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Old December 22nd, 2012, 09:16 PM   #31

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The pelopeonesian war by donald kagan.

Can't figure out how to set up that link with the picture though
I've been meaning to read that, is it any good? I read Thucydides several years ago and LOVED it (despite his "dry" writing style--I didn't think it was as bad as people made it out to be). The Landmark Thucydides (and every other Landmark book that's out now, I think there are four or five of 'em) is amazing.
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 12:50 AM   #32

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I just finished reading this book.
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Yoshimasa-Silver-Pavilion-Creation-Perspectives/dp/0231130570?tag=upsideout-20"]Amazon.com: Yoshimasa and the Silver Pavilion: The Creation of the Soul of Japan (Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture) (9780231130578): Donald Keene: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41PR2WGKSRL.@@AMEPARAM@@41PR2WGKSRL[/ame]

At present I am reading these two books

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Tsumi-Offence-Retribution-Early-Japan/dp/0700717080/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356252491&sr=8-1&keywords=Tsumi+offence+and+retribution"]Tsumi - Offence and Retribution in Early Japan: Yoko Williams: 9780700717088: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41BR2MA4EML.@@AMEPARAM@@41BR2MA4EML[/ame]


[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Six-Dynasties-Civilization-Early-Chinese/dp/0300074042/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356252572&sr=1-1&keywords=Six+Dynasties+Civilization"]Six Dynasties Civilization (Early Chinese Civilization Series): Professor Albert E. Dien: 9780300074048: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51k7IY1j0cL.@@AMEPARAM@@51k7IY1j0cL[/ame]



http://www.amazon.com/Age-Ideology-Political-Thought-Foundations/dp/0130184993/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356252750&sr=1-4&keywords=the+age+of+ideology-political+thought


[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Age-Idealogy-Political-Thought-Present/dp/B000LBECVQ/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356252833&sr=1-5&keywords=Frederick+M.+Watkins"]The Age of Idealogy - Political Thought, 1750 to Present: Frederick M. Watkins: Amazon.com: Books[/ame]

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Old December 23rd, 2012, 03:05 AM   #33
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I think I never get over Lolita - the work, of course, not the girl. There are few breathtaking openings, and it's one of them, even when translated into another language (well, I especially mean the French, although the English is to my ears the superior):
Indeed. I read the first paragraph on Amazon and was very impressed. It conveys so much information in such a poetic manner. The flow is brilliant.
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Old December 27th, 2012, 08:41 AM   #34
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The pelopeonesian war by donald kagan.

Can't figure out how to set up that link with the picture though
Excellent choice. Bought it new 7 or 8 years ago and liked it so much that when spotting Kagan's name on a book cover (The Fall of the Athenian Empire: A New History of the Peloponnesian War) while exiting the building at my county library's annual Spring book sale, I picked it up, glanced at the jacket for a mere 10 or 15 seconds and bought it right then and there. As far as historians go, Kagan is to ancient Greece as Adrian Goldsworthy is to ancient Rome.
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I've got a bit stalled on Mark Steel's irreverent take on the French Revolution, so I'm currently reading 'The Particle at the End of the Universe' by Sean Carroll, about the Large Hadron Collider.

Although it's about particle physics rather than history, I thoroughly recommend it.
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...I'm currently reading 'The Particle at the End of the Universe' by Sean Carroll, about the Large Hadron Collider.

Although it's about particle physics rather than history, I thoroughly recommend it.
Uh-huh... sure... I'll make a mental note to pick up a copy either today or tomorrow and breeze through it in one sitting this upcoming Sunday afternoon -- if, that is, time permits and it doesn't interfere with the half dozen or so books on quantum mechanics and astrophysics I've got to "knock off" before the weekend arrives.

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Uh-huh... sure... I'll make a mental note to pick up a copy either today or tomorrow and breeze through it in one sitting this upcoming Sunday afternoon -- if, that is, time permits and it doesn't interfere with the half dozen or so books on quantum mechanics and astrophysics I've got to "knock off" before the weekend arrives.

jus' kid'n'...
That's the thing, I've got no scientific background at all but it is a really enjoyable read. It's part biography, part history and part popular science, but even the complicated bits are explained well enough to be understood by this layman, at least.
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That's the thing, I've got no scientific background at all but it is a really enjoyable read. It's part biography, part history and part popular science, but even the complicated bits are explained well enough to be understood by this layman, at least.
And that's exactly what I thought was going to be the case with Darwin's Origin of Species: a relatively easy read seeing as how it was penned in the 19th century with the lay public in mind as its primary -- though not exclusive -- readership; but boy was I wrong. I was lost almost from the git-go. I just don't have a scientific mind is all...
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I've got a bit stalled on Mark Steel's irreverent take on the French Revolution, so I'm currently reading 'The Particle at the End of the Universe' by Sean Carroll, about the Large Hadron Collider.

Although it's about particle physics rather than history, I thoroughly recommend it.
Is that Mark Steel the comedian? I thought his "Lectures" series was excellent.
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Is that Mark Steel the comedian? I thought his "Lectures" series was excellent.
It is, yes; the book is good, I just put it down a few weeks ago and have got distracted before picking it up again.
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