Valkyrie: The Plot to Kill Hitler by Philipp Freiherr Von Boeselager, With Florence & Jerome Fehrenbach

Valkyrie: The Plot to Kill Hitler by Philipp Freiherr Von Boeselager, With Florence & Jerome Fehrenbach lands on the shelves of my shop.

Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2009, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: When the Second World War broke out, Philipp von Boeselager and his brother Georg fought enthusiastically for their country, leading cavalry units in France and on the Russian Front. But when they discovered what the SS were doing to Jews and Gypsies their enthusiasm quickly turned to disgust. Together they joined a group of conspirators in a plot to kill Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler. After several abortive assassination attempts, including one in which Philipp was supposed to shoot the Fuhrer with his own pistol, the plotters finally decided on a plan to blow Hitler up with a bomb. Philipp transported the explosives and passed them on to Claus von Stauffenberg. He and his brother then moved their cavalry units to Berlin to take control of the city.

When the plot failed, the SS instituted a terrifying purge of senior army officers. In an attempt to disguise their part in the conspiracy, the Boeselager brothers hurried back to the eastern front with their units. One by one their fellow plotters were found out, tortured and executed, and it is a testimony to their fortitude that they never gave away the Boeselagers names.

Georg von Boeselager eventually died in battle on the Russian Front, but Philipp survived the war, and eventually outlived all the other survivors of the conspiracy. In this unique memoir he tells the story of his life, and the part he played in these historic events.

Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.

Red boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XII] 176 pages. 8¾” x 5½”.

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Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis by Ian Kershaw

Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis by Ian Kershaw lands on the shelves of my shop.

Allen Lane, 2000, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: WHETHER RIGHT OR WRONG, WE MUST WIN. THAT IS THE ONLY WAY. AND IT IS MORALLY RIGHT AND NECESSARY. AND WHEN WE HAVE WON, WHO WILL ASK US ABOUT THE METHOD? ADOLF HITLER, 1941

It is impossible to offer an adequate parallel to Hitlers situation in 1936. With the peaceful resolution of the Rhineland crisis, Hitler became both the adored object of the vast majority of Germans and an international symbol of modernity and dynamism. He managed this while in reality being the dictator of a system of single-minded viciousness new to human experience.

Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis is the definitive account of the twentieth centurys central figure. Drawing on a vast range of material and using the same skills that made Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris a bestseller around the world, lan Kershaw allows us to understand both the dictator himself and the society that made him.

Perhaps this books greatest achievement is to make clear the often conflicting dynamics that led from the seemingly stable, successful Germany of 1937 to the brutalized military state of the 1940s. By concentrating on the figure of Hitler, Kershaw both gives an immediacy and texture to these terrible events and shows the options available to Germany and its ruler at each point in the unfolding disaster. At the heart of the book lies Hitlers decision to unleash annihilatory war in the East and the terrifying new moral universe this brought into being: the degradation of enemies into beasts and the hatching of the Final Solution.

This is the story of a poisoned world and of a man who was both shaped by that world and to a catastrophic degree created it.

Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XLVI] 1115 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

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Saint Saul: A Skeleton Key to the Historical Jesus by Donald Harman Akenson

Saint Saul: A Skeleton Key to the Historical Jesus by Donald Harman Akenson lands on the shelves of my shop.

Oxford University Press, 2002, Paperback.

First in this, paperback, edition.

From the cover: Recreating a time rich with prophets, savants, and god-drunk fanatics, Donald Harman Akenson shows that the answer to the most persistent question in Christianity What do we know about the historical Jesus? is best found in the writings of a caustic, itinerant preacher named Saul. The author of the Epistles and known to Christians as Saint Paul, Saul is the closest thing there is to a direct witness to Yeshua, as Jesus was known in his time, in something approaching the original.

Scholars agree that the Gospels were written after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE. This catastrophic event forever altered the outlook and the agenda of the Christian and Jewish faiths. But of all the New Testament writings, only Pauls letters were composed before 70 CE. Thus they are the only direct evidence of Yeshua untainted by this profound shift in perspective. While Saul did not know Yeshua personally, he knew his most important followers, and wrote immediately after Yeshuas death. Furthermore, Sauls teachings were approved (though sometimes reluctantly) by Yeshuas brothers and other early leaders.

An eminent historian, Akenson approaches his subject with a fresh eye and a scholarly rigor that is all too rare in this hotly disputed field. The result is a vibrantly written and provocative book that will captivate anyone seeking to know more about the historical Jesus and the earliest Christians.

Near Fine.

[X] 346 pages. Index. Trade Paperback (9¼” x 6″).

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Elizabeth’s Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen by Tracy Borman

Elizabeth’s Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen by Tracy Borman lands on the shelves of my shop.

Jonathan Cape, 2009, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates;

From the cover: Elizabeth I was born into a world of women. As a child, she was served by a predominantly female household of servants and governesses, with occasional visits from her mother, Anne Boleyn, and the wives who later took her place. As Queen, she was constantly attended by ladies of the bedchamber and maids of honour who clothed her, bathed her and watched over her while she ate. Among her family, it was her female relations who had the greatest influence: from her sister Mary, who distrusted and later imprisoned her, to her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, who posed a constant and dangerous threat to her crown for almost thirty years.

Despite the importance of women in Elizabeths life, most historians and biographers have focused on her relationships with men. She has been portrayed as a mans woman who loved to flirt with the many ambitious young men who frequented her court. Yet it is the women in her life who provide the most fascinating insight into the character of this remarkable monarch. With them she was jealous, spiteful and cruel, as well as loyal, kind and protective. She showed her frailties and her insecurities, but also her considerable shrewdness and strength. In short, she was more human than the public persona she presented to the rest of the court.

In this original chronicling of the life of one of Englands greatest monarchs, historian Tracy Borman explores Elizabeths relationships with the key women in her life. Beginning with her mother and the governesses and stepmothers who cared for the young princess, including her beloved Kat Astley and the inspirational Katherine Parr, Elizabeths Women sheds new light on her formative years. Elizabeths turbulent relationships with her rivals are examined: from her sister, Bloody Mary, to the sisters of Lady Jane Grey, and finally the most deadly of all her rivals, Mary, Queen of Scots, who would give birth to the man Elizabeth would finally, inevitably, have to recognise as heir to her throne. These are the servants, friends and flouting wenches who brought out the best and the worst of Elizabeths carefully cultivated image as Gloriana, the Virgin Queen, in the glittering world of her court.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans otherwise a very well presented copy.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIII] 450 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

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How to Be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life by Melissa Hellstern

How to Be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life by Melissa Hellstern lands on the shelves of my shop.

New York: Dutton, 2004, Hardback in dust wrapper.

2nd impression. Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: On many occasions, she was approached to pen her autobiography, the definitive book of Audrey Hepburn, yet she never agreed. A beloved icon who found success as an actress, a mother, and a humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn perfected the art of gracious living.

More philosophy than biography, How to Be Lovely revisits the many interviews Audrey gave over the years, allowing us to hear her voice directly on universal topics of concern to women the world over: careers, love lives, motherhood, and relationships. Enhanced by rarely seen photographs, behind-the-scenes stories, and insights from the friends who knew her well, How to Be Lovely uncovers the real Audrey, in her own words.

While she would have been the last to say so, Audrey Hepburn was an expert in the art of being a woman. How to Be Lovely imparts whatever wisdom and insight she found along the way to the millions who grew up, or will grow up, wanting to be just like her.

Published to coincide with Audrey Hepburns would-be seventy-fifth birthday, How to Be Lovely offers a rare glimpse into the woman behind the mystique and is the definitive guide to living genuinely with glamour and grace.

Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.

White boards with Black titling to the Spine. [IX] 196 pages. Index. 7½” x 5½”.

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A Teacup in a Storm: An Explorer’s Guide to Life by Mick Conefrey

A Teacup in a Storm: An Explorer’s Guide to Life by Mick Conefrey lands on the shelves of my shop.

London: Collins, 2005, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: A witty, entertaining and utterly unique look at the great explorers and the life-lessons we can draw from them.

Exploration and explorers hold a constant fascination, with tales of heroism and the overcoming of great odds in the most inhospitable environments. With inspirational stories we can apply to our everyday life, as well as more bizarre and quirky lessons, such as how to escape an anaconda or find water in a desert, this is a uniquely entertaining and inspirational book.

Taking as its structure the stages of a typical expedition, from planning to setting out, finding your goal and surviving safely to get home, the book is packed with fascinating anecdotes about explorers such as Shackleton, Scott, Livingstone and Stanley. It teaches us instructive lessons about fund-raising, team-building, dealing with confrontations, whilst also considering less everyday problems, such as rationing underwear and facing down elephants. With its combination of the serious and the bizarre, the inspirational and the hilarious, A Teacup in a Storm is an engagingly irresistible proposition.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.

Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 240 pages. Index. 8″ x 5¼”.

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Off Duty: The World’s Greatest Chefs Cook At Home by James Merrell

Off Duty: The World’s Greatest Chefs Cook At Home by James Merrell lands on the shelves of my shop.

HARPER COLLINS, 2005, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: From their table to yours welcome to the home kitchens of the worlds finest chefs.

In Off Duty, forty eight of the worlds top chefs and food writers abandon the heat of the professional kitchen and share their passion for home cooking. Revealing the favourite menus they love to cook for family and friends, they place the emphasis on delicious, straightforward recipes using ingredients and techniques familiar to the home cook.

An interview with each chef offers a fascinating insight into everything from their favourite piece of cooking kit to what they feed their children. With 144 recipes 48 starters, 48 main courses and 48 desserts there is something to suit every mood and every capability level. A sample menu might feature Gary Rhodess starter of Toasted Tomato Salad with Melting Gorgonzola and Rocket Leaves or Delia Smiths Baked Eggs in Wild Mushroom Tartlet. For a meaty main course there is Nigella Lawsons Shin of Beef Stew with Pasta or Gordon Ramsays Calves Liver with Sweet and Sour Mushroom and Rocket Marmalade. At-home desserts include Jamie Olivers Raspberry and Blackberry Meringue with Hazelnuts, Caramel and Chantilly Cream and Michel Rouxs White Peaches baked with Honey and Lavender.

Off Duty has a range of vegetable, fish and meat dishes to tempt every palate and a roll call of chefs to inspire, day after day. Bringing together todays top culinary talent, this collection is a must-have for the home cook.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.

White boards with Red titling to the Spine. 288 pages. Index. 10″ x 7¾”.

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