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Historical Book Recomendation Thread

Discussion in 'World History' started by Babbler, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. Dachs

    Dachs Intelligence Officer

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    I hear Yarshater wrote a pretty good history, but have only read excerpts myself. Cheezy should know.
     
  2. Huayna Capac357

    Huayna Capac357 Chieftain

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    Anyone know any more good books about Mesoamerica or the Andes (I have finished 1491 and I am still intrigued :D)
     
  3. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    Lindsay Allen's The Persian Empire is on my wish list, it looks pretty good IMO. I have not investigated it, though.
     
  4. Azale

    Azale Chieftain

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    Got through most of The Third Reich: A New History. Some parts are written pretty well and the analysis is sound, though it gets bogged down and is kinda hard to read in certain parts. I would suggest it over Rise & Fall of the Third Reich however.

    I'll pick up the last 200 pages (Holocaust stuff mainly) when I'm done with Hobsbawm's series, which I've started on because of the recommendations in this thread :)
     
  5. Julian Delphiki

    Julian Delphiki Anton's key

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    I think those 2 go together very well, having that 50 years span between them.

    Noted, cheers.
     
  6. Birdjaguar

    Birdjaguar Entangled Retired Moderator Supporter

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    Have your read "Aztec"? It is historical fiction, but quite good.
     
  7. Mowque

    Mowque Hypermodernist

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    If that is one I'm thinking of, great book!. Picked it up at a yard sale for a nickel.
     
  8. Birdjaguar

    Birdjaguar Entangled Retired Moderator Supporter

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    By Gary Jennings.
     
  9. Huayna Capac357

    Huayna Capac357 Chieftain

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    Any others? From your avvie and username, I thought you my know, B.j.
     
  10. Birdjaguar

    Birdjaguar Entangled Retired Moderator Supporter

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    Daniel Peters wrote three, one on each of the major precolumbian cultures. I liked them all, but his "Incas" was the best.
     
  11. JonathanStrange

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    Currently reading: Byzantium The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin

    I'm thinking of ordering E. Luttwaks' The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire but although I've read approximately two dozen or moree nonfiction books on Roman history, leaders, army, battles, etc., I'm thinking this might be a little dry. Any thoughts?
     
  12. Dachs

    Dachs Intelligence Officer

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    Ew. Sorry. :p I like Treadgold better.
    Was dry. Also was extremely helpful and quite elucidating. I personally think it'd be better to get it from your local library (I did) but if you must, purchase it.
     
  13. GoodGame

    GoodGame Red, White, & Blue, baby!

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    What'd be a good casual read on the history of the development of legal systems---preferably starting from pre-Roman times.

    What'd be the same for militaries, preferably focused on ancient times and discussing development of weapons and tactics mostly?
     
  14. Mowque

    Mowque Hypermodernist

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    reading Empire by Dominic Lieven
     
  15. Dachs

    Dachs Intelligence Officer

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    Archer Jones' Art of War in the Western World would be good.
     
  16. Stolen Rutters

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    Read 1491, just finished it, liked it.

    Just picked up Devil in the White City by Erik Larson to read again... really loved it the first time.

    Also, just bought 1776 by David McCollough. I hear it's really good. I'll get to it after the Larson book.
     
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    I have read several of his books (1776, John Adams, Mornings on Horseback, am about to start Truman). He is an amazing author. It reads like a good novel, but he's also solid on the history.
     
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    Have been reading A World At Arms, pretty decent, although it focuses mostly on politics and such.
     
  19. Dachs

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    The Weinberg book? Yeah, that's pretty good. :goodjob:
     
  20. Sharwood

    Sharwood Rich, doctor nephew

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    Since we seem to be on the topic of books that read like fiction but are good history, Schindler's Ark (now often published as Schindler's List because of the film) by Thomas Keneally is a fantastic book. I recommend it even for people with no interest in the period, and those who are so knowledgeable about it that they won't get much new info from it.
     

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