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Tom Holland is an award-winning historian, biographer and broadcaster.
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The Beginnings of Rome
Italy and Rome from the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (c.1000-264 BC) (The Routledge History of the Ancient World)
T. J. Cornell - Oct 05, 1995
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Using the results of archaeological techniques, and examining methodological debates, Tim Cornell provides a lucid and authoritative account of the rise of Rome. The beginnings of Rome, once thought to be lost in the mists of legend, are now being revealed by an ever-increasing body of archaeological evidence, much of it unearthed during the past t...
Tom Holland
Oct 17, 2020
@Sou_Flamengo81 First books of Livy, Cornell’s The Beginnings of Rome, & Remus and The Myths of Rome by TP Wiseman - as starters!     source
Remus
A Roman Myth
T. P. Wiseman - Sep 07, 1995 (first published in 1899)
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Romulus founded Rome -- but why does the myth give him a twin brother Remus, who is killed at the moment of the foundation? This mysterious legend has been oddly neglected. Roman historians ignore it as irrelevant to real history; students of myth concentrate on the more glamorous mythology of Greece, and treat Roman stories as of little interest. ...
Tom Holland
Oct 17, 2020
@Sou_Flamengo81 First books of Livy, Cornell’s The Beginnings of Rome, & Remus and The Myths of Rome by TP Wiseman - as starters!     source
Our Place
Apr 04, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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Environmental thought and politics have become parts of mainstream cultural life in Britain. The wish to protect wildlife is now a central goal for our society, but where did these ‘green’ ideas come from? And who created the cherished institutions, such as the National Trust or the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, that are now so embedde...
Tom Holland
Aug 26, 2020
I was asked to nominate one book I would recommend as reading to the Cabinet. I chose @MarkCocker2’s Our Place: Can We Save Britain’s Wildlife Before It Is Too Late?     source
Angels with Dirty Faces
How Argentinian Soccer Defined a Nation and Changed the Game Forever
Jonathan Wilson - Aug 23, 2016
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The Masterful, Definitive History of Argentinian Soccer Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Alfredo Di St'fano: in every generation Argentina has uncovered a uniquely brilliant soccer talent. Perhaps it's because the country lives and breathes the game, its theories, and its myths. Argentina's rich, volatile history -- by turns sublime and ruthlessly pra...
Tom Holland
Aug 20, 2020
A wonderful book. @jonawils has written a history, not just of Argentine football, but of Argentina itself.     source
Winter King
Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England
Thomas Penn - Mar 06, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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It was 1501. England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy, violence, murders, coups and countercoups. Through luck, guile and ruthlessness, Henry VII, the first of the Tudor kings, had clambered to the top of the heap--a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England's throne. For many he remained a usurper, a false king.But Henry had a crucial asse...
Tom Holland
Jul 22, 2020
@sunneofyork @RisingEver Absolutely. It’s a brilliant book.     source
The Life of Samuel Johnson
James Boswell - Dec 22, 2016 (first published in 1790)
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James Boswell was a prominent Scottish biographer, lawyer, and diarist during the late 18th century. Boswell wrote many books and his biography on the great English writer Samuel Johnson is one of the greatest ever written. The Life of Samuel Johnson was published in 1791 and was highly influential in the development of the modern biography....
Tom Holland
Jul 21, 2020
I finish Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson, one of my very favourite books, and which I find offers me - just as a classic should - fresh delights & insights with each re-reading. It is a book I know will accompany me over the course of my entire life.     source
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The Missing Lynx
The Past and Future of Britain's Lost Mammals
Ross Barnett - Sep 10, 2019
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The story of the magnificent lynx--what its extinction in Britain signifies, and how we might turn the ecological tide. In The Missing Lynx, Ross Barnett uses case studies, new fossil discoveries, biomolecular evidence and more to paint pictures of these extinct species, and to explore the significance of the lynx's disappearance in ecological term...
Tom Holland
Jul 19, 2020
It’s a moving, haunting, fascinating book!     source
The Fortunes of Francis Barber
The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson’s Heir
Michael Bundock - Mar 31, 2015
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This compelling book chronicles a young boy’s journey from the horrors of Jamaican slavery to the heart of London’s literary world, and reveals the unlikely friendship that changed his life. Francis Barber, born in Jamaica, was brought to London by his owner in 1750 and became a servant in the household of the renowned Dr. Samuel Johnson. Although ...
Tom Holland
Jul 19, 2020
Michael Bundock’s biography of Francis Barber, Dr Johnson’s manservant, & the chief beneficiary of his will, is a fascinating book. Barber named two of his sons ‘Samuel’, & his descendants still farm outside Johnson’s native Lichfield     source
Digging Up Britain
Ten Discoveries, a Million Years of History
Mike Pitts - Oct 08, 2019
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Digging Up Britain traces the history of Britain through key discoveries and excavations. With British archaeologist Mike Pitts as a guide, this book covers the most exciting excavations of the past ten years, gathers firsthand stories from the people who dug up the remains, and follows the latest revelations as one twist leads to another.Britain, ...
Tom Holland
Nov 12, 2019
A fascinating chapter in @pittsmike’s truly excellent book on recent archaeological discoveries, Digging Up Britain, on Gough’s Cave, concludes on a very Turner Prize note: “making ‘art’ could be an integral part of cutting up and eating people.”     source
On Tyranny
Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Timothy Snyder - Feb 28, 2017
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A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America’s turn towards authoritarianism.On November 9th, millions of Americans woke up to the impossible: the election of Donald Trump as president. Against all predictions, one of the most-disliked presidential candidates in history had swept the electoral college, elevating a man w...
Tom Holland
Oct 25, 2019
"There isn’t a page of this magnificent book that does not contain some fascinating detail and the narrative is held together with a novelist’s eye for character and theme." #Dominion     source
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The Secret History of the Roman Roads of Britain
M.C. Bishop - Oct 16, 2019 (first published in 2014)
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There have been many books on Britain's Roman roads, but none have considered in any depth their long-term strategic impact. Mike Bishop shows how the road network was vital not only in the Roman strategy of conquest and occupation, but influenced the course of British military history during subsequent ages. The author starts with the pre-Roman or...
Tom Holland
Oct 03, 2019
I curl up with @perlineamvalli’s new book, The Secret History Of The Roman Roads Of Britain: a study of their prehistory & their afterlife. It looks absolutely fascinating.     source
The Northumbrians by Dan Jackson
The Greek Experience of India by Richard Stoneman
The Moon by Oliver Morton