ITT: your favorite book(s) about history
>not sure if pic is related
>long story short people from CT and RI were fucking nuts back then
How the law of gravity is oppressive to LGBTQAIPAC/DCCDDVDBLURAYCOMBOPACK+++ peoples, and how Isaac Newton was homophobic.
its a /lit/ meme but he's a very famous author
he writes what could best be called historical metafiction. All of his serious novels (he occasionally writes shit ones for some reasons) usually blend the folklore, culture, and history of the period seamlessly. He's kind of a cross between cormac mccarthy, william burroughs, and a cryptic historian. Gravity's Rainbow is about a man who's ejaculations cause precise V2 strikes a few days later, but he also has a book called Mason & Dixon that I'd recommend if you like books about the new world, and what I think his best novel is, Against the Day, which is a fucking brick about the turn of the century and like all of his novels is too complicated and weird to explain
For pure page-turning entertainment value, probably pic related.
I've got +400 books in my Goodreads, and read a tonne of history. Rarely give anything 5/5 stars. Here are the history books I have:
- A Savage War of Peace: Algeria, 1954-1962
- The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence
- The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany 1944-45
- Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
- The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush
- The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
- Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
- Patriotic Treason: John Brown and the Soul of America
- The Invasion of Canada: 1812-1813 / Flames Across the Border: 1813-1814
- The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power
- Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
Thanks for the recommendations
>- Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
I've heard really great things about this one
Very good book to read, does an excellent job portraying why so many of today's issues stemmed from the Paris Peace Conference. Also, since the author is a descendant of Lloyd George himself, she goes to great lengths to describe and elaborate upon the personalities of the people within the conference, almost to the point that you forget you're reading a nonfiction book.
Read The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum if you haven't already.
Thematically it fits because from a /his/ viewpoint Greece was the West, it was split from Persia.
If it had just become another Satrapy fuck knows what would have happened.
The failed invasion of Greece would go on to define how the Greeks saw themselves and start the gradual shift in power from Persia to Greece which then went onto inspire Rome.
Eventually this came to define what the "West" was.