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by Peter Ackroyd
by Francis Fukuyama
If you're interested in the growing role of non-state actors in international politics as I am.
by carlo ginzburg
That's an excellent book.
MUCH better. The film is frankly a disgrace to the book.
by Tim Conigrave
That book changed my life.
the life of Keith Moon
by L.A. Carolynn.
It's a tough read, and strangely in spite of all the history books I've read, this is the only one that has ever really made me think truly about what those people had to go through with death awaiting them at every turn. Especially for us, a generation who have come after WW1 & 2 and the televisation of war from Vietnam to Bosnia to Iraq to think about these people who really had no idea what they were getting themselves in for.
It eulogises the Australian troops a tad too much, and doesn't give half as much time as to the British at Helles, given the British lost 5 times as many men, but on the whole it's an excellent insight into one of the most futile military campaigns in history, with the added pathos of how close at times they actually came to succeeding.
It also manages to avoid the Boys' Club mentality of endless technical descriptions that many military histories fall into.
chechnya- the case for independence by tony wood.
'Homage to Catalonia' or 'down and out in London and pairs' are particularly good.
Interesting perspectives of strange times/places. Not particularly long and immensely readable!
because I'm gay for the Spanish Civil War.
Check out A Concise History of the Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston - everything you could need to know about the war and most of Spanish history in 200 exceptionally well written pages
is quite an interesting read.
I also just read "God is not great - how religion poisons everything" by Christopher Hitchens, which is a very entertaining read if you don't like religion, and could be quite persuasive if you're a fence-sitter. It is rather sloppy in parts, and contains too many anecdotes for my liking, but I feel he stops short of Michael Mooresque fact-bending.
by aldous huxley
cos drugs ARE cool
Bill bryson's "A brief History of everything" is amazing.
It's a really evokative food memoir/travelogue/recipe book.
And I edited it so it's great.