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Crowdsourced History Reading — Supplemental List

Off my shelves as listed there and without regard to topical overlaps etc.: WOMEN Freya Stark: The Valleys of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels Freya Stark: Perseus in the Wind: A Life of Travel Stacy Schiff: Cleopatra Kara Cooney: When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt Elizabeth Norton: Elfrida: The First Crowned […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — Miscellaneous Further Addenda

TRAVEL HISTORY * Colin Thubron – The Lost Heart of Asia (Central Asia; post-USSR trip with historic sidelights) * Mark Twain – A Tramp Abroad (19th century; Germany, Austria, Italy) * David Dary – The Santa Fe Trail: Its History, Legends, and Lore (19th century; US) * Terry Townsend – Jane Austen’s Hampshire (19th century; […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 10: Stragglers and Addenda

* 5 books that didn’t seem to fit onto any other list, and * 3 addenda which will also go, retroactively, onto the “first hand accounts”, “women’s history” and “literary and cultural history” lists.   THE STRAGGLERS * David P. Silverman: Ancient Egypt * Linda Schele & David A. Freidel: A Forest of Kings: The […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 9: Primary Sources

This is largely a recap; most of these have already appeared on one or several other lists.  So instead of cross-referencing, this time I’m just going to put the new entries in bold. (Note: These are primary sources other than first hand accounts.) * Cicero: An Attack on an Enemy of Freedom (Philippicae) * Suetonius: […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 8: At Home and Abroad

Cross-references to my other topical lists, as always, marked with the addition “cf.” AT HOME: REGIONAL AND LOCAL HISTORY * Peter Ackroyd: London: The Biography (London through the ages, from Roman times to present day) * Anna Quindlen: Imagined London: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City (London through the ages — cf. list […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 7: Literary and Cultural History

Literary biographies and other works on literary history — as opposed to literary criticism. Cross-references to my other topical lists, as always, marked with the addition “cf.” LITERARY HISTORY Stanley Wells: * Shakespeare: For All Time * Shakespeare: A Life in Drama * Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide * The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare * Shakespeare […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 6: American History

Cross-references to my other topical lists, as always, marked with the addition “cf.” * David McCullough: 1776 and John Adams (Wars of Independence / Foundations of Nationhood / First Presidents) * Joseph J. Ellis: Founding Brothers:The Revolutionary Generation and American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson (Wars of Independence / Foundations of Nationhood / First […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 5: WWII / National Socialism

Cross-references to my other topical lists, as always, marked with the addition “cf.” * Milton S. Mayer: They Thought They Were Free * Joachim Fest: Hitler and Der Untergang (Inside Hitler’s Bunker) * Eugen Kogon: Der SS-Staat (The Theory and Practice of Hell) * Guido Knopp: Hitlers Helfer (Hitler’s Henchmen) * Hannah Arendt: Eichmann in […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 4: History of the British Isles

RECAP: ALL BOOKS BY … * Antonia Fraser (women’s history, Tudors & Stuarts) * Ian Mortimer (British history, particularly Middle Ages) * Dan Jones (ditto) * Stanley Wells (Shakespeare; everything from biography and history to criticism) * Christopher Hibbert (British and Italian history) * John Julius Norwich (British and Mediterranean history) — for all of […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 3: First Person Accounts

Memoirs / autobiographies, diaries, correspondence, and journalism. Again, cross-references to my other topical lists are marked with the addition “cf.” * Plato: The Last Days of Socrates * Pliny the Younger: Letters * Pierre Abélard: Historia calamitatum (Histoire de mes malheurs / History of My Misfortunes), and Abélard & Heloise: Correspondence * Samuel Pepys: Diary […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 2: Women’s History

.. including a selection of first person accounts and primary historical source texts. Cross-references to my other topical lists are marked with the addition “cf.” * Antonia Fraser: all books (women’s history, Tudors & Stuarts — cf. list no. 1, “Bulk Entries and Basics”) * Joyce A. Tyldesley: Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 1: Bulk Entries and Basics

I’m going to split up my submissions for the crowdsourced history reading list initiated by Chris into several topical lists (with cross references), beginning with the authors and book series I’m submitting in toto, as well as some basic reference material.  So: ALL BOOKS BY … * Antonia Fraser (women’s history, Tudors & Stuarts) * […]

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Crowdsourced BookList: A Shorthand Quickie Towards the 1001 (Part 2: Mysteries / Crime Writing)

Patricia Wentworth: Miss Silver series (The Clock Struck Twelve, Latter End) Sharyn McCrumb: The Ballad of Frankie Silver Georgette Heyer: Envious Casca Martha Grimes: Man With a Load of Mischief, Old Fox Deceiv’d, Jerusalem Inn, Old Silent (Inspector Jury) Elizabeth George: A Great Deliverance, For the Sake of Elena (Inspector Lynley) John Grisham: A Time […]

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Crowdsourced BookList: A Shorthand Quickie Towards the 1001 (Part 1)

While I’m working on completing the spreadsheet, for the time being I’m going to do a quickie and just list my “towards the 1001” additions — I’ll come back and comment on the individual books later; but there’s only so much I can accomplish at any given time.  So here goes: Part 1, General Fiction […]

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Crowdsourced: More Books with a Difference — Fiction

You asked, Moonlight Reader?  To quote from one of my additional entries below:  “As you wish …” Without any further ado: Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies When Lillelara added A Place of Greater Safety to her list, I could have kicked myself —  because Hilary Mantel’s Cromwell books were definitely among […]

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Books With a Difference

Responding to Moonlight Reader’s “call for papers (= titles / authors)” — there are quite a number of excellent lists out there already; anyway, here’s my contribution … or a first draft, at least.  Links go to my reviews (or status updates / summary blog posts / author pages) to the extent I’ve posted any. […]

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Books With a Difference

Responding to Moonlight Reader’s “call for papers (= titles / authors)” — there are quite a number of excellent lists out there already; anyway, here’s my contribution … or a first draft, at least.  Links go to my reviews (or status updates / summary blog posts / author pages) to the extent I’ve posted any. […]

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