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I bought ordered some more books from Barnes and Noble yesterday. You know, the whole helping to stimulate the economy thing.

Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President by Harold Holtzer

With Malice Towards None: The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen B. Oates

1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West by Roger Crowley. Fantastic book, I've read it once before but didn't own it.

The Rise of the Roman Empire by Polybius (translated by Ian Scott-Kilvert).

Roman Warfare by Adrian Goldsworthy and John Keegan. Goldsworthy has yet to write and bad book.

Babylonian Life and History by E. A. Wallis Budge.

Has anyone read any of these?

I'm also looking for a good book on Martin Luther. We were discussing the Reformation in my history class and this guy intrigues me for the stand he took.

I also bought Season 1 of "The Universe" (I already own season 2).
post #2 of 10
"Who knows if this be right?"

Supposedly the quote from Martin Luther, when he suddenly stood up in protest to climbing the Spanish stairs of the Vatican on his knees.

For a bit of escapism, get Michael Crichton's "Timeline." It's been made into a movie, but the book was immensely better.
post #3 of 10
Can't say I've read any of those!

Last week while at B&N I bought Ghostwritten by David Mitchell (fiction). The Wall Street Journal has been having a small column on books and authors and this author was a recommendation. So far the book is pretty good.

Still working on a vintage Dale Carnegie How To Win Friends And Influence People. This book as a persons handwritten name and a April 1937 date! The book is still timely today.
post #4 of 10
Martin Luther is a very interesting historical figure I never thought very highly of him because from what I remember of history, he was anti semitic and racist...
post #5 of 10
Keep in mind he was born and grew up during the Inqisition, which was largely designed to root out Jews. Compared to them, he was pretty tolerant!

I visited the "Il Gesu" church in Rome. It's the headquarters of the Jesuits, who were founded to combat Luther and the Reformation.

Il Gesu

One sculpture is particularly notable. It's entitled "The Triumph of Faith Over Heresy."

http://www.wga.hu/art/l/le_gros/religion.jpg

It shows the attitude of the Church toward Luther.
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Luther was one of the lucky ones to have survived that period. Many reformationists were burned at the stake by the Church. I admire the stand they took, the Church was quite powerful during the Middle Ages which brought along with it corruption and abuses.

There were some other books I wanted but didn't order. If I have the money I may go ahead and get them this week. The first one is about Lincoln's personal aides: John Hay and John Nicolay.

Lincoln's Men: The President and His Private Secretaries by Daniel Mark Epstein
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Lin...1565441/?itm=6

Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Ein...3264730/?itm=2

Gallic War by Julius Caesar (translated by H.J. Edwards)
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Gal...9780486451077/

The Sumerians by C. Leonard Woodley.
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Gal...9780486451077/

Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence by John E. Ferling
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Alm...9780195181210/
post #7 of 10
Haven't read any of those books, but I have a great deal of interest in ancient Rome.
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Last week while at B&N I bought Ghostwritten by David Mitchell (fiction). The Wall Street Journal has been having a small column on books and authors and this author was a recommendation. So far the book is pretty good.

David Mitchell is a great writer. If you enjoy Ghostwritten, be sure to try Cloud Atlas.
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Haven't read any of those books, but I have a great deal of interest in ancient Rome.
Ancient Rome is probably my favorite but I love ancient history in general. Ancient history would be followed by the Civil War and World War II. I love all history but those three are my favorites.
post #10 of 10
I haven't read any of those books.

If you are interested in history in general, try 'The Red Tent'. I just finished it. So good!
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