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akaknicker
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Re: European History

I am interested in Russian History around the time of Nicholas and Alexandra. I have read most of Robert Massie's book on this subject. Anyone know of any other books? Thanks
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book-nut
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Re: European History

Edward Rutherford has a good book about Russia, but it's strictly fiction. I believe it's called "Russka: The novel of Russia." I read his book "London" and greatly enjoyed it. He is very good with historical details.
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Choisya
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Re: Victorian Women Travellers

I am not sure whether I am posting this in the right section but I recently read a book which I think will appeal to B&N readers interested in the Victorian period. It is called 'Spinsters Abroad - Victorian Lady Explorers' by Dea Birkett. Dea Birkett has traced the lives and travels of a number of women who 'left behind the security and comfort of their middle class homes to undertake perilous journeys of thousands of miles, tramping through rainforests, caravanning across deserts and scaling mountain ranges?' It also includes Marianne North, the painter, who, in 1859, travelled 'sedately' across the US and Canada in a railway carriage! I recommend it to you all as a good read:-

http://www.deabirkett.com/pages/books/excerpts/excerpt_spinsters_abroad.htm
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History New York City

Hi Doria,

David Dunbar has a great book on the history of New York City; Empire City. The book covers the city's history from Henry Hudson to 9/11. I think you might enjoy it.
Carol Seelman
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krenea1
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Re: European History

Wow!! Sounds like these are packed full of adventures.

thanks! Sorry it took so long to respond. My comouter has been down.
Karen Renea

Curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back
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krenea1
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Re: European History

I lover her books. Have you read the latest one?
Karen Renea

Curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back
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Choisya
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Re: WWI

I have the Vera Brittain trilogy (which includes Testament of Friendship) Becke and once knew her daughter Dame Shirley Williams very well as she was one of our leading politicians before marrying an American and going to Harvard to lecture. IMO Wilfrid Owen is the greatest of all the War Poets and I often feel that if children were made to read his poems and watch films of the Holocaust camps, we might have fewer wars:smileysad: All Quiet on the Western Front is another good WWI novel, especially as it is written by a German, Erich Maria Remarque, a veteran of that war. Like Owen's poems it is a grim testimony to the youth of that generation who perished in that senseless war.




becke_davis wrote:
I like to read books, fiction and non-fiction, about the WWI era. Has anyone read the books Testament of Youth and Testament of Experience by Vera Brittain? I also like the poetry of that era. Not just Rupert Brooke, but poets like Wilfred Owen (Dulce et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori).


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Re: European History

Cahill is a bigot!!!! He bashes plenty of groups{Romans, Germans, Hispanics, Chinese, & Mormons} in his irish fairy tale. He is a sloppy, horrid author. Thomas Sowell, Michael Hart, Fergus Millar, Herwig Wolfram, Norman Cantor, James Burke, Donald Dudley, Michael Grant, David Lopez, Fernand Braudel, Malcolm Chapman, John Keegan, Adrian Goldsworthy, Richard Fletcher, & Theodor Mommsen are authentic scholars. They do not bash groups or individuals that disagree with them. The latter even won the noble prize which is sadly rare for history authors. Mr. Fletcher wrote a book "The Barbarian Conversion," that not only buries Cahill's absurd claims, he actually DOCUMENTS his sources. Something TC negated to do!
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Re: European History



Doria wrote:
I like New York City history. I like both fiction and non-fiction. In fact, I am really sort of studying it. I am amazed that I was born and raised in New York, and lived there for over 50 years and knew so little about the city's history.
I don't have a particular favorite author yet. Any http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?


I happened to pick up Metropolis by Elizabeth Gaffney. It was really good. Just now when I was looking for it I typed in metropolis in the space where it just says books and brought up a lot of books, mostly of New York.
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Re: European History



Margeit wrote:


Doria wrote:
I like New York City history. I like both fiction and non-fiction. In fact, I am really sort of studying it. I am amazed that I was born and raised in New York, and lived there for over 50 years and knew so little about the city's history.
I don't have a particular favorite author yet. Any http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?


I happened to pick up Metropolis by Elizabeth Gaffney. It was really good. Just now when I was looking for it I typed in metropolis in the space where it just says books and brought up a lot of books, mostly of New York.





I know awhile back, on Barnsandnoble university they had a book on the history of New york city. I enjoyed it alot. I have never been there but would love to. The more I learn about the big glamous city the more I would love to go.
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