Fewer history books published in December but some fascinating titles amongst them - more thoughts on this below the cover pictures.
Click the book covers to see a zoomed in image and links to Amazon for those who like to buy their books there.
I think that there are a higher percentage of “would like to read” books than for any other month I can remember. Hopefully the percentage I actually read of the “would like to read” list will be respectable! Some in particular:
- Weavers, Scribes, and Kings: A New History of the Ancient Near East by Amanda H. Podany - this looks like a fascinating and ambitious attempt to make the emergence and development of “civilisation” over thousands of years relatable on a human scale.
- Enslaved: The Sunken History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade by Sean Kingsley and Simcha Jacobovici - looking at the tangible evidence of the slave trade through the authors' exploration of underwater sites.
- The Vanishing Past: Making the Case for the Future of History by Trilby Kent - looking at the evidence of ahistorical attitudes in our societies and putting the case for (I think) continuing support for academic history.
- Armada: The Spanish Enterprise and Englands Deliverance In 1588 by Colin Martin and Geoffrey Parker - for some light historical escapism 😉