"A simple but engaging survey. Note well: This book was written by, and primarily for, members of the non-instrumental Churches of Christ. In my opinion, it should be required reading for people who, like me, are part of this group. It would also be useful for members of the Independent Christian Churches, and for people interested in the legacy of the Protestant Reformation."
"The latest from the great Yale historian Edmund S. Morgan. This book is a collection of articles and essays, some never published before, that Morgan has written through the years. First-rate research beautifully presented. If you hate reading historians, try this guy. He never fails to instruct and inspire."
"This is the Second Edition of Friedman's monumental survey of American Law. Since this edition, the author has published a 3rd, which updates his survey of the 20th century. I didn't read all of this huge book (which is a master work), mostly just the first 100 pages, which cover the Colonial period."
"Published in the mid-1980s, before the breakup of the Soviet Union, this book is an exploration of the history and culture of Amarillo, TX. The Pantex plant just outside the city is the place where the U.S. nuclear arsenal is finally assembled."
"This is a brief overview of the life, presidency, and legacy of JFK. It's based on the much bigger and better-known work by Dallek called "An Unfinished Life." This much shorter book would be good for people who want to quickly, easily get up-to-speed on JFK. Well-written. Highly-recommended."
"A disappointment, not because the book is poorly-written or characterized by sloppy scholarship. It's not. But the format--Very Short Introduction--gets in the way. The book assumes way too much knowledge to be a true introduction, and it vainly attempts to do too much in too little space."
"Okay, listing a grammar is a little weird, I know. But I have "read" this book a few times over the last 12 years, including the first edition. The Supplement volume that comes with the SET is excellent. If you're looking to learn Biblical Hebrew, you'd have a hard time finding a better textbook."
"The late Earl West was the most prolific historian among the Churches of Christ in the 20th century. This little book, one of his last, is a memoir about his life and career as a preacher and writer. Much like West himself, the book is straightforward and simple. Many thanks to Carisse Mickey Berryhill, who encouraged the author to complete this work."
"Naturally, Europeans and Americans tell the story of World History as it leads up to us in the here and now. What we hardly realize is that there's an alternate universe: World History from an Islamic point of view. In this book, Ansary, who grew up in Afghanistan but who lives in America, tells the other side of the story. Most Americans need to read it."
"The first in a two-volume work that changed the field of history. Trained as a historian in France near the beginning of the 1900s, Braudel had set out to write a diplomatic history of King Philip II of Spain. But he came to realize that Philip was was not so much an actor. Instead, he was acted upon by deep historical currents."
"Reid is a historian who follows the pattern established by Fernand Braudel and the Annales School. That is, he rejects the approach to history that focuses on great men and events ("kings and wars"). Instead, he pays attention to the environmental context and abiding culture of a large region of the world, in this case Southeast Asia."
"If you like history but don't like history books, you should try this one. Huang was a great researcher and a fine writer too. In this book he tells the stories of several Chinese leaders who flourished during the last few decades of the Ming Dynasty. Each one was different, but they were all up against the same problem."
"As Rao explains, her book examines "how caste subalterns [i.e. Dalits] influenced the distinctive career of India's secular modernity" (xii). The language of this book is highly theoretical and abstract. Well-researched and insightful, but hard to understand."
"A highly-theoretical study of colonialism that focuses mainly on the Netherlands Indies during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The author says that conventional histories of colonialism ignore "the intimacies of empire." Unless you're a professional historian or a graduate student in the field, this book won't make much sense. Brilliant research, but poorly presented."
"An overview of the recent history of sub-Saharan Africa. The author, an authority, believes that the decades just before decolonization were just as important as the moments of independence which came years later."
"An Oxford professor narrates the history of Christianity. He believes that the faith owes so much to the ancient Greek tradition and to the history of Israel that Christianity actually goes back about 1000 years before the time of Jesus. Hence the subtitle."