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Old October 16th, 2013, 01:32 AM   #11
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My favorite that came out in the last few years was SHADOWS IN THE DESERT, though a few people have bashed it on this site.
That is weird. The book is great though. Definitely a favorite of mine.
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Peter Heather's The Fall of the Roman Empire. I actually haven't read a great many history books from cover to cover. I learn a lot by nibbling at what I find interesting.
He has a newer book.
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Even in Fall of the Roman Empire you could see medieval Europe taking form. I was hungry for more, and the book ended. It seems like this book you linked is a natural progression. I got to read myself a good fantasy, then I'll consider this.
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A book of solid gold!
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Old October 21st, 2013, 03:07 PM   #15
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Charles Hapgood's book, Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings, gives you another view of the history of exploration and the truth about Columbus.
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Old October 25th, 2013, 11:47 AM   #16
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The best history books Iīve read would be Guns of August and Distant Mirror, both written by Barbara Tuchman.
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Old October 25th, 2013, 11:54 AM   #17
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Tom Holland's first two books

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Persian Fire

At the time of reading Persian Fire (a dog eared paperback from a charity shop) I had little interest in anything outside Britain's Tudor/Stuart dynasties.
Holland's writing was so addictive that brand new hardbacks of both were ordered and I've read them a few times each.

Millennium was a bit of a let down.
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There are so many, hard to find one that takes the cake, but, this one
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Far and away, Bernal Diaz's firsthand account of the conquest of Mexico.

An absolutely fascinating work, and nowhere near as dry as most primary sources ... less dry, in fact, than many secondary works written about it. Also surprisingly candid and much less biased than one might expect.
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My favourites are a trilogy of books by Frances and Joseph Gies - Life in a Medieval City, Life in a Medieval Castle, Life in a Medieval Village. They are packed with fascinating information about everyday life which is what I find most interesting.
A longtime favourite of mine, ever since I was young, has been the series by David Macauly, namely Castle, Cathedral, City, Pyramid, and Underground. They're more about architecture and engineering but they show phases of construction and how things were built in illustration, something you don't normally see, but was very much a part of life at the time.
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