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Greg Jenner

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Greg Jenner is a British author and public historian born in 1982 with a particular interest in communicating history through pop culture and humour.
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Animal Freaks
Dr Jan Bondeson M.D. - 2008-03-01
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Greg Jenner
Apropos of nothing, this is a fun book - page 1 is about the history of performing cat orchestras!      source
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Final Solution
The Fate of the Jews 1933-1949
David Cesarani - 2016-11-08 (first published in 2015)
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David Cesarani’s Final Solution is a magisterial work of history that chronicles the fate of Europe’s Jews. Based on decades of scholarship, documentation newly available from the opening of Soviet archives, declassification of Western intelligence service records, as well as diaries and reports written in the camps, Cesarani provides a sweeping re...
Greg Jenner
@HistosaurusBex David Caesarani’s 2016 book Final Solution is both a brilliantly written read and made a couple of bold arguments to reframe the historiography and wider debate      source
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Frederick the Great
King of Prussia
Tim Blanning - 2016-03-29 (first published in 2015)
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Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, dominated the 18th century in the same way that Napoleon dominated the start of the 19th - a force of nature, a caustic, ruthless, brilliant military commander, a monarch of exceptional energy and talent, and a knowledgeable patron of artists, architects and writers, most famously Voltaire. From early in his re...
Greg Jenner
@rogan8 Great book! Enjoy      source
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Losing It
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From one of the UK’s most followed journalists comes a mythbusting call-to-arms that exposes sex misinformation and champions inclusive and equitable sex.Clueless about everything from her own anatomy to relationships, Sophia Smith Galer’s sex education classes left her with more questions than answers. But what she didn’t know was that this lack o...
Greg Jenner
I read this book and it’s really interesting and important, and I wish I’d read it 20 years ago      source
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Something in the Blood
The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote
David J. Skal - 2017-10-31 (first published in 2015)
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In this groundbreaking portrait of the man who birthed an undying cultural icon, David J. Skal "pulls back the curtain to reveal the author who dreamed up this vampire" (TIME magazine). Examining the myriad anxieties plaguing the Victorian fin de siecle, Skal stages Bram Stoker’s infirm childhood against a grisly tableau of medical mysteries and ho...
Greg Jenner
@urchinette Something In The Blood by David Skal is an intriguing book. It’s a bit long, and not always stylishly written. And he speculates a lot about things we simply can’t know… but, I must admit I found it fascinating. It’s a cultural history of Stoker’s sensibility & world…      source
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The Anglo-Saxons
A History of the Beginnings of England
Marc Morris - 2021-05-25
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Sixteen hundred years ago, Britain parted company with Europe. As the Roman legions withdrew, the economy that had supported them collapsed. A world that had been peaceful, prosperous, and predictable became dangerously insecure. Rich and poor huddled together for protection in ancient hill-forts, unoccupied since the Iron Age. Learning and literac...
Greg Jenner
New medieval history book for you all to enjoy 👇      source
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Amelia Earhart
Doris L. Rich - 1996-10-17 (first published in 1989)
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She died mysteriously before she was forty. Yet in the last decade of her life Amelia Earhart soared from obscurity to fame as the best-known female aviator in the world. She set record after record—among them, the first trans-Atlantic solo flight by a woman, a flight that launched Earhart on a double career as a fighter for women's rights and a ti...
Greg Jenner
@MathewJLyons Doris Rich’s book is probably the most comprehensive biography, the prose isn’t exactly rollicking but she really brings out the life and context      source
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Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art
Rebecca Wragg Sykes - 2020-10-27
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In Kindred, Neanderthal expert Rebecca Wragg Sykes shoves aside the cliché of the shivering ragged figure in an icy wasteland, and reveals the Neanderthal you don't know, our ancestor who lived across vast and diverse tracts of Eurasia and survived through hundreds of thousands of years of massive climate change. This book sheds new light on where ...
Greg Jenner
Love this! Thank you, check out @LeMoustier’s brilliant book Kindred for more      source
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Women, History, Feminism
Professor Carol Dyhouse - 2011-02-10 (first published in 2010)
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In this lavishly illustrated book, author Carol Dyhouse surveys the world of glamour from early Hollywood right up to Madonna. She deftly unpacks the ever-changing nature of the word, its relationship to femininity and fashion, and its place in twentieth century social history. With wit and insight, Dyhouse conducts a dazzling tour of the history a...
Greg Jenner
If you’d like to know more about this, I recommend Carol Dyhouse’s work - her book Glamour is very readable      source
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The Madman's Library
The Strangest Books, Manuscripts and Other Literary Curiosities from History
Edward Brooke-Hitching - 2021-04-06 (first published in 2020)
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This fascinating and bizarre collection compiles the most unusual, obscure books from the far reaches of the human imagination throughout history.From the author of the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Phantom Atlas and The Sky Atlas comes a unique and beautifully illustrated journey through the history of literature. The Madman's Library delve...
Greg Jenner
Having a quick look through @foxtosser’s latest book The Madman’s Library, and it’s utterly captivating and fascinating. Beautiful illustrations and startling stories of the rarest and weirdest of books. Recommended!      source
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The Element in the Room by Helen Arney