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"The Regency Years reads like a romance novel of its period without the novel but makes an entertaining nonfiction read with superior prose and di

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“Rubenhold does a commendable job in bringing these women on stage and through their stories illuminating the appalling reality behind the veneer of Victorian complacency.

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Claire Harman’s Murder by the Book begins in chaos and mystery: the body of 73-year-old aristocrat Lord William Russell is discovered in his own bed in his Mayfair mansion, hi

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“In spite of the depth and detail of this book, it is a fast read and worth sitting with a cup of tea by a warm fire from first page to last.”

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“The book is not a complete history of U.S.-British relations, but instead a narrower and more focused look at how as empires Britain and America struggled for power and influence.

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“Andrew Roberts has written the best single-volume biography of Winston Churchill to date.”

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"Despite the volume of this book and its controversial interpretations, it makes a fast easy adventure in reading.

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“For students of history, and also for casual readers who simply enjoy learning new and unusual aspects of history, this book is a real gem.

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On June 21, 1969, an estimated three-quarters of the British population tuned into Royal Family, a fly-on-the-wall BBC documentary that captured the royals as surprisingly ord

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“describes the sweeping changes to England’s economy, government, culture, and influence in Europe . . .”

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“Fascinating and atmospheric, the narrative is complimented with beautifully illustrated images . . . For anyone who loves Dublin . . .”

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The blood soaked epic rise of the Tudors from powerful family to self-made royalty is one of the great political dramas in history.

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“a marvelous companion to this series, with wonderful illustrations and an engaging backstory . . .”

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“a fascinating and informative account of the personal lives of the Tudors.”

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For those who enjoy reading a well-told tale of historical nonfiction, this could be that story. But be forewarned that it comes with at least two caveats to be explained below.

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Drink it in with a cup of Earl Grey Tea on a cold winter evening.”

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It is hard to wrap one’s mind around a thirteen-year-old child in Victorian England killing his mother, and yet in Kate Summerscale’s book The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murde

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Charles Moore’s second volume biography of Margaret Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher at Her Zenith: In London, Washington and Moscow addresses her rise to the top and her stay there for eleven

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Billed as “a loving and hilarious, if occasionally spiky, valentine” to the author’s adopted country, Bill Bryson’s follow-up, two decades on, to his bestselling Notes from a Small Island,

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“does an admirable job of showing how national identity, myth-making, and popular culture can influence the historical narrative . . .”

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“good storytelling built on solid scholarship . . .”

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“. . . a well-written piece of investigative journalism that asks some deeply troubling questions . . .”

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“. . . an entertaining account that strings together fascinating factoids into a tapestry of urban history and cultural anthropology.”

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“. . . a richly researched, carefully crafted, balanced history of personal privacy . . .”

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