7 books on the list
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Travel back in time to Tudor-era England and explore a kingdom in chaos. In this historical detective novel, follow Matthew Shardlake as he investigates the gruesome murder of a distant relative of Lady Elizabeth, Henry VIII's daughter. As rebellion stirs among the peasantry, Shardlake must navigate the political upheaval and decide where his loyalties lie. For fans of Hilary Mantel, don't miss this overlooked gem in the genre.
Stunning book. It will take me many days to recover from it. Just superb. And a detailed historical essay at the end of it. Also man it will destroy you by the end. – source
The Abbasid Caliphate
Explore the influential period of the Abbasid Caliphate (750-1258) and its role in shaping Islamic civilization. This historical account examines the Caliphate's foundation, golden age under Harun al-Rashid, and ultimate demise with the Mongol conquest of Baghdad. Discover the resilience of the Caliphate as an institution, its religious definitions, and its impact on modern Islamic monarchies. Separating fact from fiction, this insightful read delves into the legacy of the caliphs and their continuing resonance in today's world.
Extremely good book. Just zips along and lots of references to coinage. Available on Kindle India. – source
The Path Between the Seas
The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
This book tells the story of the creation of the Panama Canal, which became one of the greatest engineering feats of its time. It covers the events leading up to the Canal's construction and the struggles faced by the thousands of workers involved in the project. The story is full of drama, including a wave of fortune seekers, bankrupt French entrepreneurs, and even a revolution. David McCullough's masterful history is a captivating read for anyone interested in this iconic feat of engineering.
This is a good book BTW: – source
Also recommended byDaniel PinkGreg SiskindRick Klau
The Subterranean Railway
How the London Underground was Built and How it Changed the City Forever
Explore the rich history of London's Underground in this fascinating read. From its early days of steam to modern, driverless trains, discover how the Tube has played a vital role in the city's economy and daily life. This wide-ranging history delves into the ambitious Victorian pioneers who dreamed up the revolutionary transport system and the men who tunneled to make it a reality. Learn about its contributions to twentieth-century industrial design and its role during two world wars, as well as the ongoing debates over the future of the system. A celebration of London's hidden wonder, this book shows how the subterranean railway helped shape the city we know today.
In the end it all boils down to: land acquisition. From bullet train to metros. Who gives up land, what do they get in return, what is changed forever. And who pays for it all. Tricky stuff that looks glamorous only much later. Anyway this is a great book. 2/2. – source
A History of Migration Tumbe, Chinmay
"India Moving" is a groundbreaking exploration of the many facets of the great migrations of India and the world. This book takes readers on a journey that covers everything from the slave trade and migration of workers, to the refugee crises and contemporary mass migration. From Kashmir to Kerala, Japan to Jamaica, and beyond, the author uses evidence, argument, and wit to provide unique insights into the fascinating story of Indian mobility. Discover how the scale and variety of Indian migration is key to preserving the country's pluralistic traditions.
Chinmay Tumbhe’s India Moving is really a wonderful book. Great stories, great sources, data, optimism, and just all round superb. Cannot recommend enough. Buy immediately and read urgently. – source
Also recommended byRafat Ali
A harrowing true account of the worst nuclear disaster in history, told by a Chernobyl survivor and award-winning historian. This vivid and empathetic book exposes the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, and the authoritarian nature of communist rule. Drawing on new sources, the author chronicles the heroic efforts of firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who battled the nuclear inferno. With the risk of another Chernobyl looming, this urgent call to action is a moving and definitive read.
Superb book. And a particularly strong final third section. Recommended. – source
Also recommended byNigel Warburton
The First Three Thousand Years
Discover the definitive history of Christianity with this electrifying and ambitious book. Diarmaid MacCulloch explores the origins of the Hebrew Bible and follows the three main strands of the Christian faith around the world. From neglected accounts of conversions in Africa and Asia to the rise of the evangelical movement in Germany and England, this book covers all aspects of Christianity's essential role in shaping the course of history. Written by the son of an Anglican clergyman, MacCulloch writes with feeling about faith and offers a compelling and inspiring landmark history of the world's largest religion.
Damn good book. Highly recommend. Very big. – source