Popular History Books

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This a blog for people who love reading popular history books, like we do! We independently review new or recent history books with a mission to find great books that might otherwise get overlooked.

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Soldier, Priest, and God

⭐⭐⭐ (2018) What is it about? Alexander the Great is one of the most famous, and studied, figures in history. What more is left to be said? According to Professor Fred Naiden, rather a lot. In his opening chapter of Soldier, Priest and God: A Life of Alexander the Great, he asserts that ‘among the […]

If history is wrong, does it matter?

So writes Jared Diamond on the end of the Norse (Viking) settlement in Greenland, evoking the visceral terror of crazed and desperate Vikings on the rampage for whatever raw meat they could lay their hands on. The trouble is – as Gordon Campbell points out in his recent book Norse America (see my review here), […]

Checkmate in Berlin

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (2021) When the Americans and British rolled into Berlin in June 1945, optimism was high that power sharing with their Russian allies would work – it was imperative it did. But Stalin had other plans, despite agreements reached at Yalta and Potsdam. After an orgy of violence, rape and looting, the Communists set out to seize […]

Norse America

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (2021) On a clear sunny day in 1170 CE, the Welsh prince Madoc, illegitimate son of the famous Owain Gwynedd, set sail from Rhos-on-Sea on the north coast of Wales. Travelling with him in his several ships were over 100 men, women and children. Passing the Great Orme copper mound and then rounding the […]

The English People at War in the Age of Henry VIII

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (2018) Disclaimer: the reviewer is an ex student of Professor Steven Gunn. Based on James Ford Lectures in British History given in 2015, Professor Steven Gunn’s book considers warfare in the ‘age of Henry VIII’ (adopting a loose definition covering a period of around hundred years from the 1470s to the 1570s) and how […]

A Story of Us

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (2021) When choosing a (male) partner, to get a handle on the level of support they will provide, I invite you to weigh up the size of his testicles. If he has very large testicles compared to the size of the rest of him (as a Chimpanzee does, and as presumably our common ancestor […]

What is Popular History?

What can I expect from a popular history book? A popular history book is really just a history book that is not aimed at professional historians. So if you are not a professional academic historian and you find a history book interesting then you can classify it as popular history. This can cover a very […]

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