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Sir Simon Michael Schama CBE FBA FRSL is an English historian specialising in art history, Dutch history, Jewish history and French history. He is a University Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University, New York. He first came to public attention with his history of the French Revolution titled Citizens, published in 1989.
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Little Dorrit
Charles Dickens - 2012-05-16 (first published in 1857)
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery....
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@MarBenCel1 Little Dorrit's opening and closing are astonishing - unlike anything else in his books I think - more like Hugo or even Zola.. architecture is a character in its own right as it is so often w Hugo. Miss Wade a riveting character.      source
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Partition Voices
Updated for the 75th anniversary of partition
Kavita Puri - 2019-07-11
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Dotted across homes in Britain are people who were witnesses to one of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century. Yet their memory of India's partition has been shrouded in silence. Kavita Puri's father was twelve when he found himself one of the millions of Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims caught up in the devastating aftermath of a hastily dra...
Simon Schama
ditto - absolutely wonderful book about a deeply tragic moment      source
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God's Chinese Son
The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan
Jonathan D. Spence - 1996-12-17
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Whether read for its powerful account of the largest uprising in human history, or for its foreshadowing of the terrible convulsions suffered by twentieth-century China, or for the narrative power of a great historian at his best, God's Chinese Son must be read. At the center of this history of China's Taiping rebellion (1845-64) stands Hong Xiuqua...
Simon Schama
Another of Jonathan Spence's extraordinary books was God's Chinese Son, his history of the Taiping Rebellion - no one can really claim they know the 19th century unless they have understood this epic upheaval that took millions of lives.      source
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James Joyce and Italo Svevo
The Story of a Friendship
Stanley Price - 2016-10-28
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James Joyce left Dublin in 1904, bound for Trieste and a job teaching English at the Berlitz School. He was to live there for the next eleven years. Italo Svevo, born and bred in Trieste, worked there for his family’s marine paint company. He had also written two novels, published privately and unsuccessfully. In 1907, wanting to improve his Englis...
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@RossiMargo excellent book!      source
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The Emergence of Modern Afghanistan
Politics of Reform and Modernization, 1880-1946
Vartan Gregorian - 1969-01-01
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Vartan was also the author of an outstanding book on reform and politics in 20C Afghanistan; someone who warmed up every room he entered. A titan of scholarship, education and a worker for good in everything he touched.      source
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How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain
Sathnam Sanghera - 2021-01-01
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In his brilliantly illuminating new book Sathnam Sanghera demonstrates how so much of what we consider to be modern Britain is actually rooted in our imperial past. In prose that is, at once, both clear-eyed and full of acerbic wit, Sanghera shows how our past is everywhere: from how we live to how we think, from the foundation of the NHS to the na...
Simon Schama
@Sathnam such a pleasure dear Sathnam - Empireland is a terrific and very important book - thank you for writing it      source
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A Certain World
A Commonplace Book by W. H. Auden (6-Sep-1982) Paperback
W. H. Auden - 1600-01-01
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@dean_frey Auden's Commonplace Book is wonderful - published in 1979 as A Certain World. Entries like "the fingers must be educated; the thumb is born knowing/ the thumb takes responsibility, the index finger the initiative.. " from Malcolm de Chazal      source
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Memorial Drive
A Daughter's Memoir
Natasha Trethewey - 2020-07-28
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At age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became.Pulitzer Prize–winning...
Simon Schama
yes, magnificent book      source
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Jews Don’t Count
David Baddiel - 2021-04-20
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Jews Don’t Count is a book for people on the right side of history. People fighting the good fight against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and, particularly, racism. People, possibly, like you.It is the comedian and writer David Baddiel’s contention that one type of racism has been left out of this fight. In his unique combination of reasoning, ...
Simon Schama
the whole book out just brilliant - and very much needed      source
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The Paranoid Style in American Politics
Richard Hofstadter - 2008-06-10 (first published in 1964)
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This timely reissue of Richard Hofstadter's classic work on the fringe groups that influence American electoral politics offers an invaluable perspective on contemporary domestic affairs.In The Paranoid Style in American Politics, acclaimed historian Richard Hofstadter examines the competing forces in American political discourse and how fringe gro...
Simon Schama
@davidfrum time to reread - or update Hofstadter's great book The Paranoid Style in American Politics and Life      source
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Exit West
Mohsin Hamid - 2018-02-27
Sellout by Paul Beatty
The Armada by Garrett Mattingly
The Sea Around Us by Rachel L. Carson
American Scripture by Pauline Maier
Empire and Information by C. A. Bayly
The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci by Jonathan D. Spence