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The Shield of Achilles by Philip Bobbitt
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Feb 07, 10

it was amazing

If Schama's 'Citizens' is the best history book I've read with a narrow focus, this is the best one with a broader focus.

The weaknesses almost all lie in the 2nd half of the book, which is not as strong as the first. The chapter on House I felt could have been eliminated all together.

But the first half is so enriching and eye opening. So many things came together for me about the last 500 years of western history as I read this.
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