History is rather contemporary this month at Wellington City Libraries. We have a few of books that highlight the Middle-East and its neighbouring countries: what kind of people its inhabitants are like, how Saddam Hussein came to be captured, and what America’s involvement in Afghanistan has evolved into. Asia is featured with a book on Burma, as well as Africa with South Africa’s brave new world. Empires are not forgotten with books about the emperor Hadrian and the Mongol empire. The bonfire sounds especially interesting if you are into the American Civil war and the fall of Atlanta. And if you want to know what other books we have in store for you, check out this month’s History Recent Picks.