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Daniel Robert Snow MBE is an English popular historian and television presenter.
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The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho
A Novel
Paterson Joseph - 2023-04-11
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An illuminating and original tale of a Black writer and composer Charles Ignatius Sancho. Recently named as a Great Black Briton and immortalised with a Google Doodle this brilliant story charts the life of the little-known maverick and his life in Regency London in a witty polemic, we have grown to love through many great 18th Century English writ...
Dan Snow
This is a wonderful book by a ridiculously talented man.      source
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All for Nothing
Walter Kempowski - 2018-02-13 (first published in 2006)
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In East Prussia, January 1945, the German forces are in retreat and the Red Army is approaching. The von Globig family’s manor house, the Georgenhof, is falling into disrepair. Auntie runs the estate as best she can since Eberhard von Globig, a special officer in the German army, went to war, leaving behind his beautiful but vague wife, Katharina, ...
Dan Snow
This book is so good I woke up at 5 to finish it:      source
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Drugs in the Third Reich
Norman Ohler - 2017-03-07 (first published in 2015)
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The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping best seller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops; resilience - even partly...
Dan Snow
@wbuxtonofficial Such a remarkable story. Loved that book      source
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A Million Years in a Day
A Curious History of Everyday Life from the Stone Age to the Phone Age
Greg Jenner - 2016-06-21 (first published in 2015)
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Who invented beds? When did we start cleaning our teeth? How old are wine and beer? Which came first: the toilet seat or toilet paper? What was the first clock?Every day, from the moment our alarm clock wakes us in the morning until our head hits our pillow at night, we all take part in rituals that are millennia old. Structured around one ordinary...
Dan Snow
I'm reading my oldest her first adult history book and chose @greg_jenner's Million Years in a Day. It's really good. Proper popular history built on a foundation of meticulous research.      source
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The Allure of Battle
A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost
Cathal J. Nolan - 2019-03-01 (first published in 2017)
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History has tended to measure war's winners and losers in terms of its major engagements, battles in which the result was so clear-cut that they could be considered "decisive." Marathon, Cannae, Tours, Agincourt, Austerlitz, Sedan, Stalingrad--all resonate in the literature of war and in our imaginations as tide-turning. But were they? As Cathal J....
Dan Snow
@Iainbking Agreed. Frederick the Great and Napoleon bear a lot of the blame. Wonderful book: 'The allure of battle.'      source
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Socrates in Love
The Making of a Philosopher
Armand D’angour - 2019-05-07
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An innovative and insightful exploration of the passionate early life of Socrates and the influences that led him to become the first and greatest of philosophers.Socrates: the philosopher whose questioning gave birth to the foundations of Western thought, and whose execution marked the end of the Athenian Golden Age. Yet despite his pre-eminence a...
Dan Snow
Lovely book:      source
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A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens - 2019-01-24 (first published in 1859)
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A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. With well over 200 million copies sold, it ranks amongst the most famous works in the history of literary fiction. The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralised by the French aristocracy in the years leading...
Dan Snow
Today in 1859 the final instalment of Dickens' 'Tale of Two Cities' was published. One of the best selling books of all time. I was once lucky enough to hold a first edition.      source
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A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari - 2018-05-15 (first published in 2011)
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100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be ens...
Dan Snow
I'm sitting on Miami Beach in the sun reading this excellent book, drinking rosé, listening to cheesy 90s R&B. 2016 has a kiss in its tail      source
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Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War
Robert K. Massie - 1992-09-15 (first published in 1991)
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Robert K. Massie has written a richly textured and gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century's first great arms race. Massie brings to vivid life, such historical figures as the single-minded Admiral von Tirpitz, the young, ambitious, Winston Churchill, the ruthless, s...
Dan Snow
Here’s a book I #lovetoread – Dreadnought. Share a selfie with a book that you love to read      source