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A country at war

Advantages: Well-researched, very readable account of Britain at the time
Disadvantages: None, really

The idea of taking a pivotal year from the past and devoting a whole book to the theme, embracing political, social and military history, is a very interesting one. Stephen Bates did so successfully not long ago with ‘Two Nations: Britain in 1846’, and h ...

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Review of 1815: Regency Britain in the Year of Waterloo - Stephen Bates

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'One Who Did Her Best' - the tragic tale of poor Sarah Jane

Advantages: Great read, lots of information and detail in readable format
Disadvantages: None

The Book 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends' John XV 13. This book is described on the back cover as 'The story of Sarah Jane Howell, eldest daughter of George and Jennet Howell, Abergarw Farm, Brynme ...

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Review of Memories of Sarah Jane Howell: A Welsh Heroine - Roger G. K. Penn

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Upper Echelons of Gurgling

Advantages: Beckett is a historian not a contrarian
Disadvantages: Baby boomer's ideology

Duration: 218 pages Biteback Publishing Ltd Eleven Chapters Copyright: Francis Beckett 2010 - - - “We weren’t pacifists; we were clueless rebels, indulging in shock tactics to annoy our elders.” - - - Yup, we’re in precarious times whereby c ...

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Review of What Did the Baby Boomers Ever Do for Us? - Francis Beckett

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Danger in the skies over London

Advantages: Atmospheric detailed portrait of London during the war years
Disadvantages: None

It seems that only recently, with the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War upon us, that historians have really looked thoroughly at the social history aspect and the effect it had on the population at home. Jerry White, who has already made ...

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Review of Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War - Jerry White

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An unorthodox but brilliant history of New York

Advantages: Fascinating diary entries
Disadvantages: None that I can see

...The idea for this book is really quite straightforward, the author has taken snippets of diary entries to do with the city of New York and then constructed a year in the life of New York. The diaries range from 1609 - 2009 so from the earliest days of New ...

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Review of New York Diaries 1609-2009 - Teresa Carpenter

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