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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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A Clockwork Orange book

A Clockwork Orange

Anthony Burgess

Burgess's iconic novel, presented in a new edition introduced by Irvine Welsh.

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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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East of Eden book

East of Eden

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck’s generational epic, East of Eden, introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Dirda and illustrated by award-winning artist Edward Kinsella, is the winner of Folio’s 2017 Reader’s Choice Fiction Competition.

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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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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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Lord of the Flies book

Lord of the Flies

William Golding

One of the most influential novels of the 20th century, it is both a gripping thriller and an ingenious parable about the nature of civilisation.

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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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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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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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