Let it Snow

Nutcrackers keep guard while snowflakes fall silently down the spiral staircase. Thanks to all the library helpers who made such a beautiful snowstorm!

December 5th, 2017|

Speeches that Changed the World

Speeches that Changed the World Book Cover Speeches that Changed the World
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Quercus Books

This book includes over 50 momentous and thought-provoking speeches from a wide range of historical eras and nations. Complete with biographies of each speaker, the history of why each speech was significant and what happened as a result, this is a fascinating history of the world told through the speeches that shaped it.

December 3rd, 2017|

Nazi Germany and Neutral Europe During the Second World War

Nazi Germany and Neutral Europe During the Second World War Book Cover Nazi Germany and Neutral Europe During the Second World War
Christian Leitz
Manchester University Press

This is a study of Nazi Germany's war relations to the five continental European neutrals: Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and Turkey. Questioning the true commitment to neutrality of the five states, the book details not simply the development of relations to Germany, but also highlights the contribution the states made to Germany's war effort. The author explains that the Nazi regime benefitted in large measure from permitting these five countries to remain neutral. Even while Germany's military fortunes were declining in 1943 and 1944, it continued to receive vital services from the neutrals.

December 3rd, 2017|

The First World War, 1914-1918

The First World War, 1914-18 Book Cover The First World War, 1914-18
Vyvyen Brendon
Hodder Education

The First World War 1914-18 Examining the First World War from a European and world perspective, this text evaluates the causes of the war and the aims, strengths and weaknesses of the major combatants. The war on all fronts is examined in the light of recent research and the experience of the participants is reflected through the primary source materials. The reasons for victory and defeat and the impact of four years of total war are also analysed.

December 3rd, 2017|

The Second World War

The Second World War Book Cover The Second World War
Antony Beevor
George Weidenfeld & Nicholson

The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. Using the most up-to-date scholarship and research, and writing with clarity and compassion, Beevor assembles the whole picture in a gripping narrative.

December 3rd, 2017|

The First World War: An Illustrated History

The First World War Book Cover The First World War
A J P Taylor
Penguin UK

A. J. P. Taylor was one of the most acclaimed and uncompromising historians of the twentieth century. In this clear, lively and now-classic account of the First World War, he tells the story of the conflict from the German advance in the West, through the Marne, Gallipoli, the Balkans and the War at Sea to the offensives of 1918 and the state of Europe after the war. Containing photographs and maps, this an essential history of the war that 'cut deep into the consciousness of modern man'.

December 3rd, 2017|

The Origins of the Second World War

The Origins of the Second World War Book Cover The Origins of the Second World War
A.J.P. Taylor
Penguin UK

One of the most popular and controversial historians of the twentieth century, who made his subject accessible to millions, A.J.P. Taylor caused a storm of outrage with this scandalous bestseller. Debunking what were accepted truths about the Second World War, he argued provocatively that Hitler did not set out to cause the war as part of an evil master plan, but blundered into it partly by accident, aided by the shortcomings of others. Fiercely attacked for vindicating Hitler, A.J.P. Taylor’s stringent re-examination of the events preceding the Nazi invasion of Poland on 1st September 1939 opened up new debate, and is now recognized as a brilliant and classic piece of scholarly research. ‘Highly original and penetrating ... No one who has digested this enthralling work will ever be able to look at the period again in quite the same way’ Sunday Telegraph.

December 3rd, 2017|

Russia’s First World War

Russia's First World War Book Cover Russia's First World War
Peter Gatrell
Pearson Education

Peter Gatrell tells the story of Russian experience of World War One, focusing on the economic & social changes that resulted from the conflict.

December 3rd, 2017|

The First World War

The First World War Book Cover The First World War
Geoffrey Jukes, Michael Hickey, Peter Simkins,
Osprey Publishing

Raging for over four years across the tortured landscapes of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the First World War changed the face of warfare forever. Characterized by slow, costly advances and fierce attrition, the great battles of the Somme, Verdun and Ypres incurred human loss on a scale never previously imagined. This book, with a foreword by Professor Hew Strachan, covers the fighting on all fronts, from Flanders to Tannenberg and from Italy to Palestine. A series of moving extracts from personal letters, diaries and journals bring to life the experiences of soldiers and civilians caught up in the war.

December 3rd, 2017|

Christmas Comes to the Library!

A Christmas tree decorated with book covers is just the thing to bring holiday cheer to the library!

December 3rd, 2017|