What I'm Reading - Arranged by Topic - by Rick Heli

What I'm Reading, by Topic


          MIDDLE EAST
          EARLY USA
          20TH CENTURY USA

The Birth of an Opera: Fifteen Masterpieces from Poppea to Wozzeck by Michael Rose ★★★★★
15/1/25 How to listen to and understand opera, Part 4 by Robert Greenberg ★★★★★
15/1/20 How to listen to and understand opera, Part 1 by Robert Greenberg ★★★★★
14/10/15 How to listen to and understand opera, Part 3 by Robert Greenberg ★★★★★
13/9/13 The Operas of Mozart, part 2 by Robert Greenberg ★★★★★
13/9/2 The Chamber Music of Mozart, part 2 by Robert Greenberg ★★★★★
13/8/5: The Chamber Music of Mozart, part 1 by Robert Greenberg ★★★★★
13/7/15: Great Masters: Mozart – His Life and Music by Robert Greenberg ★★★★★
13/4/3 The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works by Robert Greenberg ★★★★★
13/2/6 The Life and Works of Tchaikovsky by Jeremy Siepmann ★★
12/11/23 The Life and Works of Antonín Dvorák by Jeremy Siepmann ★★
12/11/19 The Life and Works of Joseph Haydn by Jeremy Siepmann ★★★★★
12/11/5 The Life and Works of Felix Mendelssohn by Jeremy Siepmann ★★
12/4/6 The Concerto part 3 by Robert Greenberg ★★★★
11/3/15 The Concerto part 2 by Robert Greenberg ★★★★
12/1/6: The Music of Richard Wagner by Robert Greenberg ★★★★★
11/11/2 The Concerto part 1 by Robert Greenberg [★★★★]>
11/10/29 The making of music, Series 2 by James Naughtie ★★★★
11/10/11 The Story of Wagner in words and music by Arthur Hannes ★★★
11/8/24 Hallelujah Handel by Douglas Cowling ★★★
11/7/26 The making of music by James Naughtie ★★★★
11/7/30 The Life and Works of Chopin by Jeremy Siepmann ★★★★★
11/7/16 The Life and Works of Beethoven by Jeremy Siepmann ★★★★★
11/7/5 The Symphony, part 3 by Robert Greenberg ★★★★★
11/6/18 The Symphony, part 2 by Robert Greenberg ★★★★★
The Symphony part 1 by Robert Greenberg [★★★★★]
11/5/9 Opera 101 by Fred Plotkin [★★★]
11/5/7 Famous Composers (Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Shostakovich, Dvorak) by Darren Henley [★★★★]
11/3/28 Enjoying Italian Opera (Barber of Seville, Madama Butterfly, Aida and Lucia di Lammermoor) by Dale Harris [★★★]
11/2/22 More Famous Composers (Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, John Williams) by Darren Henley [★★★★]
11/1/25 Masterpieces of Western Music by Jeffrey D. Lependorf [★★]
10/6/22 Bach and the High Baroque part 4 by Robert Greenberg [★★★★]
10/6/6 Bach and the High Baroque part 3 by Robert Greenberg [★★★★★]
10/5/4 Bach and the High Baroque part 2 by Robert Greenberg [★★★★★]
10/3/10 Bach and the High Baroque part 1 by Robert Greenberg [★★★★★]
10/2/16 Brahms Gets Laid by Ken Russell [★★★★★]
10/2/11 Beethoven Confidential by Ken Russell [★★★★★]
10/1/21: Composers in the Movies: Studies in Musical Biography by John C. Tibbetts [★★★★★]
09/10/6: Great masters: Beethoven, his life & music by Robert Greenberg [★★★★]
09/9/16: The Life and Operas of Verdi, part 1 by Robert Greenberg [★★]
09/7/30: Great masters: Mozart, his life & music by Robert Greenberg [★★★★★]
09/6/18: Great masters: Stravinksy, his life & music by Robert Greenberg [★★★★★]
09/4/20: Great masters: Tchaikovsky, his life & music by Robert Greenberg [★★★★★]
09/3/6: Great masters: Haydn, his life & music by Robert Greenberg [★★★★★]
09/2/17: Great masters: Brahms, his life & music by Robert Greenberg [★★★★★]
09/1/28: Great American Music: Broadway musicals. Part 2 by Bill Messenger [★★★★★]
09/1/18: Great masters: Shostakovich, his life & music by Robert Greenberg [★★★★★]
08/12/31: Great masters: Liszt, his life & music by Robert Greenberg [★★★★★]
08/12/23: Great American Music: Broadway musicals. Part 1 by Bill Messenger [★★★★★]
08/06/20: The Operas of Mozart, part 1 by Robert Greenberg [★★★★★]
06/11/25: The Librettist of Venice: The Remarkable Life of Lorenzo Da Ponte: Mozart's Poet, Casanova's Friend and Italian Opera's Impresario in America by Rodney Bolt [Mozart portions]
06/5/15: Jazz 101 by John F. Szwed [★★★★]
05/9/30: A History of Opera by Richard Fawkes [★★★★★]
03/10/18: Jelly's Blues: The Life, Music and Redemption of Jelly Roll Martin by Howard Reich and William Gaines [★★★★]

The history of the musical by Richard Fawkes ★★★★★
11/6/13 Greek Tragedy, part 2 by Elizabeth Vandiver [★★★★★]
11/3/11 Greek Tragedy, part 1 by Elizabeth Vandiver [★★★★★]
08/02/25: The Happiest Corpse I've Ever Seen: The Last Twenty-Five Years of the Broadway Musical by Ethan Mordden [★★★★★]
07/11/28: Beautiful Mornin': The Broadway Musical in the 1940s by Ethan Mordden [★★★★★]
07/11/3: Make Believe: The Broadway Musical in the 1920s by Ethan Mordden [★★★★★]
06/3/19: Sing For Your Supper: The Broadway Musical in the 1930s by Ethan Mordden [★★★★★]
06/1/6: The History of Theatre by David Timson [★★★★★]

Understanding Movies: The Art and History of Film by Raphael Shargel ★★★★+
17/1/8 The Paramount films of Preston Sturges: a descriptive analysis of eight films written, directed and produced by Preston Sturges for Paramount between 1940-44 by Benjamin Dana Maiden ★★★★
17/1/4 Paramount pictures and the people who made them by I. G. Edmonds and Reiko Mimura ★★★★
16/12/9 As You Wish by Cary Elwes: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride ★★★★★
16/6/11 The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay & Diaries by Emma Thompson and Lindsay Doran ★★★★★
16/5/11: Casablanca Companion: The Movie Classic and Its Place in History by Richard Osborne ★★★★
14/3/2 The Elephant to Hollywood by Michael Caine ★★★★
14/1/27 My Happy Days in Hollywood by Garry Marshall ★★★★
12/8/18 Alfred Hitchcock and the Marking of Psycho by Stephen Rebello ★★★★★
12/3/3: Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film by Peter Biskind ★★★★
12/1/30: My Week with Marilyn by Colin Clark ★★★★★
12/1/30: The Prince, the Showgirl and Me by Colin Clark ★★★★★
11/11/27 The Charlie Chan Film Encyclopedia by Howard Berlin ★★★
10/11/17 The Paramount Story by John Douglas Eames [★★★★★]
10/8/11 The Warner Bros.Story by Clive Hirschorn [★★★★]
10/7/27 The RKO Story by Richard Jewell and Vernon Harbin [★★★★]
10/2/24 The View from the Bridge by Nicholas Meyer [★★★★★]
09/11/2: Understanding Movies by Raphael Shargel [★★★★]

The Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield (Poe) ★★★★★
16/6/28 Star Trek Voyager: A Vision of the Future by Stephen Edward Poe ★★★★
16/5/7: Captains' Logs Supplemental: The Only One-volume Guide to Deep Space Nine, Voyager and the New Next Generation Movie [Voyager portion] by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman [★★★★★]
15/9/1 The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy by Bill Carter ★★★★★
15/3/28 Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler ★
15/3/24 How I Got This Way by Regis Philbin ★★★★
14/1/31 Curb Your Enthusiasm by Deirdre Dolan ★★★★★
14/1/29 Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good: Larry David and the Making of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm by Josh Levine ★★★★★

A Personal Tour of Monticello by Robert Young ★★★★
24/7/12 Monticello by Leonard Everett Fisher ★★★★★

Typographic Milestones by Allan Haley ★★★★+
17/2/26 Alphabet: The History, Evolution, and Design of the Letters We Use Today by Allan Haley ★★★★
09/12/6: Leonardo: the first scientist by Michael White [★★★★]
06/8/21: Michelangelo and the Pope's ceiling by Ross King [★★★★]
06/6/21: The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr [★★★★]
02/07/10: Cave Temples of Mogao by Roderick & Susan Whitfield, Neville Agnew [★★★★★]

Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, part 7, 2nd Edition by James A.W. Heffernan ★★★
14/4/14 Great Authors of the western literary tradition, Part 6, literature of the 19th century by James Heffernan ★★★
14/3/31 Great Authors of the western literary tradition, Part 5, Neoclassic literature and the 18th century by Susan Sage Heinzelman ★★★★
14/3/30 Great Authors of the western literary tradition, Part 3, Literature of the Middle Ages by Thomas F.X. Noble ★★★★
14/2/18 Great Authors of the western literary tradition, Part 4, the Renaissance by Ronald B. Herzman ★★★★
14/2/15 Great Authors of the western literary tradition, Part 2, Near Eastern and Mediterranean foundations by Elizabeth Vandiver ★★★★
13/11/10 Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman and Wanda McCaddon ★★★★+
13/10/12 Monsters, Gods, and Heroes: Approaching the Epic in Literature by Timothy Baker Shutt ★★★
13/9/25 Great Authors of the western literary tradition, Part 1, Near Eastern and Mediterranean foundations by Elizabeth Vandiver ★★★★★
12/3/16: The Road to Middle-Earth by T.A. Shippey ★★★★★
12/2/21: Meditations on Middle Earth ★★★
11/11/17 The Spoken Word: British Writers by British Library Sound Archive ★★★
11/9/7 The Spoken Word: American Writers by British Library Sound Archive ★★★★
11/4/22 Dante and His Divine Comedy by Timothy B. Shutt [★]
11/1/14 Detective Fiction: From Victorial Sleuths to the Present by M. Lee Alexander [★★★]
10/11/8 Concerning E.M. Forster by Frank Kermode [★★★★]
10/2/18 Classics of British Literature part 1 by John Sutherland [★★★]
10/2/7 From Here to Infinity: An Exploration of Science Fiction Literature by Michael D.C. Drout [★★★★★]
10/2/6 The Metamorphoses of Tintin or Tintin for Adults by Jean-Marie Apostolidès [★★★★★]
10/1/6: The Treason of Isengard by Christopher Tolkien [★★★★]
09/12/28: Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind, part 2 by Eric S. Rabkin [★★★★★]
09/10/17: Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind, part 1 by Eric S. Rabkin [★★★★★]
09/9/13: Shakespeare: The Word and the Action, part 2 by Peter Saccio [★★★★★]
09/1/16: Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong by Pierre Bayard [★★★★]
08/06/07: Herodotus, the father of history. Part 1 by Elizabeth Vandiver [★★★★★]
08/04/11: Herodotus, the father of history. Part 2 by Elizabeth Vandiver [★★★★★]
08/02/04: Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, part 4, 2nd Edition [★★★]
08/01/22: Shakespeare: the Seven Major Tragedies by Harold Bloom [★★★★★]
07/10/31: Shakespeare: The Word and the Action by Peter Saccio [★★★★★]
07/07/30: The new Oxford book of literary anecdotes [★★★★★]
05/9/19: Clever Maids: The Secret History of the Grimm Fairy Tales by Valerie Paradiz [★★★★★]
How Poetry Works by Philip Davies Roberts [★★★★★]

Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation by Ammon Shea ★★★
14/7/7 The Story of Human Language, part 1 by John McWhorter ★★★+
10/10/24 Old English and its Closest Relatives by Orrin W. Robinson [★★]
10/10/6 German: Biography of a Language by Ruth Sanders [★★★]
09/1/12: A History of the German Language by John T. Waterman [★★★★★]
08/08/28: History of the English language, Part 3 by Seth Lerer [★★★★★]
08/08/01: History of the English language, Part 2 by Seth Lerer [★★★★★]
08/07/16: History of the English language, Part 1 by Seth Lerer [★★★★★]
08/03/09: The Story of French (Origins chapters only) by Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow [★★★★★]
07/09/14: The New Joys of Yiddish by Leo Rosten [★★★★★]

Great minds of the Western intellectual tradition: The Enlightenment and its critics, Part 4 by various ★★ 10/1/11 Practical philosophy: the Greco-Roman Moralists, Part 2 by Luke Timothy Johnson [★★]
09/11/2 Practical philosophy: the Greco-Roman Moralists, Part 1 by Luke Timothy Johnson [★★★]
08/10/25 Plato and Aristotle: the genesis of western thought by Aryeh Kosman [★★★★]
08/04/18 Giants of philosophy. Plato by Berel Lang [★★★]
07/04/13 The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand [★★★★★]
02/05/30 The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder [★★★]
02/05/16 Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder [★★★★]

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie ★★★
13/12/6 The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney ★★★
13/7/3 Why Him? Why Her? by Helen Fisher ★★★★ 08/04/05: Raising Your Emotional Intelligence by Jeanne Segal [★★★★]
08/01/18: Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman [★★★]
07/11/13: The great ideas of psychology, part 1 by Daniel N. Robinson [★★]
07/05/07: 16 Ways to Love Your Lover by Otto Kroeger and Janet M. Thuesen [★★★★]
07/04/16: The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman [★★★★★]
02/12/07: Just Your Type by Paul D. Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger [★★★★★]
02/11/21: People Patterns by Stephen Montgomery [★★★★★]
02/10/31: Do What You Are by Paul D. Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger [★★★★★]
02/10/25: The Art of Speedreading People by Paul D. Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger [★★★★★]
02/09/27: The Pygmalion Project: The Artisan by Stephen Montgomery [★★★★★]
02/09/10: Portraits of Temperament by David Keirsey [★★★★★]
02/09/08: The Pygmalion Project: The Guardian by Stephen Montgomery [★★★★★]
02/08/29: The Pygmalion Project: The Idealist by Stephen Montgomery [★★★★★]
02/08/28: Presidential Temperament by Ray Choiniere and David Keirsey [★★★★★]
02/08/08: Please Understand Me II by David Keirsey [★★★★★]
Please Understand Me by David Keirsey [★★★★]

Full Circle by Michael Palin ★★★★★
14/2/4 Better Than Fiction: True Travel Tales From Great Fiction Writers ★★ Only about two of the stories – one about a youthful trip to Mexico with a very special soccer match and one about a shark encounter – were good; the rest bored.
12/11/30 Roughing It by Mark Twain ★★★
12/10/17 The Lady in the Palazzo by Marlena de Blasi ★★★
09/9/15: Ghost Train To The Eastern Star by Paul Theroux [★★★★★]
09/4/7: Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes [★★★]
07/12/09: The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt [★★★★]
07/02/13: River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey - abridged by Candice Millard [★★★★]
06/8/6: French lessons: adventures with knife, fork, and corkscrew by Peter Mayle [★★★★]
06/5/5: Encore Provence: new adventures in the south of France by Peter Mayle [★★★★]
06/2/4: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson [★★★★]
03/05/05: Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux [★★★★★]
02/02/12: Following the Equator by Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)
02/01/14: The Kingdom by the Sea: A Journey Around the Coast of Great Britain by Paul Theroux [★★★★★]
01/12/29: Sunrise with Seamonsters by Paul Theroux [★★★★★]
01/12/17: Fresh Air Fiend by Paul Theroux [★★★★★]
01/12/14: Natural Opium: Some Travelers' Tales by Diane Johnson [★★]
01/12/10: The Happy Isles of Oceania by Paul Theroux [★★★★★]
01/11/07: Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [★★★★]
01/07/23: Faith in Fakes by Umberto Eco [★★★★]
A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul [★★★]
Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux [★★★★★]
The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux [★★★★★]
The London Embassy by Paul Theroux [★★★★★]

07/05/13: Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris [★★★★★]

Power Over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory, Part 2 by Dennis Dalton ★★★★
15/10/28 Power Over People: Classical and Modern Political Theory, Part 1 by Dennis Dalton ★★★★
14/7/9 The Liberty Amendments by Mark Levin ★
14/1/27: Five Chiefs by John Paul Stevens ★★★★★
13/12/23 The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin ★★★★★
13/11/12 What Would the Founders Say by Larry Schweikart ★
13/9/7 The Odd Clauses: Understanding the Constitution through Ten of its Most Curious Provisions by Jay Wexler ★★★★
12/4/19 Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington and the Education of the President by Ron Suskind ★★★
11/8/17 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House by Charles Osgood ★★★★
09/6/8: Dreams from My Father [abridged] by Barack Obama [★★★★]
08/05/25: Woman in Charge (Hillary Rodham Clinton) by Carl Bernstein [★★★★★]
07/03/20: The Truth: With Jokes by Al Franken [★★★★]
06/1/14: All Too Human by George Stephanopoulos [★★★]
05/10/18: When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden by Bill Maher [★★★★]
05/9/19: Lying Liars and the Lies They Tell by Al Franken [★★★★]
05/8/14: Oh, the Things I Know by Al Franken [★★★★]

The hard thing about hard things: building a business when there are no easy answers by Ben Horowitz ★★
15/2/27 How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg ★★
10/9/4 Googled by Ken Auletta [★★★★★]
07/10/23: Wikinomics: how mass collaboration changes everything by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams [★★★]
06/10/29: Next by Michael Lewis [★★★]
06/8/26: Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner [★★★]
06/7/22: The Tipping Point - abridged by Malcolm Gladwell [★★★]

ARCHAEOLOGY 16/9/1 The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon: An Elusive World Wonder Traced by Stephanie Dalley ★★★★★
10/11/30: The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Ancient World: Unlocking the Secrets of Past Civilizations by Brian M. Fagan [★★★]
03/09/23: Ruins of Desert Cathay by M. Aurel Stein [★★★★★]
03/08/09: My Life as an Explorer by Sven Hedin [★★★★★]
02/12/08: Aurel Stein by Annabel Walker [★★★★★]
01/08/23: On Ancient Central-Asian Tracks by Sir Aurel Stein [★★★★★]

Notes on the State of Virginia by Thomas Jefferson ★★★
16/11/6 A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton ★★

14/7/23 Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities by Frank Jacobs ★★★★

15/9/7 The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps by Benjamin B. Olshin ★★★★

06/10/23: Krakatoa: the day the world exploded, August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester [★★★★]
06/9/9: A Crack at the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester [★★★★★]

Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc by Hugh Aldersey-Williams ★★★★

12/8/3 The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean ★★;★★+

13/7/2 "Genome Sequencing and Assembly, Shakespeare Style" by Richard F. Wintle ★★★★
04/2/05: Teach Yourself Genetics by Morton Jenkins [★★★]
04/2/05: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Decoding Your Genes by Linda Tagliaferro & Mark V. Bloom ★★★]

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons ★★★★★
16/4/11 High Noon: The Inside Story of Scott McNealy and the Rise of Sun Microsystems by Karen Southwick ★★★★
10/10/27 The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams ★★★★]
05/5/30: PHP and MySQL Web Development by Luke Welling & Laura Thomson ★★★]
04/8/18: The Essential Guide to Digital Set-top Boxes and Interactive TV by Gerard O'Driscoll ★★]
04/8/17: Video Demystified by Keith Jack ★★]
03/03/26: Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days by Laura Lemay and Charles L. Perkins ★★★★]

NPR Laughter Therapy: A Comedy Collection for the Chronically Serious by NPR ★★★
06/6/15: America (the audiobook): a citizen's guide to democracy inaction by Jon Stewart ★★★]
06/6/12: Fierce Pajamas: An Anthology of Humor Writing from The New Yorker by various ★★★★★]
06/2/17: Mirth of a Nation by various ★★★★]

Challenges for Game Designers by Brenda Brathwaite and Ian Schreiber ★★★
10/10/2 Convivial Conflicts: The Form, Culture and Play of Modern European Strategy Games by Stewart Woods ★★★★★]
07/07/31: The Games We Played by Margaret K. Hofer ★★★]
05/10/05: The Game Makers: The Story of Parker Brothers, from Tiddledy Winks to Trivial Pursuit by Philip E. Orbanes ★★★]

Who's on Worst? The Lousiest Players, Biggest Cheaters, Saddest Goats and Other Antiheroes in Baseball History by Filip Bondy ★ Mediocrity is everywhere; what makes it worth chronicling? Maybe a book that tries to figure out why some players are retained despite poor performances would be useful, but this just seems pointless.
08/11/14: Take me out to the ballgame: a history of baseball in America by Timothy B. Shutt ★★★★]
07/10/11: Old-Time Baseball by Harvey Frommer ★★★★]
07/09/30: The Card: Collectors, Con Men, and the True Story of History's Most Desired Baseball Card (pp. 29-70) by Michael O'Keefe & Teri Thompson ★★★]
06/10/2: The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball by Frank Deford ★★★★]
06/9/10: Baseball Before We Knew It by David Block ★★★★★]
04/5/18: Moneyball by Michael Lewis ★★★★]
02/10/12: The Road to Cooperstown by James F. Vail ★★★]
01/08/09: The Miracle of Castel di Sangro by Joe McGinnis ★★★★★]

On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome, with Love and Pasta by Jen Lin-Liu ★★ The author should have done more homework. The historical sections need a thorough review. For manta/dumplings she could have learned much from The Silk Road by James A. Millward. The reader on the audio edition mispronounces many words, even important food terms like "cumin".
13/6/3 The White House Chef Cookbook by Rene Verdon ★★★
13/5/14 All the President's Pastries by Roland Mesnier ★★★★★
13/5/4 White House Chef by Walter Scheib ★★★★★
09/12/15: Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica ★★]
07/04/30: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain ★★★★★]

08/11/04: The Origins of the British by Stephen Oppenheimer ★★★★★]
08/09/05: The Ancient Celts by Barry Cunliffe ★★★★]
08/09/01: Saxons, Vikings, and Celts by Brian Sykes ★★★★★]
08/07/07: Archaeology and the Iliad by Eric H. Cline ★★★★]
07/07/17: The Tarim Mummies by J.P. Mallory and Victor Mair ★★★★★]
07/06/28: The First Human by Ann Gibbons ★★★★★]
05/3/08: Dance of the Tiger by Björn Kurtén ★★★★★]
04/8/21: The Extraordinary Voyage of Pytheas the Greek by Barry Cunliffe ★★★★★]
04/2/28: Becoming Human by Ian Tattersall ★★★★★]
04/2/11: Genes, Peoples and Languages by Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza ★★★★]
04/2/09: The Seven Daughters of Eve by Bryan Sykes ★★★★★]
04/2/04: Mapping Human History by Steve Olson [★★★★★]
03/06/05: The Dawn of Human Culture by Richard G. Klein and Blake Edgar [★★★★★]


A Traveller's History of Croatia by Benjamin Curtis ★★★★★
17/8/11 The German-Russians: in Words and Pictures by William Bosch ★★★★

16/2/18 Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History by Margaret MacMillan ★★
15/4/23 Alphabetical : how every letter tells a story by Michael Rosen ★★★★
14/5/23 Old man river: the Mississippi River in North American history by Paul Schneider ★★
14/5/19 Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians by Robert W. Merry ★★
14/3/17 The Silk Road: A New History by Valerie Hansen ★★★
14/2/10 The Silk Road by James A. Millward ★★★★★
13/10/24 The Silk Road in World History by Xinru Liu ★★★★★
13/10/4 Central Asia in World History by Peter B. Golden ★★★★★
13/4/15 A history of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts, part 4 by Robert Bucholz ★★★★
13/4/8 A history of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts, part 3 by Robert Bucholz ★★★★
13/3/22 A history of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts, part 2 by Robert Bucholz ★★★★
13/2/28 A history of England from the Tudors to the Stuarts, part 1 by Robert Bucholz ★★★★
12/12/30 The Supreme Court by Jeffrey Rosen ★★
12/8/19 The Swerve: How the World Become Modern by Stephen Goldblatt ★★★
12/7/13 California: A History by Kevin Starr ★★
11/5/25 Epochs of European civilization: Antiquity to Renaissance by Geoffrey Hosking ★★★
11/3/9 Italians Before Italy, part 1 by Kenneth Bartlett [★★]
11/1/5 A History of Venice: Queen of the Seas by Thomas F. Madden [★★★★]
10/7/6 The Catholic church. a history, part 1 by William R. Cook [★★★]
07/03/28: Nonviolence by Mark Kurlansky [★★★★★]
06/7/16: The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England by various [★★★★★]
06/5/24: Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond [★★★★★]
06/4/19: Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky [★★★★]
06/1/12: What if? : the world's foremost military historians imagine what might have been [partially] by various [★★]
03/07/21: The Conclave: A Sometimes Secret and Occasionally Bloody History of Papal Elections by Michael Walsh [★★★★★]
03/07/02: Along the Silk Road [★★★★★]


The Dawn of Political History: Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War by Fred E. Baumann ★★★★
15/12/6 Great Battles of the Ancient World by Garrett G. Fagan, part 2 ★★★★★
15/11/13 Great Battles of the Ancient World by Garrett G. Fagan, part 1 ★★★★★
15/6/18 Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor, part 1 by Kenneth Harl ★★★★★
15/5/15 The Birth of Politics: Eight Greek and Roman Political Ideas and Why They Matter by Melissa Lane ★★★
10/7/6 A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong [★★★★]
08/03/16: Alexander the Great and His Time: Library Edition by Agnes Savill [★★★]
03/03/05: The Phoenicians and the West by Maria Eugenia Aubet [★★★★★]
02/07/30: From Sumer to Rome: The Military Capabilities of Ancient Armies by Richard A. Gabriel & Karen S. Metz [★★★]

Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations by Kenneth Harl ★★★★★
13/10/25 Aspects of History and Epic in Ancient Iran by M. Rahim Shayegan ★★ 09/8/28: Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia, part II by Alexis Q. Castor [★★★]
09/8/14: Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia, part I by Alexis Q. Castor [★★★]
09/2/27: Great ancient civilizations of Asia Minor, part 2 by Kenneth W. Harl [★★★★★]
09/2/3: Great ancient civilizations of Asia Minor by Kenneth W. Harl [★★★★★]
06/6/27: Gilgamesh: a new English version by Stephen Mitchell [★★★★]

Jesus Before the Gospels by Bart D. Ehrman ★★★★★
11/7/5 Forged by Bart D. Ehrman ★★★★★
11/2/13 After the New Testament: the Writings of the Apostolic Fathers, part 2 by Bart D. Ehrman [★★★★★]
10/11/6 After the New Testament: the Writings of the Apostolic Fathers, part 1 by Bart D. Ehrman [★★★★]
10/2/3 From Jesus to Constantine: a history of early Christianity, Pt. 2 by Bart D. Ehrman [★★★★★]
09/11/21: From Jesus to Constantine: a history of early Christianity, Pt. 1 by Bart D. Ehrman [★★★★★]
09/4/14: Lost Christianities: Christian scriptures and the battles over authentication by Bart D. Ehrman [★★★★]
07/10/09: The gospel according to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot recounted by Jeffrey Archer, with the assistance of Francis J. Moloney [★★★]
07/02/05: Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman [★★★★★]
06/9/25: Whose Bible is it? a history of the Scriptures through the ages by Jaroslav Pelik [★★★★★]

The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika by Xenophon ★★★★★
15/12/21 Ancient Greek civilization, Part 2 by Jeremy McInerney ★★★
15/11/28 The Peloponnesian War by Kenneth Harl, part 3 ★★★★
15/11/23 The Peloponnesian War by Kenneth Harl, part 2 ★★★★
15/6/25 Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor, part 2 by Kenneth Harl ★★★★★
15/6/21 The Greek Commonwealth: Politics and economics in fifth-century Athens by Alfred Zimmern ★★★★★
15/5/31 Ancient Greek civilization, Part 1 by Jeremy McInerney ★★★★
15/5/29 The Greek and Persian Wars, part 2 by John R. Hale ★★★★
15/5/27 Greek legacy: classical origins of the modern world by Daniel N. Robinson ★★
15/5/4 The Greek and Persian Wars, part 1 by John R. Hale ★★★★
15/3/1 Athens: A Portrait of the City in Its Golden Age by Christian Meier ★★★★★
14/8/18 Herodotus: The Histories by Herodotus (John M. Marincola, Aubrey De Selincourt) ★★★★★
10/11/21: The Peloponnesian War, part 1 by Kenneth W. Harl [★★★★★]
10/9/13 The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World, part 4 by Ian Worthington [★★★★★]
10/8/26 The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World, part 3 by Ian Worthington [★★★★]
10/8/1 The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World, part 2 by Ian Worthington [★★★★]
10/6/19 The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World, part 1 by Ian Worthington [★★★★]
07/12/30 Famous Greeks by J. Rufus Fears ★★★★★]
05/9/26: Sailing the Wine Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter by Thomas Cahill [★★★★]
02/08/09: The Wars of the Ancient Greeks by Victor Davis Hanson [★★★★]

Hannibal by Patrick N Hunt ★★★★★
16/10/4 Hannibal's dynasty: power and politics in the western Mediterranean, 247-183 BC by Dexter Hoyos ★★★★★
Great bringing together of disparate sources with excellent discussion of which are more likely to be correct. Also good on the First Punic War, events in Spain between the wars, Hannibal as political leader after the Second Punic War and his subsequent flight and work with Antiochus. One of the few books on this topic willing to critique the Barcas, for example their poor conceptualization of sea power and lack of ability with sieges (the little town of Saguntum took Hannibal eight months and he never essayed Rome at all).
16/5/26: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire [abridged] by Edward Gibbon ★★★
16/2/11 The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Thomas F. Madden ★★★
16/1/29 69 A.D.: The Year of Four Emperors by Gwyn Morgan ★★★★★
10/10/17 The history of ancient Rome, Part 3 by Garrett G. Fagan [★★★★]
10/10/6 The history of ancient Rome, Part 2 by Garrett G. Fagan [★★★★★]
10/9/24 The history of ancient Rome, Part 1 by Garrett G. Fagan [★★★★]
10/8/14 Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation by Thomas Noble [★★★★]
09/9/27: The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found by Mary Beard [★★★★★]
08/09/26: Famous Romans by J. Rufus Fears [★★★★★]
08/07/23: The War with Hannibal by Livy [★★★★★]
08/07/23: Emperors of Rome, part I by Garrett G. Fagan [★★★★★]
08/05/19: Emperors of Rome, part II by Garrett G. Fagan [★★★★★]
08/05/15: Emperors of Rome, part III by Garrett G. Fagan [★★★★★]
01/12/03: Epigrams I by Martial [★★★★]

Icons of the Iron Age: The Celts in History by Susan A. Johnston ★★★
08/08/31: Rome and the Barbarians, part I by Kenneth W. Harl [★★★★★]
08/08/22: Rome and the Barbarians, part III by Kenneth W. Harl [★★★★★]
08/08/14: Rome and the Barbarians, part II by Kenneth W. Harl [★★★★★]
01/10/02: Attila and the Nomad Hordes by David Nicolle [★★★★]
01/09/27: The Goths by Peter Heather [★★★★★]

From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History part III by Kenneth J. Hammond ★★★★★
16/10/26 From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History part II by Kenneth J. Hammond ★★★★
16/10/15 From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History part I by Kenneth J. Hammond ★★★★★
14/3/21: The Travels of Fa-hsien (Fa Xian) (399-414 A.D.), or Record of the Buddhistic Kingdoms by H. A. Giles ★★★
03/06/26: History of the Civilizations of Central Asia, Volume II: The development of sedentary and nomadic civilizations: 700 B.C to A.D. 250 [★★★★★]
03/11/07: A Roman City in Ancient China by Homer Hasenpflug Dubs [★★★★★]
03/05/04: Early China by Denise Goff [★★★★★]
02/05/21: The Lost Legion by H. Warner Munn [★★★]
01/09/27: Ancient Chinese Armies 1500-200 BC by Chris J. Peers [★★★]

Empire of Gold: A History of the Byzantine Empire Part I by Thomas F. Madden ★★★★
17/4/3 A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain by Marc Morris ★★★★+
16/6/26 King Arthur: History and Legend by Dorsey Armstrong ★★★
16/3/10 The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change, 950-1350 by Robert Bartlett ★★★★
13/3/31 The Three Richards by Nigel Saul ★★★★
13/3/11 The Life and Times of Richard III by Anthony Cheetham ★★★★
13/2/5 The Story of Medieval England by Jennifer Paxton ★★★
12/5/14 Vikings by Kenneth W. Harl ★★★★★
11/3/19 Who Murdered Chaucer? by Terry Jones, Robert Yeager, Alan Fletcher, Juliette Dor and Terry Dolan [★★★★]
11/2/12 The Medieval World I: Kingdoms, Empires and War by Thomas F. Madden [★★★]
10/7/9 King Alfred: Burnt Cakes and Other Legends by David Horspool [★★★★]
10/6/4 Essays in Anglo-Saxon History by James Campbell [★★★★]
10/5/17 The Anglo-Saxon World by Michael C. Drout [★★★★]
10/1/4: The Golden Dragon: Alfred the Great & His Times by Alf J. Mapp Jr. [★★★★★]
09/5/18: The Emperor Justinian and the Byzantine Empire by James Allan Stewart [★★★★]
09/1/07: Justinian's Flea by William Rosen [★★★★★]
08/03/07: The early Middle Ages, part 2 by Philip Daileader [★★★★]
07/12/14: The early Middle Ages, part 1 by Philip Daileader [★★★★★]
07/06/05: The Albigensian crusade by Jonathan Sumption [★★★★★]
07/03/22: The Silk Road by Frances Wood [★★★★★]
07/01/21: 1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry by Andrew Bridgeford [★★★★★]
06/11/27: The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf [★★★★★]
06/9/9: The Lion in Winter by James Goldman [★★★★★]
06/6/8: How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill [★★★★]
06/4/25: The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium by Robert Lacey & Danny Danziger [★★★★★]
05/4/14: Tun-Huang by Yasushi Inoue [★★★★★]
02/03/15: History of the Civilizations of Central Asia, Volume III: The crossroads of civilizations: A.D. 250 to 750 [★★★★★]
01/10/16: Before France & Germany by Patrick J. Geary [★★★★★]
01/09/14: Samarkand by Amin Maalouf [★★★★★]
01/07/07: The Book of Government or Rules for Kings by Nizam Al-Mulk [★★★★]
01/06/30: Mirror to the Son of Heaven: Wei Cheng at the Court of T'ang T'ai-tsung by Howard Wechsler [★★★★]
01/06/15: Bukhara: The Medieval Achievement by Richard N. Frye [★★★★★]

Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England by Thomas Penn ★★★
10/3/12 Prince Henry the Navigator (portions) by Peter Russell [★★★★]
10/1/9: Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli [★★★★★]
07/01/12: The other 1492: Ferdinand, Isabella, and the making of an empire by Teofilo F. Ruiz [★★★★]
06/11/21: Dante by R.W.B. Lewis [★★★★]
05/12/29: The Last Voyage of Columbus by Martin Dugard [★★★★★]
04/8/12: 1421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies [★★★★]
04/7/24: When China Ruled the Seas by Louise Levathes [★★★★★]

PRE-MODERN 17/5/22 Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute by Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus ★★★

15/3/5 Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before by Tony Horwitz ★★
14/3/30 The Magnificent Rogues of San Francisco: a Gallery of Fakers and Frauds, Rascals and Robber Barons, Scoundrels and Scalawags by Charles F. Adams ★★★★★
14/2/18 The Barbary Coast by Herbert Asbury ★★★★★ 10/10/11 Parisians by Graham Robb [★★]
08/10/13: European History And European Lives, 1715-1914, Part 1 by Jonathan Steinberg [★★★★]
07/04/08: The Bounty: the true story of the mutiny on the Bounty by Caroline Alexander [★★★★★]
07/01/4: Love and Louis XIV: the women in the life of the Sun King by Antonia Fraser [★★★★★]
06/12/01: Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King [★★★★★]
06/6/3: The Balkans by Mark Mazower [★★★★]
06/4/2: A History of Britain II: 1603-1776 The British Wars by Simon Schama [★★★★★]
06/3/29: Pepys' Diary by Samuel Pepys [★★★★★]
01/10/30: Restoration by Rose Tremain [★★★★★]

Dead Wake by Erik Larson ★★★★★
15/7/17 The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book by Peter Finn ★★★
14/5/17 Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon ★★★★
07/09/07: Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillan [★★★★★]
06/8/31: The Zimmermann Telegram by Barbara W. Tuchman [★★★★★]
06/7/30: Hitler's Niece by Ron Hansen [★★★★★]
03/10/29: Macartney at Kashgar: new light on British, Chinese and Russian activities in Sinkiang, 1890-1918 by C. P. Skrine and Pamela Nightingale [★★★★★]


MULTI-ERA 18/1/19 California: A History by Kevin Starr ★★★★

15/12/23 The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck ★★★★★
15/12/2 The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower ★★★★★
15/4/3 Presidential Courage by Michael Beschloss ★★★
15/2/14 The Men Who United the States by Simon Winchester ★★
15/1/18 Scandals and Glory: Politics in the 1800s by Zachary Chastain ★
14/9/24 The Cycles of American History by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. ★★★★★
14/8/29 Filibustering: A Political History of Obstruction in the House and Senate by Gregory Koger ★★★★★
14/7/11 The Cabinet Politician: The Postmasters General, 1829-1909 by Dorothy G. Fowler ★★★★
14/6/18 Failures of the Presidents: From the Whiskey Rebellion and War of 1812 to the Bay of Pigs and War in Iraq by Thomas J. Craughwell ★★★
14/6/10 The Keys to the White House: A Surefire Guide to Predicting the Next President (2008) by Allan J. Lichtman ★★★★★
13/8/21 White House Butlers by Howard Brinkley [★★★]
13/7/27: Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity and Liberty by Ivan Eland ★★★
13/7/25: Presidential Retreats by Peter Hannaford ★★
12/3/8: Almost President by Scott Farris ★★★
12/1/27: How the States got Their Shapes Too: The People Behind the Borderlines by Mark Stein ★★★★
11/10/10 How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein ★★★★★
11/10/2 The Black History of the White House by Clarence Lusane ★★★ 11/6/15 The Changing White House by Barbara Feinberg ★★★★
11/6/15 How the White House Really Works ★★★
11/5/8 Family of Freedom by Kenneth T. Walsh [★★★★]
11/3/23 Secret Lives of the US Presidents by Cormac O'Brien [★★★]
09/7/3: The People and the Ballot by Joshua Kaplan [★★★]
09/4/1: The White House: Its Historic Furnishings & First Families by Betty C. Monkman [★★★★★]
09/3/26: Real Life at the White House by John and Claire Whitcomb [★★★★★]
09/3/5: The White House: An Historic Guide by White House Historical Association [★★★★]
08/03/27: A Treasury of Great American Scandals: Tantalizing True Tales of Historic Misbehavior by the Founding Fathers and Others Who Let Freedom Swing by Michael Farquhar [★★★★★]
08/02/19: Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame and What the Neighbors Thought by Kathleen Krull [★★★★★]
08/02/16: The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy by Rick Beyer [★★★★★]
08/02/08: The President's House: 1800 to the Present The Secrets and History of the World's Most Famous Home by Margaret Truman [★★★★★]
07/02/01: A treasury of great American scandals: Tantalizing true tales of historic misbehavior by the founding fathers and others who let freedom swing by Michael Farquhar [★★★★★]
06/11/25: The German Americans by Anne Galicich [★★★★]
06/3/9: America's First Dynasty: The Adamses, 1735-1918 by Richard Brookhiser [★★★★★]
06/2/25: First Ladies by Margaret Truman [★★★★★]
05/12/22: The American President - abridged by Philip B. Kunhardt, Philip B. Kunhardt, Peter W. Kunhardt [★★★★★]
02/08/11: Island in the Crossroads: The History of Puerto Rico by M.M. Brau [★★★]

American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies in the Founding of the Republic by Joseph J. Ellis ★★★★
17/7/12 The Beginnings of National Politics: An Interpretive History of the Continental Congress by Jack N Rakove ★★★★★
17/5/20 Sex and the Founding Fathers: The American Quest for a Relatable Past by Thomas A. Foster ★★★
17/5/11 Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf ★★★
17/4/20 Alexander Hamilton: the Outsider by Jean Fritz ★★★
16/10/26 The Great Divide: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson that Defined a Nation by Thomas Fleming ★★★
Quite obviously biased in favor of the first president and against the second through fifth, which is fine, except that it omits many relevant facts, seemingly only discussing events that back its cause and omitting others. It's as if the ghost of the long dead Federalist party has risen again and is attempting to defend itself. But there are reasons this party was the first American one to die, but these are never truly discussed, yet should have been if we are to understand its supposed greatness. In addition, a number of speculations and imputations that cannot be proven are made, often without making it clear exactly, their dubious nature. On the other hand, the book's almost month-by-month chronicle of the first four administrations is really helpful in understanding the whole context of what was happening at the time. It also digs out not a few interesting, though usually unimportant nuggets that other books don't. Just be sure that you have read other books about the period so that as you're reading you can mentally fill in the many lacunae. 16/8/21 Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention by Mary Sarah Bilder ★★★★★
16/8/3 The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government by Fergus M. Bordewich ★★★★
16/7/7 Great Presidents, part 1 by Allan J. Lichtman ★★★
16/3/21 Andrew Jackson by Sean Wilentz ★★★★★
16/1/27 Hebrews, Greeks and Romans: Foundations of Western Civilization by Timothy Shutt ★★
16/1/22 American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham ★★★
16/1/19 Keeping the Republic: Ideology and Early American Diplomacy by Robert W. Smith ★★★★
15/3/7 Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick ★★★
15/2/5 The Founding Fathers Reconsidered by R.B. Bernstein ★★★★
15/1/10 Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution by Professor Thomas L. Pangle ★★★★
14/10/25 Robert J. Walker, Imperialist by William Edward Dodd ★★★
14/8/11 Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph Ellis ★★★★
14/5/29 The Origins of American Public Finance: Debates over Money, Debt, and Taxes in the Constitutional Era, 1776-1836 by Donald R. Stabile ★★★★
14/5/23 First Family: Abigail and John Adams by Joseph Ellis ★★★
14/3/7 Samuel Adams: A Life by Ira Stoll ★★
14/1/2 The Louisiana Purchase by Thomas Fleming ★★★★
13/12/17 John Adams by John Patrick Diggins and Arthur M. Schlesinger ★★★★
13/11/30 The First Presidential Contest: 1796 and the Founding of American Democracy by Jeffrey L. Pasley ★★★★+
13/11/22 A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent by Robert W. Merry ★★★★
13/10/15 History of American Presidential Elections 1789-1968, volume 1 edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger, jr. ★★★★★
12/6/6 Brotherhood of the Revolution by Joseph Ellis ★★★
11/5/17 Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies by Robert J. Allison, part 1 ★★★
12/5/12 James Buchanan by Jean H. Baker ★★★★★
12/5/2 William Henry Harrison by Gail Collins ★★★★
12/4/22 James Monroe by Gary Hart ★★★
12/4/17 A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor ★★★ Interesting information, but such undisciplined writing and bad transitions.
12/3/4: John Tyler by Gary May ★★★★
12/3/3: The History of the United States, 2nd Edition, part 2 by Allen C. Guelzo ★★★
12/2/14: Martin Van Buren by Ted Widmer ★★★★
12/2/7: Zachary Taylor by John S.D. Eisenhower ★★★★
12/2/1: Millard Fillmore by Paul Finkelman ★★★★★
12/1/3 Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution by Richard Brookhiser ★★★★
11/11/16 James Madison by Richard Brookhiser ★★★
11/5/4 The Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison by James Madison, Edward Larson & Michael Winship [★★★★;;;★]
11/4/11 Original Meanings by Jack Rakove [★★★★]
11/1/5 The Pirate Hunter: the True Story of Captain Kidd by Richard Zacks [★★★★]
10/10/9 A Nation Rising by Kenneth C. Davis [★★★]
10/3/16 Polk: the man who transformed the presidency and America (portions) by Walter R. Borneman [★★★★★]
09/9/29: Behind the Scenes in the Lincoln White House by Elizabeth Keckley [★★★★★]
09/9/12: A Colored Man's Reminiscences of James Madison by Paul Jennings [★★★★★]
09/9/6: The First Forty Years of Washington Society by Margaret Bayard Smith [★★★★★]
09/8/18: The Failure of the Founding Fathers by Bruce Ackerman [★★★★★]
09/7/14: The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall, and the Battle for the Supreme Court by Cliff Sloan & David McKean [★★★★]
09/7/4: Triumvirate: The Unlikely Alliance That Saved the Constitution and United the Nation by Bruce Chadwick [★★★]
08/08/12: The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution by David O. Stewart [★★★★]
08/04/29: The great debate: advocates and opponents of the American Constitution by Thomas L. Pangle [★★★★]
07/12/11: James Madison by Garry Wills [★★★★★]
07/11/30: "Negro President": Jefferson and the Slave Power by Garry Wills [★★★★★]
07/07/25: John Quincy Adams by Robert Vincent Remini [★★★★★]
07/07/21: 1776 by David McCullough [★★★★★]
07/06/17: A perfect union: Dolley Madison and the creation of the American nation by Catherine Allgor [★★★★★]
07/05/31: The essential Lewis and Clark by Meriwether Lewis; Landon Y. Jones, editor [★★★★★]
07/05/17: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes [★★★★]
07/04/23: Revolutionary Characters by Gordon S. Wood [★★★★]
06/10/23: The Barbary Wars by Frank Lambert [★★★★]
06/10/3: Wars in Barbary by Donald Chidsey [★★★★]
06/10/5: Jefferson's war: America's first war on terror, 1801-1805 by Joseph Wheelan [★★★★]
06/9/15: James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights by Richard Labunski [★★★★]
06/2/10: Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts [★★★]
06/2/10: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow [★★★★]
06/2/6: Diagnosing Jefferson by Norm Ledgin [★★★]
06/1/30: The Paris Years of Thomas Jefferson by William Howard Adams [★★★★★]
06/1/5: A Basic History of the United States, Volume 2: The Beginning of the Republic, 1775-1825 by Clarence B. Carson [★★★★★]
06/1/4: The History of the United States of America During the Adminisration of Jefferson and Madison, abridged and edited by Ernest Samuels by Henry Adams [★★★★★]
05/12/25: A Basic History of the United States, Volume 1: The Colonial Experience 1607-1774 by Clarence B. Carson [★★★★★]
05/12/22: A Basic History of the United States, Volume 3: The Sections and the Civil War 1826-1877 by Clarence B. Carson [★★★★★]
05/12/04: Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis [★★★★★]
05/11/22: Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 by John Ferling [★★★★★]
05/11/21: Benjamin Franklin - abridged by Walter Isaacson [★★★★★]
05/11/18: Inventing a Nation (book) by Gore Vidal [★★★★★]
05/11/17: John Adams - abridged by David McCullough [★★★★★]
05/11/12: Jefferson's Second Revolution: The Election Crisis of 1800 and the Triumph of Republicanism by Susan Dunn [★★★★★]
05/11/05: Inventing a Nation by Gore Vidal [★★★★★]
06/3/9: The island at the center of the world: the epic story of Dutch Manhattan & the forgotten colony that shaped America by Russell Shorto [★★★★★]
01/06/26: Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg [★★★★]

Bodie Bonanza: The True Story of a Flamboyant Past by Warren Loose ★★★★
15/3/7 James A. Garfield: The 20th President, 1881 by Ira Rutkow ★★★★
15/2/23 Rutherford B. Hayes by Hans Trefousse ★★★
15/1/17 William McKinley by Kevin Phillips ★★★★
15/1/9 The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin ★★★
14/12/30 Chester Alan Arthur by Zachary Karabell and Arthur M. Schlesinger ★★★★
14/10/10 History of American Presidential Elections 1789-1968, volume 2 edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger, jr. ★★★★★
12/5/31 Benjamin Harrison by Charles W. Calhoun ★★★
09/11/2: Grover Cleveland by Henry F. Graff [★★★★★]
06/11/17: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson [★★★★★]
05/8/23: Mountain Men to Astronauts: A History of Lodi 1869-1969 by Naomi McCallum Carey [★★★]
04/5/30: Fraud of the Century: Rutherford B. Hayes, Samuel J. Tilden and the Stolen Election of 1876 by Roy Morris, Jr. [★★★★★]
03/09/09: Lincoln by Gore Vidal [★★★★★]
01/06/20: Shipwrecked! The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy by Rhoda Blumberg [★★★★★]

All the Presidents' Bankers: the Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power by Nomi Prins ★★★
16/3/18 Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed by John F. Ross ★★★★
15/11/2 Reilly of the White House by Michael F. Reilly ★★★★★
15/9/22 Starling of the White House: the story of the man whose Secret service detail guarded five presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Franklin D. Roosevelt / as told to Thomas Sugrue by Colonel Edmund W. Starling ★★★★★
15/4/30 White House Diary by Jimmy Carter ★★★★
14/11/9 The First Family Detail by Ronald Kessler ★★★★★
14/10/21 History of American Presidential Elections 1789-1968, volume 3 edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger, jr. ★★★★★
14/4/19 Marvel Comics: the untold story by Sean Howe ★★★★+ Excellent research and impressive thoroughness. Difficult to put down. Would have liked to see more about the early TV versions, both live and animated. Also misses that we were discussing this world on USENET already in the mid-1980s.
13/9/17 Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy by Mimi Alford ★★★
13/9/6 My 21 Years in the White House by Alonzo Fields ★★★★
13/8/27 The Butler by Wil Haygood [★★★★]
13/6/25 Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill ★★★★
13/6/14 The White House Doctor by Connie Mariano ★★★★★
12/2/19: The 1906 Eartquake in Mountain View by Barbar McPherson Kinchen ★★★★


11/4/22 My Life with Jacqueline Kennedy by Mary Barelli Gallagher [★★★★]
10/12/22: For all the tea in China by Sarah Rose [★★★★]
09/6/17: "Theodore Roosevelt: American Sissy" by Gore Vidal [★★★★]
09/4/15: My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House by Lillian Rogers Parks [★★★★★]
09/4/4: Secrets of the White House by Elizabeth Jaffray [★★★]
09/3/27: Kennedy and Nixon by Chris Matthews [★★★★]
09/3/5: The Roosevelts: A Family in Turmoil by Lillian Rogers Parks [★★★★★]
09/3/2: Backstairs at the White House by Gwen Bagni and Paul Dubov [★★★★★]
09/2/13: Forty-Two years in the White House by Irwin Hood (Ike) Hoover [★★★★★]
08/04/15: Charlie Wilson's War by George Crile [★★]
07/11/6: Dwight D. Eisenhower by Tom Wicker [★★★★★]
07/08/14: Rothstein: The Life, Times and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series by David Pietrusza [★★★★★]
07/05/09: The Rehnquist Choice by John Dean [★★★★★]
06/1/26: Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin by Marion Meade [★★★★★]

Inside the White House by Ronald Kessler ★★★★

08/11/05: Empire of blue water: Captain Morgan's great pirate army, the epic battle for the Americas, and the Catas by Stephan Talty [★★★★]

09/5/20: The Incas: inside an American empire by Terence N. D'Altroy [★★★]


Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson ★★★
17/1/11 Lysander and Sulla by Plutarch ★★★★★
16/9/30 The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones by Thomas Asbridge ★★★★★ Great medieval story of a second son with no inheritance forced to make his way in the world who succeeded brilliantly, knowing and serving five different Angevin kings from Henry II to John and including Richard the Lionheart. His experiences with them reflect a lot about their characters. In his long life he fought in virtually all his country's wars and also went to the Crusades.
16/9/9 Alcibiades and Coriolanus by Plutarch ★★★★
15/1/27 The founding fathers and the politics of character by Andrew S. Trees ★★★
13/5/2 Behind the palace doors: five centuries of sex, adventure, vice, treachery, and folly from royal Britain by Michael Farquhar ★★★
13/3/14 The Obamas by Jodi Kantor ★★★+
12/8/4 Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant ★★★★★
11/6/4 The Man Who Would Be King: The First American in Afghanistan by Ben Macintyre ★★★★★
Jack London: An American Life by Earle Labor ★★★
16/8/24 Tennessee Williams: mad pilgrimage of the flesh by John Lahr ★★★★★
15/11/29 In Bed with Gore Vidal: Hustlers, Hollywood, and the Private World of an American Master by Tim Teeman ★★★★
15/11/15 Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal by Jay Parini ★★★★★
15/9/24 The real Wizard of Oz: the life and times of L. Frank Baum by Rebecca Loncraine. ★★★★★
15/5/18 Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 ★
14/9/30 The Love Boat Lady by Sheila Farrell Murray ★★★★
13/7/29: Gene Roddenberry: The Myth and the Man Behind "Star Trek" by Joel Lerner ★★★★★
12/6/21 Life Itself by Roger Ebert ★★★★★
12/2/14: The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom by Simon Winchester★★
11/12/13 The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua ★★ The writer either doesn't know what she wants to do (apart from ambition) or how to do it, or both. Dare it be suggested that this is probably a result of the very uncreative, rote drilling education that the book itself espouses?
10/5/25 Duchess of Death: The Biography of Agatha Christie by Richard Hack [★★★★]
09/5/13: Jane Austen by Carol Shields [★★★★]
09/1/20: The Mural at the Waverley Inn by Edward Sorel [★★★★★]
08/09/27: Bard of the Middle Ages: the works of Geoffrey Chaucer by Michael D.C. Drout [★★★★★]
08/07/09: Shakespeare: the Biography by Peter Ackroyd [★★★★]
08/03/01: Palimpsest by Gore Vidal [★★★★★]
08/02/22: Point to Point Navigation by Gore Vidal [★★★★★]
08/01/6: A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut [★★★★]
07/10/01: The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [★★★★]
07/07/09: How to Be Alone by Jonathan Franzen [★★★]
06/12/15: Literary Lives by Edward Sorel [★★★★★]
06/8/2: Marcel Proust - abridged by Edmund White [★★★★]
06/5/3: Practicing History by Barbara W. Tuchman [★★★★]
05/11/04: Shakespeare by Michael Wood [★★★★]
05/10/15: The Life and Work of Mark Twain by Stephen Railton [★★★★★]
05/10/11: Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt [★★★★★]
05/8/02: H.G. Wells in Love by H.G. Wells [★★★★★]
04/7/11: The Algonquin Wits by Robert E. Drennan [★★★★★]
04/5/03: Backstory 3: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1960s by Pat McGilligan [★★★★★]
04/4/19: Backstory 2: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1950s by Pat McGilligan [★★★★★]
04/4/06: Backstory: Interviews with Screenwriters of Hollywood's Golden Age by Pat McGilligan [★★★★★]
01/12/16: Sir Vidia's Shadow by Paul Theroux [★★★★★]
Robert Graves: The White Goddess by Richard Perceval Graves [★★★★★]
Robert Graves: The Assault Heroic by Richard Perceval Graves [★★★★★]
Robert Graves: The Years with Laura Riding by Richard Perceval Graves [★★★★★]

ACTORS/DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS 17/8/2 Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 by Edward Sorel ★★★★★
16/12/9 My Days With Errol Flynn: The Autobiography of Stuntman Buster Wiles ★★★★
16/12/2 Moving Pictures: Memories of a Hollywood Prince by Budd Schulberg ★★★★★

15/9/27 I Don't Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer ★
15/9/9 Handbook for an Unpredictable Life by Rosie Perez ★★★★
15/7/5 Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd ★★★★★
14/6/11 This is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life by Gavin McLeod ★★★
14/5/27 Let's just say it wasn't pretty by Diane Keaton ★★
14/5/6 The Man Who Saw a Ghost: The Life and Work of Henry Fonda by Devin McKinney ★★★★
14/5/1 The cinema of Preston Sturges: a critical study by Alessandro Pirolini ★★★★
13/8/30 Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner [★★★★]
13/8/25 To the Stars by George Takei [★★★+]
13/8/19 Inside Star Trek: The Real Story by Herbert F. Solow and Robert H. Justman ★★★★★
13/8/14: The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy by Grace Lee Whitney and Jim Denney ★★★★★
11/10/4 BossyPants by Tina Fey ★
10/9/1 Twentieth Century's Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and the Culture of Hollywood by George Custen [★★★★]
10/4/9 American on Purpose by Craig Ferguson [★★★★★]
09/12/20: Thalberg: The Last Tycoon and the World of M-G-M by Roland Flamini [★★★★★]
09/11/21: Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer by Scott Eyman [★★★★★]
09/2/3: Tea at Five (Katharine Hepburn) by Matthew Lombardo [★★★★]
08/12/6: Me by Katherine Hepburn [★★★★]
08/10/05: Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself by Alan Alda [★★]
08/05/31: I'm the One That I Want by Margaret Cho [★★★★]
07/12/10: The Kid Stays in the Picture by Robert Evans [★★★★★]
07/02/27: Never Have Your Dog Stuffed - abridged by Alan Alda [★★★★★]
07/02/20: Nothing's Sacred by Lewis Black [★★★★★]
07/01/23: Kiss Me Like a Stranger by Gene Wilder [★★★★★]
06/9/5: Gasping for Airtime by Jay Mohr [★★★★★]
06/8/24: Seriously Funny by Gerald Nachman [★★★★★]
06/8/16: The Life and Work of Errol Flynn: A Psychoanalytic Biography by B. Dramov [★★★]
06/8/11: Errol Flynn: a memoir by Earl Conrad [★★★★]
06/8/10: Inherited risk : Errol and Sean Flynn in Hollywood and Vietnam by Jeffrey Meyers [★★★]
06/7/26: What's It All About? - abridged by Michael Caine [★★★★]
06/7/20: The Unruly Life of Woody Allen by Marion Meade [★★★★★]
06/5/17: Goldwyn - abridged by Scott Berg [★★★★★]
06/4/19: Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live by Tom Shales & James Andrew Miller [★★★★★]
05/12/14: Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg [★★★★★]
05/11/02: My Life So Far - abridged by Jane Fonda [★★★★]
05/9/15: James Ivory in Conversation by Robert Emmet Long [★★★★★]
04/6/26: The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film by Michael Ondaatje [★★★★★]
04/6/15: Christmas in July: the Life and Art of Preston Sturges by Diane Jacobs [★★★★★]
04/5/30: Romantic Comedy in Hollywood: From Lubitsch to Sturges by James Harvey [★★★★★]
04/5/14: Between Flops: A Biography of Preston Sturges by James Curtis [★★★★★]
04/5/08: Preston Sturges by Preston Sturges [★★★★★]
03/09/01: My Life with Groucho by Arthur Marx [★★★★★]
03/08/28: Groucho: The life and times of Julius Henry Marx by Stefan Kafner [★★★★★]
02/12/21: Harpo Speaks! by Harpo Marx and Rowland Barber [★★★★★]
02/04/28: The Ancient World in the Cinema by Jon Solomon [★★★★]

Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams by Louisa Thomas ★★★
13/12/13 Barbara Walters: An Unauthorized Biography by Jerry Oppenheimer ★★★★★
12/10/2 Gallo Be Thy Name by Jerome Tuccille ★★★★

Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc by Hugh Aldersey-Williams ★★★★
17/11/21 Three men in a boat: (to say nothing of the dog) by Jerome K Jerome ★★★
16/9/3 Mozart's Journey to Prague by Eduard Mörike ★★★
14/11/1 Mythology by Edith Hamilton ★★★★★
12/9/17 Italian Stories by Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Pirandello, D'Annunzio et al., edited by Robert A. Hall ★★★ 08/06/04: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [★★★★★]
08/03/07: Sanditon: Jane Austen's Last Novel Completed by Jane Austen and Another Lady [★★★★★]
08/02/24: The 1,000,000 Bank-Note by Mark Twain [★★★★]
08/02/14: The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain [★★★★]
07/10/02: "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze" by William Saroyan [★★★★]
07/09/26: "Tracy's Tiger" by William Saroyan [★★★★]
06/12/21: The Odyssey by Homer [★★★★★]
05/1/11: Emma by Jane Austen [★★★★★]
04/11/28: Persuasion by Jane Austen [★★★★★]
03/12/12: Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen [★★★★★]
03/03/14: Lysistrata by Aristophanes [★★★★★]
03/02/02: Family Happiness by Lyof N. Tolstoï (Leo Graf Tolstoy) [★★★★★]
02/11/20: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen [★★★★★]
02/04/06: Life on the Mississippi by Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) [★★★★★]
[undated] Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by "The Pearl Poet" ★★★★★ I take this as a story of the entertainer speaking Truth to Power. Gawain is far too eager to (he thinks) take a life, as probably were most of the powerful knights hearing this story. The moment he discovers his life is in danger instead must have been a harrowing time for the knights. Then too is discussed the topic of taking advantage of women. Even if all turns out all right in the end (probably necessary to permit the story to be re-told) that harrowing feeling must have lingered and given pause.

GENERAL 17/3/25 The Love of the Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald ★★★★+
12/3/27: Those Daring Young Men in their Jaunty Jalopies: Monte Carlo or Bust by Jack Davies, Ken Annikin, Allen Andrews and Ronald Searle ★★ 11/1/18 Sungka and Smiling Irish Eyes by Natalie Gonzales-Sullaway [★★★★★]
10/12/31: Sideways by Rex Pickett [★★★★]
10/9/27 The Southern Woman: "The Light in the Piazza" by Elizabeth Spencer [★★★★]
08/10/25: Jamila by Chingiz Aitmatov [★★★★★]
08/10/17: Aimez-vous Brahms? by Françoise Sagan [★★★★★]
08/07/28: The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler [★★★★]
08/05/01: Fork in the Road by Denis Hamill [★★★★]
07/05/24: Tiger, Tiger by Lynne Reid Banks [★★★]
04/6/14: "Strictly Dishonorable" by Preston Sturges [★★★★★]
04/3/24: The Flower Drum Song by C.Y. Lee [★★★★]
04/1/11: Chocolat by Joanne Harris [★★★★]
03/06/01: Jungle Lovers by Paul Theroux [★★★★★]
03/02/16: The Hours by Michael Cunningham [★★★★★]
03/01/15: The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean [★★★★★]
02/10/02: Hotel by Arthur Hailey [★★★]
02/09/27: Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor [★★★]
02/05/25: The Mystic Masseur by V.S. Naipaul [★★★]
02/04/14: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen [★★★]
02/01/07: Vox by Nicholson Baker [★★★]
01/12/28: Hotel Honolulu by Paul Theroux [★★★★★]
01/12/20: Saint Jack by Paul Theroux [★★★★★]
01/08/25: Worlds of Wonder by Robertson Davies [★★★★★]
01/08/17: The Manticore by Robertson Davies [★★★★★]
01/08/03: Fifth Business by Robertson Davies [★★★★★]
01/07/09: Burning Bright by John Steinbeck [★★★★]
The Fermata by Nicholson Baker [★★★★★]

The Year of Confusion by John Maddox Roberts ★★+
17/4/23 Oracle of the Dead by John Maddox Roberts ★★+
16/3/25 Wrath of the Furies by Steven Saylor ★★+
15/8/17 The Eyes of Aurora by Albert A. Bell Jr. ★★★★
14/6/28 Raiders of the Nile by Steven Saylor ★★★
13/8/15 The Roman Games by Bruce Macbain ★★★+
13/7/23: All Roads Lead to Murder by Albert A. Bell Jr. ★★★★
13/4/22 Under Vesuvius by John Maddox Roberts ★★+
13/2/20 A Point of Law by John Maddox Roberts ★★★+
13/2/6 The Princess and the Pirates by John Maddox Roberts ★★★+
13/1/7 The River God's Vengeance by John Maddox Roberts ★★+
12/10/12 Pompeii by Robert Harris ★★★★
12/9/12 The Seven Wonders by Steven Saylor ★★★★
12/3/19: All Roads Lead to Murder by Albert A. Bell Jr. ★★★★
11/12/10 "Beware the Snake" by John Maddox Roberts ★★★★★
11/12/9 "Styx and Stones" by Steven Saylor ★★★
11/8/17 The Blood of Caesar by Albert Bell ★★★★
11/4/29 "The Lost Special" by Arthur Conan Doyle [★★;★]
10/6/14 The Map Thief by Heather Terrell [★★★★] [review]
09/8/26: "The Girl with the Silver Eyes" by Dashiell Hammett [★★★★★]
08/11/25: "The Problem of the Black Cloister" by Edward D. Hoch [★★★★]
08/11/25: "Locked in Death" by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer [★★★★]

The Arrows of Hercules by L. Sprague De Camp ★★★★★
17/9/22 The Seven Hills by John Maddox Roberts ★★★★★
17/8/29 Hannibal's Children by John Maddox Roberts ★★★★★
17/4/4 Silence by Shusaku Endo ★★★
16/10/8 The Road to Rome by Robert Emmet Sherwood ★★★★★
Interesting play suggesting reasons why Hannibal may have refrained from attacking Rome.
16/6/19 Dictator by Robert Harris ★★★+
16/1/17 Scipio: A Novel by Ross Leckie ★★★
15/9/27 My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk ★★★★
15/7/7 How Few Remain by Harry Turtledove ★★★★
15/5/31 Walled Orchard by Tom Holt ★★★★
15/5/12 Goatsong by Tom Holt ★★★★★
15/4/27 Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough ★★★
13/9/14 Tamara: A Play by John Krizanc ★★★★★
13/1/23 Conspirata by Robert Harris ★★★+
12/12/27 Imperium by Robert Harris ★★★+
11/5/19 "The Triumph" by Robin Hobb ★★★
11/5/15 "The Eagle and the Rabbit" by Steven Saylor ★★
11/12/6 The Marsh King: A Story of King Alfred by C. Walter Hodges ★★★★
11/10/22 The Namesake: A Story of King Alfred by C. Walter Hodges ★★★★★
11/9/8 Brother to Galahad by Gwendolyn Bowers ★★★ Hugh of Alleyn is a fatherless teen lord of a castle on the western coast of Britain. He dreams of going to Camelot and with the help of a temporarily disgraced knight is able to do so, stopping at Glastonbury on the way. He takes a job as a kitchen scullion as well as training as a knight in the period at the end of Arthur's reign. He eventually is able to join the quest for the grail and meet all of the famous characters of Arthurian legend.
11/8/22 Khan: empire of silver by Conn Iggulden ★★
11/8/20 At the Sign of the Globe by Gwendolyn Bowers ★★★★ A boy of 14 in Warwickshire, England, about 1610 is working for his uncle as a tanner, but finding it boring steals off to see the fair. There he meets a man who, impressed by his ability to juggle, offers to take him to Stratford to become a glover. Thus begin a series of adventures that lead to William Shakespeare and the Globe Theathre of London.
10/6/14 The Map Thief by Heather Terrell [★★★★] [review]
09/12/14: The Lost Dragon of Wessex by Gwendolyn Bowers [★★★★★]
09/11/9: What Makes Sammy Run by Budd Schulberg [★★★★★]
08/06/11: The Triumph of Caesar by Steven Saylor [★★★+]
08/05/13: The Tribune's Curse by John Maddox Roberts [★★★]
08/04/12: Nox Dormienda by Kelli Stanley [★+]
08/02/08: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett [★★★★★]
08/01/21: Nobody Loves a Centurion by John Maddox Roberts [★★★]
08/01/16: Julian by Gore Vidal [★★★★★]
07/10/26: "Convivium" by Kelli Stanley [★★★]
07/07/05: Thirteenth night: a medieval mystery by Alan Gordon [★★]
07/03/11: See Delphi and Die by Lindsey Davis [★+]
07/02/09: Wolf in the Fold: A Robert Hawkins Mystery by Anthony Rotondi [★★★]
06/11/10: Death of a Vestal Virgin by A.C. Tassie [★★]
06/7/15: The Canary Trainer by Nicholas Meyer [★★★]
06/6/5: The West End Horror by Nicholas Meyer [★★★★★]
04/11/17: The Judgement of Caesar by Steven Saylor [★★]
04/2/10: The October Horse by Colleen McCullough [★★★★]
03/11/15: Baudolino by Umberto Eco [★★★★★]
02/07/02: Germanicus Mosaic by Rosemary Rowe [★★+]
02/06/06: A Mist of Prophecies by Steven W. Saylor [★★★]
02/02/09: Five Black Ships: A Novel of the Discoverers by Napoleon Baccino Ponce De Leon [★★★★]
01/11/23: Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco [★★★★]
01/08/31: The Chinese Maze Murders by Robert van Gulik [★★★★★]
01/07/08: Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier [★★★★★]
Claudius the God by Robert Graves [★★★★★]
I, Claudius by Robert Graves [★★★★★]
The Thieves of Ostia (pre-publication) by Caroline Lawrence [★★★]
Two for the Lions by Lindsey Davis [★★+]
Between the Dragon and the Eagle by Mical Schneider [★★★]

The Martians by Kim Stanley Robinson ★★★
17/2/11 Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson ★★★★+ Kim plays thee games in this one: (1) teasing us with is Hiroko Ai still alive or not? (2) who is the father of Zo? (finally revealed only in The Martians) (3) sending characters out into harm's way util we get scared they're going to die, but invariably bringing them home safe again. After reading this and knowing Kim a little bit, I believe Sax Russell is his favorite character to write about as well as the character who is most like Kim.
16/5/5 Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson ★★★★+
16/2/29 The Midnight Circus by Peter Collinson ★★★★
16/2/24 Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson ★★★★+
14/3/18: Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers ★★★
14/1/2: "A Study in Emerald" by Neil Gaiman ★★★★
12/3/6: The Annotated Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and Douglas A. Anderson ★★★
12/3/5: The End of the Third Age by J.R.R. Tolkien ★★★★
10/4/18 Doctor Who: The Crusade by David Whitaker [★★★★]
10/4/14 Knight's Castle by Edward Eager [★★★★★]
10/2/2: Moomin by Tove Jansson [★★★]
10/1/22: Smith of Wootton Major by J.R.R. Tolkien [★★★★]
10/1/10: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman [★★★]
09/12/11: The Peoples of Middle Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien [★★★]
09/12/8: Journeys of Frodo by Barbara Strachey [★★★★]
09/11/11: Farmer Giles of Ham by J.R.R. Tolkien [★★★★★]
09/8/5: The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs [★★★]
07/11/20: I, Robot by Isaac Asimov [★★★★★]
07/03/02: The Never-ending Story by Michael Ende [★★★★]
06/7/2: Captains' Logs Supplemental: The Only One-volume Guide to Deep Space Nine, Voyager and the New Next Generation Movie by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman [★★★★★]
06/6/16: The Tenth Planet by Keith Pedler [★★★★]
06/5/20: Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman [★★★★★]
05/7/03: The Asian Animal Zodiac by Ruth Q. Sun [★★★★★]
04/10/11: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire [★★★★★]
04/8/04: The Enchanted Island of Yew by L. Frank Baum [★★★★★]
04/7/30: The Magical Monarch of Mo by L. Frank Baum [★★★★★]
04/7/21: Tik-Tok in Oz by L. Frank Baum [★★★★★]
04/7/19: Who's Who in Oz by Jack Snow [★★★★★]
04/7/18: Rinkitink in Oz by L. Frank Baum [★★★★★]
04/7/18: The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum [★★★★★]
04/7/11: The Road to Oz by L. Frank Baum [★★★★★]
04/7/11: Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum [★★★★★]
04/7/09: Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum [★★★★★]
04/7/07: The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum [★★★★★]
04/7/05: The Lost Princess of Oz by L. Frank Baum [★★★★★]
04/7/05: The Scarecrow of Oz by L. Frank Baum [★★★★★]
04/7/04: Queen Zixi of Ix by L. Frank Baum [★★★★★]
04/7/02: The Annotated Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Notes by Michael Patrick Hearn [★★★★★]
04/6/29: The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum [★★★★★]
04/6/27: The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum [★★★★★]
02/11/01: The Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide by Brian Sibley [★★★]
02/08/01: The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick [★★★★]
02/06/13: Old Polish Legends by F.C. Anstruther [★★]
01/11/09: Who's Afraid of Beowulf? by Tom Holt [★★★★]
01/08/13: Silk Roads and Shadows by Susan Shwartz [★★★]
01/06/27: The Truth About Dragons by Rhoda Blumberg [★★★]
Maui: The Demigod: An Epic Novel of Mythical Hawai'i by Steven Goldsberry [★★★★★]

The Avengers, Earth's mightiest heroes. Vol. 4 Chris Yost, adapted by Joe Caramagna ★★★
16/2/23 Witches of Venice by Beni Montresor ★★★
15/3/14 The Mystery of the Great Pyramid, part 1 by Edgar Jacobs ★★★
09/3/16: The Quitter by Harvey Pekar [★★★★]
08/03/04: Tintin and Alph-Art by Hergé [★★★★]
07/11/6: Lucky Luke: Ghost Town by Morris and René Goscinny [★★★★]
06/10/4: The Shooting Star by Hergé [★★★★★]
06/9/19: The Blue Lotus by Hergé [★★★★★]
06/9/2: Tintin and the Broken Ear by Hergé [★★★★★]
06/9/1: The Black Island by Hergé [★★★★★]
06/8/28: Tintin in Tibet by Hergé [★★★★★]
26/8/28: Land of Black Gold by Hergé [★★★★★]
06/8/27: The Crab with the Golden Claws by Hergé [★★★★★]
06/8/26: Prisoners of the Sun by Hergé [★★★★★]
06/8/25: The Seven Crystal Balls by Hergé [★★★★★]
06/8/25: Red Sea Sharks by Hergé [★★★★★]
06/8/24: Red Rackham's Treasure by Hergé [★★★★★]
05/1/21: American Splendor: Our Movie Year by Harvey Pekar [★★★★★]
04/2/15: American Splendor by Harvey Pekar [★★★★★]
04/1/09: Bob & Harv's Comics by Harvey Pekar [★★★★]
04/1/08: Our Cancer Year by Joyce Brabner & Harvey Pekar [★★★★★]
03/12/28: The American Splendor Anthology by Harvey Pekar [★★★★★]