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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The Desert War Trilogy book

The Desert War Trilogy

Alan Moorehead

Writing for ten to twelve hours a day in the lulls between battlefield sorties, Alan Moorehead gathered material for the three books of The Desert War Trilogy, which he published during the war itself. Together they form an electrifying contemporary account of one of the most thrilling and decisive arenas of the Second World War.

Out of print Price: US$ 155.00

Five Days in London, May 1940 book

Five Days in London, May 1940

John Lukacs

A ‘political turncoat, a dangerous adventurer’; a ‘delightful rogue who lacked political judgement’ – today few people would guess that these were descriptions of one of the most admired statesmen of the 20th century – Winston Churchill. Yet as historian John Lukacs points out, when Churchill took over as Prime Minister in May 1940, he was not well-liked.

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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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The Holocaust book

The Holocaust

Martin Gilbert

The Holocaust is the definitive account of the Jewish genocide, by one of the foremost authorities on the Second World War. This Folio edition features artwork from the period by Jewish artists, as well as a new introduction by author Sir Martin Gilbert.

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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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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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Paris After the Liberation book

Paris After the Liberation

Antony Beevor and Artemis Cooper

An enthralling account of the French capital's transition from Vichy government to post-war liberation, with a new introduction by the authors.

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A People's Tragedy book

A People's Tragedy

Orlando Figes

The award-winning history of the Russian Revolution (1891-1924), with a new introduction by author Orlando Figes

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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 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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Storm of Steel book

Storm of Steel

Ernst Jünger

A simple, chilling and at times deeply moving story of one man's journey through the unimaginable brutality of war. In this personal memoir Ernst Jünger shows us the often macabre realities of his life on the Western Front, an account that is beautiful, powerful and unashamedly honest.

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Travels with Charley book

Travels with Charley

John Steinbeck

Travels with Charley is at once an affectionate account of life on the road and a great writer's last look at an America entering a turbulent time in its history.

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The Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution book

The Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution

Mark Roseman

The chilling account of the Nazi conference to finalise the plans for genocide, with a new preface by author Mark Roseman.

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The Worst Journey in the World book

The Worst Journey in the World

Apsley Cherry-Garrard

One of the greatest books on travel and exploration ever written, this searing account of Scott's Terra Nova expedition is introduced by Francis Spufford.

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