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Milton, Giles

Overview
Works: 116 works in 493 publications in 8 languages and 13,650 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Fiction  Miscellanea  Trivia and miscellanea  Biographies  Personal narratives  Juvenile works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Military history 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Creator
Classifications: HD9211.N883, B
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Most widely held works by Giles Milton
Nathaniel's Nutmeg, or, The true and incredible adventures of the spice trader who changed the course of history by Giles Milton( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 1,296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tiny island of Run is an insignificant speck in the Indonesian archipelago--remote, tranquil, and, these days, largely ignored. Yet 370 years ago, Run's harvest of nutmeg (yielding a 3,200% profit by the time it arrived in England) made it the most lucrative of the Spice Islands, precipitating a battle between the Dutch East India Company and the British Crown. The outcome was that Britain ceded Run to Holland but in return was given Manhattan--leading to the birth of New York and to the beginning of the British Empire. This deal was due to the persistence of one man: Nathaniel Courthope and his small band of adventurers were sent to Run in October 1616, and held off the Dutch navy for four years. This book centers on the showdown between Courthope and the Dutch Governor General, and the brutal fate of mariners racing to Run to reap the huge profits of the spice trade.--From publisher description
Big Chief Elizabeth : the adventures and fate of the First English Colonists in America by Giles Milton( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Big Chief Elizabeth is the swashbuckling story of the extraordinary attempts by English adventurers to claim, divide, and colonize what would be the biggest jewel in Queen Elizabeth's crown: North America. From Richard Hore's 1536 journey to the ill-fated Sir Humfrey Gilbert's attempt, to Sir Walter Ralegh's extravagant expeditions to Roanoke Island and Jamestown, which led to the first permanent English settlements in America, Milton tells a tale of startling greed, ruthless ambition, terrible hardship, and horrific wars between settlers and indigenous peoples."
Samurai William : the Englishman who opened Japan by Giles Milton( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1611, the merchants of London's East India Company received a mysterious letter from Japan, written several years previously by a marooned English mariner named William Adams. Foreigners had been denied access to Japan for centuries, yet Adams had been living in this unknown land for years. He had risen to the highest levels in the ruling shogun's court, taken a Japanese name, and was now offering his services as adviser and interpreter. Seven adventurers were sent to Japan with orders to find and befriend Adams, in the belief that he held the key to exploiting the opulent riches of this forbidden land. Their arrival was to prove a momentous event in the history of Japan and the shogun suddenly found himself facing a stark choice: to expel the foreigners and continue with his policy of isolation, or to open his country to the world. For more than a decade the English, helped by Adams, were to attempt trade with the shogun, but confounded by a culture so different from their own, and hounded by scheming Jesuit monks and fearsome Dutch assassins, they found themselves in a desperate battle for their lives. Samurai William is the fascinating story of a clash of two cultures, and of the enormous impact one Westerner had on the opening of the East
Paradise lost : Smyrna, 1922 : the destruction of a Christian city in the Islamic world by Giles Milton( Book )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 882 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Smyrna was the richest and most cosmopolitan city in the Ottoman Empire, its vast wealth created over centuries. Its factories teemed with Greeks, Armenians, Turks, and Jews--a majority Christian city unique in the Islamic world. But to the Turkish nationalists, Smyrna was a city of infidels. In the aftermath of the First World War and with the support of the Great Powers, Greece had invaded Turkey. But by the summer of 1922, as Greek troops retreated, the non-Muslim civilians of Smyrna assumed that American and European warships would intervene if the Turks entered the city. Then, on September 13, 1922, Turkish troops descended. They rampaged first through the Armenian quarter, and then throughout the rest of the city. They looted, raped, and murdered thousands. Soon, all but the Turkish quarter of the city was in flames and hundreds of thousands of refugees crowded the waterfront. The city burned for four days; more than 100,000 people were killed and millions left homeless. Based on eyewitness accounts and the memories of survivors, this book offers a vivid narrative account of one of the most vicious military catastrophes of the modern age--From publisher description
White gold : the extraordinary story of Thomas Pellow and Islam's one million white slaves by Giles Milton( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book reveals a disturbing and long forgotten chapter of history. In 1716, a Cornish cabin boy named Thomas Pellow and 51 comrades were captured at sea by the Barbary corsairs. Their captors--a network of Muslim slave traders--had declared war on Christendom. Thousands had been snatched from their homes in France, Spain, England and Italy and taken in chains to the great slave markets of Algiers, Tunis and Sal ̌in Morocco. Pellow and his shipmates were bought by the tyrannical sultan of Morocco, who was constructing a palace of such grandeur that it would surpass every other building in the world, built entirely by Christian slave labor. Resourceful, resilient, and quick-thinking, Pellow was selected by the sultan for special treatment, and was one of the fortunate few who survived to tell his tale.--From publisher description
Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare : the mavericks who plotted Hitler's defeat by Giles Milton( Book )

12 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and Dutch and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Six gentlemen, one goal: the destruction of Hitler's war machine. In the spring of 1939, a top-secret organization was founded in London: its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler's war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage. The guerrilla campaign that followed was every bit as extraordinary as the six men who directed it. One of them, Cecil Clarke, was a maverick engineer who had spent the 1930s inventing futuristic caravans. Now, his talents were put to more devious use: he built the dirty bomb used to assassinate Hitler's favorite, Reinhard Heydrich. Another, William Fairbairn, was a portly pensioner with an unusual passion: he was the world's leading expert in silent killing, hired to train the guerrillas being parachuted behind enemy lines. Led by dapper Scotsman Colin Gubbins, these men--along with three others--formed a secret inner circle that, aided by a group of formidable ladies, single-handedly changed the course Second World War: a cohort hand-picked by Winston Churchill, whom he called his Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is a gripping and vivid narrative of adventure and derring-do that is also, perhaps, the last great untold story of the Second World War"--
When Hitler took cocaine and Lenin lost his brain : history's unknown chapters by Giles Milton( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Obscure and addictive true tales from history told by one of our most entertaining historians, Giles Milton. The first installment in Giles Milton's outrageously entertaining series, History's Unknown Chapters: colorful and accessible, intelligent and illuminating, Milton shows his customary historical flair as he delves into the little-known stories from the past. There's the cook aboard the Titanic, who pickled himself with whiskey and survived in the icy seas where most everyone else died. There's the man who survived the atomic bomb in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And there's many, many more. Covering everything from adventure, war, murder and slavery to espionage, including the stories of the female Robinson Crusoe, Hitler's final hours, Japan's deadly balloon bomb and the emperor of the United States, these tales deserve to be told"--
Edward Trencom's nose : a novel of history, dark intrigue, and cheese by Giles Milton( Book )

29 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward Trencom's unusual nose--long, aquiline, and bumpy--is the very same nose bestowed on all the Trencom men who have judged (and made) the very best cheeses in the world. But when Edward stumbles on a crate of family papers and discovers the fate of previous generations of his family, he must confront forces that are both mad and bad--and a wrong decision on his part could cost him dearly
Call me gorgeous! by Giles Milton( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What kind of animal has a porcupine's spines and a crocodile's teeth; a flamingo's neck and a toucan's beak; a chameleon's tail and a rooster's feet? Has such a strange thing ever been seen? Fun and unique, like the fabulous beast it conjures up, Call Me Gorgeous! celebrates diversity and the beautiful differences between all creatures
Russian roulette : how British spies thwarted Lenin's plot for global revolution by Giles Milton( Book )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1917, a band of communist revolutionaries stormed the Winter Palace of Tsar Nicholas II, a dramatic and explosive act marking that Vladimir Lenin's communist revolution was now underway. But Lenin would not be satisfied with overthrowing the Tsar. His goal was a global revolt that would topple all Western capitalist regimes starting with the British Empire. This book tells the story of the British spies in revolutionary Russia and their mission to stop Lenin's red tide from washing across the free world. They were an eccentric cast of characters, led by Mansfield Cumming, a one-legged, monocle-wearing former sea captain, and included novelist W. Somerset Maugham, beloved children's author Arthur Ransome, and the dashing, ice-cool Sidney Reilly, the legendary Ace of Spies and a model for Ian Fleming's James Bond. Cumming's network would pioneer the field of covert action and would one day become Britain's Military Intelligence 6 (MI -6) -- book jacket
Samurai William : the adventurer who unlocked Japan by Giles Milton( Book )

23 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and German and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The adventures of William Adams, the Englishman who opened the East. This book illuminates a Jacobean world whose horizons were rapidly expanding and a Japan that was still unknown to the rest of the world
Nathaniel's nutmeg : how one man's courage changed the course of history by Giles Milton( Book )

23 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nathaniel Courthope, and his mission at the beginning of the 17th century, on the Island of Run, one of the Banda Islands (Spice Islands) to obtain the Nutmeg, a valuable spice. This Island was later on exchanged with the Island of Manhattan (New York)
Wolfram : the boy who went to war by Giles Milton( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Allied bombers screamed in from the sea, spilling hundreds of shells onto the troops below. As the air filled with exploding shrapnel, one young German soldier flung himself into a ditch and prayed that his ordeal would soon be over. Wolfram Aichele was nine years old when Hitler came to power: his formative years were spent in the shadow of the Third Reich. He and his parents - free-thinking artists - were to have first-hand experience of living under one of the most brutal regimes in history
When Churchill slaughtered sheep and Stalin robbed a bank : history's unknown chapters by Giles Milton( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection of obscure and addictive true tales from history, Milton presents outrageously unbelievable-- yet true-- stories from history. There's the Russian scientist who attempted to produce a human-ape hybrid; the family who survived thirty-eight days at sea after their ship was destroyed by a killer whale; and Churchill ordered the test of biological weapons using sheep on a small Scottish island
The boy who went to war : the story of a reluctant German soldier in WWII by Giles Milton( Book )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The biography of Wolfram Aichele, the author's father-in-law, which tells of his childhood in Germany as Hitler came to power, and his experiences in Hitler's army on the Russian front and on the beaches of Normandy through the fall of Hitler's regime
White gold : the extraordinary story of Thomas Pellow and North Africa's one million European slaves by Giles Milton( Book )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the summer of 1716, a Cornish cabin boy named Thomas Pellow and fifty-one of his comrades were captured at sea by the Barbary corsairs. Their captors - Captain Ali Hakem and his network of fanatical Islamic slave traders - had declared war on the whole of Christendom. France, Spain and Italy had been hit in repeated raids. England's coastal villages had also suffered a series of devastating attacks. Thousands of Europeans had been snatched from their homes and taken in chains to the great slave markets of Algiers, Tunis and Sale in Morocco. Poked, prodded and put through their paces, they were sold at auction to the highest bidder." "Pellow and his ship-mates were bought by the tyrannical sultan of Morocco, Moulay Ismail, who bragged that his white slaves enabled him to hold all of Europe to ransom. The sultan was constructing an imperial pleasure palace of such scale and grandeur that it would surpass every other building in the world, built entirely by Christian slave labour." "Thomas Pellow was resourceful, resilient and quick-thinking, and was selected by Moulay Ismail for special treatment. As a personal slave of the sultan, he would witness first-hand the barbaric splendour of the imperial Moroccan court, as well as experience daily terror. For twenty-three years, he would dream of his home, his family and freedom. He was one of the fortunate few who survived to tell his tale." "White Gold is an extraordinary and shocking story. Drawn from unpublished letters and manuscripts written by slaves, and by the padres and ambassadors sent to free them, it reveals a disturbing and forgotten chapter of history."--Jacket
Big Chief Elizabeth : how England's adventurers gambled and won the New World by Giles Milton( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1586, Queen Elizabeth I was enthralled by captive American Indian Manteo. Manteo was returned to his homeland as Governor, a gamble that resulted in the first English settlement in the New World. Using first-hand accounts, this book tells a story that was to have an extraordinary twist
Good luck baby owls by Giles Milton( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two baby owls eagerly await the day when they will be grown up enough for their dad to teach them to fly
The ministry of ungentlemanly warfare : Churchill's mavericks : plotting Hitler's defeat by Giles Milton( Book )

4 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Six gentlemen, one goal - the destruction of Hitler's war machine In the spring of 1939, a top secret organisation was founded in London: its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler's war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage. The guerrilla campaign that followed was to prove every bit as extraordinary as the six gentlemen who directed it. Winston Churchill selected them because they were wildly creative and thoroughly ungentlemanly. One of them, Cecil Clarke, was a maverick engineer who had spent the 1930s inventing futuristic caravans. Now, his talents were put to more devious use: he built the dirty bomb used to assassinate Hitler's favourite, Reinhard Heydrich. Another member of the team, William Fairbairn, was a portly pensioner with an unusual passion: he was the world's leading expert in silent killing. He was hired to train the guerrillas being parachuted behind enemy lines. Led by dapper Scotsman Colin Gubbins, these men - along with three others - formed a secret inner circle that planned the most audacious sabotage attacks of the Second World War. Winston Churchill called it his Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. The six 'ministers', aided by a group of formidable ladies, were so effective that they single-handedly changed the course of the war. Told with Giles Milton's trademark verve and eye for detail, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is thoroughly researched and based on hitherto unknown archival material. It is a gripping and vivid narrative of adventure and derring-do and is also, perhaps, the last great untold story of the Second World War
Russian roulette : a deadly game : how British spies thwarted Lenin's global plot by Giles Milton( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"RUSSIAN ROULETTE tells the story of the first global plot and the British spies who were sent to thwart it. 1917, post-Russian Revolution, an unlikely and eccentric band of British spies are smuggled into newly Soviet Russia to thwart Lenin's plan to destroy British rule in India, as a precursor to toppling the democracies of the West. The spies, under Mansfield Cumming, were the unsung founders of the present-day MI6. The Soviet plot was breathtaking in scale: its aim was to destroy British rule in India, as a precursor to toppling the democracies of the West. It was to bring together two deadly forces - Soviet revolutionaries and Islamic jihadis - to form a highly toxic threat. Unbeknownst to Moscow, a small band of British spies had been secretly smuggled into Russia in the aftermath of the 1917 revolution. They were an unlikely group of men: self taught and highly educated. Their boss was endearingly eccentric. Mansfield Cumming was a monocled, one-legged sea captain with a passion for secret inks and homemade explosives. Cumming gave his agents free range to do whatever they wanted once they were inside Soviet Russia: 'Just don't get yourself killed, ' was his only injunction. Over the course of the next three years, his spies would be involved in murder, deception and duplicity on a grand scale. Living in disguise - and constantly switching identities - they would infiltrate Soviet commissariats, the Red Army and Cheka (secret police), and would come within a whisker of assassinating Lenin. The pinnacle of their achievement was to unmask Lenin's plan for global revolution. It would reach its denouement in the Central Asian city of Tashkent. Lenin's global plot would be spectacularly unravelled. Britain's spies proved brilliantly successful in saving the Western world from catastrophe. They found a wholly new way in which to deal with enemies, one that relied on espionage and dirty tricks rather than warfare. As such, they were the unsung founders of today's modern, highly professional secret services and, in their way, inspiration for fictional heroes to follow, from James Bond to Jason Bourne. RUSSIAN ROULETTE draws on little known records from India Political Intelligence that have only recently been released into the public domain, including rare duplicated copies of reports from MI6's closed archives."--Publisher's description
 
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Nathaniel's Nutmeg, or, The true and incredible adventures of the spice trader who changed the course of history
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Giles Milton Brits journalist

Milton, Giles

מילטון, ג׳יילס

מילטון, ג׳יילס סופר בריטי

מילטון, ג'יילס, 1966-

قیلز میلتون

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가일스 밀턴

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Big Chief Elizabeth : the adventures and fate of the First English Colonists in AmericaSamurai William : the Englishman who opened JapanParadise lost : Smyrna, 1922 : the destruction of a Christian city in the Islamic worldWhite gold : the extraordinary story of Thomas Pellow and Islam's one million white slavesEdward Trencom's nose : a novel of history, dark intrigue, and cheeseCall me gorgeous!Samurai William : the adventurer who unlocked JapanNathaniel's nutmeg : how one man's courage changed the course of history