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text 2019-07-31 00:31
Essential History Reading List

Well, we have reach 1040  books (Thanks TA).  Yeah!

 

Thanks to everyone.

 

Extra thanks to Themis Athena who became my co-organizer with this list.  

 

You can find it:  here

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text 2019-07-30 18:06
Crowdsourced History Reading -- Supplemental List

Off my shelves as listed there and without regard to topical overlaps etc.:

 

WOMEN
Freya Stark: The Valleys of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels
Freya Stark: Perseus in the Wind: A Life of Travel
Stacy Schiff: Cleopatra
Kara Cooney: When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt
Elizabeth Norton: Elfrida: The First Crowned Queen of England
Elizabeth Norton: The Lives of Tudor Women
Linda Porter: The First Queen of England: The Myth of "Bloody Mary"
Sarah Gristwood: Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses
Henrietta Leyser: Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450-1500
Anna Maria Sigmund: Women of the Third Reich
Fatima Mernissi: Forgotten Queens of Islam
Simone de Beauvoir: Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter
Margery Kempe: The Book of Margery Kempe
Anton Gill: Art Lover: A Biography of Peggy Guggenheim
Sarah B. Pomeroy: Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity
Giles Tremlett: Isabella of Castile: Europe's First Great Queen
Julia Fox: Sister Queens: Katherine of Aragon and Juana Queen of Castile
Jenny Uglow: Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories
Jenny Uglow: George Eliot
Madeleine Albright: Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948
Marjorie Chibnall: The Empress Matilda: Queen Consort, Queen Mother and Lady of the English
Elizabeth Wayland Barber: Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years - Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times
Anne-Marie-Louise d'Orléans Montpensier: Against Marriage: The Correspondence of La Grande Mademoiselle
John Guy: A Daughter's Love: Thomas and Margaret More
Mary Wortley Montagu: Selected Letters


WORLD
Jonathan D. Spence: Mao Zedong: A Life
Kim DePaul, Dith Pran: Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors
Peter Scholl-Latour: Der Tod im Reisfeld (Death in the Rice Fields)
Vasily Grossman: An Armenian Sketchbook
Banine: Days in the Caucasus
Robert K. Massie: Peter the Great: His Life and World
Rebecca West: Black Lamb and Grey Falcon
William L. Shirer: Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-41
Jacob Burckhardt: The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy
Chris Lowney: A Vanished World: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain
Paul Preston: The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution and Revenge
Tom Reiss: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
Alan Moorehead: The White Nile & The Blue Nile
Giles Milton: Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History
Gerard Prunier: Africa's World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe
Roald Amundsen: Race to the South Pole
Robert Falcon Scott: Journals
Albert Schweitzer: Out of My Life and Thought
Ezekiel Mphahlele: Down Second Avenue
Anthony Sattin: The Gates Of Africa: Death, Discovery And The Search For Timbuktu
Bruce Chatwin: Songlines
Bruce Chatwin: In Patagonia
Inge Scholl: Die weiße Rose (The White Rose)
Alan Booth: Looking for the Lost: Journeys Through a Vanishing Japan
Solomon Volkov: St Petersburg: A Cultural History
Sun Shuyun: The Long March: The True History of Communist China's Founding Myth
Der Ling: Two Years in the Forbidden City
Nancy Marie Brown: The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages
Judith Armatta: Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic
Roger Crowley: Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire
Roger Crowley: City of Fortune: How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire
Roger Crowley: The Accursed Tower: The Fall of Acre and the End of the Crusades
Barbara W. Tuchman: A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century
Barbara W. Tuchman: The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam
William Raymond Manchester: A World Lit Only by Fire
Katharine Sim: Desert Traveller: The Life of Jean Louis Burckhardt
Marco Polo: The Travels
Niall Ferguson: The House of Rothschild (2 parts)
Timothy Snyder: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Hannah Arendt: The Origins of Totalitarianism


ANCIENT
Donald Kagan: The Peloponnesian War: Athens and Sparta in Savage Conflict, 431-404 BC
Donald Kagan: Pericles Of Athens And The Birth Of Democracy
Donald Kagan: The Fall of the Athenian Empire
Tacitus: Annals & Histories
Barry S. Strauss: The Spartacus War
Edward Gibbon: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

 

U.S.
Shirley Jackson: The Witchcraft of Salem Village
Doris Kearns Goodwin: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
John Kenneth Galbraith: The Great Crash, 1929
Meriwether Lewis, William Clark: Journals
Bernard Bailyn: The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
Ron Stallworth: Black Klansman
Robert F. Kennedy: Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis
John F. Kennedy: Profiles in Courage
Michael Lienesch: In the Beginning: Fundamentalism, the Scopes Trial, and the Making of the Antievolution Movement
Sojourner Truth: Narrative of Sojourner Truth
Carl Sandburg: Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years (2 parts)
Various Authors: Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South
Various Authors / Library of America: Reporting Civil Rights
James F. Simon: What Kind of Nation: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and the Epic Struggle to Create a United States
Christopher Corbett: Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express

 

ENGLAND & IRELAND
Desmond Seward: Last White Rose: The Secret Wars of the Tudors
Jenny Uglow: A Gambling Man: Charles II and the Restoration
Sarah Foot: Aethelstan: The First King of England
Jim Bradbury: Stephen and Matilda: The Civil War of 1139-53
Richard White: King Arthur in Legend and History
James Lydon: The Making of Ireland: From Ancient Times to the Present

 

LITERATURE / SCIENCE / ARTS / PHILOSOPHY / CULTURE
Edmund Morris: Beethoven: The Universal Composer
Jim Al-Khalili: The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance
Mark Pendergrast: Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World
Ralph S. Hattox: Coffee and Coffeehouses: The Origins of a Social Beverage in the Medieval Near East

Charles Darwin: The Voyage of the Beagle
Andrew Hodges: Alan Turing: The Enigma
Langston Hughes, Carl Van Vechten: Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten
Sarah Bakewell: At The Existentialist Café
Agatha Christie, Mathew Prichard: The Grand Tour: Letters and Photographs from the British Empire Expedition 1922
James Boswell: The Life of Samuel Johnson
Lisa Jardine: Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution
Various Authors: Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society

Richard Holmes: The Age of Wonder

Elizabeth Ward, Alain Silver: Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles
Simon Callow: Charles Dickens
Jackson J. Benson: Wallace Stegner

Jackson J. Benson: John Steinbeck
Ross King: Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Walter Isaacson: Einstein: His Life And Universe
Charles Nicholl: Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind
Marilyn Yalom: Birth of the Chess Queen: A History
John Stubbs: Donne: The Reformed Soul
Sharon Bertsch McGrayne: Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries
Eve Curie: Madame Curie: A Biography
Erika Mann: Mein Vater, der Zauberer
Jesse Owens: Jesse: The Man Who Outran Hitler

 

@Chris: I'm going to add these now.

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review 2019-07-29 22:28
Adding this to the essential list
Quebec Women: A History - Micheline Dumont,Clio Collective

If you are interested in Canada and history, you should read this book. The Clio Collective has constructed a book that details the life of women in Quebec, from before the colony to the late 70s, early 80s. (The book was published in the 1980s).

The Collective includes native and European women. I do wish there had been a bit more of contrast between the three groups - native, Franco, Anglo - women, but there is much to unpack here. I have long been interested in Marguerite Bourgeoys, and reading this puts the issues her order had with the various men in a totally different perspective.

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text 2019-07-28 18:18
Last Minute ‘Essential History’ Noms

Egyptian Mummies, by Bob Brier; Ancient Egypt, history of mummification, Ancient Egyptian personages.

 

Churchill Wanted Dead or Alive, by Celia Sandys; early Churchill, South African History, Boer War, Military.

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text 2019-07-28 15:45
Misc History Add Ons

@Themis Athena.  I added these as I typed the post.  Now at 914

 

1. A Book of Book Lists by Alex Johnson

 

- so while this does include some fictional libraries it also has information about what books journeyed with Shackleton and others.  It's like a book version of Librarything's Legacy libraries.

 

2. Freedom Libraries by Mike Selby

 

Account of libraries in the Civil Rights movement.  Really good.

 

3. March Series by John Lewis et al

 

Lewis' graphic novel memoir is great.

 

4. Rabbit Proof Fence by Doris Pilkingtonn

 

Account of Aboriginal girls heading home.

 

5. Books by Peter FitzSimons 

 

I haven't read everything by him, but he focuses on Australia

 

6. Twilight of an Empire by Greg King

 

About the murder/suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf and Baroness Mary Vestera

 

7. Massacre at the Palace by Johnathan Gregson

 

About the killing of the royal family by a member in Nepal

 

8. Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis

 

Pretty much what the title says, but also ties it into culture.

 

9. Zoo: A History of Zoological in the West by Eric Baratay

 

10. Robin Hood by J. C. Holt

 

A look into the legend.

 

11. Cleopatra from History to Myth by Susan Walker

 

12. The Secret Museum by Molly Oldfield 

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