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History and Language

Hi everyone!

Does anyone have any recommendations for history books (anything interesting in history, really) or books on language (how to, learning for ones self?)

These are two categories that I tend to forget about when selecting books through out the year and would like to read more of them in the coming year.

Thanks :)

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pblazer
Dec. 24th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
There are so many really good, readable history books. Is there an area that you are particularly interested in? Early this year I read The Fall of the Dynasties, by Edmond Taylor and it was fantastic. It was about the collapse of the Old World dynasties in the years around WWI.

For languages, do you mean learning a new language? Or do you mean grammar and writing in English?
mind_on_fire
Dec. 25th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
There's no one particular point in history I'm most interested in at this point, so anything that reads well is something I'd like to give a shot :)

Languages... more learning/understanding a new language.
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mind_on_fire
Dec. 25th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
Ohh thank you :) I'll have to see if my library has any of those :)
modernquixote
Dec. 25th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
I found "The Six Wives of Henry VII" by Alison Weir pretty interesting. Readable and in depth without being alienating.

http://www.amazon.com/Six-Wives-Henry-VIII/dp/0802136834/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1261703497&sr=8-1
mind_on_fire
Dec. 25th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
klarenka
Dec. 25th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
The 900 Days by Harrison Salisbury is perhaps my favorite work on Soviet history - all about the siege of Leningrad.
ext_182007
Dec. 25th, 2009 08:39 am (UTC)
The Hugo Language series are pretty good.
nuvujaq
Dec. 26th, 2009 09:37 am (UTC)
A really good book on language, and an unbeatable introduction to linguistics is The Study of Language by George Yule.
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