Suggested Books

Suggested Books

Here is a list of suggested books. Click on the title to see a book description or click on the book to get it from Amazon. You are welcome to review any of the books listed. This page is updated regularly.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 00:04

Author(s):
Maggie Black

This book takes the reader on a gastronomic journey through the Middle Ages, offering not only a collection of medieval recipes, but a social history of the time. The eighty recipes, drawn from the earliest English cookbooks of the...Read more

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 00:03

Author(s):
Jill Rubalcaba, Peter Robertshaw

Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw recount the unearthing of four hominins--Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, and Iceman. Each discovery leads not only to deductions that scientists made in laboratories, but also to...Read more

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 00:01

Author(s):
William Shakespeare, Stanley Wells, Gary Taylor, John Jowett, William Montgomery

Hailed by The Washington Post as "a definitive synthesis of the best editions" and by The Times of London as "a monument to Shakespearean scholarship," The Oxford Shakespeare is the ultimate anthology of the Bard's work: the most...Read more

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 00:00

Author(s):
Carl Ruck, Mark Alwin Hoffman, Jose Alfredo Gonzalez Celdran

This illustrated book traces the history of an unlikely force in the shaping of Western civilization: the use of psychedelic mushrooms, namely by a secret society called the cult of Mithras. Nero was the first emperor to be initiated by...Read more

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 00:55

Author(s):
J. B. Bury

J. B. Bury was an Irish historian, classical scholar, Medieval Roman historian and philologist. He objected to the label "Byzantinist" explicitly in the preface to the 1889 edition of his Later Roman Empire. In print for more than thirty...Read more

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 00:51

Author(s):
Marina Belozerskaya

The Tazza Farnese is one of the most admired objects from classical antiquity. A libation bowl carved from banded agate, it features Medusa's head on its outside and, inside, an assembly of Egyptian gods. For more than two millennia,...Read more

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 00:46

Author(s):
Simon Martin, Nikolai Grube

Behind the ancient cities of the Maya and their abandoned artworks lie the turbulent stories of their ruling dynasties. One of the world's greatest and most powerful civilizations, the Maya experienced constant conflict in a landscape...Read more

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 00:43

Author(s):
Vanamali

The traditional understanding of Shiva told through stories and teachings from the Shiva Mahapurana

• Explains Shiva’s contradictory forms, such as destroyer or benefactor, and how his form depends on the needs of the devotee...Read more

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 00:39

Author(s):
Michael E. Moseley

In 1532, when Pizarro conquered Peru, the Inca realm was one of the largest empires on earth, rivalling that of Ming China or the Ottoman Turks. But this glittering culture only obscured the rich and diverse civilizations that had...Read more

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 00:32

Author(s):
Michael Dylan Foster, Shinonome Kijin

Monsters, ghosts, fantastic beings, and supernatural phenomena of all sorts haunt the folklore and popular culture of Japan. Broadly labeled yokai, these creatures come in infinite shapes and sizes, from tengu mountain goblins and kappa...Read more

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 01:55

Author(s):
Simon Harris

How much does the world know about Catalonia and its role as a great medieval empire and one of Europe's first nation states? In Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective author Simon Harris takes the reader through 1,000 years of...Read more

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 01:55

Author(s):
Anthony Everitt

Born in A.D. 76, Hadrian lived through and ruled during a tempestuous era, a time when the Colosseum was opened to the public and Pompeii was buried under a mountain of lava and ash. Acclaimed author Anthony Everitt vividly recounts...Read more

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 01:54

Author(s):
Amalia E. Gnanadesikan

In a world of rapid technological advancements, it can be easy to forget that writing is the original Information Technology, created to transcend the limitations of human memory and to defy time and space. The Writing Revolution picks...Read more

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 01:52

Author(s):
Paul Devereux

Read this book and be intrigued by boulders and stalactites incised with prehistoric rock art that ring like bells and gongs, a  Bronze Age “stone drum” alongside a Russian lake that can be heard for miles when struck, ancient rock...Read more

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 01:47

Author(s):
R.K. Fisher, Martini Fisher

What if all you've been told about history were wrong?

Dr. R.K. Fisher and Martini Fisher discussed the errors in the study of history and how they come about before re-examining humanity and beliefs from the very beginning....Read more

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 01:46

Author(s):
R.K. Fisher, Martini Fisher, Roosdy Fisher

“At least 10,000 years ago the Koori knew enough about aerodynamic flight and torque to be able to design and build such sophisticated instruments as returning boomerangs.”

Dr. R.K. Fisher and Martini Fisher re-discover...Read more

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 18:05

Author(s):
David Caldwell

Chess fans saw a red queen brought to life in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. She came from what is perhaps the world's most mysterious and imaginatively-crafted chess set -- 73 carved pieces probably dating to the 1200's. The...Read more

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 18:04

Author(s):
Lee Berger, John Hawks

In 2013, Berger, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, caught wind of a cache of bones in a hard-to-reach underground cave in South Africa. He put out a call around the world for petite collaborators—men and women small and...Read more

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 18:03

Author(s):
Bernard Evslin

Gods, Demigods and Demons is a concise, yet wide-ranging handbook of Greek mythology that promises a vivid introduction to the great myths of ancient Greece. Here are the gods of the Olympian pantheon. Here too are the demigods, demons,...Read more

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 18:02

Author(s):
Mark Adams

A few years ago, Mark Adams made a strange discovery: Far from alien conspiracy theories and other pop culture myths, everything we know about the legendary lost city of Atlantis comes from the work of one man, the Greek philosopher...Read more

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The Kalash (known also as the Kalasha) are an indigenous people living in what is today Pakistan. Although Pakistan is an Islamic Republic, with more than 95% of its population being adherents of Islam, the Kalash hold on to their own religious beliefs, along with their own identity, way of life, and language.

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An Ulfberht sword displayed at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany
Ulfberht was like a Medieval luxury brand for swords—but unlike your Gucci purse, the swords were of such high quality they were almost … mystical. Dozens of these swords—made with metal so strong and pure it’s baffling how any sword maker of that time could have accomplished it

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Kalash girls with traditional clothing.
The Kalash (known also as the Kalasha) are an indigenous people living in what is today Pakistan. Although Pakistan is an Islamic Republic, with more than 95% of its population being adherents of Islam, the Kalash hold on to their own religious beliefs, along with their own identity, way of life, and language.

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