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Your favorite history books?

someloser
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3/25/2016 1:58:18 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
Recommendations too
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3/25/2016 4:19:56 AM
Posted: 8 months 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: 8 months 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
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3/26/2016 1:51:00 AM
Posted: 8 months 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

Pro or con Durant?
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3/26/2016 4:16:44 AM
Posted: 8 months 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...
"The Collectivist experiment is thoroughly suited (in appearance at least) to the Capitalist society which it proposes to replace. It works with the existing machinery of Capitalism, talks and thinks in the existing terms of Capitalism, appeals to just those appetites which Capitalism has aroused, and ridicules as fantastic and unheard-of just those things in society the memory of which Capitalism has killed among men wherever the blight of it has spread."
- Hilaire Belloc -
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4/5/2016 9:42:51 PM
Posted: 8 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: 8 months ago
How they Croaked

Does that count as a history book?
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4/18/2016 2:56:42 PM
Posted: 7 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.