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RE: Recommendations for interesting non-fiction history books
I just started one that looks to be promising. It's called "The Looming Tower" by Lawrence Wright. It recently came out as a mini series on Hulu. It's about the events that led to the creation of Al Qaeda and eventually 9/11. It starts in the 1930's and chronicles it's way forward. Pretty fascinating IMO.
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RE: Recommendations for interesting non-fiction history books
On a lighter note, has anyone read the Flashman series? Think of a history book with a comedic character placed at very interesting crossroads of history from the 1830s to the late 1880s.

The author (Fraser) had been a scholarly author of history with no sales. He then thought of dropping the cowardly Harry Flashman into British and world events (retreat from Afghanistan to India, Chinese uprising, rise of Bismark and the modern German state, Custer and Little Big Horn, charge of the Light Brigade) with a healthy dollop of very serious factual backgrounds to each event.
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Just ordered this book:

Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World

Quote:Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death.

https://www.amazon.com/Island-Lost-Shipw...B001DA9J4O

Shipwrecked / castaways stories are by far and away my favorite non-fiction.
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(02-20-2018 01:43 PM)Lord Stanley Wrote:  Just ordered this book:

Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World

Quote:Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death.

https://www.amazon.com/Island-Lost-Shipw...B001DA9J4O

Shipwrecked / castaways stories are by far and away my favorite non-fiction.

i've wanted to get into shackleton but after reading the novel solomon gursky was here, i'd be really interested in the early arctic explorers. henry hudson would be a great read
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Peter Zeihan, THE ACCIDENTAL SUPER POWER and THE ABSENT SUPER POWER.

Interestingly, was turned onto Zeihan by a left wing friend who is the only person ever to defriend me on Facebook. Did it because of TDS.
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(02-20-2018 01:43 PM)Lord Stanley Wrote:  Just ordered this book:

Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World

Quote:Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death.

https://www.amazon.com/Island-Lost-Shipw...B001DA9J4O

Shipwrecked / castaways stories are by far and away my favorite non-fiction.

In which case you've probably already read -- but if you haven't, I highly recommend -- "Batavia's Graveyard" by Mike Dash.

It recounts the shipwreck of a large merchant ship of the Dutch East India Company on the remote islands west of Australia. It turned into a bloodbath.
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(02-21-2018 06:46 AM)AdoptedMonarch Wrote:  In which case you've probably already read -- but if you haven't, I highly recommend -- "Batavia's Graveyard" by Mike Dash.

It recounts the shipwreck of a large merchant ship of the Dutch East India Company on the remote islands west of Australia. It turned into a bloodbath.

I'll put it on the list! I am familiar with story, it's one of the few real castaway shipwrecks marooned people examples in history. True castaways are surprisingly rare, oddly enough.
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Started one recently that is a good read. It's called "The Road to Jonestown". It's about Jim Jones and the event's that lead to the Jonestown massacre. It's by Jeff Guinn, who also wrote a really good book about Charles Manson.
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