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Explore the great events and stories of the 20th Century with the Folio Society’s collection of Modern History Books. This classic selection from some of the most esteemed historians and commentators examines a variety of fascinating periods from British and world history. Each book includes carefully researched photographs and comes with a specially designed hardback cover. See below for the full list of Folio Modern History books.

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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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Defeat Into Victory book

Defeat Into Victory

Field Marshal Viscount Slim

An unforgettable account of the 'Forgotten War' in Burma, written by the British general who transformed catastrophic defeat into resounding victory.

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Famous Trials book

Famous Trials

Harry and James H. Hodge (.eds)

Dramatic accounts of eight sensational murder trials that gripped the nation – and proved that truth really is stranger than fiction.

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From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life book

From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life

Jacques Barzun

The first illustrated edition of Barzun's synoptic journey through the history of Western thought, from the Reformation to the dawning ‘decadence’ of the 21Ž—st century.

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Great Contemporaries book

Great Contemporaries

Winston S. Churchill

Written before he became prime minister, Churchill’s canny and witty insights on the great figures of the day remain entertaining and illuminating.

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King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa book

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa

Adam Hochschild

The highly acclaimed history of the Belgian Congo and the exploitation that led to the murder of 10 million – the background to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

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Manhattan '45 book

Manhattan '45

Jan Morris

Jan Morris’s exuberant and witty love letter to the Manhattan of 1945 effortlessly evokes a time when it was ‘the most hopeful city on earth’.

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Nicholas and Alexandra book

Nicholas and Alexandra

Robert K. Massie

Illness and intrigue both proved deadly to the last Russian royal family. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Robert K. Massie reveals the tragic circumstances behind their infamous downfall.

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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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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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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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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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