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History like wot you've never read before

Mark Meynell "quaesitor"
 
An Intimate History Of Humanity
An Intimate History Of Humanity
"unique, brilliant, unforgettable - you won't find anything else quite like this out there"
Africa: A Biography of the Continent
Africa: A Biography of the Continent
"what a great idea - a biography of a CONTINENT!"
The Story of Art
The Story of Art
"an art epic - it may even convert the non-enthusiast"
The Histories (Oxford World's Classics)
The Histories (Oxford World's Classics)
"the father of it all - of lies as well?? Some great stories though"
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
"wonderfully conveys the exuberance and fears of the Romantic era of scientific discovery - a thrill from beginning to end"
Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History
Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History
"there are lots of quirky history books around like this, these days - but this is one of the first - and fascinating"
Big Bangs: Five Musical Revolutions
Big Bangs: Five Musical Revolutions
"Howard Goodall is a genius - a brilliant teacher and simplifier who is never simplistic - a great way into music"
The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
"20th Century music is impenetrable for many - but this is ground-breaking in introducing its progression, and refuses to accept crass distinctions between high and low, popular and arcane. Brilliant!"
Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox (Sceptre 21's)
Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox (Sceptre 21's)
"we take our multicoloured world so much for granted - this will put a stop to that immediately"
Hammer And Tickle: A History Of Communism Told Through Communist Jokes
Hammer And Tickle: A History Of Communism Told Through Communist Jokes
"not as quirky or odd an idea as it first might seem - a brilliant and insightful account of a grim, terrifying but sometimes darkly hilarious chapter in world history"
America, Empire of Liberty: A New History
America, Empire of Liberty: A New History
"an excellent, scholarly but very readable path through American history, right up to the election of Obama - especially good on the innate paradoxes and contradictions of America's DNA"
The Oxford History of Twentieth Century
The Oxford History of Twentieth Century
"Don't be intimidated - succinct clear and helpful range of articles by different people that give an amazing overview of the whole world in the last 100 years. Astonishing achievement"
The Ambassadors' Secret: Holbein and the World of the Renaissance
The Ambassadors' Secret: Holbein and the World of the Renaissance
"It's extraordinary how a painting can provide a window into European politics, intrigue, scientific discovery and religious turmoil - and yet this masterly account of Holbein's shows just how."
The Gunpowder Plot: Terror And Faith In 1605
The Gunpowder Plot: Terror And Faith In 1605
"Brings an almost explosive event to life"
Paradise Lost: Smyrna 1922 - The Destruction of Islam's City of Tolerance
Paradise Lost: Smyrna 1922 - The Destruction of Islam's City of Tolerance
"Milton does a great job at bringing forgotten moments to attention and life - a chilling moment in European history, this captures both individuals and the tectonic shifts in early 1900s Europe."
Voodoo Histories: How Conspiracy Theory Has Shaped Modern History
Voodoo Histories: How Conspiracy Theory Has Shaped Modern History
"A brilliant and thorough dismantling of the most pervasive and yet irrational conspiracy theories out there - gripping"
The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
"A wonderful, virtual immersion into an alien world"
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
"Beautifully written, full of humanity, pathos, and profound insights into a chilling world"
God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science
God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science
"Does an excellent job at debunking myths and prejudices about the mediaeval world"