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The Phantom Army of Alamein New book by Rick Stroud: The Phantom Army of Alamein

The book tells for the first time the full story of how some of Britain's most creative men put down their brushes, pencils and cameras to join the rest of the world in the fight against the Nazis and played a vital role in the winning of the war.

This beautifully told story outstrips the standard of many of the WW2 books I've seen recently and is an exercise in finding the right blend of unusual subject and solid research mixed with plain good old fashioned intelligent writing. I can't fault it - Mark Barnes, War History Online

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New book by Victor Gregg & Rick Stroud: Rifleman: A Front Line Life

Erudite, elegant and entertaining. Rick Stroud flies you to the moon and lets you play among the stars - Ben Schott

A miscellany with attitude that's great for dipping in and out of - New Scientist

For stargazing on a distant beach, The Book of the Moon by Rick Stroud provides the perfect balance of lunar fact and fancy - Helen Brown, The Saturday Telegraph

Rick Stroud really understands the magnificent desolation of the moon - Buzz Aldrin

Rick Stroud's The Book of the Moon is an incredibly comprehensive look at all things lunar... Compulsively readable - Bookslut.com; click here to read the review

The most surprising, capacious and elegant book about the Moon you could imagine. Stroud is a connoisseur of Moon spells and werewolves, a student of Ptolemy and Democritus and through him you see how the life of the moon accords with our deepest humours - Andrew O'Hagan, London Review of Books
The Book of the Moon, front cover The Book of the Moon by Rick Stroud is an utterly original and absorbing account of all things lunar. A book that celebrates the physics that created the moon, the technology that took us there and revels in its magic and mystery.

The Book of the Moon's publication coincides with the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing and the 400th anniversary of Gallileo's map of the moon - the first to be drawn with the aid of a telescope.

'This book is destined to be read by generations of schoolboys, their brothers, uncles, fathers and friends. It will be stolen by their sisters, borrowed by their aunts and hidden by their mothers. This book is a list of everything you would ever want to know about the Moon and a description of all you ever thought you needed to know. A book that will bring you as close to standing on the Moon as you can get without actually going there.'
Opening with a description of what the moon is, how it was formed and what it has become, the book then turns to man's fascination with the Earth's satellite - from Babylonian astronomers thousands of years before Christ, to the Greek, Roman and Arab scientists and on to the astronomers and astronauts of our own time. The book describes the moon's gods and myths, forces that have influenced civilisations and cultures the world over.
The Book of the Moon then describes the moon's role in astrology and its influence on medicine, psychology and agriculture. The eight chapters are accompanied by original lists, intriguing statistics and and over two hundred compelling images. Click on each chapter on the right to view a summary:
Astronauts, Cosmonauts and Lunar Exploration Astronomers and Mapping Facts and Figures Gardening and the Weather
Gods and Myths Magic. The Occult, Astrology, Alchemy, Prophecy, Fortune Telling, Spells and Superstition Medicine. Madness, Werewolves and Science Miscellany. Fascinating Facts about the Moon in our Life and Culture
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Book Contents
1. Astronauts, cosmonauts and lunar exploration

2. Astronomers and mapping

3. Facts and figures

4. Gardening and the weather

5. Gods and myths

6. Magic, the occult, astrology, alchemy, prophecy, fortune telling, spells and superstition

7. Medicine, madness, werewolves and science

8. Miscellany. Fascinating facts about the moon in our life and culture
Click below to order your copy of The Book of the Moon. The book was released on the 7th of May 2009 in the UK and on the 23rd of June in the US:
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