True Crime, Journalism; Continent: North America

Yes, there’s a murder, and it’s a pretty sick one. But Guldensuppe’s death figures into author Paul Collins’ book mainly so he can talk about journalism on the threshold on the twentieth century. Am I losing you with the whole “condition of journalism” theme? If so, than you’re underestimating Collins’ ability to create a stunning narrative from his many hours of research.

Holy Roman Empire, Hapsburgs; Continent: Europe

Danubia: A Personal History of Hapsburg Europe by Simon Winder This book about dead emperors and their squabbling over territory is more fun than it has a right to be. 512 pages including the Conclusion: plenty more detailed notes and bibliography after that. I’ve waded back into European history with this book, but this time, […]