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Yale University Press is a leading publisher of groundbreaking history books.  Our list includes many award-winners, the authoritative Yale English Monarchs series and the much-loved Little Histories books.  With our London office established in 1961, Yale is the only American university press with a full-scale publishing operation in Europe.

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Yale University Press is a leading publisher of groundbreaking history books.  Our list includes many award-winners, the authoritative Yale English Monarchs series and the much-loved Little Histories books.  With our London office established in 1961, Yale is the only American university press with a full-scale publishing operation in Europe.

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A Secret Interrogation Centre in the heart of Kensington in WW2

A Secret Interrogation Centre in the heart of Kensington in WW2

In autumn 1940 British intelligence, MI9, opened a secret interrogation centre on behalf of in the heart of the millionaire enclave of London’s Kensington Palace Gardens. Taking over Nos. 6-7 and 8 & 8a, its commanding officer Colonel Alexander Scotland ensured that the mansion houses were stripped off their former luxury and the ‘cage’ was established as a grim prison. It soon developed ...
D-Day and Intelligence

D-Day and Intelligence

It was the 1st Duke of Marlborough (1715) who once said: ‘No war can be conducted successfully without early and good intelligence.’ That was also the belief of Hugh ‘Quex’ Sinclair (the head of MI6) in 1938 as Britain faced the escalating threat of war from Nazi Germany. Sinclair believed whoever would win the intelligence game would win the war – and with that in mind, he purchased ...
MI9: The Forgotten Secret Service of WWII

MI9: The Forgotten Secret Service of WWII

MI9 is best known for the daring exploits of escape and evasion by soldiers and airmen in the Second World War. New research uncovered in declassified files by Eye Spy associate editor and historian Dr Helen Fry now adds to the superb histories of MI9 written after the war by Airey Neave, and Foot and Langley. It reveals just how important MI9 was for the wider wartime clandestine operations ...
When the Walls Had Ears…..

When the Walls Had Ears…..

As German tanks rolled over the border and occupied Poland on 1 September 1939, one of Britain’s most senior spymasters MI6 intelligence officer Thomas Joseph Kendrick arrived at the Tower of London. Within a special compound, away from the public eye, he opened a unit that would secretly bug the conversations of German prisoners of war in their rooms. Those prisoners were held in the ...
Winceby: The Finest Hour of the Rising Cromwell

Winceby: The Finest Hour of the Rising Cromwell

I have just published a study of the formative years of Oliver Cromwell’s career, up until the end of the Great Civil War in 1646 when he was established as the leading cavalry commander of the victorious Long Parliament, and as such one of its main agents in the military victory over King Charles I. In selecting what might have been his finest hour in that period, it is easy to think first ...
The Making of Global Britain

The Making of Global Britain

Abandoned on the banks of the Benin River in 1553, the first English merchants to travel to West Africa could only look back and reflect that, perhaps, their organisational strategy had not been very effective. Things had started well enough, with a painless departure from Portsmouth leading to rapid progress down the African coast through tropical seas and under a scorching sun. On arrival, ...