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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 Age of Illusion book

The Age of Illusion

Ronald Blythe

Britain between the wars is brilliantly and entertainingly chronicled in this book by the author of Akenfield.

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Conrad's Congo book

Conrad's Congo

Joseph Conrad

Unique to Folio, this collection explores the genesis of Heart of Darkness. With an introduction by Conrad expert J. H. Stape and contemporary photographs.

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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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Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World book

Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World

Niall Ferguson

This Folio Society edition of Empire features a new preface specially written by its author, acclaimed historian Niall Ferguson, responding to the controversy caused by its initial publication.

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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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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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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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A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates book

A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates

Captain Charles Johnson

The bloodthirsty biographies of the world’s most infamous pirates are reproduced in this new edition of the pre-eminent piracy book, including original woodcut illustrations and the lives of Blackbeard, Kidd and many more.

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Paris After the Liberation book

Paris After the Liberation

Antony Beevor and Artemis Cooper

An enthralling account of the French capital's transition from German occupation to post-war liberty, with a new introduction by the authors.

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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 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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