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The Shortest History of Germany (Paperback): James Hawes The Shortest History of Germany (Paperback)
James Hawes 1
R211 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R42 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days
Mastering Fear: A Navy SEAL's Guide (Hardcover): Brandon Webb Mastering Fear: A Navy SEAL's Guide (Hardcover)
Brandon Webb; John David Mann
R410 R323 Discovery Miles 3 230 Save R87 (21%) In stock

From New York Times bestselling author and former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb comes a simple yet powerful five-step guide to transforming your life by making your fears work for you instead of against you.

Brandon Webb has run life-threatening missions in the world's worst trouble spots, whether that meant jumping out of airplanes, taking down hostile ships on the open sea, or rolling prisoners in the dead of night in the mountains of Afghanistan. As a Navy SEAL, he learned how to manage the natural impulse to panic in the face of terrifying situations. As media CEO and national television commentator, he has learned how to apply those same skills in civilian life.

Drawing on his experiences in combat and business, along with colorful anecdotes from his vast network of super-achiever friends from astronauts to billionaires, Webb shows how people from all walks of life can stretch and transcend their boundaries and learn to use their fears as fuel to achieve more than they ever thought possible. "Fear can be a set of manacles, holding you prisoner," writes Webb. "Or it can be a slingshot, catapulting you on to greatness."

The key, says Webb, is not to fight fear or try to beat it back, but to embrace and harness it. In the process, rather than being your adversary, your fear becomes a secret weapon that allows you to triumph in even the most adverse situations. In Mastering Fear, Webb and his bestselling coauthor John David Mann break this transformation down into five practical steps, creating a must-read manual for anyone looking for greater courage and mastery in their lives.

Freedom Fighter - My War Against ISIS on the Frontlines of Syria (Paperback, Main): Joanna Palani Freedom Fighter - My War Against ISIS on the Frontlines of Syria (Paperback, Main)
Joanna Palani 1
R240 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R56 (23%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The gripping story of one woman's war against ISIS on the frontlines of Syria. Joanna Palani made headlines across the world when her role fighting ISIS in the Syrian conflict was revealed. She is one of a handful of western women who joined the international recruits to the Kurdish forces in the region and this is the first time her extraordinary story has been told. Inspired by the Arab Spring, Joanna left behind her student life in Copenhagen and travelled to the Middle East in order to join the YPJ - the all-female brigade of the Kurdish militia in Syria. After undergoing considerable military training, including as a saboteur and sniper, Joanna served as a YPJ fighter over several years and took part in the brutal siege of Kobani. Despite her heroism, she was taken in to custody on her return to Denmark for breaking laws designed to stop its citizens from joining ISIS, making her the first person to be jailed for joining the international coalition. In this raw and unflinching memoir, Joanna not only provides an eye-witness account of this devastating war but also reveals the personal cost of the battles she has fought on and off the frontlines.

City of Light - The Making of Modern Paris (Hardcover): Rupert Christiansen City of Light - The Making of Modern Paris (Hardcover)
Rupert Christiansen 1
R444 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R112 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The truth about crime - Sovereignty, knowledge, social order (Paperback): Jean Comaroff, John L. Comaroff The truth about crime - Sovereignty, knowledge, social order (Paperback)
Jean Comaroff, John L. Comaroff
R350 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R73 (21%) Within 4 - 10 working days

In this book, renowned anthropologists Jean and John L. Comaroff make a startling but absolutely convincing claim about our modern era: it is not by our arts, our politics, or our science that we understand ourselves-it is by our crimes. Surveying an astonishing range of forms of crime and policing-from petty thefts to the multibilliondollar scams of toobigtofail financial institutions to the collateral damage of war-they take readers into the disorder of the late modern world. Looking at recent transformations in the triangulation of capital, the state, and governance that have led to an era where crime and policing are ever more complicit, they offer a powerful meditation on the new forms of sovereignty, citizenship, class, race, law, and political economy of representation that have arisen. To do so, the Comaroffs draw on their vast knowledge of South Africa, especially, and its struggle to build a democracy founded on the rule of law out of the wreckage of long years of violence and oppression. There they explore everything from the fascination with the supernatural in policing to the extreme measures people take to prevent home invasion, drawing illuminating comparisons to the United States and United Kingdom. Going beyond South Africa, they offer a global criminal anthropology that attests to criminality as the constitutive fact of contemporary life, the vernacular by which politics are conducted, moral panics voiced, and populations ruled. The result is a disturbing but necessary portrait of the modern era, one that asks critical new questions about how we see ourselves, how we think about morality, and how we are going to proceed as a global society.

The Johannesburg gas works (Hardcover): Monika Lauferts le Roux, Judith Mavunganidze The Johannesburg gas works (Hardcover)
Monika Lauferts le Roux, Judith Mavunganidze; Photographs by David Southwood, Sally Gaule
R435 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R96 (22%) Within 4 - 10 working days

Fourthwall books is pleased to announce the publication of The Johannesburg gas works, edited by Monika Lauferts le Roux and Judith Mavunganidze. The Johannesburg gas works (now Egoli Gas) is a familiar and spectacular industrial landmark in the city. Its dramatic holding towers and redbrick futurist factories are close to the campuses of two universities and within site of the Brixton tower and the buildings of the SABC. Manufacturing at the site came to an end two decades ago and now gas is piped into the towers and from there into the surrounding neighbourhoods for business and residential use. In recent years, the gas works has attracted interest from architects, students, historians and the general public but its now-derelict buildings remain a mystery to most. This new book, the first comprehensive publication on the significant site, tells the story of the gas works and the manufacture of gas in Johannesburg, beginning in 1927. It includes essays by Clive Chipkin and Alex Opper that explore the architectural importance of the incredible buildings, the story of gas production in Johannesburg, the role of gas workers in the industrial development of the city, and the possible future prospects for the site. Maps, drawings and photographs take the reader into the heart of the factory as it was decades ago and as it is today. The Johannesburg gas works is an important contribution to the industrial and architectural history of the city.

Suid-Afrikaanse Vrykorps Van Duits-Suidwes-Afrika (Afrikaans, Paperback): Gordon McGregor Suid-Afrikaanse Vrykorps Van Duits-Suidwes-Afrika (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Gordon McGregor 1
R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Within 10 - 15 working days

Die geskiedenis rondom die Vrykorps en hul alliansie met die Duitse Koloniale Troepe in Duits-Suidwes-Afrika is om verskeie redes interessant – maar die belangrikste hiervan is waarskynlik die feit dat dit die eerste en enigste keer in die geskiedenis was dat Boere hul vaderland, Suid-Afrika, binnegeval het en Boer teen Boer geveg het. Hierdie boek vertel die Vrykorps se storie vanaf hul ontstaan tot hul ontbinding en word toegelig met ’n lys van al die Vrykorpslede, die wapens wat hulle gebruik het, hul range en gedetailleerde inligting oor hul aktiwiteite en die veldslae waaraan hulle deelgeneem het.

The Dynamics of Treason (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Albert Grundlingh The Dynamics of Treason (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Albert Grundlingh
R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Within 10 - 15 working days
Anthony Powell - Dancing to the Music of Time (Abridged, Hardcover, Abridged edition): Hilary Spurling Anthony Powell - Dancing to the Music of Time (Abridged, Hardcover, Abridged edition)
Hilary Spurling
R657 R489 Discovery Miles 4 890 Save R168 (26%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Haabre, the last generation (Foam book): Joana Choumali Haabre, the last generation (Foam book)
Joana Choumali
R700 R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Save R171 (24%) Within 4 - 10 working days

Haabre is a series of portraits of people who represent perhaps the last generation to bear the ritual scarification associated with a number of ethnic groups in various parts of West Africa. These lush images, shot in Choumali’s studio in Abidjan, are accompanied by excerpts of interviews conducted by Choumali with her sitters, which reveal a range of responses to scarification, from pride to ambivalence and even outright rejection of the facial markings. These portraits and texts examine the complex role of tradition in an urban setting such as Abidjan and suggest the shifting nature of the concepts of beauty and identity.

The Testimony Of Steve Biko (Paperback): Millard W. Arnold The Testimony Of Steve Biko (Paperback)
Millard W. Arnold 2
R280 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R39 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

The SASO/BPC trial which took place from October 1974 until December 21st 1974 played an intrinsic role in the surge of Black Consciousness thought. An ideology founded by Stephen Bantu Biko, which wished to relay the unspoken strength and spirit of the African people.

It was seen to be a way of thought developed for the African people to reclaim confidence within their skin tone. As the trail commenced in the year 1974, little was known about the ideology’s founder – Steve Biko, aside from his colleagues and followers of the movement, as his whereabouts and communication had been limited as the Apartheid government had ordered a ban on Biko; thereby restricting his movements and communication with individuals.

When Steve entered the Pretoria courtroom in Pretoria as a star witness to deliver his testimony on Black Consciousness, in the three-month trial; those who had heard of the myth of the man named Biko, got to witness him in court. This, gave traction and new-found understanding to the teachings of Black Consciousness. This book focuses solely on his testimony, as said in his words. The spoken words that ignited the momentum of resistance that could not be stopped.

Die Konsentrasiekampe (Afrikaans, English, Paperback): J.C. Otto Die Konsentrasiekampe (Afrikaans, English, Paperback)
J.C. Otto
R167 Discovery Miles 1 670 Within 10 - 15 working days

Teen die einde van die Anglo-Boereoorlog was terme soos "misdaad teen die mensdom", "oorlogsmisdadigers", volkemoord" en "etniese suiwering" begrippe wat nog ver in die geskiedenis le. Bykans 'n kwart van die konsentrasiekampbevolking het gedurende agt maande in 1901 daar omgekom. Aan die iende van die oorlog sou 29 000 afrikaners, waarvan 22 000 kinders, en moontlik soveel as 18 000 swart mense hulle einde in konsentrasiekapker-howe vind. Die sterftes in die kampe, hele dorpe wat verwoes is, die platteland wat grootskaals ontvolk is, en die vrees dat die "hele Afrikaanse volk kan uitsterf", sou uiteindelik tot die Vrede van Vereeniging lei. Die konsentrasiekampe het in die hart van die Afrikaner 'n vuur van verbittering aangesteek wat dalk nooit geblus sal word nie. As al die smart, smaad en verbittering wat die Afrikaner in sy ganse geskiedenis gely het, lankal vergete sal wees, sal daardie vuur nog vlam, want dit het " 'n merk vir die eeue gebrand op ons volk"(Leipoldt).

The Banker and the Blackfoot - An Untold Story of Friendship, Trust, and Broken Promises in the Old West (Hardcover): J.Edward... The Banker and the Blackfoot - An Untold Story of Friendship, Trust, and Broken Promises in the Old West (Hardcover)
J.Edward Chamberlin
R456 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R112 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The New Rules of War - Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder (Hardcover): Sean McFate The New Rules of War - Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder (Hardcover)
Sean McFate
R553 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R117 (21%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The King and the Catholics - England, Ireland, and the Fight for Religious Freedom, 1780-1829 (Hardcover): Antonia Fraser The King and the Catholics - England, Ireland, and the Fight for Religious Freedom, 1780-1829 (Hardcover)
Antonia Fraser
R555 R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Save R140 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
To the Bush and Back (Paperback): Nico van der Walt To the Bush and Back (Paperback)
Nico van der Walt
R100 R80 Discovery Miles 800 Save R20 (20%) Within 4 - 10 working days

There was a time when the world was still embroiled in the Cold War and when the communist threat was a reality for many South Africans. That was a time when the phrase "going-to-the-bush" had a meaning of its own and when many a South African conscript was obliged to do his "tour" on the Namibian border. This title tells the story about the bush; the war as well as the people. It gives a personal account about a young man who reported for military service with the South African Defence Force in the late 1980's and takes the reader on a tour de force from Basic- and Officers Training all the way to the bush of Namibia and Angola during the last battles of the Border War – including the so-called battle of Cuito Cuanavale. It also details the rigorous training; life in the Caprivi, as well as the constant operational deployments. Furthermore, the title describes the events directly after the war and relates the history of a legendary unit and its people at the time.

The Monk of Mokha (Paperback): Dave Eggers The Monk of Mokha (Paperback)
Dave Eggers 1
R240 R161 Discovery Miles 1 610 Save R79 (33%) Within 7 - 12 working days

From the best-selling author of The Circle - the gripping true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he becomes fascinated with the rich history of coffee and Yemen's central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral home to tour terraced farms high in the country's rugged mountains. He collects samples and organizes farmers and is on the verge of success when civil war engulfs the country. Saudi bombs rain down, the U.S. embassy closes, and Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen with only his hopes on his back. The Monk of Mokha is the story of this courageous and visionary young man following the most American of dreams. 'Extraordinary... No story is more urgent' Observer 'Dramatic, aspirational smartly and engagingly written... Exactly what I want to read right now' The Times 'The antidote to Trumpism... This is a book that celebrates [the] exuberance of the human spirit' Mail on Sunday 'This book... is about the American dream, and the threat that it is under' Spectator 'Remarkable... full of derring-do, tenacity and exceptional luck' Metro

The Women of the Cousins'  War - The Real White Queen And Her Rivals (Hardcover): Philippa Gregory The Women of the Cousins' War - The Real White Queen And Her Rivals (Hardcover)
Philippa Gregory 1
R456 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R164 (36%) Within 7 - 12 working days

#1 "New York Times "bestselling author Philippa Gregory teams with two eminent historians to explore the historical characters in the real-life world behind her Wars of the Roses novels.

PHILIPPA GREGORY and her fellow historians describe the extraordinary lives of the heroines of her Cousins' War books: Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford; Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV; and Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII.

In her essay on Jacquetta, Philippa Gregory uses original documents, archaeology, and histories of myth and witchcraft to create the first-ever biography of the young duchess who survived two reigns and two wars to become the first lady at two rival courts. David Baldwin, established authority on the Wars of the Roses, tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the first commoner to marry a king of England for love; and Michael Jones, fellow of the Royal Historical Society, writes of Margaret Beaufort, the almost-unknown matriarch of the House of Tudor.

In the introduction, Gregory writes revealingly about the differences between history and historical fiction. How much of a role does speculation play in writing each? How much fiction and how much fact should there be in a historical novel? How are female historians changing our view of women in history?

"The Women of the Cousins' War "is beautifully illustrated with rare portraits and source materials. As well as offering fascinating insights into the inspirations behind Philippa Gregory's fiction, it will appeal to all with an interest in this period.

Die Keiser is Kaal (Afrikaans, Paperback): Dirk Hermann Die Keiser is Kaal (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Dirk Hermann
R48 Discovery Miles 480 Within 10 - 15 working days
Indianapolis - The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent... Indianapolis - The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man (Hardcover)
Lynn Vincent, Sara Vladic
R538 R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Save R129 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Jim's War - The saga of one man's struggle against the Nazi hordes (Paperback): J W Pearce Jim's War - The saga of one man's struggle against the Nazi hordes (Paperback)
J W Pearce
R205 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R26 (13%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Until my forties all I'd known about dad's World War 11 `active service' was that he'd enjoyed it. `Best days of my life, son,' he'd always say to the mock despair of his beloved Winnie, my mother. As to what dad had actually done in six and a quarter years of army life, between 1939 and 1946, well Jim had always remained relatively coy about it. This all changed when dad's third-born grandson was given a school project that required an interview with a war veteran. For William Pearce `granddad' was the obvious target, and the war veteran opened up to provide a raft of reminiscences. Now faithfully recorded with word for word accuracy in this, his mainly light-hearted book, 'Jim's War' is a unique account of wartime active service from an ordinary man braver than he would give himself credit for.

From the Hill to the Horizon - Montgomery Bell Academy 1867-2017 (Hardcover): Montgomery Bell Academy From the Hill to the Horizon - Montgomery Bell Academy 1867-2017 (Hardcover)
Montgomery Bell Academy
R562 R445 Discovery Miles 4 450 Save R117 (21%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Ayesha's Gift - A daughter's search for the truth about her father (Paperback): Martin Sixsmith Ayesha's Gift - A daughter's search for the truth about her father (Paperback)
Martin Sixsmith 1
R214 R137 Discovery Miles 1 370 Save R77 (36%) Within 7 - 12 working days

**FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING PHILOMENA, MADE INTO THE AWARD-WINNING FILM STARRING STEVE COOGAN AND JUDI DENCH** Ayesha's Gift is the true story of a young woman, born in Pakistan, living in Britain, whose life is thrown into desperate turmoil by the violent death of her father. The Pakistani authorities talk of suicide, but why would Ayesha's happy, gentle father kill himself? Ayesha's quest to find the truth takes her away from her safe English existence and into Pakistan, where she is met with threats, violence and smiling perjurers. She is warned that her life is in danger; powerful, ruthless men have reasons to want her silenced. But there are things she needs to know, that compel her to press on with her search for the truth. Was her father an innocent victim? Can she continue to revere the image of him she grew up with, that of a good, loving parent? Or will she be forced to accept that her father was not the person she thought he was? As the two countries she had considered home reveal themselves as foreign and inimical, Ayesha is forced to confront the tormented issues of identity and belonging. When she travels to Pakistan, Martin Sixsmith goes with her. A shared tragedy and an unlikely friendship lead them both to question the things that give meaning to their lives, and ultimately find solace in the common human values of kindness and respect. `Written at thriller pace.' Telegraph `Wonderful ... What I find so striking about Ayesha's Gift is that it's a book in which the writer is changed by the writing of the book.' Andrew Marr

Football for a Buck - The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the Usfl (Hardcover): Jeff Pearlman Football for a Buck - The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the Usfl (Hardcover)
Jeff Pearlman 1
R516 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R129 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The compassionate Englishwoman - Emily Hobhouse in the Boer War (Paperback): Robert Eales The compassionate Englishwoman - Emily Hobhouse in the Boer War (Paperback)
Robert Eales
R321 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R39 (12%) In stock

In 1899 the South African war broke out. As the war progressed, in London the upper-class Emily Hobhouse learned of the camps in southern Africa that contained mostly Boer women and children who had been displaced by the hostilities. She was so concerned that she decided to go to South Africa to investigate. By herself and on her own initiative, she travelled by ship to Cape Town, to begin the distribution of aid to these camps. She travelled thousands of kilometres through the war and was appalled by the British army's tactic of clearing the land and herding hundreds of thousands of people into concentration camps, where the awful conditions put the lives of these `refugees' at risk. She urged the local authorities to provide better care and support, but little changed. So she returned to Britain to plead that immediate action be taken. She was met by indifference from the government and vitriol from the press. This remarkable woman was on the wrong side of history. Her heroic mission could unwittingly have brought down the British government, and her story was smothered. In this book, through careful research, her courageous and inspirational work is once again brought to life.

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