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Matt rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Ghosts of Cannae by Robert L. O'Connell
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Ancient Maya by Arthur Demarest
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I wanted something to read on the Maya before heading down to the Yucatan on vacation and ended up with this book. I generally liked it, although being a book on archaeology more than history it was definitely a little harder for me to maintain momen ...more
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In the Beginning by Karen Armstrong
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I love Armstrong's interpretation of Genesis - she does a great job of walking you through Genesis, introducing the characters and stories of the book and providing a coherent interpretation of Genesis that builds through the book. She also - helpful ...more
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Caligula by Anthony A. Barrett
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I remember hunting around bookstores in high school trying to find this book after one of my teachers talked about it. Never could find it and by the time I actually started buying books from the internet it had almost completely slipped my mind. I f ...more
Matt rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms by Richard Fortey
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This a great book for whiling away an afternoon or two - fun to read and the format lends itself to beach reading. It is the stories of essentially survivors from the past - animals and plants that evolved to their present form tens of millions of ye ...more
Matt rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
Cleopatra: A Life
by Stacy Schiff (Goodreads Author)
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Think more of 3.5 than 4 stars. On the plus side, you have a well-written book that tells the life of Cleopatra stripped of the typical misogyny found in writing about her. The problem is that all of our sources are misogynistic for the most part and ...more
Matt rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Alexander the Great by Philip Freeman
Alexander the Great
by Philip Freeman (Goodreads Author)
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I almost didn't read this book - Peter Green's biography of Alexander turned me into a reader of history back in high school and is a book I have read probably a dozen times I like it so much. Prof. Freeman's book would have a hard time comparing to ...more
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The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes
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I really enjoyed this look at Romantic scientists - in particular really getting across the wonder that their discoveries and adventures caused in their contemporaries. It is all too easy for us 200 years later to be rather ho-hum about everything th ...more
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Revelations by Elaine H. Pagels
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This was a hard book to review - in terms strictly of content and how well it was written, it is a four star book. I would ding only for lacking a certain coherence where each line of argument can be clearly followed. It was not so obvious as to have ...more
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