Bastards : Who's Who in the English Monarchy from Egbert to Elizabeth II
by David Hilliam
(Paperback)

The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
by Simon Winchester
Listed under Earth Sciences

Queen Victoria's Family
by Charlotte Zeepvat
Listed under Queen Victoria

The Most Beautiful Villages of England
by James Bentley, Hugh Palmer (Photographer)
(Hardcover -- May )

To School Through the Fields: An Irish Country Childhood
by Alice Taylor
(Paperback -- March )

To Marry an English Lord
by Gail MacColl Jarrett, et al
Paperback: 416 pages
Workman Publishing Company; ISBN: 0894809393; (October 1989)

The Great Fire at Hampton Court
by Michael Fishlock
An account of the 1986 fire which severely damaged the Wren wing of Hampton Court Palace, and its subsequent restoration.
Paperback: 128 pages
New Amsterdam Books; ISBN: 1871569494; (January 1, 1990)

Kings, Queens, Bones and Bastards : Who's Who in the English Monarchy from Egbert to Elizabeth II
by David Hilliam
(Paperback)
 

Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea
Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea
by Robert K. Massie
Hardcover from Random House
28 October, 2003
 
God's Secretaries : The Making of the King James Bible
God's Secretaries : The Making of the King James Bible
by Adam Nicolson
Hardcover from HarperCollins
 
A Royal Duty
by Paul Burrell
Listed under Princess Diana
 
The Billy Ruffian : The Bellerophon and the Downfall of Napoleon
The Billy Ruffian : The Bellerophon and the Downfall of Napoleon
by David Cordingly
Hardcover from Bloomsbury USA
 
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew : From Fox Hunting to Whist-The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England
by Daniel Pool
Listed under 19th Century Britain

Wide As the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution It Inspired
by Benson Bobrick
(Paperback -- February )
 

Waddesdon Manor : The Heritage of a Rothschild House
by Michael Hall, et al
Hardcover: 320 pages
Harry N Abrams; ISBN: 0810932393;


 

 
 
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