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Old October 15th, 2013, 12:02 PM   #1

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What is the best history book you have read?

Simple, but thought-provoking question. What is the best history book you have ever read?
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Old October 15th, 2013, 12:07 PM   #2

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(more likely not the best I've red, but) the book that marked me : "A bridge too far"
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Old October 15th, 2013, 12:49 PM   #3

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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.
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Old October 15th, 2013, 12:58 PM   #4

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Depends what you want but I have read lots on the Zulu war and this was by far the best

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Old October 15th, 2013, 05:36 PM   #5
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Old October 15th, 2013, 06:17 PM   #6

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My favorite is THE JEWISH WAR by Josephus.

My favorite historical novel is I, CLAUDIUS

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.
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Old October 15th, 2013, 06:49 PM   #7

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The book that fired my never ending interest in the American Civil War and history in general... Bruce Catton's "This Hallowed Ground".
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Old October 15th, 2013, 08:21 PM   #8

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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.
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Old October 15th, 2013, 10:04 PM   #9

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Didn't have to think about that one:

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Old October 15th, 2013, 11:54 PM   #10
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History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon. Historiographically a bit dated, but the language is beautiful, and the scathing and sardonic way he discusses the religious controversies of the early church is entertaining

From more recent books, The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor. It's impressively comprehensive, and I enjoy reading the way he weaves little vignettes based on people's personal accounts into his descriptions of the grand scope of a battle.
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