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New history books in November 2022

by Anthony Webb, 1 December 2022

A great range of new history books published in November 2022! Book covers below and some notes on the ones that caught my eye below that.

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Uncommon Wrath: Caesar, Cato, and the Quarrel That Ended the Roman Republic
Never Turn Back: China and the Forbidden History of The 1980s
The Pope at War: The Secret History of Pius XII, Mussolini, and Hitler
Lakhota: An Indigenous History
Homo Sapiens Rediscovered: The Scientific Revolution Rewriting Our Origins
Egypt's Golden Couple: When Akhenaten and Nefertiti Were Gods on Earth
A Cultural History of the British Empire
Papyrus: The Invention of Books in the Ancient World
The Queen and the Mistress: The Women of Edward III
The Word: On the Translation of the Bible
Adventures in Time: Fury of The Vikings
The Fasces: A History of Ancient Romes Most Dangerous Political Symbol
The Perfect Sword: Forging the Dark Ages
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Lots of potentially interesting stuff here, including two that I can vouch for as I have read and reviewed them already! A few that I would like to mention:

  • Uncommon Wrath: Caesar, Cato, and the Quarrel That Ended the Roman Republic by Josiah Osgood - a great double bio of Caesar and Cato looking at two late Republican titans and their role in destroying the Roman Republic, and their relevance for present day politicians.

  • Adventures in Time: Fury of The Vikings by Dominic Sandbrook - a fun and engaging history of the Viking Age, written as a gateway history book for kids but just as good for adults.

  • Papyrus: The Invention of Books in the Ancient World by Irene Vallejo - this one looks really interesting both as a history book and as a piece of writing. Translated from the Spanish version which was published in 2019, and one I hope to get round to reading!

  • Egypt's Golden Couple: When Akhenaten and Nefertiti Were Gods on Earth by John Darnell and Colleen Darnell - because who doesn't like a glamorous historical couple? And Egyptian pharaohs are always a favourite too.

  • The Perfect Sword: Forging the Dark Ages by Edoardo Albert and Paul Gething - another one that looks accessible and fun, this time written with adults in mind.

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