What history books have you bought recently? v.2


Ad Honorem
Dec 2011
Iowa USA
Max Hastings, Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-45

Hoping to have some time in January to make a dent in this Hastings' volume. He writes a "deep" but accessible book as a rule.
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Ad Honorem
Sep 2012
I have recently purchased ' Hitler ' by Ian Kershaw, published by Penguin Books, 2009, ISBN 978-0-141-03588-8. It is a single volume biography, amalgamated from the author's earlier books ' Hitler1869-1936: Hubris ' and ' Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis '. 1030 pages thick with a small print, the book might tax your patience but still worth every page. The author gives the personality he is writing about full justice. The earth-shaking events involving Hitler and the world in his times are fully covered. Plenty of photographs and maps, too.


Ad Honorem
Sep 2012
I have recently purchased ' A Thousand Days John Kennedy in the White House ' by Arthur M.Schlesinger Jr., 2002 edition, published by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, New York. It is a big tome, 1087 pages thick, with a small font. it has 37 chapters and cost me INR 887 /- a rather costly thing to buy. Its printed price in US Dollars is 20.99.
I am disappointed by the fact that it contains no photographs. The content is organised disjointedly and the matter is not at all appealing to the non-US reader.
In spite of it being a Pulitzer Prize-winning book, I have not liked what I read so far.
Not recommended.
Jul 2017
I’ve bought:

- Stalin - The court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebastian Montefiore
- U.S. diplomacy from WWI through WWII by Martin Folly and Niall Palmer
- My White House Years by Henry Kissinger
Oct 2015
Hindu Places of Pilgrimage in India: A Study in Cultural Geography
by Surinder Mohan Bhardwaj

Based on author's Ph D thesis in University of California, Berkeley. First published in 1973, revised in 2003.

India was, and continues to be, united by a sacred geography - meaning pilgrim places across the sub-continent which people visit in large numbers. The oldest formal listing of such places - about 270 places - is in the epic 'Mahabharata'. This list certainly predates 500 CE (my estimate). Bhardwaj has attempted to collate identifications with modern places.

He also brings a non-traditional & western way of looking at it: classifies sites by reach (pan-India, regional, local), by hierarchy (most important to lesser ones), by deity worshipped (India has several), and social-class of pilgrims (caste composition) - all this using surveys & numbers.

A rigorous research based book, but may not be interest to many.
Feb 2019
"De Oratore", "Brutus" and "De Natura Deorum" by Marcus Tullius Cicero. These books are historical, because the history of Rome is often learned with their help.