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Old March 6th, 2017, 02:45 AM   #91

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Guns, Germs, and Steel

While clearly full of mistakes and oversimplifications it was a marvelous effort to bring some order to history. Instead of just a clarification of disparate evens it proposed answers to the why questions historians are often forbidden to address.

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I can't recommend Victor Davis Hanson's Carnage and Culture enough after reading Guns Germs & Steel. It's pretty much the antidote to the geographical determinism angle of why Westerners project power disproportionate to their numbers.
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Van loon's Lives. Wonderful & Fun book.
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Old March 17th, 2017, 06:59 PM   #93

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Adrian Goldsworthy wrote a bio on Augustus. I thought it was very well written.
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Tuchman always gets a lot of cred in these threads, and I love her prose, but often find it too detailed and artistic for what I want out of a history book, which is boring as hell academia that gets straight and concisely to the point.

More toward that vein my favourite books I've read in the past few years are 'Maps of Time' by David Christian and 'A History of Christianity' by Paul Johnson. Both are just packed with relevant and interesting information, and I came away from both with an enormous amount of understanding about both the world, and Christianity, that I didn't have going in.
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It's difficult to pick just one, but my top three are probably "Scipio Africanus: Rome's Greatest General", by Richard Gabriel, "Caesar" by Adrian Goldsworthy, and "Persian Fire" by Tom Holland.
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For me, it is between Andrew Roberts' Napoleon the Great and Caesar by Adrian Goldsworthy.
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"Waterloo" By Commandant Henry Lachouque. Other books may be more detailed, but the way he tells the story makes you feel you are there on the battlefield, especially as the battle is ending.
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