Modern History

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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A New Birth of Freedom: Selected Writings of Abraham Lincoln book

A New Birth of Freedom: Selected Writings of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Compiled by award-winning biographer Fred Kaplan, this collection, unique to Folio, brings together the best of Abraham Lincoln's speeches, letters and articles to give the reader intimate insight into the particular nature of his political and literary genius.

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The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream book

The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream

H. W. Brands

Utilising the stories of the men and women caught up in a period of extraordinary change, H. W. Brands has created an epic portrait of the Gold Rush, illustrated in this edition with rare contemporary photography.

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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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The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science book

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes presents an entertaining study of the extraordinary figures that changed the face of science.

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An Expression of the American Mind book

An Expression of the American Mind

Thomas Jefferson

This collection, commissioned by Folio, presents the best of Jefferson’s writings: political correspondence with George Washington, private letters to his wife and his lover and documents that express his views on everything from America's future, the nature of democracy and slavery.

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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.

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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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The Elizabethan Underworld book

The Elizabethan Underworld

Gāmini Salgādo

A lively study of the seamier side of Shakespeare’s London, revealing in brilliant detail its dangers and delights

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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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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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The Great Plague in London book

The Great Plague in London

Walter George Bell

Bell’s vivid and gripping account has never been bettered. This re-edited edition brings his erudite and sensitive approach to a new generation of readers.

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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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A History of the Indians of the United States book

A History of the Indians of the United States

Angie Debo

Angie Debo's comprehensive and compassionate account provides an unrivalled history of American Indians from the dawn of their first contact with Europeans to the late twentieth century.

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Letter From America book

Letter From America

Alistair Cooke

Vibrant with wit and charm, covering the great events of history, but always interested in day-to-day life, Cooke's legendary broadcasts provide a remarkable portrait of the United States in the second half of the 20th century.

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