bobbyss wrote: »
Great stuff. It's good to get feedback. Will give her another go on that one. Currently reading life of George 111 by Janice Hadlow.
Rmulvany wrote: »
I'm looking to do some reading into Dál Riata / Dalriada.
If anyone can recommend any decent books I can add to my list that would be great
Manach wrote: »
For those who enjoy Classical history, I'd recommend the following recent reads/listens:
Philip and Alexander by Adrian Goldsworthy
The Jewish War by Flavius Josephus (on audiobook)
bobbyss wrote: »
Has anybody read Anne Chambers' Grace O'Malley book?
I tried but just could not get past the first few pages with unrecognizable and unpronucable names. I thought the writer should be aware of how off putting this might be. Surely there's a story to be told? I just wonder if anyone has read this book and their thoughts. Any orher books on her?
Amtmann wrote: »
On general European history:
Norman Davies, Europe: A History.
On witch hunts:
B.P. Levack, The witch-hunt in early modern Europe; Kramer and Sprenger, Malleus Maleficarum.
On the Black Death, see Ziegler's book of that title; for the BD in Ireland, see the book by Maria Kelly.
On the emergence of twentieth-century forms of scientific racism - and I'm talking primary sources here - see
Gobineau, Essay on the inequality of the human races (1853);
HS Chamberlain, Foundations of the nineteenth-century 2 vols (1899);
M. Grant, The Passing of the Great Race, or, the racial basis of European History (1916);
Stoddard, The Rising Tide of Color against White World Supremacy;
Hitler, Mein Kampf; see also
Coon, The Races of Europe (1939);
Ripley, The Races of Europe (1899);
Deniker, The Races of Man (1899).
Bainton, Here I stand: a life of Martin Luther;
Guy, My Heart is my own: Mary Queen of Scots;
For medieval-early modern, see anything by:
Of course, for modern Irish, see Roy Foster's Modern Ireland 1600-1972.
I could go on...!
edolan wrote: »
Rebels by Peter De Rosa is the best novel i've read about the 1916 rising.
GRMA wrote: »
The famine plot by Tim pat coogan. Terrific.
Although it will haunt you.
Thomas_I wrote: »
How was that book in regards to its chapters? I mean what is the main topic he´s concentrating by each decade. I´m considering to evtl. buy that book some time, but still I don´t know whether it is not just merely a repeating of most events also to find in T.P. Coogans book about Ireland in the 20th Century.
BalcombeSt4 wrote: »
Peter Taylors book on the IRA, "Provos: Behind The Mask" - I thinks that's the best book written on the Provisional IRA. Peter Taylor unlike a lot of other authors really understands the the Republican movement & it's culture, and he has a great insight into it.
"Big boys Rules: The SAS and the Secret Struggle against the IRA" by Mark Urban is briliant. Again I love the little details he goes into, for example like explaining the IRA's digger bomb attack on The Birches, from planning stages, right up until the IRA Volunteers got back to safety, explaining how man men were used & how they were used, that a small bomb attack on Pomperoy barracks wa just a diversion, how the IRA vols escaped into Belfast b boat through Lough Neagh which is only about a mile from the Birches. Details like that in it were great.
Anne CadWallader's books "Lethal Allies: Britih Collusion in Ireland" is a great book on the activities of the Glenanne Gang from 1972 - 1978.
And both Don Mullan's & Joe Tiernan's books on the Dublin & Monaghan bombings are both very good.
thway14 wrote: »
If you want something more controversial try anything by Niall Ferguson. I found his book on the British Empire very good, albeit flawed.
Two books I'd qualified recommend:
The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany's Bid for World Power, 1898-1918 by Sean McMeekin. It gives a good background into the Ottoman's entry in WW1 as well as other events such as the Armenian Massacres and Gallipoli.
The Great Betrayal: The Great Siege of Constantinople by Ernie Bradford. The author takes a somewhat jaundiced viewpoint and is not in line with latter historical research, but still the quality of the writing is excellent.
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