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The 8:55 to Baghdad
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Recreating the romance and adventure of the old-fashioned train journey, journalist Andrew Eames follows Agatha Christie's ride on the Orient Express. Learn More

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The 8:55 to Baghdad (Paperback)
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Recreating the romance and adventure of the old-fashioned train journey, journalist Andrew Eames follows Agatha Christie's ride on the Orient Express. Learn More

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Abba Eban
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The definitive biography of Abba Eban, an Israeli diplomat often revered by every nation except the one he represented. The book draws from a wide range of primary sources to create a complex portrait of a man who left an indelible mark on the quest for peace in the Middle East.

A skilled debater, a master of language, and a passionate defender of Israel, Abba Eban’s diplomatic presence was in many ways a contradiction unlike any the world has seen since. While he was celebrated internationally for his exceptional wit and his moderate, reasoned worldview, these same qualities painted him as elitist and foreign in his home country. The disparity in perception of Eban at home and abroad was such that both his critics and his friends agreed that he would have been a wonderful prime minister―in any country but Israel. In Abba Eban, Asaf Siniver paints a nuanced and complete portrait of one of the most complex figures in twentieth-century foreign affairs. We see Eban growing up and coming into his own as part of the Cambridge Union, and watch him steadily become known as “The Voice of Israel.” Siniver draws on a vast amount of interviews, writings, and other newly available material to show that, in his unceasing quest for stability and peace for Israel, Eban’s primary opposition often came from the homeland he was fighting for; no matter how many allies he gained abroad, the man never understood his own domestic politics well enough to be as effective in his pursuits as he hoped. The first examination of Eban in nearly forty years, Abba Eban is a fascinating look at a life that still offers a valuable perspective on Israel even today.


Praise for Abba Eban:

“In this engrossing, impressively researched biography, Siniver traces the career of a statesman acclaimed more outside of his country than within. Based on interviews with dozens of people and research in more than 20 archival collections, Siniver's sympathetic, cleareyed biography deserves to be called definitive.” (Kirkus (Starred Review))

“This rigorous and long-overdue examination of Abba Eban as the voice of Israel during the critical first decades of the Jewish state proves the adage that there are no second acts in politics. Asaf Siniver, in a highly readable and thoroughly researched biography, grasps the essential contradictions in Israeli society by showing how Eban failed to bridge the humanistic principles of Jewish life... Siniver's realistic but also sympathetic portrait radiates the wit, brilliance, and vanities of Eban.” (Patrick Tyler, author of Fortress Israel and former Chief Correspondent of The New York Times)

“Siniver offers a fascinating observation of a unique statesman that stood next to cradle of the state of Israel. Eban's  biography is one of the best stories of one of the 20th century's greatest miracles and enigmas.” (Akiva Eldar, CEO, Israel Conference on Peace)

“An elegant and thoughtful biography of the political contradictions that drove Abba Eban... An invaluable primer for those seeking to understand politics within Israel.” (Janice Gross Stein, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto)

“This penetrating look at one of Israel's most paradoxical figures should be read by anyone interested in the state's emergence and early history.  As Siniver persuasively demonstrates, Eban's career and Israel's diplomatic history are so intertwined that this incisive biography of Eban is inevitably also a compelling portrait of that history.  The analysis also convincingly shows how very qualities that underlay Eban's international luminescence were those that undermined his domestic image and standing.  This is beyond question the definitive work on Eban, and is likely to remain so for a very long time.” (Dr. Alan Dowty, Professor Emeritus, University of Notre Dame)

“Abba Eban, once heralded as the “Voice of Israel” and widely praised as one of greatest diplomats of the twentieth century, has quickly become a forgotten figure. Asaf Siniver provides a fascinating portrayal of Eban’s life and reminds us of his unique contribution to Israeli diplomacy. Essential reading for anyone interested in Israeli foreign policy, especially during Israel’s formative years” (Joel Peters, School of Public International Affairs, Virginia Tech)



Asaf Siniver, PhD, is Associate Professor in International Security in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. In his research, he focuses on the international relations of the Arab-Israeli conflict, contemporary US foreign policy, and third-party conflict resolution on the international stage. Learn More

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Adele
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The compelling life story of the Grammy–winning soul singer Learn More

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Adele
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The newly revised, definitive account of the Grammy-winning soul singer’s life story, illustrated with 16 color photos and now fully updated to include the making of her eagerly anticipated new album,25

After years of rumors, Adele’s long-awaited third album 25 was finally announced in late 2015, and with it came claims that she was to single-handedly “save the music industry.” Such is the influence of Adele—a young mother from north London with the most powerful voice in the world. Adele’s breathtaking songs have seen her top the charts in over 30 countries, collect millions of admirers, and win dozens of top awards. But who is she? Her commendable desire to protect her family and friends from the harsh glare of the media’s spotlight has meant that she has become one of the most private superstars on the planet.

Adele: The Biography traces her story from a humble childhood in London through to the phenomenal success of her first two albums, 19 and 21, and the making of her most recent work, 25. Along the way, this unique book uncovers how her troubled private life influenced her heartbreaking tracks and how she overcame a string of obstacles that threatened to derail her career. You will discover the fascinating truth behind all the highs and the lows experienced by this fun, formidable woman, whose songs have become national anthems for the heartbroken. In this fully updated edition of his internationally-bestselling biography, Chas Newkey-Burden reveals the woman behind the music.

Chas Newkey-Burden is a celebrity biographer whose works include Amy Winehouse: The Biography 1983-2011, Justin Bieber: The Unauthorized Biography, Michael Jackson: Legend, Paris Hilton: Life on the Edge, and Stephenie Meyer: Queen of Twilight.
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Alexander the Corrector
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The bizarre and fascinating story behind Cruden's Concordance to the Bible. Learn More

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Alexander the Great
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By the author of The Spartans, the remarkable life of Alexander the Great, perhaps the greatest military genius of all time. Learn More

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American Shogun (Paperback)
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The author of A Few Bloody Noses confronts the enigma of MacArthur s struggle against and rebuilding of twentieth-century Japan Learn More

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Angela Merkel: Europe's Most Influential Leader
$37.95
The illuminating and in-depth biography of Angela Merkel, using exclusive new sources and research to tell how the daughter of a clergyman from East Germany rose to become one of the most powerful women in the world

This is the fascinating tale of Angela Merkel’s political ascent, in which she outmaneuvered her male colleagues and made Germany the strongest economy in Europe. With the storytelling gifts of a novelist, as well as nuanced political expertise garnered from over a decade of experience as an academic and journalist, Matt Qvortrup gives readers unprecedented, personal insight into Frau Merkel’s upbringing under communism, describing how the Secret Police tried to recruit her as a spy, how she lived as a squatter in Berlin, and how she went from distributing leaflets to sitting at the Cabinet table in Helmut Kohl’s government in less than a year. This is the story—told for the first time in English—of how Merkel and her staff of mostly female advisors repeatedly outsmarted the old boys network of conservative male politicians in Germany, turning her country into a more liberal and more prosperous place.

Angela Merkel: Europe's Most Influential Leader combines the narrative of Merkel’s life with a vivid account of German history from 1945 to the present day, featuring cameo appearances by Willy Brandt, Konrad Adenauer, and Helmut Kohl. At a time when Merkel is the chief representative of the west in the negotiations with Putin over the Ukraine, she is also the woman who holds the keys to British membership of the EU. Anyone interested in our time, in the politics of today, should read this lively account of the woman with a doctorate in quantum physics who has become the undisputed queen of Europe.


Praise For Angela Merkel: Europe's Most Influential Leader:

“Provides insight and clarity . . . In his retelling of the trajectory of Merkel's career path, Qvortrup highlights differences in cross-Atlantic political culture in ways no news account can. Qvortrup outlines both the depth and flexibility of a mind and character unbound by the limits of ideology. This eye-opening biography, drawing from rich behind-the-scenes knowledge, is necessary reading for anyone who wants to broaden his or her perspective on the world today.” - Kirkus (starred review)

“Angela Merkel has been Chancellor of Germany for the past 11 years; arguably, she remains the most powerful political leader in Europe. Yet most Americans are unfamiliar with her personal or political life, so this first English-language biography can help alleviate that shortcoming. A well-written and informative tribute to an extraordinary political leader.” - Booklist

“Qvortrup’s writing comes alive when recounting political machinations...The reader leaves the book with plenty of facts about Merkel’s life and possessing a better understanding of recent German politics.” - Publishers Weekly

“In Angela Merkel, Matthew Qvortrup masterfully weaves together the key episodes of this turbulent life and most unlikely political career, and provides compelling evidence that there is no better way toward a deeper understanding of the present than revisiting the past.” - Professor Ludger Helms, University of Innsbruck; author of Presidents, Prime Ministers and Chancellors

“In a world full of disappointing national leaders, Matt Qvortrup provides us with an insightful, revealing, vivid reading of a leading woman who tops them all.” - Amitai Etzioni, author of The Active Society

“A sympathetic, engaging and informative political biography of one of Europe's foremost contemporary leaders. Qvortrup's highly readable prose leads one on a dramatic, whirlwind tour of a history that is still unfolding before us.” - Aviel Roshwald, Professor Department of History, Georgetown University

“Written in a lively and engaging style, Angela Merkel is a joy to read. It is an extraordinary and incisive book, which gives us a unique insight into the life and times of the woman who almost single-handedly transformed the politics of her country and of the world.” - Arend Lijphart, Research Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California, San Diego



Matthew Qvortrup is currently professor of political science at Coventry University's Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. Previously, he was academic director in the Department of Security and Management at Cranfield University. He was educated at Oxford and the University of Copenhagen and has written for Bloomberg Businessweek, The Sun, The Scotsman, and The Times. He also appears as a regular commentator for the BBC, on both radio and television.
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Angela Merkel: Europe's Most Influential Leader
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The most up-to-date, illuminating, and in-depth biography of Angela Merkel and how she rose to become Europe’s most important political figure
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