Crowdsourced History Reading — Supplemental List

Off my shelves as listed there and without regard to topical overlaps etc.:

WOMEN

Freya Stark: The Valleys of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels
Freya Stark: Perseus in the Wind: A Life of Travel
Stacy Schiff: Cleopatra
Kara Cooney: When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt
Elizabeth Norton: Elfrida: The First Crowned Queen of England
Elizabeth Norton: The Lives of Tudor Women
Linda Porter: The First Queen of England: The Myth of “Bloody Mary”
Sarah Gristwood: Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses
Henrietta Leyser: Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450-1500
Anna Maria Sigmund: Women of the Third Reich
Fatima Mernissi: Forgotten Queens of Islam
Simone de Beauvoir: Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter
Margery Kempe: The Book of Margery Kempe
Anton Gill: Art Lover: A Biography of Peggy Guggenheim
Sarah B. Pomeroy: Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity
Giles Tremlett: Isabella of Castile: Europe’s First Great Queen
Julia Fox: Sister Queens: Katherine of Aragon and Juana Queen of Castile
Jenny Uglow: Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories
Jenny Uglow: George Eliot
Madeleine Albright: Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948
Marjorie Chibnall: The Empress Matilda: Queen Consort, Queen Mother and Lady of the English
Elizabeth Wayland Barber: Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years – Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times
Anne-Marie-Louise d’Orléans Montpensier: Against Marriage: The Correspondence of La Grande Mademoiselle
John Guy: A Daughter’s Love: Thomas and Margaret More
Mary Wortley Montagu: Selected Letters

 

WORLD

Jonathan D. Spence: Mao Zedong: A Life
Kim DePaul, Dith Pran: Children of Cambodia’s Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors
Peter Scholl-Latour: Der Tod im Reisfeld (Death in the Rice Fields)
Vasily Grossman: An Armenian Sketchbook
Banine: Days in the Caucasus
Robert K. Massie: Peter the Great: His Life and World
Rebecca West: Black Lamb and Grey Falcon
William L. Shirer: Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-41
Jacob Burckhardt: The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy
Chris Lowney: A Vanished World: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain
Paul Preston: The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution and Revenge
Tom Reiss: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
Alan Moorehead: The White Nile
Giles Milton: Nathaniel’s Nutmeg: How One Man’s Courage Changed the Course of History
Gerard Prunier: Africa’s World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe
Roald Amundsen: Race to the South Pole
Robert Falcon Scott: Journals
Albert Schweitzer: Out of My Life and Thought
Ezekiel Mphahlele: Down Second Avenue
Anthony Sattin: The Gates Of Africa: Death, Discovery And The Search For Timbuktu
Bruce Chatwin: Songlines
Bruce Chatwin: In Patagonia
Inge Scholl: Die weiße Rose (The White Rose)
Alan Booth: Looking for the Lost: Journeys Through a Vanishing Japan
Solomon Volkov: St Petersburg: A Cultural History
Sun Shuyun: The Long March: The True History of Communist China’s Founding Myth
Der Ling: Two Years in the Forbidden City
Nancy Marie Brown: The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages
Judith Armatta: Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic
Roger Crowley: Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Impire
Roger Crowley: City of Fortune: How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire
Roger Crowley: The Accursed Tower: The Fall of Acre and the End of the Crusades
Barbara W. Tuchman: A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century
Barbara W. Tuchman: The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam
William Raymond Manchester: A World Lit Only by Fire
Katharine Sim: Desert Traveller: The Life of Jean Louis Burckhardt
Jacob D’Ancona: The City of Light: The Hidden Journal of the Man Who Entered China Four Years Before Marco Polo
Marco Polo: The Travels
Niall Ferguson: The House of Rothschild (2 parts)
Timothy Snyder: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Hannah Arendt: The Origins of Totalitarianism

 

ANCIENT

Donald Kagan: The Peloponnesian War: Athens and Sparta in Savage Conflict, 431-404 BC
Donald Kagan: Pericles Of Athens And The Birth Of Democracy
Donald Kagan: The Fall of the Athenian Empire
Tacitus: Annals & Histories
Barry S. Strauss: The Spartacus War
Edward Gibbon: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

 

U.S.

Shirley Jackson: The Witchcraft of Salem Village
Doris Kearns Goodwin: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
John Kenneth Galbraith: The Great Crash, 1929
Meriwether Lewis, William Clark: Journals
Bernard Bailyn: The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
Ron Stallworth: Black Klansman
Robert F. Kennedy: Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis
John F. Kennedy: Profiles in Courage
Michael Lienesch: In the Beginning: Fundamentalism, the Scopes Trial, and the Making of the Antievolution Movement
Sojourner Truth: Narrative of Sojourner Truth
Carl Sandburg: Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years (2 parts)
Various Authors: Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South
Various Authors / Library of America: Reporting Civil Rights
James F. Simon: What Kind of Nation: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and the Epic Struggle to Create a United States
Christopher Corbett: Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express

 

ENGLAND & IRELAND

Desmond Seward: Last White Rose: The Secret Wars of the Tudors
Jenny Uglow: A Gambling Man: Charles II and the Restoration
Sarah Foot: Aethelstan: The First King of England
Jim Bradbury: Stephen and Matilda: The Civil War of 1139-53
Richard White: King Arthur in Legend and History
James Lydon: The Making of Ireland: From Ancient Times to the Present

 

LITERATURE / SCIENCE / ARTS / PHILOSOPHY / CULTURE

Edmund Morris: Beethoven: The Universal Composer
Jim Al-Khalili: The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance
Mark Pendergrast: Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World
Ralph S. Hattox: Coffee and Coffeehouses: The Origins of a Social Beverage in the Medieval Near East
Charles Darwin: The Voyage of the Beagle
Andrew Hodges: Alan Turing: The Enigma
Langston Hughes, Carl Van Vechten: Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten
Sarah Bakewell: At The Existentialist Café
Agatha Christie, Mathew Prichard: The Grand Tour: Letters and Photographs from the British Empire Expedition 1922
James Boswell: The Life of Samuel Johnson
Lisa Jardine: Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution
Various Authors: Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society
Richard Holmes: The Age of Wonder
Elizabeth Ward, Alain Silver: Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles
Simon Callow: Charles Dickens
Jackson J. Benson: Wallace Stegner
Jackson J. Benson: John Steinbeck
Ross King: Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling
Walter Isaacson: Einstein: His Life And Universe
Charles Nicholl: Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind
Marilyn Yalom: Birth of the Chess Queen: A History
John Stubbs: Donne: The Reformed Soul
Sharon Bertsch McGrayne: Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries
Eve Curie: Madame Curie: A Biography
Erika Mann: Mein Vater, der Zauberer
Jesse Owens: Jesse: The Man Who Outran Hitler

@Chris: I’m going to add these now.

 

 

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Crowdsourced History Reading — Miscellaneous Further Addenda

TRAVEL HISTORY

* Colin Thubron – The Lost Heart of Asia
(Central Asia; post-USSR trip with historic sidelights)
* Mark Twain – A Tramp Abroad
(19th century; Germany, Austria, Italy)
* David Dary – The Santa Fe Trail: Its History, Legends, and Lore
(19th century; US)
* Terry Townsend – Jane Austen’s Hampshire
(19th century; England)
* Elizabeth von Arnim – The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rügen
(19th century; Germany)
* Victor Hugo – Le Rhin (The Rhine: A Tour from Paris to Mayence by the Way of Aix-la-Chapelle)
(19th century; France and Germany)
* Thomas Jefferson – Memorandum on a Tour from Paris to Amsterdam, Strasburg, and back to Paris
(18th century; France, Germany,  and Netherlands)
* Annette Fimpeler – Die Schifffahrt und ihre Fahrzeuge auf dem Niederrhein
(Middle Ages through 19th century; Germany and Netherlands — unfortunately not in English)

 

(NON-TRAVEL) FIRST HAND ACCOUNTS AND OTHER PRIMARY TEXTS

* Isak Dinesen – Out of Africa / Shadows on the Grass
(20th century; Kenya)
* Gregory Doran, Antony Sher – Woza Shakespeare!: Titus Andronicus In South Africa
(20th century; South Africa during Apartheid / touring Shakespeare)
* Bernal Díaz del Castillo – Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España
(16th century; the classic eyewitness account of the conquest of Mexico)
* Gabriel García Márquez – Vivir para contarla (Living to Tell the Tale)
(20th century; Colombia)
* Xinran – The Good Women of China
(20th century; China)
* Reginald Fleming Johnston – Twilight in the Forbidden City
(20th century; China)
* Vladislav Tamarov – Afghanistan: A Russian Soldier’s Story
(20th century; Afghanistan and Russia)
* National Museum of the American Indian / Smithsonian Institution – Stories of the People: Native American Voices
(19th-20th century; U.S.)
* Rina Swentzell, Luci Tapahonso, Tony Chavarria (eds.) / Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (Santa Fe, NM) – Here, Now, and Always: Voices of the First Peoples of the Southwest
(20th century, U.S.)
* Maria Grammatico – Bitter Almonds
(20th century; Italy)
* Marcel Pagnol – La gloire de mon père
(19th-20th century; France)
* Voltaire – Letters on England
(18th century; England)
* Oscar Wilde – De Profundis
(19th century; England)
* Evelyn Doyle – Tea and Green Ribbons
(20th century; Ireland)
* Hildegard of Bingen – Selected Writings
(Middle Agles; Germany)
* Otto von Bismarck – Gedanken und Erinnerungen (Thoughts and Reminiscences)
(19th century; Germany — Bismarck’s memoirs)
* Joseph Roth – What I Saw: Reports from Berlin 1920-1933
(Interwar; Germany)
Thomas Mann – Tagebücher (Diaries) 1944-1946
(20th century; U.S. and Germany)
* David E. Murphy / Sergei A. Kondrashev / George Bailey – Battleground Berlin: CIA vs. KGB in the Cold War
(Cold War; Germany, U.S., and Russia)
* Richard von Weizsäcker – Address on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the end of WWII, May 8, 1985
(20th century; Germany — to the best of my knowledge, in German only)

 

MISC. OTHER HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY

* C.W. Ceram – Gods, Graves & Scholars: The Story Of Archaeology
(chiefly the history of (worldwide) archeology as a field of its own from the 18th century onwards, but with individual chapters hearkening back to earlier times; e.g., re: Prehispanic America and Mesopotamia)
* William Dalrymple – The Last Mughal
(19th century; India)
* Peter Finn, Petra Couvée – The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book
(20th century; Russia)
* Mary S. Lovell – Straight on Till Morning: A Biography of Beryl Markham
(20th century; Kenya, Britain, U.S.)
* María Rosa Menocal – The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain
* Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Kwang-ching Liu – The Cambridge Illustrated History of China
* Régine Pernoud – Aliénor d’Aquitaine
(Middle Ages; France and England)
* Frank O’Connor – The Big Fellow: Michael Collins and the Irish Revolution
(20th century; Ireland)
* Tom Standage – The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess-Playing Machine
(18th century; Europe)
* Muriel Spark – Emily Bronte: Her Life And Work
(19th century; England)
* Daniel Stashower – Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle
(19th-20th century; Scotland and England)
* Florian Illies – 1913: The Year before the Storm
(20th century just pre-WWI; Europe)
* Joseph J. Ellis – His Excellency: George Washington
(American Revolution)
* Truman Capote – In Cold Blood
(20th century; U.S.)
* Dean King, John B. Hattendorf – Harbors and High Seas: An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Complete Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O’Brian
(more than a guide to the novels, this is actually quite a neat little book with a lot of background on early 19th century naval warfare and commerce generally, as well as the history of the (worldwide) locations metioned in O’Brian’s novels — including places in Africa, South America, and Asia)

@Chris: I’m going to add these myself.

 

 

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 10: Stragglers and Addenda

* 5 books that didn’t seem to fit onto any other list, and

* 3 addenda which will also go, retroactively, onto the “first hand accounts”, “women’s history” and “literary and cultural history” lists.

 

THE STRAGGLERS

* David P. Silverman: Ancient Egypt
* Linda Schele & David A. Freidel: A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya
* Stefan Zweig: Joseph Fouché
* David Graeber: Debt: The First 5,000 Years
* Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Time

THE ADDENDA

* Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Gulag Archipelago
* Helen Keller: The Story of My Life
* Agatha Christie:  An Autobiography

 

 

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 9: Primary Sources

This is largely a recap; most of these have already appeared on one or several other lists.  So instead of cross-referencing, this time I’m just going to put the new entries in bold.

(Note: These are primary sources other than first hand accounts.)

* Cicero: An Attack on an Enemy of Freedom (Philippicae)
* Suetonius: Lives of the Twelve Caesars
* Various Authors: Woman Defamed and Woman Defended: An Anthology of Medieval Texts
* Christine de Pizan: La Cité des Dames (The City of the Ladies) / Le débat sur le roman de la rose (The Debate on the Romance of the Rose) / Le ditié de Jéhanne d’Arc
* Moderata Fonte: The Worth of Women
* Martin Luther: Basic Theological Writings
* Elizabeth Tudor, Leah Marcus (ed.): Collected Works
* Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: La Respuesta (The Answer)
* John Stuart Mill: On Liberty
* Montesquieu: L’esprit des lois
* French Constitution of 1791 and Premiers articles de la constitution (1789)
* Déclaration des droits de l’homme et du citoyen (France, 1789)
* Thomas Paine: The Rights of Man and Common Sense
* Declaration of Independence (U.S.A., 1776)
* Constitution of the United States (1788)
* Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay: The Federalist Papers
* George Washington: Farewell Address
* Abraham Lincoln: Gettisburg Adress
* Émile Zola: J’accuse
* Mary Wollstonecraft: A Vindication of the Rights of Women
* Virginia Woolf: A Room of One’s Own
* Dorothy L. Sayers: Are Women Human?
* Thomas Mann: Deutsche Hörer! Radiosendungen nach Deutschland aus den Jahren 1940-1945 (Listen, Germany! — Letters to German listeners broadcast on BBC in 1940-1945)
* Charter of the United Nations
* Statute of the International Court of Justice
* Universal Declaration of Human Rights
* Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland (1949) (German Constitution)
* Martin Luther King Jr.: Letter from Birmingham Jail / A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
* Simon Sebag Montefiore (ed.): Speeches That Changed the World

 

 

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 8: At Home and Abroad

Cross-references to my other topical lists, as always, marked with the addition “cf.”

AT HOME: REGIONAL AND LOCAL HISTORY

* Peter Ackroyd: London: The Biography
(London through the ages, from Roman times to present day)
* Anna Quindlen: Imagined London: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City
(London through the ages — cf. list no. 7, “Literary and Cultural History”)
* James Herriot: All Creatures Great and Small
(early 20th century rural Yorkshire; veterinary practice — to be added retroactively to list no. 3, “First Hand Accounts”)
* Ellis Peters: Strongholds and Sanctuaries: The Borderland of England and Wales
(Shropshire and Wales, chiefly in the Middle Ages)
* Rosemary Goring (ed.): Scotland: the Autobiography: 2,000 Years of Scottish History by Those Who Saw it Happen
(Scotland through the ages — cf. lists no. 3 & 4, “First Hand Accounts” and “History of the British Isles”)
* Ernest Hemingway: A Moveable Feast
(early 20th century Paris — cf. list no. 3, “First Hand Accounts”)
* Wolfgang Ribbe & Jürgen Schmädeke: Kleine Berlin-Geschichte
(Berlin from its 13th century foundation to the present day; to the best of my knowledge, unfortunately not translated.  The title translates as “A Little History of Berlin”)
* Doris & Arnold E. Maurer: Bonn erzählt: Streifzüge durch das literarische Bonn von 1780 – 1980
(Bonn, 1780-1980 — cf. list no. 7, “Literary and Cultural History”)

 

ABROAD: EXPLORATION AND TRAVEL

* Laurence Bergreen: Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
(early 16th century; Portugal / Spain / global circumnavigation)
* Samuel Johnson: Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, and James Boswell: The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson LL.D.
(18th Century, Scotland — cf. list no. 3, “First Hand Accounts”)
* Miles Bredin: The Pale Abyssinian: A Life of James Bruce, African Explorer and Adventurer
(18th century; North-Eastern Africa, especially Ethiopia)
* Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Italian Journey
(late 18th century Germany and Italy — also to be added retroactively to list no. 3, “First Hand Accounts”)
* Alexandra David-Neel: Voyage d’une Parisienne à Lhassa (My Journey to Lhasa)
(Early 20th century, Tibet / Himalayas / exploration — cf. lists no. 2 & 3, “Women’s History” and “First Hand Accounts”)

 

 

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 7: Literary and Cultural History

Literary biographies and other works on literary history — as opposed to literary criticism.

Cross-references to my other topical lists, as always, marked with the addition “cf.”

LITERARY HISTORY

Stanley Wells:
* Shakespeare: For All Time
* Shakespeare: A Life in Drama
* Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide
* The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare
* Shakespeare and Co.: Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Johnson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and the Other Players in His Story
* Coffee with Shakespeare
* Is It True What They Say About Shakespeare?
— for all, cf. list no. 1, “Bulk Entries and Basics”
* Samuel Schoenbaum: Shakespeare: A Documentary Life
* Peter Ackroyd: Shakespeare: The Biography
* Stephen Greenblatt: Will in the World
* Anthony Burgess: Shakespeare
* Michael Wood: Shakespeare
* Bill Bryson: Shakespeare
* Tarnya Cooper, Stanley Wells et al.: Searching for Shakespeare
* James Shapiro: Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?
* Marchette Chute: Geoffrey Chaucer of England
* Claire Tomalin: Jane Austen: A Life
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Elizabeth Gaskell: The Life of Charlotte Brontë
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* A.S. Byatt: Unruly Times: Wordsworth and Coleridge in Their Time
* Edna O’Brien: James Joyce and Byron in Love
* Virginia Woolf: A Room of One’s Own
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: 1899-1936: The Making of a Detective Novelist and Barbara Reynolds: Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Martin Edwards: The Golden Age of Murder and The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books
* Anna Quindlen: Imagined London: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City
* Thomas Mann: Über mich selbst: Autobiographische Schriften
— cf. list no. 3, “First Hand Accounts”
* Doris & Arnold E. Maurer: Bonn erzählt: Streifzüge durch das literarische Bonn von 1780 – 1980
(Unfortunately not translated into English.  The title translates approximately as “Bonn narrates: Forays into Bonn’s Literary Life, 1780-1980”)
* Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature
* The Smithsonian Book of Books

 

CULTURAL HISTORY

* Hugh Honour & John Fleming: A World History of Art
* Charles Quest-Ritson: The English Garden: A Social History
* Jackie Bennett & Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: Shakespeare’s Gardens
* Beatrice Hohenegger: Liquid Jade: The Story of Tea from East to West
* Carl Van Vechten: The Tiger in the House: A Cultural History of the Cat
* Howard Koch: Casablanca: Script and Legend
* Eddie Muller: Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir

 

 

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 6: American History

Cross-references to my other topical lists, as always, marked with the addition “cf.”

* David McCullough: 1776 and John Adams
(Wars of Independence / Foundations of Nationhood / First Presidents)
* Joseph J. Ellis: Founding Brothers:The Revolutionary Generation and American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
(Wars of Independence / Foundations of Nationhood / First Presidents)
* Thomas Paine: The Rights of Man and Common Sense
(Wars of Independence / Foundations of Nationhood)
* Declaration of Independence
(Wars of Independence / Foundations of Nationhood)
* Constitution of the United States
(Wars of Independence / Foundations of Nationhood)
* Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay: The Federalist Papers
(Wars of Independence / Foundations of Nationhood)
* George Washington: Farewell Address
(Wars of Independence / Foundations of Nationhood / First Presidents)
* Abraham Lincoln: The Gettisburg Adress
(Civil War)
* John Steinbeck: The Harvest Gypsies: On the Road to The Grapes of Wrath
(Great Depression — cf. list no. 3, “First Hand Accounts”)
* John Steinbeck: Travels with Charley in Search of America
(Will also be added to list no. 3, “First Hand Accounts”)
* Library of America (anthology), Various Authors: Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1959-1975
(Vietnam War — cf. list no. 3, “First Hand Accounts”)
* Martin Luther King Jr.: Letter from Birmingham Jail and A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
(Civil Rights Movement)
* Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward: All the President’s Men
(Watergate)

 

 

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 5: WWII / National Socialism

Cross-references to my other topical lists, as always, marked with the addition “cf.”

* Milton S. Mayer: They Thought They Were Free
* Joachim Fest: Hitler and Der Untergang (Inside Hitler’s Bunker)
* Eugen Kogon: Der SS-Staat (The Theory and Practice of Hell)
* Guido Knopp: Hitlers Helfer (Hitler’s Henchmen)
* Hannah Arendt: Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil
* Martin Goldsmith: The Inextinguishable Symphony
* Erica Fischer: Aimée und Jaguar: Ein Liebesgeschichte, Berlin 1943 (Aimée & Jaguar: A Love Story, Berlin 1943)
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Anne Frank: Diary
— cf. lists no. 2 & 3, “Women’s History” and “First Hand Accounts”
* Solomon Perel: Ich war Hitlerjunge Salomon (Europa Europa)
— cf. list no. 3, “First Hand Accounts”
* Astrid Lindgren: A World Gone Mad: Diaries, 1939-45
— cf. lists no. 2 & 3, “Women’s History” and “First Hand Accounts”
* Hans Jürgen Massaquoi: Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany
— cf. list no. 3, “First Hand Accounts”
* Marcel Reich-Ranicki: Mein Leben (The Author of Himself: The Life of Marcel Reich-Ranicki)
— cf. list no. 3, “First Hand Accounts”
* Library of America (anthology), Various Authors: Reporting World War II
— cf. list no. 3, “First Hand Accounts”
* Thomas Mann: Deutsche Hörer! Radiosendungen nach Deutschland aus den Jahren 1940-1945 (Listen, Germany! — Letters to German listeners broadcast on BBC in 1940-1945)

 

 

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 4: History of the British Isles

RECAP: ALL BOOKS BY …

* Antonia Fraser (women’s history, Tudors & Stuarts)
* Ian Mortimer (British history, particularly Middle Ages)
* Dan Jones (ditto)
* Stanley Wells (Shakespeare; everything from biography and history to criticism)
* Christopher Hibbert (British and Italian history)
* John Julius Norwich (British and Mediterranean history)

— for all of the above, cf. list no. 1, “Bulk Entries and Basics”.

 

MIDDLE AGES

* Bede: The Ecclesiastical History of the English People
* Helen Castor: She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Alison Weir: Eleanor of Aquitaine
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* James Reston Jr.: Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade
* Robin Whiteman: The Cadfael Companion: The World of Brother Cadfael

 

TUDORS

* Thomas Penn: Winter King
(Henry VII)
* Diarmid MacCulloch: Thomas Cromwell
* David Starkey: Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII / Elizabeth / Henry
— for Six Wives and Elizabeth, cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Elizabeth Tudor, Leah Marcus (ed.): Collected Works
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Mary S. Lovell: Bess of Hardwick: First Lady of Chatsworth, 1527-1608
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Liza Picard: Elizabeth’s London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London

 

RESTORATION ERA

* Samuel Pepys: Diary
— cf. list no.3, “First Person Accounts”

 

18TH CENTURY

* Samuel Johnson: Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, and James Boswell: The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson LL.D.
(Scotland — cf. list no.3, “First Person Accounts”)
* Wendy Moore: Wedlock: How Georgian Britain’s Worst Husband Met His Match
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Mary Wollstonecraft: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”

 

19TH CENTURY

* Claire Tomalin: Jane Austen: A Life
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Elizabeth Gaskell: The Life of Charlotte Brontë
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets
* Kate Summerscale: The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

 

SIDELIGHTS:

* Robert Fossier, Robyn Marsack (eds.): The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Middle Ages (3 vols.)(Published in Britain, but covers all of Europe.)
* Carol Daugherty Rasnic: Northern Ireland: Can Sean and John Live in Peace?
(Chiefly Irish history up to Good Friday Agreement, but includes comments on the British policy for Ireland, and these days, darned near mandatory reading.)
* Rosemary Goring (ed.): Scotland: the Autobiography: 2,000 Years of Scottish History by Those Who Saw it Happen (Scotland — cf. list no.3, “First Person Accounts”)

 

 

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 3: First Person Accounts

Memoirs / autobiographies, diaries, correspondence, and journalism.

Again, cross-references to my other topical lists are marked with the addition “cf.”

* Plato: The Last Days of Socrates
* Pliny the Younger: Letters
* Pierre Abélard: Historia calamitatum (Histoire de mes malheurs / History of My Misfortunes), and Abélard & Heloise: Correspondence
* Samuel Pepys: Diary
* Samuel Johnson: Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, and James Boswell:The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson LL.D.
* Dieudonné Thiébault: Mes souvenirs de vingt ans de séjour à Berlin: Ou, Frédéric le Grand (translated as Original Anecdotes of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, and in German, Friedrich der Grosse und sein Hof: Erinnerungen an einen 20jährigen Aufenthalt in Berlin)
* Voltaire:Über den König von Preußen: Memoiren
(Voltaire’s memoirs of Frederic the Great’s court — I think German is the only language in which they’ve specifically been excerpted from the entirety of his memoirs  (The title translates as “On / About the King of Prussia: Memors.”).  Together with Thiébault’s account, above, probably the quintessential eyewitness account of life at Frederic’s court.)
* George Sand: Histoire de ma vie (Story of My Life)
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Teffi: Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Ernest Hemingway: A Moveable Feast
* Alexandra David-Neel: Voyage d’une Parisienne à Lhassa (My Journey to Lhasa)
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Beryl Markham: West With the Night
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* John Steinbeck: The Harvest Gypsies: On the Road to The Grapes of Wrath
* Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Time of Gifts
* Anne Frank: Diary
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Solomon Perel: Ich war Hitlerjunge Salomon (Europa Europa)
* Astrid Lindgren: A World Gone Mad: Diaries, 1939-45
* Hans Jürgen Massaquoi: Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany
* Library of America (anthology), Various Authors: Reporting World War II
* Jennifer Worth: Call the Midwife
— cf. list no. 2, “Women’s History”
* Nicolas Bouvier: The Way of the World
* Thomas Mann: Über mich selbst: Autobiographische Schriften
(Contains the text translated as A Sketch of My Life and several other bits and pieces of autobiography.  I don’t think there is an  exact English equivalent.)
* Mahatma Gandhi: The Story of My Experiments With Truth
* Carl Zuckmayr: A Part of Myself, Portrait of an Epoch(Als wäre’s ein Stück von mir: Horen der Freundschaft)
* Library of America (anthology), Various Authors: Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1959-1975
* Willy Brandt: Erinnerungen (My Life in Politics)
* Marcel Reich-Ranicki: Mein Leben (The Author of Himself: The Life of Marcel Reich-Ranicki)
* Rosemary Goring (ed.): Scotland: the Autobiography: 2,000 Years of Scottish History by Those Who Saw it Happen
* Irene & Alan Taylor (eds.), Various Authors: The Assassin’s Cloak: An Anthology of the World’s Greatest Diarists

 

 

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