Genre: History

Pistols & Petticoats by Erika Janik

Pistols & Petticoats by Erika Janik

Posted July 17, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and Beacon Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Erika Janik seems to me like the type of person who learns a fact, then gets really excited about it and learns everything possible about the subject.  She is clearly enthusiastic and while I found Pistols and Petticoats interesting, it was a little too ambitious and scattered for my tastes. Delivery There are several ways to format any non-fiction work.  My experience in historical works is that they […]

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Dynasty by Tom Holland

Dynasty by Tom Holland

Posted January 4, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  I’m very picky about my non-fiction. I know that as a history nut, I should gobble up whatever I can get, but it nonetheless remains true that written accounts of history can be very boring.  I don’t know what it is about many historians, but it’s almost as though if it’s interesting, they’re not doing it right. That is not the case with that book. When Holland took on the House of Caesar, he took on a very broad subject, with much presumption and conjecture.  He took on a family of cruel secrets.  In the course of a single book, […]

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The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

Posted January 13, 2012 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Where I loved The Constant Princess, it took me a little while to get into The Boleyn Inheritance. Part of my problem with this was the separation of narrative – I was immediately drawn to three different characters, none of whom I found immediately interesting. It was not until about halfway through the book, after Kitty Howard was already on the throne, that I began to care in the least about Anne of Cleves, whose fight to survive entrapped me, and I knew already Kitty’s fate (even though I have not thoroughly studied the Tudor dynasty, there was really […]

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The Annals of Ancient Rome by Tacitus

The Annals of Ancient Rome by Tacitus

Posted February 1, 2011 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  For a book written during the Roman Empire, this particular translation of Tacitus isn’t that bad. The flow is relatively easy to work with, and it is constantly informative. Tacitus often reminds his readers that much of what he writes is what that people say, and he warns to be wary of rumours. Still, it gives some idea of culture. I read this book for a course on the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and I would it to be the most enlightening book assigned. Ratings Breakdown Writing: ★★★ Pacing: ★★ Sources: ★ 1/2 Detail: ★★★ 1/2 […]

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