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text 2019-08-29 17:04
Charles River Freebies Round Up
The Khmer Empire: The History and Legacy of One of Southeast Asia’s Most Influential Empire - Charles River Editors
Sinn Féin: The History and Legacy of the Irish Republican Political Party - Charles River Editors
Werewolves: The Legends and Folk Tales about Humans Shapeshifting into Wolves - Charles River Editors
Fort Astoria: The History and Legacy of the First American Settlement on the Pacific Coast - Charles River Editors
The Catacombs of Paris: The History of the City’s Underground Ossuaries and Burial Network - Charles River Editors

These were all gotten as kindle freebies.


The best two are the one about Werewolves and the Catacombs because they offer the must in the terms of facts, and move beyond the general.


The other three aren't bad, but short, simple, and general.


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review 2019-08-07 21:27
Charles River Freebies Round Up
The Lalibela Churches: The History and Legacy of the Medieval Cave Churches in Ethiopia - Charles River Editors
Anne Bradstreet: The Life and Legacy of the Famous Puritan Poet in the American Colonies - Charles River Editors

The Lalibela Churches one is Charles River Editors at their best.  It is packed with information and photos.  I learned things.


The Bradstreet one isn't bad, and is in fact, a good overview for a student.

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review 2019-07-31 01:24
Charles River Editors Round Up
Suleiman the Magnificent: The Life and Legacy of the Ottoman Empire’s Most Famous Sultan - Charles River Editors
Guangzhou: The History and Legacy of China’s Most Influential Trade Center - Charles River Editors

Picked these up when they were offered for free, last year occurring to Amazon.  


The Suleiman one is the better of the two.  I did want more information about his wives, but it is a good introduction.   3 stars.


Guangzhou is more European centric than I liked.  I understand that it was a trade center, but I learned more about how it effected the Europeans than the Chinese.  Strange considering where the city is located.

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review 2019-07-24 18:44
Short Kindle Freebie Round Up
The Alcohol Murders: The True Story of Serial Killer Gilbert Paul Jordan (Crimes Canada: True Crimes That Shocked The Nation Book 10) - Harriet Fox,RJ Parker,Aeternum Designs,Peter Vronsky
The Severan Dynasty: The History and Legacy of the Ancient Roman Empire’s Rulers Before Rome’s Imperial Crisis - Charles River Editors
The Gurkhas: The History and Legacy of the Nepalese Soldiers Used by the British Empire in India - Charles River Editors
Akhenaten and Amarna: The History of Ancient Egypt’s Most Mysterious Pharaoh and His Capital City - Charles River Editors

The Harriet Fox about Gilbert Paul Jordan is good.  It has much information as Harriet Fox could find. The writing is good. The case overview is fine. I just wish there had been a bit more about the possibility that the backgrounds of the women whom he killed and whether their race and/or case had something to do with the lack of a case or investigation. (three stars)


As for the Charles River Editors book.  The stand out is the one about Akhenaten and Amarna which includes a detailed analysis of the queens of the time.  The Serveran and Gurkhas ones (4 and 3 stars) are good overviews.

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text 2019-07-11 01:50
Charles River Freebie Round Up
Ancient Rhodes: The History and Legacy o... Ancient Rhodes: The History and Legacy of the Famous Greek Island in Antiquity - Charles River Editors
The Great Wall of Gorgan: The History of the Ancient Near East’s Longest Defensive Wall - Charles River Editors
The Second Battle of Ypres: The History of the Notorious World War I Battle that Witnessed the First Mass Use of Poison Gas - Charles River Editors
The Republic of Venice: The History of the Venetian Empire and Its Influence across the Mediterranean - Charles River Editors

Of these four, the best is the one about Ypres.  It is the most profession and engaging. (four stars)


The other ones aren't bad, but they aren't particularly good.  The Venice on is little more than a biography of Marco Polo, and the constant neglect of spelling out numbers ten and below is pissing me off.

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