WorldCat Identities

Preston, Diana 1952-

Overview
Works: 49 works in 235 publications in 7 languages and 13,758 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Juvenile works  Military history 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: D592.L8, 940.4514
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Diana Preston
Lusitania : an epic tragedy by Diana Preston( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 2,100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania offers a portrait of early twentieth-century maritime history and the terrible impact of the disaster on the course of World War I
The boxer rebellion : the dramatic story of China's war on foreigners that shook the world in the summer of 1900 by Diana Preston( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and German and held by 1,595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Boxer Rebellion is a panoramic chronicle of the uprising and ensuing two-month siege of the eleven foreign ministries in Peking (now Beijing), and of the foreign community in Tientsin (now Tianjin), during the summer of 1900 - the repercussions of which have echoed throughout the intervening century. It left tens of thousands of Chinese dead, precipitated the end of dynastic rule in China, and has tainted China's relationship with the wider world to this day. It is also a richly human story." "Relying on the diaries, letters, and memoirs of the defenders, and on her own extensive research from both Chinese and Western perspectives, Diana Preston portrays the dramatic human experience of the Boxer rising."--Jacket
Before the fallout : from Marie Curie to Hiroshima by Diana Preston( Book )

18 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 1,341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On December 26, 1898, Marie Curie announced the discovery of radium and observed that "radioactivity seems to be an atomic property." A mere 47 years later, "Little Boy" exploded over Hiroshima. Before the Fallout is the epic story of the intervening half century, during which an exhilarating quest to unravel the secrets of the material world revealed how to destroy it, and an open, international, scientific adventure transmuted overnight into a wartime sprint for the bomb. Weaving together history, science, and biography, Diana Preston chronicles a human chain reaction of scientists and leaders whose discoveries and decisions forever changed our lives. The early decades of the 20th century brought Einstein's relativity theory, Rutherford's discovery of the atomic nucleus, and Heisenberg's quantum mechanics, and scientists of many nations worked together to tease out the secrets of the atom. Only 12 years before Hiroshima, one leading physicist dismissed the idea of harnessing energy from atoms as "moonshine." Then, on the eve of World War II, the power of atomic fission was revealed, alliances were broken, friendships sundered, and science co-opted by world events. Preston interviewed the surviving scientists, and she offers new insight into the fateful wartime meeting between Heisenberg and Bohr, along with a fascinating conclusion examining what might have happened had any number of events occurred differently. She also provides a rare portrait of Hiroshima before the blast. As Hiroshima's 60th anniversary approaches, Before the Fallout compels us to consider the threats and moral dilemmas we face in our still dangerous world. Describes the history of discoveries that led up to the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945
Remember the Lusitania by Diana Preston( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the World War I German torpedo attack on and sinking of the passenger liner, the Lusitania, describing the experiences of some of those involved
A pirate of exquisite mind : explorer, naturalist, and buccaneer : the life of William Dampier by Diana Preston( Book )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 1,275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At a time when surviving a voyage across the Pacific was cause for celebration, William Dampier journeyed three times around the world, sailing more than 200,000 miles in his lifetime and witnessing people, places, and phenomena no European had seen. As a young man he spent several years in the swashbuckling company of buccaneers in the Caribbean and Pacific, learning to survive in their bloodthirsty, uncertain world, before setting off on his first journey around the globe - a many-year odyssey, much of it spent in the theretofore mysterious Pacific and Southeast Asia. Later, his best-selling books about his experiences were a sensation; the vividness of his prose and accuracy of his descriptions put armchair readers in the midst of unknown worlds and introduced many words into the English language, including barbecue, chopsticks, and kumquat. Over time, Dampier's observations and insights influenced generations of scientists, explorers, and writers." "Dampier's powers of observation were astonishing. He was the first to deduce that winds cause currents and the first to produce wind maps across the world, surpassing even the work of Edmund Halley. His insights on land were equally astute: For example, he introduced the concept of the "sub-species" that Darwin later built into his theory of evolution, and his description of the breadfruit was the impetus for Captain Bligh's voyage on the Bounty. Dampier reached Australia eighty years before Cook, and he later led the first formal expedition of science and discovery back to Australia. So influential was Dampier that today he has more than one thousand entries in the Oxford English Dictionary."--Jacket
Taj Mahal : passion and genius at the heart of the Moghul empire by Diana Preston( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 1,010 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A narrative history of the great monument of Moghul India traces the story of the Taj Mahal, built by emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, examining its creation against the backdrop of the history of the Moghul Empire
Cleopatra and Antony : power, love, and politics in the ancient world by Diana Preston( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[This volume presents the story] of the world's best-remembered celebrity couple, set against the political backdrop of their time. In 30 BCE, the 39-year-old queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, took her own life rather than be paraded in chains through Rome by her conqueror, the future first emperor Augustus. A few days earlier, her lover of eleven years, Mark Antony, had himself committed suicide. Historian Diana Preston explores the lives and times of a couple whose names--two millennia later--still invoke passion and intrigue. Preston views this drama as an integral part of the military, political, and ideological struggle that culminated in the rise of the Roman Empire. Cleopatra ruled Egypt with political shrewdness. Her affair with Julius Caesar linked Egypt with Rome; in the aftermath of the civil war following Caesar's murder, her alliance with Antony, and his split with Octavian, set the stage for the end of the Roman Republic.--From publisher description
A higher form of killing : six weeks in World War I that forever changed the nature of warfare by Diana Preston( Book )

13 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In six weeks during April and May 1915, as World War I escalated, Germany forever altered the way war would be fought with poison gas, torpedoes killing civilians, and aerial bombardment. Each of these actions violated rules of war carefully agreed at the Hague Conventions of 1898 and 1907. The era of weapons of mass destruction had dawned. While each of these momentous events has been chronicled in histories of the war, historian Diana Preston links them for the first time, revealing the dramatic stories behind each through the eyes of those who were there, whether making the decisions or experiencing their effect."--
A first rate tragedy : Robert Falcon Scott and the race to the South Pole by Diana Preston( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles Robert Falcon Scott's journey to the South Pole and discusses the circumstances that led to his death
The dark defile : Britain's catastrophic invasion of Afghanistan, 1838-1842 by Diana Preston( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the mid-nineteenth-century war in Afghanistan documents how the British government sought to protect regional interests by attempting to install a puppet ruler only to be defeated by united Afghanistan tribes
Wilful murder : the sinking of the Lusitania by Diana Preston( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and Czech and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A first rate tragedy : Captain Scott's Antarctic expeditions by Diana Preston( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great tragedy that befell the Scott team could have been averted if they could have trudged just 11 more miles. The Norwegian Trygge Gran found their frozen bodies close to the food depot. Diana Preston's story recounts the dramatic events
A teardrop on the cheek of time : the story of the Taj Mahal by Diana Preston( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geschiedenis en achtergronden van de Taj Mahal in India
Taj Mahal : passion and genius at the heart of the Moghul Empire by Diana Preston( Recording )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A narrative history of the great monument of Moghul India traces the story of the Taj Mahal, built by emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, examining its creation against the backdrop of the history of the Moghul Empire
Cleopatra and Antony : the true story of the ancient world's greatest love affair by Diana Preston( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After Julius Caesar's murder, his mistress Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, fled to Alexandria where she gave birth to their son. Civil war broke out in Rome, and Mark Antony, Caesar's friend, was given control over the East. Summoned to his headquarters, Cleopatra made her entry at dusk on a scented, candle-lit barge: and so began one of the greatest love stories of all time. The affair between the ancient world's most famous celebrity couple became all-consuming, leaving them oblivious to the threat of doom building up against them. Now Diana Preston has delved into the real history behind the propaganda and myth surrounding this famous couple, breathing new life into this epic love story
The road to Culloden Moor : Bonnie Prince Charlie and the '45 Rebellion by Diana Preston( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Besieged in Peking : the story of the 1900 Boxer Rising by Diana Preston( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A first rate tragedy by Diana Preston( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On November 12, 1912, a rescue team trekking across Antarctica's Great Ice Barrier finally found what they sought - the snow-covered tent of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott. Inside, they made a grim discovery: Scott's frozen body lay between the bodies of two fellow explorers. They had died just eleven miles from the depot of supplies which might have saved them. Why did Scott's meticulously laid plans finally end in disaster, while his rival, Norwegian Roald Amundsen, returned safely home with his crew after attaining the Pole only days before the British team? In a newly revised an
A brief history of the Boxer Rebellion : China's war on foreigners, 1900 by Diana Preston( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A first rate tragedy : Captain Scott's Antarctic expeditions by Diana Preston( Recording )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great tragedy that befell the Scott team could have been averted if they could have trudged just 11 more miles. The Norwegian Trygge Gran found their frozen bodies close to the food depot. Diana Preston's story recounts the dramatic events
 
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Lusitania : an epic tragedy
Alternative Names

controlled identityRutherford, Alex (Joint pseudonym)

Preston, Diana A.

프레스턴, 다이애나 1952-

Languages
English (176)

German (6)

Italian (5)

Spanish (4)

Dutch (2)

Chinese (1)

Czech (1)

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The boxer rebellion : the dramatic story of China's war on foreigners that shook the world in the summer of 1900Before the fallout : from Marie Curie to HiroshimaRemember the LusitaniaA pirate of exquisite mind : explorer, naturalist, and buccaneer : the life of William DampierTaj Mahal : passion and genius at the heart of the Moghul empireCleopatra and Antony : power, love, and politics in the ancient worldA first rate tragedy : Robert Falcon Scott and the race to the South PoleThe dark defile : Britain's catastrophic invasion of Afghanistan, 1838-1842