Our end-of-year run collecting gems from the archives continues with history books – from when Anabaptists got violent to the story of Cromwell’s decapitated head
In the next installment of our compilation series, five writers recommend essential reading in that most introspective and untrustworthy of genres – the memoir
The best stories from history lie beyond the margins of textbooks, says the historian. He tells us about five extraordinary tales from the past, from visions of the Virgin Mary to the golden age of American con artistry.
Fear is a great examiner of one's character, argues the World War II veteran and pre-eminent historian of war, Michael Howard. He recommends the best books on war, two on strategy and three on what it's actually like for soldiers and commanding officers.