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By Kreuzberger
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#355645
Topics come and go, some stay. Through this board, I myself have been stimulated - nay, provoked - into devouring tracts that would have otherwise not have graced my bedside table and I count Eric Hogspede's, "Why I hate Britain" amongst two of them.

By and large, I think we have quite a lot of respect for each others sources and citations so here might be a good place to keep that rolling. Next up is WW1.

All recommendations welcome...
 
By The Red Arrow
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#355653
Not a weighty tome that will expand your understanding of political and military goings-on, but...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Under-The-Guns- ... 1904943977" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Easy to mistake this at first glance for another ritchly illustrated book about Von Richthofen. Basically, this book traces the crews of the 80 aircraft shot down by the titular baron and provides biographies (and photographs wherever possible) that humanise the statistics so beloved of many historians.
 
By Kreuzberger
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#355656
The Red Arrow wrote:Not a weighty tome that will expand your understanding of political and military goings-on, but...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Under-The-Guns- ... 1904943977" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Easy to mistake this at first glance for another ritchly illustrated book about Von Richthofen. Basically, this book traces the crews of the 80 aircraft shot down by the titular baron and provides biographies (and photographs wherever possible) that humanise the statistics so beloved of many historians.
6.36 euro on Amazon.de. Bought. Interestingly, von Richthofen is one of the few street names to have survived the great cleansing and there's an anonymous wee road up by, fittingly, Templehof named after him.
By new puritan
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#355672
Christopher Clark's The Sleepwalkers is supposed to be very good, but I haven't got round to reading it yet (might be a while before I get chance). Also looking forward to the release of this:

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1591-the-darkest-days" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
 
By Winegums
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#357790
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ragged ... jor_themes" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Every time the Tories open their collective maw and screech a new policy this book rings in my ears.
 
By Tubby Isaacs
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#357792
new puritan wrote:Christopher Clark's The Sleepwalkers is supposed to be very good, but I haven't got round to reading it yet (might be a while before I get chance). Also looking forward to the release of this:

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1591-the-darkest-days" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Ooh yes.
By new puritan
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#357826
Think Danny Dorling's new book might also be of interest to a few Mailwatchers:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/All-That-Is-Sol ... 846147158/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Anyone who hasn't read James Meek's outstanding recent LRB essay on UK housing policy should do so ASAP, by the way.

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n01/james-meek ... ll-we-live" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
By Lord Brett
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#357834
Currently reading (in short sections, in the loo) Francis Wheens How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World. It's now ten years old, but the sections taking Thatcheite economics to pieces are as vital today as they were then.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Mumbo-Jumbo ... roduct_top" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

(I know I've pasted an Amazon link, but try to find a copy at somewhere that pays both its workers and its taxes properly, folks!)
By new puritan
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#359798
Interesting review of the Danny Dorling book mentioned upthread from Owen Hatherley.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/f ... ing-review" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
 
By Samanfur
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#359827
Lord Brett wrote:Currently reading (in short sections, in the loo) Francis Wheens How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World. It's now ten years old, but the sections taking Thatcheite economics to pieces are as vital today as they were then.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Mumbo-Jumbo ... roduct_top" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

(I know I've pasted an Amazon link, but try to find a copy at somewhere that pays both its workers and its taxes properly, folks!)
Support your local libraries!

*ahem* Sorry.

I find Wheen a very engaging writer - that was the first book of his that I read, and I've been coming back to his work ever since. The last book of his I re-read was Strange Days Indeed: The Golden Age of Paranoia, which is another book that goes to show that everything seems to repeat itself eventually. :?
 
By Kreuzberger
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#359829
The Red Arrow wrote:Not a weighty tome that will expand your understanding of political and military goings-on, but...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Under-The-Guns- ... 1904943977" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Finally arrived this morning and taken a prime spot in the khazi. Interesting stuff!
By Big Rob
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Amazon Link

The author of this book thanked a lot of rather horrible people for their contribution. However he, Alan Sykes (ALAN SYKES was formerly Lecturer in Modern History at the University of St Andrews, UK.), really does manage to get to heart of the matter in a matter of fact way.

The one negative review on the book is rather fun too.....
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