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  1. Brainwash: The Secret History of Mind Control (Hodder and Stoughton)

    With access to formerly classified documentation and interviewees from MI5, MI6, the CIA, the US Army and British Intelligence Corps, Brainwash  traces the evolution of the world’s most secret psychological procedure. From its origins in the...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  2. The Wealth and Poverty of Nations

    The gap between rich and poor countries is widening. In this new work, historian David Landes explores the complex, fascinating and often startling causes of the wealth and poverty of nations. The answers are found not only in the large forces...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  3. The Magnetic North (Random House – Jonathan Cape)

    Smashing through the Arctic Ocean with the crew of a Russian icebreaker, herding reindeer across the tundra with Lapps and shadowing the Trans-Alaskan pipeline with truckers, Sara Wheeler discovers a compex and ambiguous land belonging both to...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  4. Daughter of the Desert (Pan Macmillan)

    ... Gertrude Bell was an archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author, poet, photographer and mountaineer - but until the Iraq War of 2003 few ...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  5. Sex Before the Sexual Revolution: Intimate Life in England 1918-1963 (Cambridge University Press)

    What did sex mean for ordinary people before the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, who were often pitied by later generations as repressed, unfulfilled and full of moral anxiety? This book provides the first rounded, first-hand account...

    Digital - 18.05.16

  6. Lords of Finance (William Heinemann)

    It is commonly believed that the Great Depression of 1929 resulted from a confluence of events beyond any one person’s or government’s control. In fact, as Liaquat Ahamed reveals, it was the decisions taken by a small number of central bankers...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  7. Murder in Amsterdam (Atlantic Books)

    It was a murder that shook a nation. In November 2004, an angry young Muslim, Mohammed Bouyeri, shot and killed the provocative Dutch film-maker Theo van Gogh. The killer had objected to a film that van Gogh had made with the Dutch politician...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  8. Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality (Icon Books)

    For most people, quantum theory is a byword for mysterious, impenetrable science. And yet for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves. Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly-written history of this fundamental scientific...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  9. Devil that Danced on the Water: A Daughter’s Memoir (HarperCollins)

    Aminatta Forna's intensely personal history is a passionate and vivid account of an African childhood, of an idyll which became the stuff of nightmare. As a child she witnessed the upheavals of post-colonial Africa, danger, flight, the...

    Digital - 20.05.16

  10. Catching Fire: How Cooking made us Human (Profile Books)

    Catching Fire  offers a startlingly original argument about how we came to be the social, intelligent, and sexual species we are today. Richard Wrangham argues that it was cooking that caused the extraordinary transformation of our ancestors...

    Digital - 18.05.16