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The Secret History by Procopius - Book Review

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By Procopius, G. A. Williamson (Translated by), Peter Sarris (Translated by), Peter Sarris (Introduction by), Peter Sarris (Notes by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140455281
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 18th, 2007

For fans of titles like "Fire and Fury" and "The Mueller Report," this is a sensational tell-all tale of a ruler whose egotism and corruption know no bounds, written by a close adviser in secret for fear of it being discovered. Sound familiar? Very juicy. ~ Reviewed by Ramsay Eyre


Women's War: Fighting and Surviving the American Civil War by Stephanie McCurry - Book Review

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780674987975
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Published: Belknap Press - April 15th, 2019

This is a story that needed to be told. A major new work of Civil War history, this volume does not only challenge conventional assumptions about women in the Civil War, but dispels the notion that a "woman's role" is limited to the sidelines in any war. This ought to be required reading for any history buff! ~ Reviewed by Ramsay Eyre


The Wonders: The Extraordinary Circus Performers Who Transformed the Victorian Age by John Woolf - Book Review

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781643132204
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Published: Pegasus Books - November 5th, 2019

The freak flag flew high throughout the Victorian Age: the Queen herself was enthralled by General Tom Thumb. Meanwhile, the Siamese Twins, the Bearded Lady, giants, and other unusual personages were paraded by the likes of P.T. Barnum, and carnivals, sideshows, and midways thronged with spectators. Woolf strips away the bluster to reveal authentic people trapped in alarming bodies, who ought to be remembered not as freaks, but wonders. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Questions I Am Asked about the Holocaust by Hedi Fried - Book Review

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By Hédi Fried, Alice Olsson (Translator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781947534599
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Published: Scribe Us - April 2nd, 2019

From Fried’s lectures, she collected the questions she was asked and has tried to give answers to. She wrote an autobiography about her time as a Jewish woman in labor camps, Auschwitz and after liberation; now she has created another way that is accessible to all on the subject in a very personal level. You will come away with an understanding of one persons journey in troubled times, but also how it currently relates. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Map of Knowledge: A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found by Violet Moller - Book Review

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780385541763
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Published: Doubleday - May 14th, 2019

This is a captivating biblio-adventure across 1000 years from 500 to 1500. Everyone knows that the Renaissance was in many ways engendered by the re-discovery and careful reading of classical texts. But how were they preserved? What happened to them between the fall of Rome and through the Dark Ages? Moller selects three Greek scientific books—Euclid, Ptolemy, and Galen—and brilliantly charts their path from the Library of Alexandria back to Europe. She uncovers a history in large part erased—the Arabic humanist tradition which preserved, studied, and treasured these books as the intellectual environment of Europe atrophied. Moller focuses not simply on these three Greek texts, but structures her book around the vibrant intellectual centers of Alexandria, Baghdad, Cordoba, Toledo, Salerno, Palermo, and Venice with the triumph of the printing press. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII by Robert Weintraub - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780316337052
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 7th, 2016

This book is beautiful in a way that only a true story can be, as it unites the gut-wrenching chaos of World War Two’s Pacific Theater with the innocence and joy offered by the best dog stories. This one will make you laugh, cry, and shout for joy all on the same page, as Judy the English pure-bred pointer faces the horrors of war with a brave face and a wagging tail. Chock full of action, drama, suspense, and heart, Judy’s story showcases humanity not only at its darkest points, but also at its most pure. If you have a dog, be prepared to pet it between every page. So dog lovers, history lovers, and book lovers unite! No Better Friend is just begging to be read. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


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