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tencents


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Posted: 2022-02-01 10:28
Reopening this topic again for 2021 as I've found some great gems mentioned in previous 'best books of the year' threads.

Termination Shock, probably needs no mentioning. One of these books where details covered in the book are almost more interesting than the story itself.

Also worth mentioning "The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest", a captivating read and great escapist prose for the pandemic days.

frolloos


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Posted: 2022-02-01 15:47
Marc Morris, The Anglo-Saxons: A History of the Beginnings of England, 400 AD - 1066 AD.

I finally understand what's wrong with the English ;)

Much better than Geoffrey of Monmouth's The History of the Kings of Britain which is very repetitive (and they went to battle, and they massacred each other, and they went to battle again and they massacred each other again..)

No vanna, no cry

nikol


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Posted: 2022-02-01 16:45
@frollos

Did you see finally the difference between massacre-1 and massacre-2?


This year I read and liked a book about earlier times: Caesar by C.McCullough.

Author clearly liked this man with appeal for perfection. She did a good research, although it still remains a fiction.
I was surprised to know about certain war-tech at the time. It explains Rome's ability to conquer and later control such vast empire. Also interesting to read about roman society and its complexity. And it becomes clear why Ceasar was killed at the end, although it is beyond the subject of the book (ends by the death of Pompeus).

So, plan to read other books from same series "Masters of Rome", but first of all I would be interested to find and read a good book about Hannibal Carthage. Amazing time it was.

... What is a man
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? (c)
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