Christmas at Hatchards: Military History

MI9: A History of the Secret Service for Escape and Evasion in World War Two

Helen Fry

£20 – signed copies available

Drawing on declassified files and eye-witness accounts, this is the astonishing story of MI9, a branch of military intelligence that set up routes across Nazi Europe in order that Allied airmen and soldiers, with the help of Resistance and secret agents, could make their way home.


War: How Conflict Shaped Us

Margaret Macmillan


We seem to be living in an age of peace; yet war rages all around us. It always has. In this deep examination (based on her 2018 Reith Lectures), Macmillan questions the history of war and its meaning in human society, and how – ironically – it can engender technological change, social progress and inspire the arts.


The International Brigades: Fascism, Freedom and the Spanish Civil War

Giles Tremlett


The International Brigades – 35,000 ill-equipped and idealistic volunteers from sixty one countries – were a rallying-cry in opposition to fascism in 1930s Europe. Working from archives, Comintern documents and first-hand accounts, Tremlett tells the story of courage and resistance in defence of democracy.


The SS Officer’s Armchair: In Search of a Hidden Life

Daniel Lee


This historical detective story begins when a stash of documents covered with swastikas is found sewn into a cushion. The trail leads to a Dr Robert Griesinger of Stuttgart, an active, ambitious participant in the Nazi Third Reich – and a chilling life-story that continues to reverberate.


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