Books by Diana Preston

Born and raised in London, Diana Preston studied Modern History at Oxford University, where she first became involved in journalism. After earning her degree, she became a freelance writer of feature and travel articles for national UK newspapers and maga

Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"Preston brings this obscure, ill-begotten conflict to a lively, pertinent center stage."
An earlier invasion of Afghanistan by the British offers some enlightening lessons for American readers in this nicely encapsulated study by a British historian. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2009

"Preston ably conveys her admiration for the Egyptian queen."
Historian Preston (Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima, 2005, etc.) casts Cleopatra as the fulcrum of power in the one of the world's first power couples. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2007

"<\b>Perhaps more than some architecture buffs may bargain for, but enriching in its historical sweep and context."
The legendary shrine to love and power viewed as a defining statement of two centuries of Moghul rule in India. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2005

"A touch narrower than Gerard DeGroot's indispensable The Bomb: A Life (p. 31), but still a useful, very accessible summary of things atomic."
Science is a cumulative and collaborative process, even when it's put to the job of killing people. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2004

"Yeomanly treatment of a man who "wanted desperately to make his fortune but was seduced by the quest for knowledge." (65 b&w illustrations, 12 maps)"
Rich with incident and novelty, the life of a swashbuckler whose exploits and writings impressed generations of readers, including Darwin and Humboldt, though he's little remembered today. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2003

In 1915, three years after the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage, the Lusitania was preparing for her 101st eastward crossing of the Atlantic. Read full book review >

LUSITANIA by Diana Preston
Released: May 7, 2002

"Top-drawer military history, engagingly told."
A vivid reconstruction of the famed ocean liner's demise and its history-altering consequences. Read full book review >
Released: June 20, 2000

"A colorful and well-presented treatment of a crucial turning point in history. "
A popular history of the Boxer Rebellion, which took place a century ago this year, brings its events to life Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

An imaginative, sympathetic biography of the famous and ill-fated Antarctic explorer. Read full book review >