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Your favorite history books?

someloser
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3/25/2016 1:58:18 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
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Ego sum qui sum. Deus lo vult.

"America is ungovernable; those who served the revolution have plowed the sea." - Simon Bolivar

"A healthy nation is as unconscious of its nationality as a healthy man of his bones. But if you break a nation's nationality it will think of nothing else but getting it set again." - George Bernard Shaw
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3/25/2016 4:19:56 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
"The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"
-Edward Gibbon

"Why the West rules...for now"
-Ian Morris

Used to love reading Horrible Histories as a kid.
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3/25/2016 6:05:02 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/25/2016 1:58:18 AM, someloser wrote:
Recommendations too

'The Formation of Christendom' and 'The Dividing of Christendom', by Christopher Dawson.

Anything by Herbert Butterfield.

Niccolo Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy

Ibn Khaldun's 'Muqaddimah'

'On War', by Carl von Clausewitz

'Muhammad at Mecca' and 'Muhammad at Medina', by W. Montgomery Watt
"See now Oblivion shimmering all around us, its very tranquility deadlier than tempest. How little all our keels have troubled it. Time in its deeps swims like a monstrous whale; and, like a whale, feeds on the littlest things -- small tunes and little unskilled songs of the olden, golden evenings -- and anon turneth whale-like to overthrow whole ships."
- Lord Dunsany -

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3/26/2016 1:51:00 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/25/2016 6:05:02 AM, Skepsikyma wrote:
At 3/25/2016 1:58:18 AM, someloser wrote:
Recommendations too

'The Formation of Christendom' and 'The Dividing of Christendom', by Christopher Dawson.

Anything by Herbert Butterfield.

Niccolo Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy

Ibn Khaldun's 'Muqaddimah'

'On War', by Carl von Clausewitz

'Muhammad at Mecca' and 'Muhammad at Medina', by W. Montgomery Watt

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3/26/2016 4:16:44 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/26/2016 1:51:00 AM, ShabShoral wrote:
At 3/25/2016 6:05:02 AM, Skepsikyma wrote:
At 3/25/2016 1:58:18 AM, someloser wrote:
Recommendations too

'The Formation of Christendom' and 'The Dividing of Christendom', by Christopher Dawson.

Anything by Herbert Butterfield.

Niccolo Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy

Ibn Khaldun's 'Muqaddimah'

'On War', by Carl von Clausewitz

'Muhammad at Mecca' and 'Muhammad at Medina', by W. Montgomery Watt

Pro or con Durant?

I've read excerpts from The Story, but I haven't read enough to come to a conclusion either way. It's quite the investment...
"See now Oblivion shimmering all around us, its very tranquility deadlier than tempest. How little all our keels have troubled it. Time in its deeps swims like a monstrous whale; and, like a whale, feeds on the littlest things -- small tunes and little unskilled songs of the olden, golden evenings -- and anon turneth whale-like to overthrow whole ships."
- Lord Dunsany -

"We enjoy, we see nothing by direct vision; but only by reflection, and in anatomical dismemberment."
- Thomas Carlyle -
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4/5/2016 9:42:51 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
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Ego sum qui sum. Deus lo vult.

"America is ungovernable; those who served the revolution have plowed the sea." - Simon Bolivar

"A healthy nation is as unconscious of its nationality as a healthy man of his bones. But if you break a nation's nationality it will think of nothing else but getting it set again." - George Bernard Shaw
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4/6/2016 12:00:49 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
How they Croaked

Does that count as a history book?
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4/18/2016 2:56:42 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 3/25/2016 1:58:18 AM, someloser wrote:
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As a young lad of fourteen I stumbled on a copy of An Outline of History by HG Wells in my local library. I was fascinated by the book dipping into it and skimming the more difficult parts. Later it led me on to reading the Well's science fiction novels. It wasn't until much later I realised Wells had his own axe to grind.