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A Short History of London EndeavourA SHORT HISTORY OF LONDON – ENDEAVOUR PRESS REISSUE

The Blurb:

“In this Short History of London Sinead Fitzgibbon comprehensively chronicles the eclectic evolution of the city, from the arrival of the Romans circa AD50 and the rise and fall of the Anglo-Saxons, to the profoundly destabilising era of Henry VIII, right through to development of the modern metropolis we know today.”

The Reviews:

‘An intriguing read; at once concise and brimming with fascinating detail.’ – Richard Foreman, author of the best-selling ‘Swords of Rome’ series.

Available as ebook from:

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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: HISTORY IN AN HOUR  Shakespeare Cover Image

The Blurb:

“In a writing career that spanned over twenty years during the explosion of poetic and theatrical creativity of late Elizabethan and early Jacobean periods, William Shakespeare produced a body of work that has become the bedrock of human thought, literature and language in English. His poetry and plays have endured for almost 450 years, such is their universal appeal and understanding of the human condition. And yet Shakespeare wrote almost nothing of himself. Who was this socially ambitious wordsmith who had neither pedigree nor university education? What was his family life like? How did he work?

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: HISTORY IN AN HOUR is the essential guide to the life of Shakespeare,
his relationships, colleagues and his breathtaking works. From the Elizabethan world to which he was born, to the theorists and critics that continue to debate him to this day, this is the story of the most revered writer of all time.

The Reviews:

“As a high school English Literature teacher I am always interested in exploring new resources that will enable my students to better comprehend the challenging themes and complex elements of Shakespeare’s plays. In order to do this successfully, the students first need to have an understanding of who Shakespeare was and the period in which he wrote. With curriculum deadlines and hastened time periods, I have been unable to find to one comprehensive resource that is suitable to create this foundation for my students. Prior to this I have often cited sections of Anthony Burgess’ Shakespeare, which is among the best summative and concise assessments of his life, but contains challenging vocabulary and contextual issues that are too complex for the high school level. What Ms. Fitzgibbon has written is one comprehensive book that meets all my requirements while challenging my students in an engaging manner. Shakespeare: History in an Hour, much like Burgess’ book, is an outline of The Bard’s life and not his plays or poems. Unlike Burgess’ book this is far more concise and avoids any entanglements with his contemporaries and remains narrowly focused Shakespeare. This book provides insightful commentary on his family, childhood, and marriage without engulfing itself with pedantic facts and timelines. There are, however, a plethora of vital facts and tidbits of information about The Globe and Lord Chamberlain’s Men that my students found engaging throughout its quick pace. Following the conclusion of this we moved into a short unit on Shakespeare’s sonnets and read Romeo and Juliet, all of which was more engaging due to the foundation of information that Ms. Fitzgibbon provided in Shakespeare: History in an Hour. (5 stars)  Bruce Roderick, New York City Department of Education, English Language Arts Teacher

Available as ebook from:

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Available as audiobook from:

Apple iTunes, Audible

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TITANIC: HISTORY IN AN HOURTitanic: History In An Hour

The Blurb:

“The sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago in 1912, and the subsequent deaths of over 1,500 passengers, sent shock waves around the world. Never before or since has a maritime disaster in a time of peace had such an impact.  TITANIC: HISTORY IN AN HOUR is an entertaining and well researched account of the events leading up to the sinking of this ‘unsinkable’ ship, providing an fascinating commentary on the pressures of the White Star Line, the importance of class to Titanic’s unfortunate passengers and the legacy of the disaster in Britain and America. TITANIC:HISTORY IN AN HOUR is a gripping and accessible account.”

The Reviews:

“LOVED IT” (5 stars)

“Everything I needed” (5 stars)

“Great value, it gave a great overview of the Titanics short lived history and it has inspired me to find out more about the ship. Anyone who is looking for a short read this is for you!!!” (4 stars)

“Fast paced and entertaining. This little book is an exceptionally well written, fast-paced, yet comprehensive narrative of a well known subject. The surprising thing is the little known facts it reveals. The theme the author has succesfully pursued is the chain of trivial events which came together to create this tragedy. If you want to know about the background, and the aftermath, moreso than the sinking, then I could not recommend this book more highly” (5 stars)

Available as ebook from:

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Available as audiobook from:

Apple iTunes, Audible

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JFK: HISTORY IN AN HOUR

The Blurb:

“John Fitzgerald Kennedy, America’s youngest President. But, barely one thousand days into his Presidency, he was assassinated. JFK in an Hour provides a compelling and comprehensive overview of this man credited with introducing an aspirational new approach to American politics.

Learn about the Kennedy family, the cast that propelled JFK to success despite family tragedy. Discover Kennedy’s talented diplomatic skills when navigating the Space Race, the nuclear missile crisis and his sympathies with the fledging civil rights movement. Learn about the man himself, the charming son, brother and husband, who maintained a charismatic public image, despite suffering from chronic illness all his life. JFK in an Hour provides key insight into why Kennedy epitomised the hopes of a new decade, and remains such an influential figure to this day.”

The Reviews:

“I found this guide to JFK to be an extraordinary introduction and brief overview of his life. This book is excellent for those, like me, who are interested in this particular topic but have never explicitly looked into it.” (5 stars)

“Great read. For a comprehensive summary of this brief time in history you can’t go wrong – it’s a great place to begin.” (5 stars)

“Quality. Great detail in a short book, everything you’d need to know about JFK, easy and quick to get through, inspiring.” (4 stars)

Available in paperback from:

Amazon

Available as ebook from:

Amazon, Apple iBookstore, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Sony

Available as audiobook from:

Apple iTunes, Audible

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Gunpowder Plot Cover ImageTHE GUNPOWDER PLOT: HISTORY IN AN HOUR

The Blurb:

“‘Remember, remember, the fifth of November’. The gunpowder plot is a famed tale of treachery that continues to fascinate and capture the imagination four hundred years on.The Gunpowder Plot in an Hour reveals the elaborate background to the infamous plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and James I, the ultimate act of treason. This compelling and engaging account of one of the most famous historical events in English history follows the Catholic protagonists hatching their plan through to their inevitable, gruesome deaths.Learn who the Catholic traitors were, what drove them to such desperate measures, and how the plot was discovered. The Gunpowder Plot in an Hour gives a concise overview of this enduring event and is a must for all history lovers.”

The Reviews:

“A most enjoyable read” (5 stars)

“A great book” (5 stars)

“Fantastic. This ebook does exactly what it says on the tin – it provides you with a reasonably depth of knowledge on the subject area, without being boring or like a textbook. The narrative is accessible, and although it took me slightly over an hour, I thoroughly enjoyed the read.” (5 stars)

“An hour spent reading this book takes you back to the root cause of the conspiracy with King Henry VIII creating the Church of England to the detriment of the established Catholic church. Through the religious turmoil of the following years, with Catholism back in and then rapidly out of favour again, there is one final throw of the dice in favour of Catholism by Robert Catesby.” (5 stars)

Available as ebook from:

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Available as audiobook from:

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Queen Book CoverTHE QUEEN: HISTORY IN AN HOUR

The Blurb:

“Elizabeth II is the longest lived and, after Queen Victoria, second longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. From her coronation in 1953 to her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, Queen Elizabeth II has stood on the world stage as the figurehead for Britain. The Queen: History in an Hour tells the story of the Queen Elizabeth II’s life and long reign, her royal duties, service during the Second World War, public perception and the transformation of the British Empire into the Commonwealth of Nations under her rule. In the Diamond Jubilee year this is essential reading for Royalists and Republicans alike.”

The Reviews:

“Truth is stranger than fiction. Telling the story of the Queen in an hour is a challenge but this book is well written and does what it says on the tin, which is refreshing.” (5 stars)

“Love the history in an hour books, informative and quick to read. If you like to read history this is a simple and effective way to get started and highlights which parts interest you most.” (5 stars)

“This was enjoyable light reading with a little history of the Royal family without going to deeply into all the tragedies of recent years.” (4 stars)

Available as ebook from:

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Available as audiobook from:

Apple iTunes, Audible

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Cover Image © Mel Gow 2012

Cover Image © Mel Gow 2012

A SHORT HISTORY OF LONDON

The Blurb:

“‘A Short History of London’ is a concise yet comprehensive account of the city’s 2,000-year history from its

Roman origins right through to the present day. It shows that London’s story can be found not just in its great buildings and popular tourist attractions, but also in the most innocuous of places – London’s history can, in fact, be seen in every street corner, in every contour of its landscape, even in the ground beneath our feet.  This short e-book will help the reader discover exactly what has made London the great city it is today.”

The Reviews:

“There are a lot of books on London and its history but none so succinct as this. Yet for its shortness, and after all the title makes it plain that it is a short read, one isn’t left feeling short-changed. Quite the contrary – everything is covered: from the coming of the Romans, including Boudicca, to the multicultural city that it is today… and everything in-between: the Great Fire, Victorian London, the world wars, etc.  Especially fascinating was the chapter entitled `Subterranean London’ – from secret tunnels to hidden rivers. Apparently, there are `thirteen waterways that gush beneath the city’. Never knew that. In fact, there’s a lot in this book that I had no idea about. By the end of it, I felt fully versed in the history of this magnificent city and rather proud to be one of its inhabitants. The biographies make a great read – William the Conqueror, Shakespeare, Samuel Pepys, King George IV, Charles Dickens, Churchill, Henry Beck, who designed the iconic London tube map, to the capital’s most notorious villains – Jack the Ripper and the Kray Twins. There’s even a great biography on Big Ben and how the massive bell was cast and how it got its name. It’s a wonderfully well written. You feel that you’re being told a story. The author has a lovely and even friendly turn of phrase which made reading this book an enjoyable and entertaining experience. Highly recommended.” (5 stars)

Available as ebook from:

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