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Old October 25th, 2013, 12:14 PM   #21
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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.
David Macauly is one of my favorites too
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Old October 29th, 2013, 08:56 AM   #22
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Undaunted Courage, by Stephen Ambrose
One of my favorites. Not only explains Lewis and Clarks trip but gives great detail about the period and preparation.


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Old November 19th, 2013, 08:28 AM   #23
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The History of the Peloponnesian War

By Thucydides

Written 431 B.C.E

Rex Werner translation.
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Old November 19th, 2013, 04:32 PM   #24

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[ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Europe-Under-Old-Regime-Eighteenth/dp/B002SPX016/ref=pd_rhf_se_p_t_2_ZMQD"]Europe Under the Old Regime: Power, Politics, and Diplomacy in the Eighteenth Century Unabridged (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Albert Sorel, Charlton Griffin: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41UW4Mwwa-L.@@AMEPARAM@@41UW4Mwwa-L[/ame]


If Sorel were alive today he'd probably be doin stand-up tearing strips off "the establishment"; the quintessential deconstruction of the ancien regime, every page a withering putdown for some autocrat or other; astonishing breadth of knowledge & never just a flat arrangement of data, like he has all the pulsing lineaments of post-Reformation Europe laid out as simultaneity in his brain.

Scarce a setback for democracy he doesn't construe as a personal affront; like all the dodgy machinations of absolutism so long as they occurred within an essentially unpoliced international order could only be a collective time-wasting drain on the human race - i.e. without the binding intervention of the FR's 'levelling principles' all ultimately pre-oedipalised brats throwing their rattlers at one another.

Outrageous psychologising of course + scores of falsehoods & dodgy inferences but the fluidity of argument makes up for it all; like it all rushed out of his fevered skull in the space of a fortnight, a tale so urgently told - oh ye scribblers where is your emergency!!

Can't bate it anyhows.
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Old November 19th, 2013, 06:53 PM   #25
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The best was probably Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man: Walter Stahr. But my favorite might be The Raven by Marquis James. The first for it's wealth of knowledge that I learned about the title character, the latter for its exciting plot, dashing characterization, and humorous writing.
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A book of solid gold!
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The cover looks interesting. But what's the English translation of it?
Most people around here don't speak Finnish (well, I think it's finnish)
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Old November 20th, 2013, 02:11 AM   #27

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I have read - and still own - literally hundreds of history books, but my main focus of interest has been the modern era, with a particularly pronounced interest in the Second World War. My choices will inevitably reflect this.

I would include five biographies amongst them:-

A two volume biography of Adolf Hitler by Ian Kershaw
A biography of Joseph Stalin by Robert Service
Winston Churchill by Roy Jenkins
Mao by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday
Margaret Thatcher by John Campbell

Others include a history of World War 2 by Martin Gilbert, and another of World War 1 by the same author.

A history of the world by J M Roberts, and a history of Europe by the same author.

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer

The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James

Battle Cry of Freedom by James M McPherson

The Last Battle by Cornelius Ryan

Israel by Martin Gilbert

And I will stop at these last three by Max Hastings - All Hell Let Loose, Armageddon, and Nemesis
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It is very difficult to pick a very best out of those, but if I had to I would name the two volume biography of Adolf Hitler by Ian Kershaw, easily the best biography of the life and times of this massive historical figure that I have thus far ever read. I doubt that it will ever be surpassed, unless some whole heap of new information were ever to be brought forward.

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The cover looks interesting. But what's the English translation of it?
Most people around here don't speak Finnish (well, I think it's finnish)
Im not sure, maybe it has an English translation but yeah its Finnish
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