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Cuba - review

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Posted on: 22 December 2023

Without Cuba, there might not have been a United States. In 1781, readying themselves for what would turn out to be the climactic battle in the (North) American War of Independence, Ada Ferrer in...

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Red Memory - review

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Posted on: 8 December 2023

They f*ck you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had And add some extra, just for you. ~ But they were f*cked up in their turn By fools in...

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Posted on: 1 December 2023

Fourteen books published in November that meet my exacting criteria (of being history, not too academic, and not too niche or military). It looks like a fairly traditional range of topics: Weimar...

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Charged - review

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Posted on: 17 November 2023

The history of an electric car battery begins with one of the biggest mass extinction events in the history of the plant. I’m talking of course about the Permian-Triassic mass extinction 250 million...

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Assyria - review

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Posted on: 10 November 2023

What have the Assyrians ever done for us? In Assyria: the Rise and Fall of the World’s First Empire Eckart Frahm explains that: they established a template for domination that has been used ever...

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Posted on: 1 November 2023

Fewer history books than normal were published in October - maybe it is a bit of a lull before the Christmas releases? But still nine to choose from, and most of them the product of years of hard...

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The Middle Kingdoms - review

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Posted on: 27 October 2023

I admit that I bought this book without too much research about what it was about: from the picture on the front cover and title I got the vague idea that I was buying something on German medieval...

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The Age of Atlantic Revolution - review

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Posted on: 13 October 2023

It's history is the creation of a world. Simone de Beauvoir, America Day by Day. In Colombia the first song I learnt on my battered travelling guitar was β€œSoy Colombiano” (β€œI am Colombian”)...

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Posted on: 1 October 2023

I like the look of a lot of these, not that one should judge a book by looks alone, but there certainly are more than usual. Click the book covers to see a zoomed in image and links to Amazon if you...

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