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A Concise History of the Modern World
1500 to the Present

By investigating the major changes of world history during the past five hundred years, this book provides the necessary global perspective to understand the geopolitical and geoeconomic changes facing us today. We have reached a crucial transitional stage in world history in which the world will no longer be shaped by the single image of western modernism, but increasingly by the image of all cultures and civilizations. The need to take a world view--which this book provides--has become acute.

The Road to Nab End: An Extraordinary Northern Childhood

“Once started, it is impossible to put this book down...the author is a born writer with an eye for character and a natural way of writing...he has the historian’s gift for bringing to life a particular society at a particular time.”

--Alan Bullock, Times Literary Supplement

“A masterpiece.”

--The Independent

“Extraordinarily well written and vividly told, his book is rich in characters, facts, atmosphere, and indomitable spirit.”

--Eric Hobsbawm, The Guardian

“A combination of an almost photographic memory, a wonderful writing gift and a keen eye for personal drama, which even Ibsen would have admired.”

--Robert Oakeshott, Spectator

“Like finding a great recipe or discovering an old movie on video that may have escaped the notice of critics.”

--Gainesville Sun


Beyond Nab End

“A wonderful evocation of a vanished age.”

-- Mail on Sunday

“[Woodruff] is fast becoming a national treasure … [he] is one of the last survivors of an age which has almost vanished from memory.”

--The Times

“A terrific story with an archetypal rags-to riches dimension. It is nostalgic, vivid and charming.”


“Edifying and well written … Woodruff’s writing is fresh, vivid, honest and intelligent.”

--Sunday Times

Vessel of Sadness

"...a masterpiece"

--The Irish Times, Dublin

"An outstanding piece of writing in which a thread of poetic vision runs through the stark realism of remembered experience in the Anzio beach-head. No one who reads it can fail to feel its impact and to be moved afresh by the senseless horrors of modern warfare."

--Blackwoods Magazine

"A remarkable book indeed, bringing us close to the huge face of war ... a splendid reading experience."

--J.B Priestly

"A picture of courage and futility of courage that somehow goes beyond courage and futility. To seize this in words makes the book a tour de force. Reading it is a memorable experience.

--Arthur Wilson, Dartmouth College

"It is a superb book and a horrifying one. There is no contradiction in putting it that way ... this is a book from the master mold ... A noble book."

--C.A.B. Eastern Daily Press

Shadows of Glory

"...from the innocense of lazy college days to the horrors of war ... a passionate book ..."
--Lancashire Evening Post

"A story that revels in the joy and despair of the past."
--The Irish Times, Dublin

"...a highly readable and fascinating story..."
--Historical Novels Review

Paradise Galore

Walter, an idealistic boar, escapes from Mr. Gibbet's farm to search for the Happy Land, where he believes pigs go when they are loaded onto the cart to leave the farm. He is joined by Ali, a cynical camel, and Ding Dong, a complaining donkey (who had never heard of such a place). In their absurdly funny adventures they learn that one animal's idea of bliss is another's poison. It takes an enchanted mouse to lead them to the realization that true happiness lies in coming to terms with life.