What is your favorite period of study and your favorite recent book on the subject?
Lets do it this way, pick a century of say 100 year period and a book that you really enjoy about the period. (Fiction/non-fiction okay)
I will admit to having a passion for the French Revolution and t6he Napoleonic period. It was the WWII of its era. The characters are those of legend, only they are really. It was the last period where top commanders needed massive physical bravery to do their job.
A recent favorite ... surprisingly, a work of fiction (which I normally despise, DESPISE). "The Battle" by Rambaud. It covers two days, May 21 & 22 of 1809 in a bend of the Danube. The setting, the Battle of Aspern-Essling, a minor battle, but it was Napoleon's first repulse in 10 years. I had read Surgeon Larrey's memoirs so I understood what these battles were like. But this book, originally started by Balzac, is even more visceral. This book gives a very deep understanding of how it was. The vignette where Napoleon's, perhaps best friend, Marshal Jean Lannes is killed is quite well written. It has stuck with me a long time. Rather like the last line in Solzhenizen's "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denitzovich" or the scene at the gate with Hector and Astyanax in the "Iliad". It's a really good book. It deserves all the awards it won.
What is your favorite?
Again, this is a bit of an attempt to clean up the garbage that has polluted this board of late by a number or posters, or more likely a few, posing as many. I even suspect some are paid to involve themselves in "pi$$ fights" .
And "pi$$ fight" shall be defined as any Neo-Nazi, pro-Israel, Anti-Israel, Neo-Nazi,Islamo- ... pro-Zionist, Anti-Zionist discussion involving Al, cattle prod, puppy, LAD, Ostrova, Kessler, Schwartz, and regrettably Rachel in right wing mode. There are others but can we PLEASE give it a rest? WE don't need 10 threads so Neo-Nazi truther's can go at it with pro-Zionist Nazi fanatics. I don't care, never did. Quit pi$$ing on everyone else's threads. I am going to add a bunch of these threads in the hopes a more interesting sort will, arrive!
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