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text 2019-07-21 19:19
Essential History List Nominations, Part 2

it seems I’m allowed to suggest a few more books, so:


Turkish Reflections, by Mary Lee Settle (9780671779979); Turkey, History of, multi-era.


The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, by Amin Maalouf (9780805208986); Crusades, Middle East, Muslim Religion, Christianity.


A Cry in the Dark (aka Evil Angels), by John M. Bryson (9780140121636); Australia, True-Crime, Legal System, Trials.


Brainwash, by Dominic Streatfeild (9780312427924); Medical/Psychology; Military/Experiments, Drugs, Espionage, CIA.


The American West, by Dee Brown (9780684804415); American History, Native American History, Politics, Military History.


Shanghai Grand, by Taras Grescoe (9781443425537); Shanghai, 1930s, Politics.


Samurai William, by Giles Milton (9780340794685); Japanese History, British History/Biography, Samurai.


The Riviera Set, by Mary S. Lovell (9780349139890); France, 20th Century, Biography, Royals/Celebrity.


Black Fortunes, by Shomari Wills (9780062437600); USA History, 19th-20th Century, Biography/Business and Financial, African-American History.


The Berlin Wall: A World Divided 1961-1989, by Frederick Taylor (9780060786144); Germany, Cold War, 20th Century.


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text 2019-07-21 18:24
Essential History List

Thanks to the wonderful Themis-Athena, we have been able to enter all the books so far.  We have a total of 629.  You can see the complete list here.


We are putting out another call out for books.


In particular, we are looking for more books about religion other than Christianity, South America, Africa (we really need these), Australia.


We are also accepting what could loosely be described as history and travel.  Think of Tony Horowitz for example.  Or the Lost City Of Z.


If you had history books on Moonlight's 1001 list, would you like us to add them to the history list?



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text 2019-07-20 12:54
History croudsourced
A Guide to Early Irish Law - Fergus Kelly
The Emperor of All Maladies - Siddhartha Mukherjee
A Chorographical Description of West or H-Iar Connaught; Written A.D. 1684 - Roderic O'Flaherty

Please please, pretty please with sugar on top.  If you're going to write anything about pre-Tudor Ireland, or even pre-19th Century Ireland read A Guide to Early Irish Law by Fergus Kelly


Heck, even today there are cultural echoes of this stuff in Ireland.  If I read another medieval or earlier book based in Ireland where they assume common law (and Primogeniture) it will be yet another book too many.


(as an aside to this, read some Irish Saints Lives, then tell me Ireland was isolated during the pre-conquest period, I read a book about Galway once where it revealed that there was imports of Olive Oil in the medieval period into Galway)


If you want to look at how Cancer existed and about strange ways it was treated read Emperor of All Maladies.



A chorographical description of the West or Iar-Connaught by Roderick O'Flaherty (in 1648) is an invaluable text for describing life and customs in Ireland during the period.  There are several public domain copies circulating of this.



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text 2019-07-19 21:48
Essential History World Wars

This should be my last one, unless we end up needing more books or I discover I left something out.



1. King, Greg.  The Assassination


2. Butcher, Catherine. Edith Cavall


3. Preston, Diana.  Lusitana



4. Tuchman, Barbara. Works


5. MacMillan, mararget.  Paris 1919


6. Englund, Peter.  The Beauty and the Sorrow





1. Letts, Elizabeth.  The Perfect Horse


2. Gross, Jan Tomez.  Neighbors


3.Davies, Norman.  Rising 44


4. Holliday, Laurel Children in the Holocaust


5.Gilbert, Martin.  The Holocaust


6. Kramer, Rita.  Flames in the Field


7. Nicholas, Lynn.  Works


One book about art, another about children


8. Greene, Joshua.  Witnesses


Interviews from the Shoah Foundation


9.Zapruder, Alexandra.  Salvaged Pages


Diaries other than Frank


10. Friedman, Saul. Nazi Germany and the Jews


11. Snyder, Timothy.  Bloodlands


12.Ten Boom Corrie.  The Hiding Place


13.Prose, Francine.  Anne Frank The Book, The life, The afterlife


14. Mendelsohn, Daniel.  The lost


This book is actually part memoir, part quest to find out what happened to Mendelsohn's family.  But it really highlights how much was destroyed in terms of culture and life.


15. Tec, Nehma.  Defiance


16. Lee, Carol Ann. Hidden life of Otto Frank

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text 2019-07-19 21:21
Essential History Misc Con't

1. Marozzi, Justin. Baghdad.


2. Pages, Meiram. From Martyr to Murderer


about the assassins


3. Dalley, Stephaine.  The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon.




4. Smith, Jay.  Monsters of the Gevaudans


5. Levy, Adrian.  The Siege


Mumbai attacks


6. Chamberlain, Joshua How the Horse Shaped Civilization

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