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The Bible Unearthed by Israel Finkelstein
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Among the most popular introductory level books on any biblical subject ever written. Just be a little bit careful, Finkelstein works in his "low chronology" without preface, which is good for his inteded audience, but bad for a broader view, as it r ...more
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Dreaming of What Might Be by Gregory S. Kealey
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This book argues that the Knights of Labour in Ontario, traditionally viewed as an outlier to the mainstream labour movement, had a huge impact on class-consciousness in 19th century Canada.
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The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Volume 1 by Charles L. Coleman
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By far the most comprehensive work on the early history of hockey (dating from 1893, the first year of the Stanley Cup) to 1967, when the fist volume was published. Commissioned by the NHL for its 50th anniversary in 1967, Coleman scoured newspaper a ...more
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Creating a Role by Konstantin Stanislavski
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This and An Actor Prepares and Building a Character are not academic books on theatre history. But they are far too important and influential to ignore. In the Actor Prepares Trilogy, Stanislavski defines acting as a very serious activity requiring i ...more
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Building a Character by Konstantin Stanislavski
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This and An Actor Prepares and Creating a Role are not academic books on theatre history. But they are far too important and influential to ignore. In the Actor Prepares Trilogy, Stanislavski defines acting as a very serious activity requiring immens ...more
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An Actor Prepares by Konstantin Stanislavski
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This and Building a Character and Creating a Role) are not academic books on theatre history. But they are far too important and influential to ignore. In the Actor Prepares Trilogy, Stanislavski defines acting as a very serious activity requiring im ...more
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Shanghai 1937 by Peter Harmsen
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A good, relatively unbiased text about the Battle of Shanghai and the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War.
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The Pacific War, 1931-1945  by Saburo Ienaga
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A rare translated text by a Japanese historian, showing perspectives of the common Japanese of the war. This book received a fairly controversial reputation in Japan after several attempts by the Ministry of Education to censor certain parts.
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A Tragedy Revealed by Arrigo Petacco
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A good book detailing the histories, and suffering, of the ethnic Italian communities living in the country's then North-Eastern borderlands. Makes for a decent introduction to this topic before moving on to more 'demanding' works, such as the report ...more
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Sunburst by Mark R. Peattie
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This was split off from Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1887-1941 when Evans and Peattie realized they couldn't give it its proper treatment without making the previous book unreadably long; Peattie finished t ...more
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