Book recommendation request thread

kel

Pelican
I asked for a book recommendation in another thread not seeing a dedicated thread (several kinda close, but not really), but I think a dedicated thread could be nice.

If you have a rough subject - the history of the Song dynasty, a futuristic cyberpunk novel for someone who enjoyed _____, a review of multivariate calculus - make a post here asking for book recommendations. Sure, we can all look at reviews on Goodreads and such, but p2p recommendations are preferred for my part. In fact, I'm trying to go out of my way to get recommendations for everything in my life from real people, rather than trusting whatever I get from a search.

For my part, "book" could also include a series of blog posts, a PDF article, maybe even a podcast or video series if it's of good quality.
 

kel

Pelican
I'll start the thread repeating my request for a somewhat critical look at the French Revolution, it's connection to the Enlightenment, and the fallout from the liberal democracy the French Revolution (eventually) introduced to the world (more than the American revolution or others, IMO).

François Furet has written numerous books that have a reputation for being more nuanced than what you normally read, and I can even read French so the lack of translation isn't a problem for me, but I think his two-volume work might be a bit dense for what I'm looking for now. I'd like something more of an overview, with few assumptions of a priori knowledge, and just a willingness to deviate from the narrative.

Counter Currents, who publish great stuff themselves, have a good write up of Organizing the Revolutions: Selections from Augustin Cochin, so maybe I'll check that out but I'm open to further suggestions.
 

kel

Pelican
Also looking for a book on Peronism. Preferably focusing on the political ideology moreso than Juan Peron as a man or Argentine history and politics at the time, though obviously those will be elements of the analysis. Open, as well, to a bigger picture book that includes an analysis of Peronism vis a vis other political systems.
 
I usually can find whatever I desire, via an Amazon search, or simply using a quality search engine. It's when I am searching for a good work of fiction, that sometimes I have to really investigate and take a chance.
 
I'm looking for a history of Christian emperors and kings. Having trouble finding anything concise and focused on that topic. Any suggestions?
 
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Enigma

Hummingbird
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I'm looking for a history of Christian emperors and kings. Having trouble finding anything concise and focused on that topic. Any suggestions?
It may not be exactly what you're looking for, but I came across this book recently, "Pious Kings and Right-Believing Queens".


It's a sort of "lives of the saints" that focuses on Orthodox emperors and kings across history and nations. There's a PDF sample on that site I think.

I've actually taken an interest in Christian rulers and generals recently, but there's not a ton that I've found in English that focuses on them as a whole. Even simply finding a decent, comprehensive list of royal and imperial saints is tough. You usually have to settle for individual biographies or histories of specific civilizations.
 
Just found out that Father Josiah Trenham has an entire lecture series on this topic, called "God's Statesmen." Bought it tonight and can't wait to get started.
 

PainPositive

Woodpecker
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I just finished classic apologetics by R.C. Sproll now I want to read something about orthodoxy. What are the best beginner Orthodox books?
 

DanielH

Robin
I just finished classic apologetics by R.C. Sproll now I want to read something about orthodoxy. What are the best beginner Orthodox books?
I really enjoyed Becoming Orthodox by Father Peter E. Gillquist when I was a catechumen. It's a story of an evangelical pastor studying history and leading himself and hundreds of others to the conclusion that they should convert to Orthodoxy. This one would be good to listen to on audiobook.

For an absolute beginner who is just confused, I recommend Welcome to the Orthodox Church by Frederica Mathewes-Green. This explains all the uniqueness of the church building and goes over some of the essentials for Orthodoxy.

My priest gave me Introducing the Orthodox Church: Its Faith and Life by Anthony M Coniaris for my catechism. This is essentially a catechism, it explains all the theological basics.
 

kel

Pelican
I'm looking for a good book about the Yugoslav wars. Any ideas?
I follow this guy online and have not read this book, and I suspect it's probably more anecdotal, rather than a political history book which I'm guessing is what you're looking for, but a guy who lived through Bosnia in the 90s wrote (among others) this book which I'm willing to bet is good https://www.amazon.com/SHTF-Surviva...&keywords=Selco+Begovic&qid=1596408018&sr=8-1

I looked at his blog to see if he recommended any Yugolav war history/politics books and didn't see any, but if you email him you might get a suggestion.
 

SwordfishTrombonist

Woodpecker
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I follow this guy online and have not read this book, and I suspect it's probably more anecdotal, rather than a political history book which I'm guessing is what you're looking for, but a guy who lived through Bosnia in the 90s wrote (among others) this book which I'm willing to bet is good https://www.amazon.com/SHTF-Surviva...&keywords=Selco+Begovic&qid=1596408018&sr=8-1

I looked at his blog to see if he recommended any Yugolav war history/politics books and didn't see any, but if you email him you might get a suggestion.
Very cool looking, just ordered. Thanks! When reading history I find anecdotal stuff very valuable in putting concrete examples to the big picture stuff. Very good for cementing things in memory.

That being said, books more focused on a broader look at politics and social stuff still very welcome if anyone knows any.
 
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