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Simon Sebag Montefiore

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Simon Jonathan Sebag Montefiore is a British historian, television presenter and author of popular history books and novels.
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The Duchess Countess
The Woman Who Scandalized Eighteenth Century London
Catherine Ostler - Nov 09, 2021
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This “funny, intelligent, witty, profound” (Andrew Roberts, New York Times bestselling author) look at the stylish and scandalous Elizabeth Chudleigh, Duchess of Kingston—a woman whose adventurous life led to an infamous bigamy trial that was bigger news in British society than the American War of Independence—provides a clear-eyed and fascinating ...
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Mar 28, 2021
A very good book just arrived. Highly recommended. The biography of a fascinating woman and the most scandalous courtcase of the 18th century all set in a dazzling world from london to paris and st petersburg. The Duchess Countess wonderfully done by @CatherineOstler      source
Jews Don’t Count
David Baddiel - Apr 20, 2021
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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 Sebag Montefiore
Feb 01, 2021
Such a good important and essential book. As was the article. Both reveal the hierarchy of racism that contradicts history in favour of ideology. For example did u notice those who didnt mention Jews at all on Holocaust Memorial Day,trying to make it a day when all lives matter?      source
The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha
New Revised Standard Version
Michael Coogan - Apr 01, 2018 (first published in 1920)
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For over 50 years students, professors, clergy, and general readers have relied on The New Oxford Annotated Bible as an unparalleled authority in Study Bibles. This fifth edition of the Annotated remains the best way to study and understand the Bible at home or in the classroom. This thoroughly revised and substantially updated edition contains the...
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Dec 16, 2020
My five favourite Jerusalem books      source
Storyteller of Jerusalem
The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904-1948
Wasif Jawhariyyeh - Oct 07, 2013
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Translation of: al-Quds al-Uthmaniyah fi al-mudhakkirat al-Jawhariyah....
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Nov 30, 2020
My five favourite Jerusalem books: the Diaries of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, Jewish Wars by Josephus, Tale of Love & Darkness by Amos Oz, Yoram Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem and what else? The Bible of course. The superlative Jerusalem book.      source
Jerusalem
A Cookbook
Yotam Ottolenghi - Oct 16, 2012
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With Jerusalem, Ottolenghi re-teams with his friend and co-owner of his restaurants, Sami Tamimi. Both men were born in Jerusalem in the same year: Tamimi on the Arab east side and Ottolenghi in the Jewish west. In this book they explore the vibrant cuisine of their home city together, and present an authentic collection of recipes that reflects th...
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Nov 30, 2020
My five favourite Jerusalem books: the Diaries of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, Jewish Wars by Josephus, Tale of Love & Darkness by Amos Oz, Yoram Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem and what else? The Bible of course. The superlative Jerusalem book.      source
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Sam Kass
A Tale of Love and Darkness
Amos Oz - Nov 01, 2005 (first published in 2002)
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Tragic, comic, and utterly honest, A Tale of Love and Darkness is at once a family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history.It is the story of a boy growing up in the war-torn Jerusalem of the forties and fifties, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve langua...
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Nov 30, 2020
My five favourite Jerusalem books: the Diaries of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, Jewish Wars by Josephus, Tale of Love & Darkness by Amos Oz, Yoram Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem and what else? The Bible of course. The superlative Jerusalem book.      source
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Natalie Portman
The Jewish War
Revised Edition (Penguin Classics)
Flavius Josephus - Feb 07, 1984 (first published in 1975)
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Josephus’ account of a war marked by treachery and atrocity is a superbly detailed and evocative record of the Jewish rebellion against Rome between AD 66 and 70. Originally a rebel leader, Josephus changed sides after he was captured to become a Rome-appointed negotiator, and so was uniquely placed to observe these turbulent events, from the siege...
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Nov 30, 2020
My five favourite Jerusalem books: the Diaries of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, Jewish Wars by Josephus, Tale of Love & Darkness by Amos Oz, Yoram Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem and what else? The Bible of course. The superlative Jerusalem book.      source
The Last Empire of Iran
Michael R Jackson Bonner - Jan 15, 2020
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As part of the Gorgias Handbook Series, this book provides a political and military history of the Sasanian Empire in Late Antiquity (220s to 651 CE). The book takes the form of a narrative, which situates Sasanian Iran as a continental power between Rome and the world of the steppe nomad....
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Mar 09, 2020
Heres a superb gripping history of Sassanid Iran that combines scholarship with great storytelling and a cast of powerful characters bringing to life 3 centuries of history at the centre of the world. Highly recommended. Read Last Empire of Iran the book by @DrMichaelBonner      source
Brazil
A Biography
Lilia M. Schwarcz - Aug 21, 2018 (first published in 2015)
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A sweeping and absorbing biography of Brazil, from the sixteenth century to the presentFor many Americans, Brazil is a land of contradictions: vast natural resources and entrenched corruption; extraordinary wealth and grinding poverty; beautiful beaches and violence-torn favelas. Brazil occupies a vivid place in the American imagination, and yet it...
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Aug 03, 2018
Here’s a brilliant book i think many of you wld enjoy: Brazil: a Biography by Lilia Schwarcz & Heloise Starling. Superb beautifully written and masterly blockbuster history of this wild vast exotic country w its triumphs & crimes, slavery gold empire rebellion. @PenguinRandomUK      source
Lenin on the Train
Catherine Merridale - Mar 28, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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A gripping, meticulously researched account of Lenin’s fateful 1917 rail journey from Zurich to Petrograd, where he ignited the Russian Revolution and forever changed the worldIn April 1917, as the Russian Tsar Nicholas II’s abdication sent shockwaves across war-torn Europe, the future leader of the Bolshevik revolution Vladimir Lenin was far away,...
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Oct 11, 2016
Lenin on the Train disccussed w Catherine Merridale @Dauntbooks The Bolsheviks were partly funded by the sale of condoms. Wonderful book      source