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Here are some of MY favorite books, or books that you might enjoy, shelved by subject:

If you’re trying to Be a Hobbit and Save the Earth…

Steve’s bookshelf: be-a-hobbit

The Open-Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth, and Trust
4 of 5 stars
This book is an essential read for anyone who wants to know how and why our leaders are so ineffectual, from an author with an insider perspective. Robert David Steele, spent decades as a Marine officer, a CIA secret operative, and the s…
The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government
4 of 5 stars
Co-written by an ex-presidential speech writer (Liu) and a billionaire (Hanauer), Gardens of Democracy lays out their plan for a new, or revised, form of American democracy, that promises to solve the crises that now face the Uni…

HISTORY If you’re into History, especially Medieval, Ancient, Military History:


Steve’s bookshelf: history







Britain After Rome


5 of 5 stars




Absolute MUST READ, if you want to know what life was like for the 99% that weren’t kings or bishops. Fascinating narrative, woven together with thousands of threads of material evidence. If you want to write history using archaeology, y…



The Art of War


4 of 5 stars






Barbarians to Angels: The Dark Ages Reconsidered


4 of 5 stars




As the defender of barbarian complexity and contribution, Peter Wells stakes a claim in the larger debate on the nature of the Fall of Rome, and with some interesting modifications, comes down on the side of continuity and gradual transi…




The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings


4 of 5 stars




Don’t let the ‘picture book’ appearance of this little book keep you from buying it, even if you’re a serious scholar. The maps are indispensable, and the chronology is laid out logically. One could design an entire semester syllabus bas…




Die Normannen Und Das Frankische Reich Bis Zur Gruendung Der Normandie


4 of 5 stars




The funny thing about this book is its age (1906), and the fact that much of what the author had to say about the Vikings exploits still rings true over 100 years later. He does an amazing job of reconstructing the timeline for the Ninth…


The Annals of St-.Bertin (Ninth-Century Histories, Vol. 1 (Manchester Medieval Sources Series): Annals of St-.Bertin v. 1


4 of 5 stars




An excellent translation of a key primary source for the Ninth Century Franks, and the Viking narrative. Indispensable to scholars of the Viking Age.



Alexander the Great and the Logistics of the Macedonian Army


4 of 5 stars




Engels adds a great deal to the understanding of how Alexander’s army managed to accomplish what it did, and how issues of logistics sometimes dictated the route that it took. Engels’ examination of the physical requirements of men and …




The Age of Arthur: A History of the British Isles from 350 to 650


4 of 5 stars




In depth look at the history behind the myth of Arthur, though mostly focusing on the ‘age’ of the mythical king, and not the origins of the myth itself. The book is dry in parts, but well worth reading if you’re interested in penetratin…






The Origins of War: From the Stone Age to Alexander the Great


4 of 5 stars




Ferrill attempts to fill the historiographical void in the study of ancient warfare, by extending it back into the Stone Age. He argues that modern military historians, who have focused on the origins of war in the classical Greek world…


Njal's Saga


4 of 5 stars










Nobility, Land and Service in Medieval Hungary


4 of 5 stars




This is a well-written book. Rady makes a compelling argument and does so in a style accessible to most readers. His thesis is easy to find, his points of argument are laid out systematically and he places his argument solidly within t…




Egil's Saga


4 of 5 stars






Vom Rittertum Im Mittelalter: Perspektiven Und Probleme


3 of 5 stars




The book serves as a good synthesis of scholarship on the topic of knighthood, mainly as it played out in medieval Germany and to a lesser extent in parts of Italy. In this regard the title is somewhat misleading. Despite being a colle…


The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece


3 of 5 stars




Hanson attempts to reconstruct the ‘face of battle’ from the perspective of the citizen soldiers of Greece during the period from the Seventh to the Fifth Centuries, BC. Hanson argues that the focus of Greek warfare was not the destruct…


Medieval Scotland


3 of 5 stars




On the whole, the book is well written and argued, if lacking in depth in certain areas. Barrell does a fair job of placing medieval Scotland within the greater European context, but this could have been stressed more, especially with r…



Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques


3 of 5 stars




Mr Short has here attempted to resurrect the combat skills of the Vikings, using medieval fight manuals and trial and error. The things he and his compatriots discovered while working on this stuff, with actual weapons, are informative, …



Viking Hersir 793-1066 AD


3 of 5 stars




The illustrations and information in the book are pretty solid. I refer to it frequently.





Envoys and Political Communication in the Late Antique West, 411 533


3 of 5 stars




As a whole, I found Gillett’s argument to be persuasive, especially in regard to the ubiquity of embassies in Late Antiquity and to the level of prestige accorded to envoys. The thesis seems a little obvious though. This is probably du…







"Strong of Body, Brave and Noble": Chivalry and Society in Medieval France


3 of 5 stars




Strong of Body is an excellent read. It is well organized and covers the important issues dealing with nobility in medieval France. Its one weakness might be that it is Franco-centric, which may silence subtleties found elsewhere in me…







Medieval Economic Thought


3 of 5 stars




Wood’s book is an interesting and decent introduction to medieval economic thought, but is lacking in some detail. How did economic thought play out in everyday life? While she makes some attempt to connect theory to practice, the prac…




A History of the Vikings


3 of 5 stars




This is a very good overview of the Viking Age. I have used it as a textbook for a couple of college courses. My one critique is that Jones chose to break up the chronology a bit too much, in order to delve into topics, but that’s mostly…


La Mutation Feodale: Xe-Xiie Siecles


3 of 5 stars




I would not suggest Mutation as the ultimate book on feudalism, as several authors have since challenged much of the premises on which it is founded. However, it is an important work in the historiography of the political and social str…







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