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Old April 8th, 2014, 10:15 PM   #31

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Just received this one from my wife:

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/bataille-trois-empires-Alessandro-Barbero/dp/2081289628/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1397715283&sr=8-7&keywords=alessandro+barbero"]La bataille des trois empires: Alessandro Barbero: 9782081289628: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GSucZVAqL.@@AMEPARAM@@51GSucZVAqL[/ame]

Sorry for linking a french title, but I don't find any indications that it has been translated into English.
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Have to give this a review for a journal, so I didn't technically "buy" it:

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I tend to dislike Osprey, but I feel that I need to read a bit more western early medieval history, and I want to see some (literal) colour before I get into the more academic volumes.

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I have this "The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam" Twice a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author Barbara Tuchman now tackles the pervasive presence of folly in governments thru the ages. Defining folly as the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests, despite the availability of feasible alternatives, Tuchman details four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly in government: the Trojan War, the breakup of the Holy See provoked by Renaissance Popes, the loss of the American colonies by Britain's George III & the USA's persistent folly in Vietnam.
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The Chronicles of a Harpurhey Lad
By Joe Kay

I found it in a charity shop sales box for 20p
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The Chronicles of a Harpurhey Lad
By Joe Kay

I found it in a charity shop sales box for 20p
Some of the bargains you can get are outrageous.

I got Gombrich's "Story of Art" for 50c and a leatherbound 1886 edition of Carlyle's collected essays for a euro recently.

After this latest steal I actually told the charity shop he should at least quadruple his average book price - which he promptly did, they're giving away money hand over fist some of them.
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Some of the bargains you can get are outrageous.

I got Gombrich's "Story of Art" for 50c and a leatherbound 1886 edition of Carlyle's collected essays for a euro recently.

After this latest steal I actually told the charity shop he should at least quadruple his average book price - which he promptly did, they're giving away money hand over fist some of them.

Hi Gile

Its because of Kindle and all that.
I prefer the old fashioned way
Something else about these old books you find in charity shops is the photos. Some of them are unavailable now and restricted by copyright. The one I mentioned above has some great old photos (and stories) of the mills
Also you find a lot of local history (industrial revolution where I live) . I found a great book for about 50p or a bar I think it was. Rakings Up by Ammon Wrigley. It isn't the money for me, its that these (working class) men took the time to write it all down. They are some of my favourite and most treasured books. Its like your grt grandad talking to you


"An old song of the dales " I said , "is that twang of thine ; That ever goes deep down in me And warms my heart like wine ;"
Ammon Wrigley

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Hi Gile

Its because of Kindle and all that.
I prefer the old fashioned way
Something else about these old books you find in charity shops is the photos. Some of them are unavailable now and restricted by copyright. The one I mentioned above has some great old photos (and stories) of the mills
Also you find a lot of local history (industrial revolution where I live) . I found a great book for about 50p or a bar I think it was. Rakings Up by Ammon Wrigley. It isn't the money for me, its that these (working class) men took the time to write it all down. They are some of my favourite and most treasured books. Its like your grt grandad talking to you


"An old song of the dales " I said , "is that twang of thine ; That ever goes deep down in me And warms my heart like wine ;"
Ammon Wrigley



Sindane, I'm the same, I have to leaf through a physical copy, feels unreal to me otherwise - and the old photos are a great point too in this regard. But I couldn't tell you the amount of e-books I've downloaded; titles that have been out of print for decades, would otherwise cost you a fortune & unless you've got easy access to the best libraries would remain out of reach indefinitely. We're spoilt today with the choice of old titles online no doubt & kudos to all involved grinding them out. Chap from Belfast was telling me the other week the book trade up there has been decimated with most of the big outlets going under. Dublin is a bit different in that there was always a strong second hand market; Chapters on Parnell Street for instance is one the busiest shops in town. Feast for booklovers really but the old titles you stumble across here seldom involve 'the average working man' telling his tale.

Conditions were so different in England; whereas the Chartists encouraged 'self-improvement', lending libraries and strong trade union solidarity within the pockets of industrialisation (the net effect being self-educated tradesmen who valued their own worth and sat up at candlelight after a twelve hour shift to write and study) the typical 'working class' equivalent in Ireland was still the small peasant and farm labourer - his heroes remained to a large extent the seanachaí story-tellers embedded within the old Gaelic oral tradition.

So, the original 'first-hand' literature from Ireland around this time is 'drawn from the soil' & proliferates with poetry and folklore, as opposed to life in the heaving tenements. Friend of mine, a barman from Antrim, reminded me of this recently, when he had me get a book for him down here in the Folklore Institute - his uncle, Eddie Butcher, was a Derry seanachaí, whom the Institute archival specialist took the trouble to record all his songs & sayings before he passed away.

You can see a copy of it here - "All the Days of His Life" Hugh Shields: Irish Song Collector : Irish Folklore Author

So brought it up and next thing half a dozen old codgers round the bar wanted a copy!! - so after a quick whip round I was dispatched 'back South' to buy up the Institute's remaining stock. Butcher was clearly their 'people's champion'; a walking repository of time's long gone. (No, they never heard of Amazon, either )

Like Butcher, Wrigley too was a hardy son of the soil, I love these lines:-

HIS WAS THE SWEET AND GENEROUS SOUL
THAT LOVED NOT SELF ALONE
BUT TO OUR POORER NATURES GAVE
THE FRAGRANCE OF HIS OWN.

WINDS OF THE PENNINES FRESH AND FREE
YOU WERE EVER GOOD FRIENDS TO ME
OUT ON THE MOORS FROM MORN TILL EVE
HAPPY WITH YOU AND LOATHE TO LEAVE.

SO OVER THE HILLS I'LL TAKE MY WAY
AND MATE WITH THE WILD AND FREE
TILL MY DUST IS FLUNG TO THE WINDS
IN MY HILL COUNTRY



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[ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Herself-Author-Gender-Writing-Imperial/dp/0824831861"]Herself an Author: Gender, Agency, and Writing in Late Imperial China: Amazon.co.uk: Grace S. Fong: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51qAdsnq97L.@@AMEPARAM@@51qAdsnq97L[/ame]

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Expanding my horizons a little bit. Since my degree is geared far more towards modern and early modern China, I'm finding myself having to tackle a lot more late Imperial as opposed to early medieval topics.

Just managed to get the last one at a bargain price too, very pleased with that. A Brill title for £15 is a very rare thing...

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