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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In Praise of Folly book

In Praise of Folly

Desiderius Erasmus

Erasmus’s biting and brilliant 16th-century satire is ingeniously re-imagined with illustrations by award-winning artist Matthew Richardson.

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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 Victorians book

The Victorians

A. N. Wilson

An epic portrait presented in an exquisite edition.

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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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An Expression of the American Mind book

An Expression of the American Mind

Thomas Jefferson

Exclusive to Folio, this collection presents the best of Jefferson’s writings in chronological order.

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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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The Baburnama book

The Baburnama

Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur

One of the classics of world literature, in a fine edition introduced by J.P. Losty and Salman Rushdie. With 49 pages of colour plates of exquisite Mughal miniatures commissioned by Akbar the Great, Babur’s grandson.

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Between Silk and Cyanide book

Between Silk and Cyanide

Leo Marks

Unpublished until 1998 because of the Official Secrets Act, Leo Marks's memoir of his time as part of SOE has been acclaimed as one of the greatest accounts of espionage in the Second World War. An unforgettable story of heroism under fire, gallows humour, unswerving loyalty and fatal mistakes.

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Big Chief Elizabeth book

Big Chief Elizabeth

Giles Milton

Greed, romance and desperation abound in Giles Milton’s exploration of the colonial enterprise that paved the way to the United States of America. At the book’s heart lies the vanishing of the 1587 settlement on Roanoke Island, whose 115 inhabitants met with a grisly end.

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Black Sea book

Black Sea

Neal Ascherson

Neal Ascherson chronicles the tumultuous history of the sea where East meets West. He recalls Ovid’s exile on its shores, charts Scythian wayfarers, Stalinist purges and Hitler’s vision of a German Gothic Crimea. His thoughtful book ends by considering the sea’s damaged ecology – perhaps to be its final tragedy.

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The Book of Common Prayer book

The Book of Common Prayer

A magnificent facsimile edition of a religious and literary classic. Next to the authorised version of the King James Bible and the plays of William Shakespeare, it is among the most widely read and influential of English literary works.

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee book

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Dee Brown

A searing and visceral account of how the American West was really won. Told from the point of view of the American Indian, the catalogue of broken promises, treaties and battles is a tragic but essential story. Translated into 17 languages and a bestseller worldwide, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee awakened a new understanding of America’s past.

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The Campaigns of Alexander book

The Campaigns of Alexander

Arrian

Written in the 2nd century AD and featuring a new preface by Annabel Lyon, this account of Alexander's conquests is a classic of ancient military history.

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Carthage: A History book

Carthage: A History

Serge Lancel

Before Rome conquered the known world, the people of Carthage reigned supreme. Using archeological findings, ancient texts and legend, Serge Lancel creates a picture of a civilisation so beautiful and powerful that the Romans burnt it to the ground so it could never challenge them again.

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Cicero: Orations book

Cicero: Orations

Cicero

So impossible to vanquish with words that Mark Antony put him to death, Cicero was a master of rhetoric and declamation. His Orations live on, echoed by the most famous speakers of modern times, from Winston Churchill to Barack Obama. In a rare commission for Folio, Tom Phillips, RA, has illustrated this edition.

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