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Islam: A Short History (UNIVERSAL HISTORY) by Karen Armstrong
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
This book would have been better titled a Defence of the History of Islam.

The two attributes any historian needs are Perspective and Balance. Here Karen Armstrong is deficient in both.

Firstly, perspective. Karen Armstrong, a former nun, has a religious, monotheistic, spiritualistic, starting point with an apparently Predestined (in the religious and philisophical sense) perspective of history. Most modern historians try and place themselves in the time but Karen Armstrong writes this History as though Islamic hegemony in the Middle East and beyond is predestined.

Secondly, balance. This book is, by no definition of the word, balanced. Karen Armstrong… Read more
The Twelve Caesars (Penguin Classics) by Suetonius
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This book may be 2,000 years old but it's still a good read.

It's surpisingly fresh and great fun.

If you have even a passing interest in Ancient Rome then this is a must read.

Don't be put off just because the book is old. Read it! You won't regret it.