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Old December 11th, 2012, 12:11 PM   #11

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I am only halfway through but I can already say that this is one of the best books I have read in some time. Makes me feel like I should buy more pre-ww1 1900 books asap...

The Vertigo Years: Europe, 1900-1914: Philipp Blom: 9780465020294: Amazon.com: Books
The Vertigo Years: Europe, 1900-1914: Philipp Blom: 9780465020294: Amazon.com: Books

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Old December 13th, 2012, 03:02 AM   #12

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Amazon.com: Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution Through British Eyes (9780393322934): Christopher Hibbert: Books
Amazon.com: Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution Through British Eyes (9780393322934): Christopher Hibbert: Books


It's the first time I've returned to a Hibbert since his French Revolution and Medicis all those numerous years ago - and since then, I've reconciled myself to popular histories in areas of mere interest. In fact, I've come all the more, through my research on the (French) Revolution, to appreciate good narrative all the more, and his was quite unchallenged until Schama's Citizens in 1989. At any rate, it's interesting to have a 'British' perspective on it, unlike reading, say, Gordon Wood.
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About halfway through Mary Lefkowitz's Greek Gods, Human Lives and the book is, as hoped and expected, excellent. (I read her Not Out Of Africa: How Afrocentrism Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History about ten years back and it too was superb.) A sampling of chapter titles, "The Gods in the Iliad", "The Gods in the Odyssey", "The Gods in Drama I: Apollo and Orestes", "The Gods in Drama II: Apollo, Athena, and Others", "The Gods in Hellenistic Poetry", and "The Gods in the Aeneid", gives you an idea of what's covered. Makes a great supplement to anyone's collection of Greco-Roman classics; this old girl really knows her sh--, eh, stuff.

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Old December 16th, 2012, 12:08 PM   #15

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Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol:

Amazon.com: Dead Souls: A Novel (Vintage Classics) (9780679776444): Nikolai Gogol, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky: Books
Amazon.com: Dead Souls: A Novel (Vintage Classics) (9780679776444): Nikolai Gogol, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky: Books


Surprisingly funny and easy to read for a Russian novel written 150 years ago!
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Old December 17th, 2012, 09:24 AM   #16
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Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol:

Amazon.com: Dead Souls: A Novel (Vintage Classics) (9780679776444): Nikolai Gogol, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky: Books

Surprisingly funny and easy to read for a Russian novel written 150 years ago!
Really? A 19th century Russian novelist who's, funny? They're usually so black, pessimsitic...in spiritual angst. What next?...a German standup comic?

Neffa mind "Pleace!" You vill take my vife!
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Old December 18th, 2012, 12:51 PM   #17

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a good read so far yet unfamiliar as 14th-15th century history is an area i have hardly ever read anything on before.

The Rise and Fall of Renaissance France: Amazon.co.uk: R. J. Knecht: Books
The Rise and Fall of Renaissance France: Amazon.co.uk: R. J. Knecht: Books

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Old December 19th, 2012, 03:05 AM   #19

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a good read so far yet unfamiliar as 14th-15th century history is an area i have hardly ever read anything on before.
The Rise and Fall of Renaissance France: Amazon.co.uk: R. J. Knecht: Books
Yes! You can't guess how much this delights me - it's not the best work, and we certainly need a new overview, but it's still reliable and probably the only single text one can even find. I'm mostly just pleased about anyone at all displaying any sort of interesting in something that is incredibly overlooked. Marvellous (with some apologies for getting carried away).
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Having it So Good: Britain in the Fifties: Amazon.co.uk: Peter Hennessy: Books
Having it So Good: Britain in the Fifties: Amazon.co.uk: Peter Hennessy: Books


Pro: Well-balanced assessment from an author who's clearly expert in this field.

Contra: For a book subtitled 'Britain in the Fifties', it doesn't focus enough on the social/cultural arenas.
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