the pick of non-fiction releases
Praetorian: The Rise and Fall of Rome’s Imperial Bodyguard Guy de la Bédoyère Yale University Press, February 28
A history of the Praetorian Guard, which was founded by Emperor Augustus in 27 BCE, but slowly became a political force as well as a military one. A tale of jealousy, subterfuge and power.
The Spy Who Loved Castro: How I Was Recruited by the CIA to Kill Fidel Castro Marita Lorenz Ebury Press, March 2
Marita Lorenz tells the extraordinary story of her life: a Nazi concentration camp survivor; CIA recruit in Cuba, lover of a former Venezuelan dictator; and police informant.
Out of China: How the Chinese Ended the Era of Western Domination Robert Bickers Allen Lane, March 30
With a resurgent Chinese nationalism fed on a diet of stories of past humiliations, Bickers explains how China’s government has regained control over all external threats to its sovereignty this century.