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Confronting the Classics

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ISBN: 9780871408594
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Published: Liveright - October 6th, 2014

Lots of historo-intellectual fun for Antiquity enthusiasts.  In her well-wrought essays Beard brings refreshing insight and deep scholarship to this flavorful collection covering most of the Ancient World Hit Parade from Homer to Asterix.  Paging through it is like visiting old (ancient, in fact) friends.

Gary


Liberation Trilogy

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ISBN: 9780805087246
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 15th, 2007

Atkinson's magnum opus is a superb accomplishment, observing myriad aspects of the European War, from command personalities and tactics to foot soldiers. Every paragraph lives with fascinating anecdotes, and the whole of it is beautifully written. A great and honorable addition to WW2 history and analysis.

Gary


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ISBN: 9780805088618
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - September 16th, 2008

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The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (The Liberation Trilogy #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250037817
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Published: Picador - May 13th, 2014

Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces

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ISBN: 9781451678741
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 22nd, 2014

Michelangelo’s impossibilities (antisocial as well as artistic)are the reason we think of an "artist" as other than an anonymous skilled laborer. Arranged around 6 major works, Unger's book beautifully blends history (bad popes, Medicis) biography and perceptive analysis. A fascinating study of an artist and his time (the High Renaissance - with Leonardo, Machiavelli, Raphael, Vasari etc.) regardless of your aesthetic.

Gary


Midwife's Tale

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ISBN: 9781250038340
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Published: Minotaur Books - December 10th, 2013

The midwife of the title uses her authority - unique power for a 17th century Englishwoman - to investigate a murder, this in a besieged York during the English Civil War.  Thomas is an historian as well as a storyteller and throws in such fun stuff as the town "gossips" being a de facto female intelligence service.Gary


Lost for Words

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ISBN: 9780374280291
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 20th, 2014

A highly entertaining, though sometimes excoriating, send up of a certain British literary award.  After failing to win the Mann Booker in 2006 for Mother's Milk, St Aubyn claimed to have been "relieved", he was then not even long listed for his follow up, At Last, despite protests from his many fans.  Lost for Words is a witty riposte and half the fun is trying to figure out St Aubyn's satirical targets. (thriller writer and ex MI5 head Stella Rimmington is the most obvious). It is both hilarious and somewhat bitter at the same time. I wonder what literary prize committees will do with this next year.... hmmm, tricky.

 
Susannah and Gary


The Year Without Summer: 1816

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ISBN: 9781250042750
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 11th, 2014

An astounding study in climate change in the aftermath of a monster volcanic eruption (10 times the force of Krakatoa). This single natural event had world-wide consequences: New England blizzards in June; European food riots; panicking establishment of fringe religious sects; mass population shifts; even the composition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.  What a year!

Gary


A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome

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By Alberto Angela, Gregory Conti (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781933372716
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Published: Europa Editions - May 26th, 2009

Great pleasure for the history buff or curious general reader.  Angela picks a specific day at the height of the Roman Empire and follows various typical Romans through their day, illustrating how they dress, eat, etc.  Angela's easy conversational style belies what must be copious research.


Gary


Cockpit Confidential

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ISBN: 9781402280917
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Published: Sourcebooks - May 7th, 2013

Just leaf through it!  Whether you fly rarely or all the time,this book will change the experience. The insider's question/answer format covers it all, aerophobia to idle curiosity and everything in between. Should be in the seat pocket instead of the in-flight magazine (yeah, that'll happen...).


Gary


Light of Day

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ISBN: 9780375726798
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - December 7th, 2004

Probably page-by-page the most enjoyable of Eric (Coffin for Dimitrios) Ambler's suspense books.  International intrigue,character study, travelogue and straight thrills, narrated by the delightful, sketchy Arthur Abdel Simpson - probably Ambler's most popular creation.

Gary


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