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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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Russia Against Napoleon
The True Story of the Campaigns of War and Peace
Dominic Lieven - 2010-04-15 (first published in 2009)
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The first history of the epic defeat of Napoleon's empire told from the Russian perspective. Though much has been written about Napoleon's doomed invasion of Russia and the collapse of the French Empire that ensued, virtually all of it has been from the Western perspective. Now, taking advantage of never- before-seen documents from the Russian arch...
Duncan Weldon
This really is an exceptionally good book. On my second read.      source
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The Storyteller
Tales of Life and Music
Dave Grohl - 2021-10-05
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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
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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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
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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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
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 - 2019-12-10
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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
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 - 2021-02-02 (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
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 - 2020-06-16 (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
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 - 2015-02-12
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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
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 - 2020-11-03
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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
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 - 2019-06-27 (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
@frederick65 Big fan of that book.      source
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