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Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
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Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
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Unlike many dry, unreadable books by serious scholars, this one is actually accessible to the average reader and extremely interesting on many levels. If you have ever been intrigued by questions about the average incomes around the world or how such ...more
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Doomsday 1917 by Douglas Brown
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Douglas Brown presented (1975) a concise, but fairly detailed and well-documented account of the sequence of events that led to the overthrow of the Czarist government in 1917 and the utter destruction of the ruling classes that had governed Russia f ...more
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No Ordinary Crown by Stelio Hourmouzios
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King Paul of Greece was among the most remarkable and highly successful monarchs of the 20th Century and yet remains very little known. Born in December 1901 as the third son of Greek King Constantine I (1913-17, 1921-22), Paul was never expected to ...more
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The Emperor Elagabalus by Leonardo de Arrizabalaga y ...
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This is not your typical biography, but a detailed, well researched scholarly resource that surpasses many of the previous attempts to get at the reality behind the colorful legends and exaggerations. As collector interested in the coinage of the thi ...more
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Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron
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An enjoyable mystery told with Jane Austen as narrator and not-so-silent observer of two murders in a plush manor house during a gathering for a snowy Christmas celebrations of December 1814 to January 1815. Connection of the crime to the Bourbon res ...more
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The Laws of Murder by Charles Finch
The Laws of Murder (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #8)
by Charles Finch (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2014
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Set in London during 1876, Gentleman Detective Charles Lenox is no longer a Member of Parliament, but one of the founding partners of a detective firm hoping to combine the brains and ability of several resourceful detectives introduced in prior nove ...more
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Gray Mountain by John Grisham
Gray Mountain
by John Grisham (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2014
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It was a "good read" and mildly interesting, but never really "got off the ground" with engaging characters and complex maneuvers. Usually, the most attractive aspects of Grisham's best novels are the "David vs. Goliath" struggles complete with excit ...more
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The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah
The Monogram Murders
by Sophie Hannah (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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Having read the Agatha Christie masterpieces, I expected to be disappointed. Christie's mastery as a writer who can craft excellent mysteries has not been equaled. However, this mystery and re-introduction of Poirot into the world of 1929 to investig ...more
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