WWI, Maritime History; Continents: Europe and North America

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson If you spent your summer vacation in Porchville, then this book will convince you that missing out on that cruise wasn’t such a bad thing. 450 pages, Kindle edition If you read much history, then you probably already know who Erik Larson is. Maybe […]

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, […]

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 […]