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The bullets which led to war

Advantages: Very interesting journey through history in the 'then and now' manner
Disadvantages: A little too much about the author in places

The trigger of the title is that which featured in perhaps the most far-reaching assassination in history – that of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the imperial throne of Austria-Hungary, and his morganatic (unequal in rank) wife, Sophie Chotek. On the ...

JOHNV 29.07.2015 · Read full review
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Review of The Trigger: The Hunt for Gavrilo Princip - the Assassin who Brought the World to War - Tim Butcher

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A battle won and lost - and what happened afterwards

Advantages: Vivid, atmospheric account of the battle and subsequent events
Disadvantages: A little dry for a general readership

As is to be expected, there have been several accounts of the battle of Waterloo and of the events that led up to it. But it is always interesting to discover a book which finds a different way of telling the tale, or in this case, one that focuses more ...

JOHNV 05.07.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Waterllo: The Aftermath - Paul O'Keeffe

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A Little Review of 'A Little History of Science'

Advantages: Fascinating, accessible and engaging history of science
Disadvantages: May be too basic for some; Western-centric focus

...William Bynum, A Little History of Science Published Yale University Press, 2013 (paperback edition) I purchased this delightful little book in an attempt to make a small reduction in my ignorance of science in general. Having dropped the sciences at a ...

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Review of A Little History of Science - William Bynum

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tl;dr : Took photo, was blurred, is ghost whooooooooooo

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Disadvantages: Photos diappointing, lack of detail, factual inaccuracy, no flow

I came across this book in a charity shop, and being somewhat fascinated with history and the tudor period in particular, I thought it would be really interesting to read this book having had a quick glance at the blurb which explained the book told of th ...

Nymphypig 28.05.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Anne Boleyn's Ghost - Liam Archer

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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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