History

The history section contains general history reference; histories of obscure and unexpected things; European and world histories; and biographies of various historical figures.

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Saga LandCover Image, Jellyfish

Richard Fidler & Kari Gislason
ABC Books
ISBN 9780733338236
Hardback 2017
Price $AU 39.99
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Sharing a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland, Richard and Kári travel across Iceland, to the places where the sagas unfolded a thousand years ago.  The true stories of the first Viking families who settled on that remote island in the Middle Ages comprise tales of blood feuds, of dangerous women, and people who are compelled to kill the ones they love the most. The sagas are among the greatest stories ever written, and these two men are determined to solve the mysteries of some of these compelling tales.

Winner of the Indies Award for Non-Fiction 2018.


The Men Who United the StatesCover image, The Men Who United

Simon Winchester
HarperCollins
ISBN 9780007532407
Paperback 2014
Price $AU 24.99
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For more than two centuries, E pluribus unum - out of many, one - has been featured on America's official government seals and stamped on its currency. But how did America become 'one nation, indivisible'? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognise today? In this monumental history, Simon Winchester addresses these questions, bringing together the breathtaking achievements that helped forge and unify America and the pioneers who have toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizens and geography of the USA from its beginnings.

Winchester follows in the footsteps of America's most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators, including Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery Expedition to the Pacific Coast, the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph, and the powerful civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System. He treks vast swaths of territory, from Pittsburgh to Portland; Rochester to San Francisco; Truckee to Laramie; Seattle to Anchorage, introducing these fascinating men and others - some familiar, some forgotten, some hardly known - who played a pivotal role in creating today's United States. Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.

The Men Who United The States is a fresh, lively, and erudite look at the way in which the most powerful nation on earth came together, from one of our most entertaining, probing, and insightful observers.


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