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Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the R&hellip by S. C. Gwynne
80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
This is a truly excellent book that is well researched, easy to read, and that pulls no punches about the expansion of the Commanche empire and its inevitable collision with the expending United States in the mid 19th century.

If you believe that the Native Americans/Indians/Human Beings/The People were the lentil eating 'hippies' that they have been protrayed as for the past forty years you won't be comfortable with this book. The Commanches murdered, gang raped and stole from Anglos, Hispanics and their fellow Native Amercicans without fear or favour for approximately 200 years. In the process they created a massive empire across what is now Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas… Read more
The Forgotten Battle of 1066: Fulford by Charles Jones
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is an excellent book that is well worth the money. It concentrates, as you would expect, on the Viking element of 1066. In this book William the Bastard is a bit player. Jones concentrates instead on the Godwinsons, Harald Hardrada and Tostig. The first four chapters tell you how the protagonists found themselves at Fulford. The next two provide the best description of the battle I have ever read. The last chapter is a postscript telling you what happened to the survivors of Fulford.

Jones has used the major sources of the period, a detailed geographical analysis of the ground snd the experience of renactors, to reconstruct the battle. I have read many books on the… Read more
Cromwell: An Honourable Enemy by Tom Reilly
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long, long overdue, 18 Feb 2010
It is true that this book is in some respects slightly flawed. Reilly's style is a bit quirky, some may even describe it as amateurish. BUT he has had the courage to open a debate that the "professional" historians - both English and Irish - have shied away from for 350 years. Sadly when you rock the boat you are vilified for it. Which is why "professional" academics seldom do it. They have too much too lose.

I do not intend to dissect the book - too many reviewers have already done that above. Some should be ashamed of the comments they have made. They say more about the reviewers' bigotry than Reilly's scholarship. Instead I urge you, if you have an interest in: the… Read more

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