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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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Reach for the Sky book

Reach for the Sky

Paul Brickhill

The gripping life-story of Douglas Bader, double amputee and Second World War fighter ace.

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The Reason Why book

The Reason Why

Cecil Woodham-Smith

Celebrated writer and historian Cecil Woodham-Smith turns her acerbic eye on the disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade.

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Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700 book

Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700

Diarmaid MacCulloch

Exploring the greatest religious schism in Western history, Diarmaid MacCulloch reveals why the people of Europe were willing to die and kill for their beliefs.

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Richard III: England’s Black Legend book

Richard III: England’s Black Legend

Desmond Seward

In a newly revised edition, Seward’s riveting biography breathes new life into one of English history’s most divisive and infamous figures.

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The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici book

The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici

Christopher Hibbert

The story of Italy’s first family is one of political cunning, artistic genius, infidelity, execution and revenge. With sumptuous colour illustrations.

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The Rise of Rome book

The Rise of Rome

Polybius

One of the most influential classical histories, enhanced with magnificent full-page coin portraits. Introduced by Michael Scott.

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Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic book

Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic

Tom Holland

A gripping account of the twilight of the Roman Republic and its bloody transformation into empire; the story of Caesar’s generation, thrillingly told.

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Shackleton’s Boat Journey book

Shackleton’s Boat Journey

Frank Worsley

A story of tremendous courage and endurance, related first-hand by one of its survivors.

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Sowing the Wind: The Seeds of Conflict in the Middle East book

Sowing the Wind: The Seeds of Conflict in the Middle East

John Keay

Troubling, fascinating and accessible, this is an outstanding account of how the Middle East was shaped by Western interests. This edition features contemporary photographs and a new foreword by one of today’s most respected journalists.

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The Spanish Civil War book

The Spanish Civil War

Hugh Thomas

The definitive account of a tragic conflict, with more than 100 carefully selected images.

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Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall book

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Anna Funder

Blending investigative journalism with the personal approach of a writer both fascinated and appalled by her subject, this is an award-winning portrait of life under ‘one of the most savage surveillance regimes ever known'. With previously unpublished photographs by the author.

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Strange Defeat book

Strange Defeat

Marc Bloch

A compelling first-hand account of the Fall of France in 1940, written before its author was executed by the Nazis.

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Ten Days That Shook the World book

Ten Days That Shook the World

John Reed

John Reed’s immersive eyewitness account of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.

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The Great Escape book

The Great Escape

Paul Brickhill

The thrilling true story of the largest British-led mass-escape of the Second World War.

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The Last White Rose book

The Last White Rose

Desmond Seward

In his sequel to the best-selling The Wars of the Roses, Desmond Seward reveals the secret conflict that continued throughout the reigns of both Henry VII and Henry VIII.

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