History of Science, Victorian Era; Continent: Africa, Europe

Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer and the African Adventure the Victorian World by Storm by Monte Reel 352 pages (272 pages in the Kindle version includes the worthy epilogue) Read this window into the club of Victorian gentlemen of science and the politics of race and privilege with someone you can dissect (sorry, […]

Book 8; Continent: Asia

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Bring this quick, engaging read along next time you travel 256 pages (234 pages counting the worthwhile epilogue, but not the acknowledgments, etc.) I have a problem as a reader of world history. Military details—like which rifle is which—don’t interest me, and neither do authors’ political […]

Book 7; Continent: Europe

The Secret Rooms by Catherine Bailey Nonfiction to cure the hangover from your “Downton Abbey” Netflix-binge 465 pages (427 excluding the notes and the index, but including the worthwhile epilogue) Historian Catherine Bailey arrived at Belvoir Castle to research a book about World War I using the late Duke of Rutland’s exceptional library and collected […]