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More History Books

My recent trip to France had awaken the history bug in me since I was reading up on French history before I went. In fact, travel bug and the craving for history have been two peas in a pod. I won’t go so far as to say history is all cyclical, but one thing is for sure: the great power of a monarchy, a kingdom, a government, or even a church, lay in the wills and consciences of men. A sovereignty is bound to collapse if it fails to retain the moral prestige on which its power was based. To read about history is to understand people. I’ve scoured more books for fall.

History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides.
The book covers the war between Sparta and Athens, and though its accuracy remains moot–Thucydides was an Athenian general and so likely to be selective in his emphasis, it’s a rich drama.

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
This book chronicles events of the Roman Empire from the 1st Century BC to 15th AD. It’s witty and opinionated, highly readable despite the vastness.

1066 and All That by W.C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman
England was attacked by the Norwegian Northmen and the Duke of Normandy in 1066. This is the insider history.

Legion of the Damned by Sven Hassel
My first impression is that this reminds me of All Quiet on the Western Front. This book describes the misadventures of a group of German soldiers on the Eastern Front.

A History of the English-Speaking Peoples by Winston Churchill
This is a four-part history of Britain from Anglo-Saxon times to 1914. The book is full of character and incident—read more like a social history.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
This is what the government doesn’t want you to know, let alone to be taught in school: It follows the heartbreaking travails of the American Indians from their first contact with the white settlers until the massacre at Wounded Knee, which, is in fact an ethnic cleansing by the American Government.

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