Crowdsourced History Reading — Miscellaneous Further Addenda


* 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; England)
* Elizabeth von Arnim – The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rügen
(19th century; Germany)
* Victor Hugo – Le Rhin (The Rhine: A Tour from Paris to Mayence by the Way of Aix-la-Chapelle)
(19th century; France and Germany)
* Thomas Jefferson – Memorandum on a Tour from Paris to Amsterdam, Strasburg, and back to Paris
(18th century; France, Germany,  and Netherlands)
* Annette Fimpeler – Die Schifffahrt und ihre Fahrzeuge auf dem Niederrhein
(Middle Ages through 19th century; Germany and Netherlands — unfortunately not in English)



* Isak Dinesen – Out of Africa / Shadows on the Grass
(20th century; Kenya)
* Gregory Doran, Antony Sher – Woza Shakespeare!: Titus Andronicus In South Africa
(20th century; South Africa during Apartheid / touring Shakespeare)
* Bernal Díaz del Castillo – Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España
(16th century; the classic eyewitness account of the conquest of Mexico)
* Gabriel García Márquez – Vivir para contarla (Living to Tell the Tale)
(20th century; Colombia)
* Xinran – The Good Women of China
(20th century; China)
* Reginald Fleming Johnston – Twilight in the Forbidden City
(20th century; China)
* Vladislav Tamarov – Afghanistan: A Russian Soldier’s Story
(20th century; Afghanistan and Russia)
* National Museum of the American Indian / Smithsonian Institution – Stories of the People: Native American Voices
(19th-20th century; U.S.)
* Rina Swentzell, Luci Tapahonso, Tony Chavarria (eds.) / Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (Santa Fe, NM) – Here, Now, and Always: Voices of the First Peoples of the Southwest
(20th century, U.S.)
* Maria Grammatico – Bitter Almonds
(20th century; Italy)
* Marcel Pagnol – La gloire de mon père
(19th-20th century; France)
* Voltaire – Letters on England
(18th century; England)
* Oscar Wilde – De Profundis
(19th century; England)
* Evelyn Doyle – Tea and Green Ribbons
(20th century; Ireland)
* Hildegard of Bingen – Selected Writings
(Middle Agles; Germany)
* Otto von Bismarck – Gedanken und Erinnerungen (Thoughts and Reminiscences)
(19th century; Germany — Bismarck’s memoirs)
* Joseph Roth – What I Saw: Reports from Berlin 1920-1933
(Interwar; Germany)
Thomas Mann – Tagebücher (Diaries) 1944-1946
(20th century; U.S. and Germany)
* David E. Murphy / Sergei A. Kondrashev / George Bailey – Battleground Berlin: CIA vs. KGB in the Cold War
(Cold War; Germany, U.S., and Russia)
* Richard von Weizsäcker – Address on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the end of WWII, May 8, 1985
(20th century; Germany — to the best of my knowledge, in German only)



* C.W. Ceram – Gods, Graves & Scholars: The Story Of Archaeology
(chiefly the history of (worldwide) archeology as a field of its own from the 18th century onwards, but with individual chapters hearkening back to earlier times; e.g., re: Prehispanic America and Mesopotamia)
* William Dalrymple – The Last Mughal
(19th century; India)
* Peter Finn, Petra Couvée – The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book
(20th century; Russia)
* Mary S. Lovell – Straight on Till Morning: A Biography of Beryl Markham
(20th century; Kenya, Britain, U.S.)
* María Rosa Menocal – The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain
* Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Kwang-ching Liu – The Cambridge Illustrated History of China
* Régine Pernoud – Aliénor d’Aquitaine
(Middle Ages; France and England)
* Frank O’Connor – The Big Fellow: Michael Collins and the Irish Revolution
(20th century; Ireland)
* Tom Standage – The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess-Playing Machine
(18th century; Europe)
* Muriel Spark – Emily Bronte: Her Life And Work
(19th century; England)
* Daniel Stashower – Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle
(19th-20th century; Scotland and England)
* Florian Illies – 1913: The Year before the Storm
(20th century just pre-WWI; Europe)
* Joseph J. Ellis – His Excellency: George Washington
(American Revolution)
* Truman Capote – In Cold Blood
(20th century; U.S.)
* Dean King, John B. Hattendorf – Harbors and High Seas: An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Complete Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O’Brian
(more than a guide to the novels, this is actually quite a neat little book with a lot of background on early 19th century naval warfare and commerce generally, as well as the history of the (worldwide) locations metioned in O’Brian’s novels — including places in Africa, South America, and Asia)

@Chris: I’m going to add these myself.



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