I was going to read Noam Chomsky's Interventions over the weekend, but on Friday Norman Stone's World War One: A Short History (Penguin) turned up. I read it in about two sittings. Very compelling; commendably well done. Nothing about the African campaigns and, obviously, plenty of other gaps too (weirdly, too much battle detail in parts and, overall, not nearly enough (geo-)politics). I'll review it later today or tomorrow on The Book Depository (currently down because of the Gloucester floods).
I've just got stuck into Adam Tooze's Wages of Destruction. I think this summer, history books are going to dominate.
My favourite history books? Top five might be as below. What are yours? I'm especially keen to know what you'd recommend next on WWI and WWII.
- Christopher Hill's The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution
- Peter Linebaugh's The London Hanged
- E.P. Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class
- Frederick Turner's Beyond Geography: The Western Spirit Against the Wilderness
- Fredy Perlman's Against His-story, Against Leviathan