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A History of Britain by Simon Schama
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bookshelves: 2007, 2008, 2009, biography, history, war, worth-reading-over-and-over

One of my (ahem!) many reference books on Great Britian. Usually I like how Schama manages to cover the history of the Isles with a bit of humor, almost an outsider's detachment and include exceptional photography. Although it's not as thorough as some histories, A History of Britain At the Edge of the World, 3500 B.C.-1603 A.D is therefore more readable than others. Still, since it does 'read like a story', it also tends to make for a poor reference book. Time after time when I've pulled it off the shelf to look something up, it's not there.
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message 4: by Don Incognito (new)

Don Incognito Then what would you recommend instead?


booklady Sadly, I haven't found a single volume, readable ancient history. Perhaps it hasn't been written yet. But I'm still looking...


message 2: by Don Incognito (new)

Don Incognito What do you think of Winston Churchill's History of the English-Speaking Peoples? I added it to my B-list.


booklady I like it. It's been years since I read it but I remember finding it very readable and helpful. Not exhaustive by any means, but still a favorite ... perhaps because of the author.


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