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text 2019-07-18 12:26
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text 2019-07-16 18:06
Crowdsourced History Reading -- TA's List No. 1: Bulk Entries and Basics
The Weaker Vessel: Woman's Lot in Seventeenth-Century England - Antonia Fraser
The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation - Ian Mortimer
Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty - Dan Jones
Shakespeare: For All Time - Stanley Wells
The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean - John Julius Norwich
The Rise And Fall Of The House Of Medici - Christopher Hibbert
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies - Jared Diamond
The Story of Civilization - Will Durant,Ariel Durant
Encyclopedia of World History - Oxford University Press
Putzger: Historischer Weltatlas - Ernst Bruckmüller,Walter Leisering,Friedrich Wilhelm Putzger,Michael Ackermann,Bruno Mègre,Rudolf Berg,Manfred Vasold,Peter Claus Hartmann,Jochen Grube,Martin Clauss,Bernd Isphording,Stephan Warnatsch,Christina Böttcher,Hans Weymar,René Betker,Ralf Kasper

I'm going to split up my submissions for the crowdsourced history reading list initiated by Chris into several topical lists (with cross references), beginning with the authors and book series I'm submitting in toto, as well as some basic reference material.  So:


* Antonia Fraser (women's history, Tudors & Stuarts)
* Ian Mortimer (British history, particularly Middle Ages)
* Dan Jones (ditto)
* Stanley Wells (Shakespeare -- everything from biographies and history to criticism)
* John Julius Norwich (British and Mediterranean history)

* Christopher Hibbert (ditto)
* Jared Diamond (intersection of (world) history, geography, and sociology)


* Will Durant, Ariel Durant: The Story of Civilization (11 volumes, Ancient Orient to Age of Napoleon)

* Various Authors: Fischer Weltgeschichte (published elsewhere as Weidenfeld & Nicolson Universal History / Siglo XXI Editores Historia Universal / Storia Universale Feltrinelli, and Bordas / Fayard Histoire Universelle, respectively) (36 vols., prehistory to present day)

* Oxford Encyclopedia of World History
* Putzger Atlas der Weltgeschichte (unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge not translated into English -- but for my money, one of the best historical cartographical works in existence)

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text 2019-07-15 11:02
REVIEW BY CHARLOTTE - Fusion World (Philanthropy #1) by Joseph Lewis Tamone
Fusion World (Philanthropy #1) - Joseph Lewis Tamone

@hotchoc84 (Charlotte), @chandrapresspub, @LewisTamone, #ScienceFiction, 4 out of 5 (very good)


If you like a thrilling science fiction book with pulse-pounding action, great characters, a female assassin who loves blades, and a plot that keeps you guessing, you’ll love Fusion World.

The Vyndral invasion catches planet Rafia by surprise. The capital city of Vyloli falls within hours. With thousands of hostages’ lives at stake, the Rafian military can only watch and wait. Vai, a skilled computer system engineer, and Edam, a man with no past, manage to make their way out of Vyloli with a piece of information that may be the key to freeing the hostages and saving their homeworld.

With the fate of their planet the balance, a small band of inexperienced Rafians must come together as a team to stop the new Vyndral threat. The plan requires extraordinary skill, courage, and ultimately, sacrifice. Racing against the clock and facing incredible odds, do Vai, Edam, and the team have what it takes?

From new author, Joseph Lewis Tamone, comes a riveting planet-spanning science fiction book of adventure, teamwork, and bravery in the face of incredible odds.

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/06/04/Fusion-World-Philanthropy-1-by-Joseph-Lewis-Tamone
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review 2019-07-15 04:30
The Polar Bear Expedition: The Heroes of America’s Forgotten Invasion of Russia, 1918-1919 - James Carl Nelson

As someone who grew up in the Midwest U.S., I first gained some awareness of the 'Polar Bear Expedition' of 1918-19 --- in which a U.S. Army regiment was sent to Northern Russia in the summer of 1918 ostensibly to guard stores of Allied military equipment at the port of Archangel, but was later used in battle against the Bolsheviks as part of a larger Allied (i.e. British) scheme to overthrow the Bolshevik government in Moscow and bring Russia back into World War I as a way to force Germany to recommit military forces there --- from a story I read in the late 1970s in a local paper about an elderly gentleman in Detroit whom mention was made of as having served in Northern Russia with the U.S. Army in 1919. I never forgot that newspaper story. And so, when I became aware of this book, I was determined to read it.    And I'm glad I did, because I learned so much.    For instance, who knew that, in addition to the U.S. and Britain, French, Canadian, and some Chinese military forces were involved in military actions against Bolshevik forces in Northern Russia in 1918-1919?

I highly recommend "THE POLAR BEAR EXPEDITION: The Heroes of America's Forgotten Invasion of Russia, 1918-1919" for anyone interested in learning about a long overlooked chapter of U.S. history that can provide valuable lessons for policymakers, academics, U.S. civilian and military leaders, and the general public as to the need (as stated by the White House) to deploy military forces in any part of the world identified as vital to U.S. security interests.

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text 2019-07-14 02:45
Salt: A World History - Mark Kurlansky

Didn't make it past 50 pages. This book was duller than dirt.

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