- John murray
- 27 Mai 2021
The end of World War Two saw an intense and deeply personal struggle for mastery of the Western world amidst the ruins of Berlin. In this thrilling account, bestselling historian Giles Milton recounts epic four-year drama that would culminate in The Berlin Airlift. It is the story of the ultimate game of roulette amongst the enigmatic larger-than-life personalities from rival powers: Britain, the United States, France and the Soviet Union. Drawing on previously unknown oral and written testimonies, Checkmate in Berlin tells - as never before - a story of flawed individuals each determined to win and the first battle of the Cold War.>
Spécialiste de l'histoire des voyages, giles milton aborde un chapitre méconnu des relations entre l'europe et l'afrique du nord aux xviie et xviiie siècles: le cruel destin des occidentaux capturés en mer par les corsaires de barbarie puis vendus comme esclaves sur les grands marchés d'alger, tunis ou salé.
Pour se faire, milton narre les incroyables aventures de thomas pellow qui à l'âge de onze ans, en 1715, quitte sa cornouailles natale afin de sillonner la méditerranée comme mousse. son navire investi, il devient l'esclave de moulay ismaïl, terrible souverain marocain, et doit se convertir à l'islam. mais son ingéniosité attire l'attention du sultan, qui va lui confier la garde de son harem ainsi que des missions militaires.
Plus de vingt ans après sa capture, pellow parviendra à s'évader et sera l'un des rares esclaves européens survivants à pouvoir raconter son.
Un corps sans vie est retrouvé au Groenland, au beau milieu de la banquise. Un homme nu, sans trace de blessures... Qui est-il ? Jack Raven, paléontologue et spécialiste d'anthropologie médico-légale, est engagé pour mener l'enquête. Tandis qu'il fouille dans le passé de la victime, découvrant peu à peu d'étranges secrets, une tempête de fin du monde éclate, et le cadavre revient à la vie avant de disparaître.
Jack Raven est le seul à pouvoir retrouver l'homme ressuscité des morts et élucider l'énigme historique qui permettra de l'arrêter. Car le revenant est insaisissable et, depuis son réveil, sème froidement la mort sur son passage.
Pour son premier roman policier, Giles Milton parvient à conjuguer le souffle historique qu'on lui connaît au suspense des meilleurs thrillers.
- John murray
- 4 Octobre 2001
In 1322 Sir John Mandeville left England on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Thirty-four years later, he returned, claiming to have visited not only Jerusalem, but India, China, Java, Sumatra and Borneo as well. His book about that voyage, THE TRAVELS, was heralded as the most important book of the Middle Ages as Mandeville claimed his voyage proved it was possible to circumnavigate the globe. In the nineteenth century sceptics questioned his voyage, and even doubted he had left England. THE RIDDLE AND THE KNIGHT sets out to discover whether Mandeville really could have made his voyage or whether, as is claimed, THE TRAVELS was a work of imaginative fiction. Bestselling historian Giles Milton unearths clues about the journey and reveals that THE TRAVELS is built upon a series of riddles which have, until now, remained unsolved.
This is the forgotten story of the million white Europeans, snatched from their homes and taken in chains to the great slave markets of North Africa to be sold to the highest bidder. Ignored by their own governments, and forced to endure the harshest of conditions, very few lived to tell the tale. Using the firsthand testimony of a Cornish cabin boy named Thomas Pellow, Giles Milton vividly reconstructs a disturbing, little known chapter of history. Pellow was bought by the tyrannical sultan of Morocco who was constructing an imperial pleasure palace of enormous scale and grandeur, built entirely by Christian slave labour. As his personal slave, he would witness first-hand the barbaric splendour of the imperial court, as well as experience the daily terror of a cruel regime. Gripping, immaculately researched, and brilliantly realised, WHITE GOLD reveals an explosive chapter of popular history, told with all the pace and verve of one of our finest historians.
'Giles Milton is a man who can take an event from history and make it come alive . . . an inspiration for those of us who believe that history can be exciting and entertaining' Matthew Redhead, The TimesDid you know that Hitler took cocaine? That Stalin robbed a bank? That Charlie Chaplin's corpse was filched and held to ransom? Giles Milton is a master of historical narrative: in his characteristically engaging prose, Fascinating Footnotes From History details one hundred of the quirkiest historical nuggets; eye-stretching stories that read like fiction but are one hundred per cent fact.There is Hiroo Onoda, the lone Japanese soldier still fighting the Second World War in 1974; Agatha Christie, who mysteriously disappeared for eleven days in 1926; and Werner Franz, a cabin boy on the Hindenburg who lived to tell the tale when it was engulfed in flames in 1937. Fascinating Footnotes From History also answers who ate the last dodo, who really killed Rasputin and why Sergeant Stubby had four legs. Peopled with a gallery of spies, rogues, cannibals, adventurers and slaves, and spanning twenty centuries and six continents, Giles Milton's impeccably researched footnotes shed light on some of the most infamous stories and most flamboyant and colourful characters (and animals) from history.