Black History: History in an Hour

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Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

Encompassing everything from immigration to civil war, emancipation, slavery and migration, Black History in an Hour gives you a neat overview of this vast and fascinating subject.

This e-book is a superb introduction to the long and varied history of African Americans.

Know your stuff: read about Black History in just one hour.

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About the author

Rupert Colley was a librarian in Enfield for 22 years until September 2011. A history graduate, he launched the original History In An Hour in 2009 with a website, blog and ‘World War Two In An Hour’ as an iPhone app. He then expanded it to Kindle, iBooks and into the USA with a series of titles, and enlisted new writers by encouraging guest bloggers on the website. History In An Hour was acquired by Scott Pack for HarperPress in 2011.

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HarperCollins UK
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Dec 8, 2011
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History / Africa / General
History / United States / General
Social Science / Slavery
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A fantastic trilogy of historical fiction set in the 20th century.

From 1930s Soviet Union to 1950s communist Hungary via 1940s Nazi Germany, a triple set of novels depicting love, life and survival living under oppression, fear and tyranny.

The Black Maria
‘When love becomes your greatest enemy’

Maria has a past – the sort that, if known, would cost her her freedom. So monstrous her past crime, she is forced to live a lie. Maria marries Petrov, a Party activist, not out of love, but as a means of forming a new identity, to escape her past. Her existence is safe – but dull. Until the day she meets Dmitry.

“I don't recall being quite as thoroughly chilled by Solzhenitsyn's works as I was with Rupert Colley's The Black Maria.”

“I'm seriously in awe. It's a remarkable piece of historical fiction. It's dark, gritty, and really quite disturbing. And heartbreaking at the same time. A brilliant achievement!”

My Brother the Enemy
‘Fear on the streets. Death on every corner. But the real enemy is the brother at his side.’

A story of jealousy, sibling rivalry and betrayal, and a desperate bid for freedom, set against a backdrop of Nazi oppression and war.

“This book not only grabs your mind, but grips your heart and won't let go! Grab the tissue box and hold on.”

“Turbulent historical setting? Check. Vivid descriptions? Check. Realistic and likeable central character? Check. Page-turning excitement? Check. Heart-stopping denouement? Check. Passion, heroism, betrayal? Check, check, and check."

‘Sometimes the simplest of choices can have the most devastating of consequences.
Sometimes falling in love can be a curse.
Sometimes being the hard man is the hardest job.’

Hungary, 1949. George, Eva and Zoltan. Three people trying to live by the rules within a system that demands total obedience. And at the heart of the novel, the everlasting presence of Eva's dead baby - Anastasia.

“Characters come alive -- you get into their heads. They are empathetic or cruel and heartless, but always interesting. There is the dark side of human nature as well as its opposite.”

“Impactful. Heart-wrenching. An important read.”

By Rupert Colley, founder, editor and writer of the bestselling ‘History In An Hour’ series of ebooks and audio, published by HarperCollins.

Historical fiction with heart and drama.

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Мрачная фигура Гитлера – олицетворение кровавой эпохи. О фюрере нацистской Германии написаны горы книг, снято множество фильмов, изучен едва ли не каждый его шаг. Ответы порождали лишь новые вопросы и загадки. Сомнению подвергалось все, начиная с происхождения и фамилии и заканчивая смертью. Как неудачливый австрийский художник стал всесильным вождем, сумевшим буквально загипнотизировать толпы и развязавшим самую страшную войну в истории человечества?
В чем секрет почти мистического воздействия Гитлера на окружающих? Есть ли хоть доля правды в воспоминаниях современников, догадках и предположениях потомков? Беспристрастный рассказ о восхождении Адольфа Гитлера к власти и его крахе поможет читателю увидеть истинное лицо фюрера. 

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