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With most of Europe in Adolf Hitler’s hands, Britain was in a grim predicament in 1941 but that year Collins, the publisher now known as HarperCollins, launched a remarkable series of social history books called Britain in Pictures.
From Ivan Denisovich and Doctor Zhivago to Anna Karenina and Ivan Ilyich, journey through murder and betrayal, illness and mental anguish, Siberian labor camps and cities under siege. And each one of them is a remarkable book.
Of all the memorable tales to emerge from World War I, the most remarkable one is untrue. The Angels of Mons is a legend that evolved from one writer’s skillful ability to weave ghostly stories. This particularly tale gripped a nation badly in need of hope. For some, fiction became reality.
Countless books about conflicts, soldiering and warfare have slipped into obscurity. Take a look at our selection of forgotten gems includes a regimental history, memoirs from combatants, books from guerilla fighters, five-star generals and an Apache warrior, and even a contribution from Mrs. Custer.
AbeBooks celebrated the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon and his place in history with a selection of books, memorabilia from those who have stepped foot on the fifth largest satellite in the Solar System.
From August 15 - 18, 1969 Max Yasgur′s dairy farm in rural New York became the center of the counter culture movement of the 1960s. Celebrating 40 years since this historical event, AbeBooks selected 15 books written by the artists who played at The Woodstock Festival. The books are as varied as the artists themselves, from Pete Townshend′s collection of short stories, Arlo Guthrie′s children′s book and the numerous biographies from a life in music.
Read our interview with Kenneth Whyte author of The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst.