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RE: Historical non-fiction reading list
Went on a trip and didn't wanna carry Rise & Fall of the 3rd Reich, so I picked up Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert Massie, who's a master of Russian history and whose previous book, Peter the Great: his life and times, I had read earlier in the year. Anyway, I finished the book about Catherine in a week, it was that good. I believe it was the best historical biography I've ever read. Don't know how many of you are fans of that era, but if so, I'd recommend giving this book a read.

Then while my return flight was delayed, I bought Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire that Rescued Western Civilization. Another excellent read, and one that I nearly finished in one day. Again, quite good if you're a fan of stuff like that
02-20-2015 07:09 PM
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(02-20-2015 07:09 PM)flyingswoosh Wrote:  Went on a trip and didn't wanna carry Rise & Fall of the 3rd Reich, so I picked up Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert Massie, who's a master of Russian history and whose previous book, Peter the Great: his life and times, I had read earlier in the year. Anyway, I finished the book about Catherine in a week, it was that good. I believe it was the best historical biography I've ever read. Don't know how many of you are fans of that era, but if so, I'd recommend giving this book a read.

Then while my return flight was delayed, I bought Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire that Rescued Western Civilization. Another excellent read, and one that I nearly finished in one day. Again, quite good if you're a fan of stuff like that

I'm a fan of Russian history, thanks for the heads up on that first book.
02-22-2015 09:30 PM
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Just finished up Iron Kingdom. Pretty good if you're into German history.
02-23-2015 10:49 AM
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(02-23-2015 10:49 AM)49RFootballNow Wrote:  Just finished up Iron Kingdom. Pretty good if you're into German history.

ha I was reading that one too. It got really slow after the section about Bismarck so I put it down and picked up a few other books. I need to finish it though
02-23-2015 01:09 PM
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About to start Destiny of the Republic about the assassination of James Garfield. Reviews looked good. I'll update when I've finished it.
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02-23-2015 04:32 PM
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(02-23-2015 04:32 PM)Smaug Wrote:  About to start Destiny of the Republic about the assassination of James Garfield. Reviews looked good. I'll update when I've finished it.

intriguing. definitely look forward to reading your thoughts
02-23-2015 11:31 PM
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I recently read George Orwell's Homage To Catalonia. Pretty interesting read. I Had no idea he nearly died in The Spanish Civil War.
02-24-2015 09:58 AM
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I did a series of interviews a few years ago with local WWII vets. One guy I interviewed survived Bataan and three years imprisonment in Japan. He told me that the most realistic reading as it pertains to the Bataan Death March was Ghost Soldiers, by Hampton Sides. It's an excellent read.
02-24-2015 06:39 PM
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(02-24-2015 06:39 PM)Phillip26r Wrote:  I did a series of interviews a few years ago with local WWII vets. One guy I interviewed survived Bataan and three years imprisonment in Japan. He told me that the most realistic reading as it pertains to the Bataan Death March was Ghost Soldiers, by Hampton Sides. It's an excellent read.

good to know. My grandpa is (understandably) a big fan of WWII books
02-25-2015 12:12 PM
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If you've ever been in one of those "Hiroshima wasn't necessary" arguments, read "Retribution" by Max Hastings. You'll wish we had dropped the big one on Tokyo.
02-26-2015 11:12 AM
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