Bookclub Wednesday, June 17, 2020

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I just finished this really good book called Titans of History by Simon Montefiore. In it he talks about the most influential people from history. It ranges from Ramses the Great to Henry the Eighth to Al Capone. It is a very good book and I highly recommend it.


I am currently reading “The Guns of August” by Barbara Tuchman. It’s about the first month of World War I, and written in a way I found thrilling and engaging. I am not very familiar with the events of that period but had no problem understanding the book so it should be okay for a beginner. There are lots of references to the events of 1870 but I was able to keep up. As a non-native English speaker, I originally had some difficulty with her sentence structuring but eventually got used to it. I would appreciate recommendations for similar books about military history regardless of period.


“The Hidden War” by Artyom Borovik is probably the greatest anti war book I’ve read. It’s a Russian journalist’s account of the war in Afghanistan, AKA the USSR’s Vietnam. It’s not a perspective I’m used to, being raised in the US education system. It is harrowing and beautifully written.


Currently reading Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall. Good mix of history and geography to explain modern politics. By no means in depth but provides a good surface look at many issues that have made me look plenty of events up.


Just finished S.P.Q.R. A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard on Audible. Its a very authoritative piece on the politics, wars, intrigue, and other topics from Romes beginning with the myth of Romulus and Remis to the christianization of the Empire and the beginning of the end. A must read for any classical era people here.