Peter Smith

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5 Good Books

Some books I have recently enjoyed (No particular order):

1. Cullen Murphy. God’s Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World. London: Penguin, 2011. Traces the development of the Roman Catholic Inquisition from Mediaeval times and compares its operations to modern inquisitorial institutions.

2. Thomas F. Madden. Venice: A New History. New York: Penguin, 2012.

3. Simon Winder. Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe. London: Picador, 2013. Quirky but always interesting and thought-provoking.

4. Tony Judt, with Timothy Snyder. Thinking the Twentieth Century. London: Vintage, 2013. A discussion between Judt and Snyder about recent Western intellectual history and the development of Judt’s own thought. Composed during the final months of Judt’s life. Absorbing, but a lot of material to take in at one reading.

5. Jennifer T. Roberts. Herodotus: A Very Short Introduction. OUP, 2011.

They are all excellent and I would recommend them highly.

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    March 22, 2014

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