History Books

The military histories of Ancient Greece and Rome, the extraordinary lives of Medieval Kings to the politics of the World Wars, the Folio Society publishes an extensive collection of history titles. Each book includes carefully researched photographs and comes in a unique hardback cover. See below for the full list of Folio History books.

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The Art of War book

The Art of War

Sun- tzu

Written over 2,500 years ago, The Art of War remains the most famous military treatise of all time. Sun-tzu’s collection of precepts on strategic warfare has yet to be surpassed.

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Enigma: The Battle for the Code book

Enigma: The Battle for the Code

Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

No episode in the history of the Second World War has captured the imagination more vividly than the deciphering of the Enigma code messages by a group of eccentric boffins at Bletchley Park.

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The First World War book

The First World War

Martin Gilbert

In his engrossing account, Martin Gilbert traces each step of the war’s progression, from the tensions and alliances leading up to it and the first skirmishes on the French and Belgian borders, to the final peacemaking and remembrance. His geographical scope is equally broad, from Mesopotamia and East Africa to the ‘forgotten war’ waged in the Atlantic.

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Five Days in London, May 1940 book

Five Days in London, May 1940

John Lukacs

A ‘political turncoat, a dangerous adventurer’; a ‘delightful rogue who lacked political judgement’ – in May, 1940 Winston Churchill's reputation as Britain's greatest statesman was by no means certain

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Folktales of the Native American book

Folktales of the Native American

Dee Brown

A collection of 36 captivating tales gracefully retold by the author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

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God's Englishman book

God's Englishman

Christopher Hill

This exhilarating book has never been surpassed as a portrait of Oliver Cromwell and his times.

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The Great War and Modern Memory book

The Great War and Modern Memory

Paul Fussell

One hundred years on, the enduring impact of the First World War is explored in Paul Fussell’s acclaimed literary and cultural history.

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A History of the Indians of the United States book

A History of the Indians of the United States

Angie Debo

Angie Debo's comprehensive and compassionate account provides an unrivalled history of American Indians from the dawn of their first contact with Europeans to the late twentieth century.

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The History of the Kings of Britain book

The History of the Kings of Britain

Geoffrey of Monmouth

A thrilling narrative of heroic kings and monsters, dramatic sea-scapes and dark forests, of battles, blood and prophecies. Above all, however, as its name suggests, it is a highly influential work of history to rival Bede or Livy.

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Letter From America book

Letter From America

Alistair Cooke

Vibrant with wit and charm, covering the great events of history, but always interested in day-to-day life, Cooke's legendary broadcasts provide a remarkable portrait of the United States in the second half of the 20th century.

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Longitude book

Longitude

Dava Sobel

A fascinating story of perilous seas and brilliant innovation, accompanied by wonderful colour photographs.

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The Monks of War book

The Monks of War

Desmond Seward

The 12th century saw the foundation of the great crusading military orders: the Templars, Knights of Malta and the Teutonic Knights, some of which still survive today. This is a fascinating history of their attempt to fight their way into heaven.

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Once There Was a War book

Once There Was a War

John Steinbeck

The first illustrated edition of Steinbeck’s absorbing dispatches for the New York Herald Tribune.

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Pompeii - The Life Of A Roman Town book

Pompeii - The Life Of A Roman Town

Mary Beard

In this award-winning history, Mary Beard guides us through the daily life of Pompeii – an existence that is far more complex than we might have realised. Lively, exciting and accessible, this book brings us as close as possible to the real Pompeii.

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The Wars of the Roses book

The Wars of the Roses

Desmond Seward

Claiming the lives of thousands, including three kings and eight dukes, the bloody conflict between the Houses of York and Lancaster fuelled three decades of turbulence. Desmond Seward’s engrossing work focuses on five individuals from both sides, including Yorkist hero William Hastings and Jane Shore, disgraced mistress of Edward IV.

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