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Old December 28th, 2012, 02:37 AM   #51

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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Postwar-History-Europe-Since-1945/dp/0143037757/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top"]Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945: Tony Judt: 9780143037750: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/511MmvLHHYL.@@AMEPARAM@@511MmvLHHYL[/ame]

The book is pretty long so that I get to finish it maybe some time in the next summer but the lots of praise in the net about it and the good feeling I've gotten from the first pages I read yesterday tell me that I am in for a treat!
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I'm currently reading this. This book explains how the roots of modern parliamentary democracy traces back to medieval kingship.

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/In-Kings-Shadow-Philip-Manow/dp/0745647677/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356706655&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=In+the+king%27s+shadow+%3A+the+poli tical+anatomy+of+democratic+representation"]Amazon.com: In the King's Shadow (9780745647678): Philip Manow: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61nMWBme3IL.@@AMEPARAM@@61nMWBme3IL[/ame]
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I disagree. Bloody hard work. Let me know how it ends
Well, it ended a bit disjointedly. My edition had three different endings (end of the first edition, end of the post-1st edition extension, and a somewhat non-kosher extension found in his collected writings after his death). It was a journey, but... I'm still digesting whether a book can get away with making the journey the destination.

The foreword author mentioned that some scholars have mentioned the 'Talmudic' nature of the narrative. I'd like to get some Jewish opinions (if we have any?)... Does reading the Talmud prepare one for Kafka?
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I'm currently reading this. This book explains how the roots of modern parliamentary democracy traces back to medieval kingship.

Amazon.com: In the King's Shadow (9780745647678): Philip Manow: Books
Are you sure that the modern parliamentary democracy isn't a product of ancient Greek democracy?:


I just started reading
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Shogun-Tokugawa-Ieyasu-Tuttle-Classics/dp/4805310421/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1356710641&sr=8-2&keywords=tokugawa+ieyasu"]Shogun: The Life of Tokugawa Ieyasu (Tuttle Classics): A. L. Sadler, Stephen Turnbull: 9784805310427: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51U1IXQyjtL.@@AMEPARAM@@51U1IXQyjtL[/ame]

While I'm also re-reading
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Art-Italy-1494-1529-Classic-Reprint/dp/144003785X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356710723&sr=1-1&keywords=the+art+of+war+in+italy"]The Art of War in Italy, 1494-1529 (Classic Reprint): F. L. Taylor: 9781440037856: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41lEZsuuBAL.@@AMEPARAM@@41lEZsuuBAL[/ame]
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Now I am reading 'The Warning: Accident at Three Mile Island' by Mike Gray and Ira Rosen. It starts off well.
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Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945: Tony Judt: 9780143037750: Amazon.com: Books

The book is pretty long so that I get to finish it maybe some time in the next summer but the lots of praise in the net about it and the good feeling I've gotten from the first pages I read yesterday tell me that I am in for a treat!
It's a brilliant book. Judt's knowledge on the politics of culture (and the culture of politics) of this period was second to none.
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That book on Italian warfare looks great, I think I'll read it as well.
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Old December 28th, 2012, 09:44 AM   #58

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About to embark on Volume 2 of Churchill's history of WW2. Bit of a marathon that.

In between I've got Jerome Bruner and Douglas Adams for a bit of light refreshment
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That book on Italian warfare looks great, I think I'll read it as well.
I personally recommend the book: despite its age(if I'm not wrong it was published for the first time during the 30s) it's still one of the best publications about Renaissance warfare, imho THE best for non Italian readers.
One of its strongest points is that Taylor mentions almost every engagements during the timespan 1494-1530(including minor skirmishes and raids), while most books only focus on the major battles of the conflict.
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