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1 Goat Song
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 164 ratings
"Gets the reader past the marble, art, and philosphy and into the society that produced them. Of particular interest to anyone wanting to see the time of Socrates come alive."
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2 Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 6,853 ratings Rob rated it 3 stars
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3 The Persian Boy (Alexander ...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 4,245 ratings Rob rated it 4 stars
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4 Centennial
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 22,417 ratings Rob rated it 5 stars
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5 The Alienist
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 74,893 ratings
"If you think New York is bad now, take a look at it then."
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6 The Covenant
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 11,669 ratings
"I understood the South African situation much better after I read this."
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8 Red Cavalry
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 1,296 ratings
"Babel turns the real events and circumstances into fiction in a very personal way. In effect, you're carried along with him back to this time. Possibly one of the best 'war' fiction ever written."
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9 The Mammoth Hunters (Earth'...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 39,329 ratings Rob rated it 3 stars
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10 Beat to Quarters (Hornblowe...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 5,114 ratings
"Forester does an excellent job tying all his tales to actual history."
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11 Ship of the Line (Hornblowe...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 3,927 ratings
"Forester does an excellent job tying all his tales to actual history."
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12 Captain Horatio Hornblower:...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 2,302 ratings
"Forester does an excellent job tying all his tales to actual history."
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13 Lieutenant Hornblower (Horn...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 5,337 ratings
"Forester does an excellent job tying all his tales to actual history."
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14 Eaters of the Dead: The Man...
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 21,642 ratings
"A 'realistic' rendering of Beowulf, Crichton gives us an unconventional look into Scandinavian culture."
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15 Flying Colours (Hornblower ...
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 3,431 ratings
"Forester does an excellent job tying all his tales to actual history."
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16 Shōgun (Asian Saga, #3)
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 81,258 ratings
"An 'entryway' into the history of Japan."
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17 Hornblower and the Hotspur ...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 4,593 ratings
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19 The Noble Outlaw (Crowner J...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 165 ratings
"Made me look at this period in an entirely differnt way."
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20 Lonesome Dove
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 87,815 ratings Rob rated it 4 stars
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22 The Valley of Horses (Earth...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 44,958 ratings
"As far as exploring prehistory goes, this may be the best of this series."
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23 Quiet Flows the Don
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 5,592 ratings
"I'd never looked 'into' Russia, and particularly the Cassocks, in quite this way before."
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24 The Three Musketeers
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 159,569 ratings
"Old Dumas is, to me, the Grandfather of this genre. I think you have to sit at his knee for a little while, just for that."
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25 The King Must Die (Theseus,...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 3,728 ratings
"Renault puts the myth of Theseus on a real footing. The results are interesting to say the least."
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26 Muse of Art (Geodyssey, #4)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 307 ratings
"All of the books in this series, Geodessy, look at history in a way I'd never seen done before. This one is perhaps the most upbeat. They're all easy reading and all worth a look."
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27 Kidnapped (David Balfour, #1)
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 34,841 ratings Rob rated it 5 stars
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28 Young Goodman Brown And Oth...
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 228 ratings
"Gives an interesting look into the culture of New England—moreso than some of Hawthorn'e longer stuff."
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