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: Nov. 7, 2017

"A wonderful look into the beginnings of Australia and the remarkable strength of the survivors of these dangerous voyages."
A British historian recounts the links between the founding of the British penal colony in Australia and the mutiny on the Bounty. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A harrowing—and, in this era of drones, absolutely pertinent—look at the rapacious reaches of man's murderous imagination."
A British historian of considerable breadth and accomplishment, Preston (The Dark Defile: Britain's Catastrophic Invasion of Afghanistan, 1838-1842, 2012, etc.) focuses on three wartime innovations that elevated to new heights mankind's ability to slaughter itself: submarines, zeppelins and poison gas.Read full book review >
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

"The dramatic cover will entice readers, and the exciting narrative will keep them riveted. (appendix, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
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

"Preston gracefully retells that stirring, unmistakably heroic, and sadly doomed adventure for a new generation."
An imaginative, sympathetic biography of the famous and ill-fated Antarctic explorer. Read full book review >