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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 Holy Roman Empire
A Thousand Years of Europe's History
Peter H. Wilson - 2016-02-29
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Discover the millennium-long history of the Holy Roman Empire, an ancient entity that shaped the heart of Europe from its founding by Charlemagne to its destruction by Napoleon. In this ambitious book, Peter H. Wilson explores the Empire's impact on modern European states, from Germany to the Czech Republic, and its role in countless wars. Rather than a chronological account, Wilson conveys why the Empire was so important and how it evolved, touching on political and military power, diplomacy, and European civilization. The legacy of the Empire continues to influence Europe today.
Duncan Weldon
@femboy_swift That and his Holy Roman Empire book are both just superb.      source
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The Thirty Years War
Europe’s Tragedy
Peter H. Wilson - 2009-01-01
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This book tells the story of the Thirty Years War, a brutal conflict that devastated seventeenth-century Europe and killed nearly a quarter of all Germans. From the sack of Magdeburg to the Dutch revolt, Peter H. Wilson chronicles the sweeping narrative of war's end that created modern Europe, but at what price? Wilson's masterful account offers a major reassessment and understanding of this epic conflict that is essential for comprehending modern European history.
Duncan Weldon
@femboy_swift That and his Holy Roman Empire book are both just superb.      source
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I Want My Hat Back
Jon Klassen - 2011-09-27
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A mischievous and delightful picture-book tells the story of a bear who wants his hat back. The bear politely asks each animal he meets if they have seen it, but no luck, until a deer sparks his memory. Told with sly illustrations and winks at the reader, this classic tale is given a delicious twist in all-dialogue format. Kids of all ages will love being in on the joke.
Duncan Weldon
@tomjrowley @BackstoryLdn Best children’s book for younger kids (under 3) is Peepo! Best for slightly older (say 4-6) is I Want My Hat Back. Which is darkly comic and gorgeously illustrated.      source
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Allan Ahlberg - 1997-09-01 (first published in 1981)
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This beloved classic for babies and toddlers takes readers through a day in the life of a baby with charm and ingenuity. A unique feature of the book is a series of holes on each page, giving a glimpse of what's to come. Parents and children alike adore this timeless read-aloud favorite.
Duncan Weldon
@tomjrowley @BackstoryLdn Best children’s book for younger kids (under 3) is Peepo! Best for slightly older (say 4-6) is I Want My Hat Back. Which is darkly comic and gorgeously illustrated.      source
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Russia Against Napoleon
The True Story of the Campaigns of War and Peace
Dominic Lieven - 2009-10-01
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Discover the untold story of Napoleon's defeat from the Russian perspective in this groundbreaking masterpiece. Historian Dominic Lieven draws from never-before-seen documents to challenge conventional wisdom and offer new insights into the epic battles, diplomatic exchanges, and rise of Russia as Europe's liberator. A riveting narrative with rich detail, this book is essential for any history buff.
Duncan Weldon
This really is an exceptionally good book. On my second read.      source
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Political Economy and the Labour Party
The Economics of Democratic Socialism 1884-2005
Noel Thompson - 2006-04-28 (first published in 1996)
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Explore the rich tradition of British socialist political economy and its influence on the Labour Party with this award-winning book. From the Fabianism of the Webbs to Tony Blair's Third Way, learn how different ideologies have shaped Labour's economic policies since 1900. Discover how political economies engage with capitalism and influence policymaking. This updated edition assesses the current character of Labour's political economy and is a must-read for students of political and economic thought, as well as those interested in the history of Britain.
Duncan Weldon
@jamestplunkett Some excellent books in those suggestions. I quite like this, which isn’t exactly what you want but is in the right ballpark.      source
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The Storyteller
Tales of Life and Music
Dave Grohl - 2021-10-05
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Memoirs of a legendary rockstar and musician, chronicling his life from his humble upbringing in Virginia to his rise to fame with Scream, Nirvana, and Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl shares personal stories of jamming with musical icons, performing at the Academy Awards, and even bedtime stories with Joan Jett. Take a peek into the wild and exhilarating life of a true storyteller.
Duncan Weldon
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 - 2021-12-07
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"Sharpe's Assassin" by Bernard Cornwell features his iconic hero, Richard Sharpe, a man with a reputation as an outsider, hero, and rogue. Sharpe is dispatched to Paris, where he must navigate the dangerous maze of the city streets to search for a spy and defeat a lethal assassin. As Napoleon's army may be defeated, another enemy, a secretive group of revolutionaries, lies waiting in the shadows, intent on revenge. Sharpe is the one man you want on your side when the odds seem impossible.
Duncan Weldon
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 - 2021-07-20
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Discover the four explosive decades between 1490 and 1530, a period that marked a turning point for both European and world history. The Verge explores world-altering implications of various developments in the short- and long-term. Author Patrick Wyman tells this story through the lives of ten real people, illustrating how their lives set the stage for an unprecedented globalized future. Learn about the foundations of our modern world and how they came into being. The Verge provides a nuanced look at the West's rise to global dominance.
Duncan Weldon
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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Chris Hayes
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A New World Begins
The History of the French Revolution
Jeremy Popkin - 2019-12-10
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Discover the revolution that changed the world with A New World Begins. Join historian Jeremy D. Popkin on a journey through the tumultuous events that resulted in the overthrow of the monarchy and the establishment of a new society. Meet the influential figures who shaped France's future, witness failed escapes and executions, and see women and slaves demand their rights. Based on decades of research, this magisterial account of the French Revolution is an essential read for anyone interested in history.
Duncan Weldon
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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Arts and Minds by Anton Howes
The Brothers York by Thomas Penn
Emperor by Geoffrey Parker
Crashed by Adam Tooze
The Rise and Fall of the British Nation by David Edgerton
American Ulysses by Ronald C. White
How the War Was Won by Phillips Payson O'Brien
The Sleepwalkers by Christopher Clark
Vermeer's Hat by Timothy Brook
Empire by Dominic Lieven
The Bayonets Of The Republic by John A Lynn
Fatherland by Robert Harris