World War and Military History

Discover the military campaigns of Napoleon, the secrets of espionage at Bletchley Park and the personal stories from the Western Front with the Folio Society’s wide and fascinating collection of military history books. This collection includes a comprehensive selection on the First and Second World Wars. Each book includes carefully researched photographs and striking original hardback covers. See below for the full list of Folio World War and Military 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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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Unpublished until 1998 because of the Official Secrets Act, Leo Marks's memoir of his time as part of SOE has been acclaimed as one of the greatest accounts of espionage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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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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Colditz: The Full Story book

Colditz: The Full Story

Major P. R. Reid

Historian James Holland introduces a richly illustrated edition.

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Crusader Castles book

Crusader Castles

T. E. Lawrence

Before he became famous as Lawrence of Arabia, T. E. Lawrence travelled through Britain, France, Syria and Palestine to research his undergraduate thesis on ‘The Influence of the Crusades on European Military Architecture to the End of the Twelfth Century’. Lawrence’s brilliant observations have since been confirmed by modern research.

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The Crusades Through Arab Eyes book

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

Amin Maalouf

A ground-breaking account of the Crusades by Amin Maalouf, Lebanese journalist, award winning novelist and member of the Académie française.

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The Dam Busters book

The Dam Busters

Paul Brickhill

Paul Brickhill’s account of 617 squadron’s legendary bombing raid is an exhilarating read, showcased in a suitably dramatic red and black binding.

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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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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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Hide and Seek book

Hide and Seek

Xan Fielding

An enthralling account of SOE resistance in Crete. This edition features an insightful new introduction, decorative endpapers and a facsimile of a War Office map, included in a sleeve inside the cover.

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In Parenthesis book

In Parenthesis

David Jones

Defying all genres, In Parenthesis is one of the First World War’s greatest works of literature. This edition includes artwork by calligrapher Ewan Clayton and a foreword by Harold Bloom.

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The Meaning of Hitler book

The Meaning of Hitler

Sebastian Haffner

Sebastian Haffner’s penetrating study helps us understand Hitler’s rise from obscure failure to powerful dictator, examining his motives and his ultimate downfall. Mark Roseman, prize-winning author of books on Nazism, introduces the Folio edition.

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The Middle Parts of Fortune book

The Middle Parts of Fortune

Frederic Manning

One of the finest war novels ever written, describing the Battle of the Somme from the viewpoint of an ordinary soldier.

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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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