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#2101  sufue 05-17-2022, 12:14 PM
Virginia Cowles was, per Wikipedia, an American journalist, biographer, and travel writer who reported on the Spanish Civil War and World War II (and the events leading up to WWII). Although she was American, the British government awarded her an OBE in 1947 for her reporting. So, when I noticed two of her books on sale for $0.99/£0.99 at Kindle US/UK, I figured I'd give them a try - or at least buy them and put them relatively high on my TBR list...

The Astors is the first of three "Dynasties" books she wrote - the others are on the Rothschilds and the Romanovs.
Kindle US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B5PRD4K
Kindle US/Smile: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07B5PRD4K
Kindle UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07B5PRD4K
Kindle UK/Smile: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07B5PRD4K

The Great Swindle: A History of the South Sea Bubble
Kindle US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FLP9P42
Kindle US/Smile: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07FLP9P42
Kindle UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FLP9P42
Kindle UK/Smile: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FLP9P42

They are also KU if you have a subscription...
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#2102  salty-horse 05-17-2022, 03:27 PM
Sid Meier's Memoir!: A Life in Computer Games by Sid Meier is $2.99 on Amazon.com

This is a memoir by Sid Meier, designer of many strategy computer games, notably Civilization and Sid Meier's Pirates!
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#2103  Critteranne 05-18-2022, 05:51 PM
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin is just $2.99!

It's on Amazon and probably elsewhere as well.
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#2104  issybird 05-18-2022, 06:52 PM
Quote Critteranne
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin is just $2.99!

It's on Amazon and probably elsewhere as well.
I recommend this, FWIW.
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#2105  ReadingManiac 05-20-2022, 08:52 AM
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The Betrayal of the Duchess: The Scandal That Unmade the Bourbon Monarchy and Made France Modern by Maurice Samuels is on sale at Kindle for $4.99 which might not seem cheap, but it’s a 75% discount off the regular price of $19.99. And it gets a 50¢ Great on Kindle credit while existing ones will knock down the price a bit more.

It’s an account of the Duchesse de Berry’s attempt to restore the Bourbon monarchy and of antisemitism in 19th century France as well. I found it both fascinating and illuminating and I highly recommend it.
This sounds interesting!
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#2106  salty-horse 05-22-2022, 12:14 PM
The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat by Eric Jager is $2.99 on Amazon.com
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The gripping true story of the duel to end all duels in medieval France as a resolute knight defends his wife's honor against the man she accuses of a heinous crime

In the midst of the devastating Hundred Years' War between France and England, Jean de Carrouges, a Norman knight fresh from combat in Scotland, returns home to yet another deadly threat. His wife, Marguerite, has accused squire Jacques Le Gris of rape. A deadlocked court decrees a trial by combat between the two men that will also leave Marguerite's fate in the balance. For if her husband loses the duel, she will be put to death as a false accuser.

While enemy troops pillage the land, and rebellion and plague threaten the lives of all, Carrouges and Le Gris meet in full armor on a walled field in Paris. What follows is the final duel ever authorized by the Parlement of Paris, a fierce fight with lance, sword, and dagger before a massive crowd that includes the teenage King Charles VI, during which both combatants are wounded -- but only one fatally.

Based on extensive research in Normandy and Paris, The Last Duel brings to life a colorful, turbulent age and three unforgettable characters caught in a fatal triangle of crime, scandal, and revenge. The Last Duel is at once a moving human drama, a captivating true crime story, and an engrossing work of historical intrigue with themes that echo powerfully centuries later.
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#2107  sufue 05-24-2022, 10:27 AM
How Civil Wars Start: And How to Stop Them by Barbara F. Walter is $2.99 today as part of today's US Kindle Daily Deal, and price matched at Kobo US. Here are links to a couple of reviews of the book, one generally positive from the New York Times, and one that is less so, from The Economist.

Kindle US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B095MMDWBR
Kindle US/Smile: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B095MMDWBR
Kobo US: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/how-civil-wars-start

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A leading political scientist examines the dramatic rise in violent extremism around the globe and sounds the alarm on the increasing likelihood of a second civil war in the United States

“Required reading for anyone invested in preserving our 246-year experiment in self-government.”—The New York Times Book Review

Political violence rips apart several towns in southwest Texas. A far-right militia plots to kidnap the governor of Michigan and try her for treason. An armed mob of Trump supporters and conspiracy theorists storms the U.S. Capitol. Are these isolated incidents? Or is this the start of something bigger? Barbara F. Walter has spent her career studying civil conflict in places like Iraq, Ukraine, and Sri Lanka, but now she has become increasingly worried about her own country.

Perhaps surprisingly, both autocracies and healthy democracies are largely immune from civil war; it’s the countries in the middle ground that are most vulnerable. And this is where more and more countries, including the United States, are finding themselves today.

Over the last two decades, the number of active civil wars around the world has almost doubled. Walter reveals the warning signs—where wars tend to start, who initiates them, what triggers them—and why some countries tip over into conflict while others remain stable. Drawing on the latest international research and lessons from over twenty countries, Walter identifies the crucial risk factors, from democratic backsliding to factionalization and the politics of resentment. A civil war today won’t look like America in the 1860s, Russia in the 1920s, or Spain in the 1930s. It will begin with sporadic acts of violence and terror, accelerated by social media. It will sneak up on us and leave us wondering how we could have been so blind.

In this urgent and insightful book, Walter redefines civil war for a new age, providing the framework we need to confront the danger we now face—and the knowledge to stop it before it’s too late.

Praise for How Civil Wars Start

“It turns out that there is a discipline that you might call ‘civilwarology’—the study of the factors that lead to civil war. . . . Barbara F. Walter became a civilwarologist nearly a quarter of a century ago and her entry is evidently well-thumbed in the Rolodexes of the CIA and the U.S. State Department. In other words, she knows what she’s talking about—which makes this book rather scary.”—The Times (U.K.)
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#2108  salty-horse 06-04-2022, 04:21 PM
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard is $2.99 on Amazon.com
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In SPQR, an instant classic, Mary Beard narrates the history of Rome "with passion and without technical jargon" and demonstrates how "a slightly shabby Iron Age village" rose to become the "undisputed hegemon of the Mediterranean" (Wall Street Journal). Hailed by critics as animating "the grand sweep and the intimate details that bring the distant past vividly to life" (Economist) in a way that makes "your hair stand on end" (Christian Science Monitor) and spanning nearly a thousand years of history, this "highly informative, highly readable" (Dallas Morning News) work examines not just how we think of ancient Rome but challenges the comfortable historical perspectives that have existed for centuries. With its nuanced attention to class, democratic struggles, and the lives of entire groups of people omitted from the historical narrative for centuries, SPQR will to shape our view of Roman history for decades to come.
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#2109  j.p.s 06-04-2022, 09:01 PM
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SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard is $2.99 on Amazon.com
I highly recommend this book.

If you would like an easy fix for the over 300 (often egregious) errors in the X-ray for the book, see this thread:
https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=303347
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#2110  sufue 06-05-2022, 08:08 AM
The Great Game: On Secret Service in High Asia is the first of Peter Hopkirk's books that I read, and really enjoyed. It has dropped to £2.99 at Kindle UK. I've since gone on to read most of his books, and many of them are inexpensive in the UK -> if you're interested, this previous post has a list and links, although a couple of the prices may have changed a bit. A couple of his books are available in the US as well, and links are also in that post.

Kindle UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003Y3BLNK
Kindle UK/Smile: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003Y3BLNK

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For nearly a century the two most powerful nations on earth, Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia, fought a secret war in the lonely passes and deserts of Central Asia. Those engaged in this shadowy struggle called it 'The Great Game', a phrase immortalized by Kipling.

When play first began the two rival empires lay nearly 2,000 miles apart. By the end, some Russian outposts were within 20 miles of India. This classic book tells the story of the Great Game through the exploits of the young officers, both British and Russian, who risked their lives playing it. Disguised as holy men or native horse-traders, they mapped secret passes, gathered intelligence and sought the allegiance of powerful khans. Some never returned. The violent repercussions of the Great Game are still convulsing Central Asia today.
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