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Duncan Weldon is a former political advisor and journalist. He was appointed as BBC Newsnight's Economics and Business editor in 2014. Weldon joined the Labour Party at age 18.
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The Storyteller
Tales of Life and Music
Dave Grohl - Oct 05, 2021
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So, I've written a book.Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities ("It's a piece of cake! Just do 4 hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!") I have decided to write these stories just as I have always done, in my own hand. The joy that I have felt fro...
Duncan Weldon
Dec 17, 2021
The Storyteller by Dave Grohl. He’s not only the nicest man in music, he also knows how to craft a narrative.      source
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Sharpe's Assassin
Richard Sharpe and the Occupation of Paris, 1815
Bernard Cornwell - Dec 07, 2021
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New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell returns with his iconic hero, Richard Sharpe.SHARPE IS BACK.Outsider.Hero.Rogue.And the one man you want on your side.If any man can do the impossible it's Richard Sharpe . . . Lieutenant-Colonel Sharpe is a man with a reputation. Born in the gutter, raised a foundling, he joined the army twenty-on...
Duncan Weldon
Dec 17, 2021
Sharpe’s Assassin by Bernard Cornwell. No apologies. I like the Sharpe books. And getting a new one was a real treat.      source
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The Verge
Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World
Patrick Wyman - Jul 20, 2021
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The creator of the hit podcast series Tides of History and Fall of Rome explores the four explosive decades between 1490 and 1530, bringing to life the dramatic and deeply human story of how the West was reborn.In the bestselling tradition of The Swerve and A Distant Mirror, The Verge tells the story of a period that marked a decisive turning point...
Duncan Weldon
Dec 17, 2021
The Verge by @Patrick_Wyman. Just a superb political, social & economic history of a few key decades around 1500. And written - in a good way - like a thriller.      source
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A New World Begins
The History of the French Revolution
Jeremy Popkin - Dec 10, 2019
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From an award-winning historian, a magisterial account of the revolution that created the modern worldThe principles of the French Revolution remain the only possible basis for a just society -- even if, after more than two hundred years, they are more contested than ever before. In A New World Begins, Jeremy D. Popkin offers a riveting account of ...
Duncan Weldon
Dec 17, 2021
A New World Begins by Jeremy Popkin. Best - and most comprehensive - single volume history of the French Revolution I’ve read.      source
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A New Life of Charles V
Geoffrey Parker - Feb 02, 2021 (first published in 2019)
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Drawing on vital new evidence, a top historian dramatically reinterprets the life and reign of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, ruler of the world’s first transatlantic empire"Masterly."—William Anthony Hay, Wall Street Journal "Seldom does one find a work of such profound scholarship delivered in such elegant and engaging prose. Drawing deftly on an ...
Duncan Weldon
Dec 17, 2021
Emperor: A New Life of Charles V by Geoffrey Parker. I’ll read anything by Geoffrey Parker, but this is him at his best.      source
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The Brothers York
A Royal Tragedy
Thomas Penn - Jun 16, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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Vicious battles, powerful monarchs, and royal intrigue abound in this “gripping, complex, and sensational” (Hilary Mantel) true story of the War of the Roses—a struggle among three brothers, two of whom became kings, and the inspiration for Shakespeare’s renowned play, Richard III. In 15th-century England, two royal families, the House of York and ...
Duncan Weldon
May 03, 2021
And is another excuse to plug The Brothers York. One of the best books I’ve read in the last few years.      source
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How the War Was Won
Air-Sea Power and Allied Victory in World War II (Cambridge Military Histories)
Phillips Payson O'Brien - Feb 12, 2015
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World War II is usually seen as a titanic land battle, decided by mass armies, most importantly those on the Eastern Front. Phillips Payson O'Brien shows us the war in a completely different light. In this compelling new history of the Allied path to victory, he argues that in terms of production, technology and economic power, the war was far more...
Duncan Weldon
Mar 13, 2021
Thread. I’m not sure I’d go as far. But this is a *fascinating* line of argument. And do read @PhillipsPOBrien book: Or the summary of the argument (free):      source
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Britain at Bay
The Epic Story of the Second World War, 1938-1941 (KNOPF)
Alan Allport - Nov 03, 2020
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A sweeping, groundbreaking epic that combines military with social history, to illuminate the ways in which Great Britain and its people were permanently transformed by the Second World War.Here is the many-faceted, world-historically signficant story of Britain at war. In looking closely at the military and political dimensions of the conflict, Al...
Duncan Weldon
Dec 28, 2020
And a fantastic discussion between @Alan_Allport & @daniel_todman (author of my other favourite recent book on WW2 and Britain) is available here:      source
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The Rise and Fall of the British Nation
A Twentieth-Century History
David Edgerton - Jun 27, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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'Forget almost everything you thought you knew about Britain ... You will not find a better informed history' David Goodhart, Evening Standard'A striking new perspective on our past' Piers Brendon, Literary ReviewFrom the acclaimed author of Britain's War Machine and The Shock of the Old, a bold reassessment of Britain's twentieth century.It is usu...
Duncan Weldon
Dec 27, 2020
@frederick65 Big fan of that book.      source
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Aaron Bastani
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The Russian Empire and Its Rivals
Dominic Lieven - Mar 01, 2001 (first published in 2000)
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How does one empire differ from another? Why do empires rise and fall? What has made empires flourish in some eras and regions of the world but not in others? In this broad and ambitious book, Dominic Lieven explores the place and meaning of empire from ancient Rome to the present.The central focus of the book is Russia, and the rise and fall of th...
Duncan Weldon
Dec 16, 2020
@lottelydia Empire is one my favourite books. And the introduction, on how a historian of Tsarist Russia ended up teaching comparative government at the LSE, is excellent.      source
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A Novel
Robert Harris - Sep 05, 2006 (first published in 1991)
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Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb.As March discovers the identity of the body, he ...
Duncan Weldon
Dec 16, 2020
@shashj Exceptionally good book. And nice looking accompanying beverage.      source
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American Ulysses by Ronald C. White
Vermeer's Hat by Timothy Brook
The Sleepwalkers by Christopher Clark
Crashed by Adam Tooze