Some books I read in 2009

Legionary: The Roman Soldier’s (Unofficial) Manual

The Classical Compendium: A Miscellany of Scandalous Gossip, Bawdy Jokes, Peculiar Facts, and Bad Behavior from the Ancient Greeks and Romans

Emperor: Time’s Tapestry Book One. Historical fiction/fantasy. Set in Roman Britain. Fit in well after reading the previous two books.

Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World’s Greatest Scientist . Some comments here.

Culloden: The History and Archaeology of the Last Clan Battle

The World of the Gallowglass: Kings, Warlords and Warriors in Ireland and Scotland, 1200-1600

The English Civil War: At First Hand. I would give it four stars; I think the reviewer at Amazon was too harsh. Religious issues do appear in the book and the author/compiler takes them seriously as issues in the conflict, unlike some historians to try to explain away all religious elements in history in terms of social and economic issues. He is hard on Cromwell and the Commonwealth, but his discussion of Archbishop Laud’s policies certainly does not read like a defense of the High Church party.

A History of the Art of War in the Sixteenth Century. (Reread, the first time I read it was decades ago)

The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500-1800. Reread. I read it several years ago, but I have a lot more context now.

Ireland 1649-52: Cromwell’s Protestant Crusade

Polish Winged Hussar 1576-1775

Handplane Essentials. Woodworking.

Hand Tool Essentials. Woodworking.

The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet

Theo Gray’s Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home – But Probably Shouldn’t

The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery

Absinthe & Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously

Caliphate. Science fiction

Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Presents for the Holidays

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