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A weekend reading review, because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading.

Simon Anglim, Phyllis G. Jestice, Rob S. Rice, Scott M. Rusch, John Serrati.  Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World.  New York, NY: Saint Martin’s Press, January 1st 2003. 256 pp.

4 out of 5

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Are you looking for a book on military history and military techniques during ancient times?  This book might be for you!  Written by a team of experts on military matters with academic and published credentials this book is quite informative and engaging concerning military matters of equipping, tactics and combat skills for warfare.  The work covers largely Europe and the Middle East before the advent of gunpowder.  While the subtitle of the book states it looks at 3000 BC-500 AD most of the book concentrates on the Greek and Roman classical period.
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A weekend reading review, because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading.

Eugene Rogan.  The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East. New York, NY: Basic Books, October 4, 2016. 512 pp.

5 out of 5

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We hear so much of the news about the Middle East today but most people don’t know how World War One and the aftermath after the war has shaped so much of the tension and difficulties geo-politically today.  Would you like to learn more about the history leading up to it?  This book is for you, which focuses on the fall of the Ottoman Empire during World War one.

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A weekend reading review…because sometimes Pastors need a break from heavy reading also.

I am fascinated with history and the history of Asia, including that of China.  Besides the books below readers might want to also check out my reviews of The Beautiful Country and the Middle KingdomRedeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China by XI Lian, Midnight in Peking by Paul French, Collaboration: Japanese Agents and Local Elites in Wartime China by Timothy Brook, God’s Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan, and .

 

Gordon Kerr. A Short History of China.  Harpenden, UK: Pocket Essentials, September 1st, 2013. 160 pp.

5 out of 5

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Do you want to learn about China in a concise summary fashion?  This book would be for you.  This title is a part of the “Short History” Series published by Pocket Essentials and I thought the 160 page was a reasonable length for a survey, especially considering that there are thousands of years of Chinese history.  I felt it fulfilled the criteria of what I was looking for, of a general introduction to the various Chinese dynasties, which I needed to know and understand as a historical foundation so I can read other books on the history of China in a better informed matter.

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I love the summer!  I think of vacations, road trips and travel.  They are also the possibility of listening to some audio books!

The following are non-fiction audiobooks and lectures that I listened to recently.  They are not written by Christians but they can be insightful of human nature and history by God’s common grace.

I’m also reviewing this right before 4th of July; in case any of you will be traveling and need to listen to something worthwhile as you travel to your destination!

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We continue with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” and this week’s review of children’s books aren’t Christian works but they are still something homeschool kids and parents would appreciate!

Geronimo Stilton.  Geronimo Stilton Reporter #2: It’s MY Scoop!. New York, NY: Papercutz, June 4th 2019. 56 pp.

4 out of 5

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Having read a few Geronimo Stilton’s graphic novels to my kids the last few weeks from the publisher Papercutz I was pleasantly surprised to learn they now have a new series on Geronimo Stilton titled “Geronimo Stilton Reporter Graphic Novels Series 2 primary works.”  It is different than the other series in that while the other series was more historical with time travel this present series focuses on the present or the contemporary time period of Geronimo’s own life time.  As I read this story to my daughters they enjoyed it and laughed throughout Geronimo’s adventure.

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Didn’t get to get around to last weekend posting a leisure history reading but I’m posting it now.  Why is this on a theology and apologetics website?  Because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading.

Bernard Cornwell. Waterloo: The True Story of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles.  London, UK: William Collins, September 11th 2014.  352 pp.

4 out of 5

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I know very little about the battle of Waterloo other than it was a turning point for the Europeans’ fight against Napoleon.  This book is quite informative for readers who want to study this battle.  The author did a good job and it made me want to learn more about the battle and Napoleon himself.

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I am reviewing this book for this weekend’s leisure reading review (because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!) which I also recommend if you are looking for a gift to purchase for someone who loves history.

 

Christian Di Spigna. Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero.  New York, NY: Crown Publishing Group, August 14th 2018. 336 pp.

5 out of 5

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This book exceeded my expectation.  At first I wasn’t sure who Joseph Warren was and why should I even read this book.  As the book stated many times it’s unfortunate that people haven’t understood the contribution of Joseph Warren with the independence of America.  His legacy has been overshadowed by other founding fathers such as George Washington, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin largely because of Joseph Warren’s early and untimely death at the Battle of Bunker Hill.  Yet Warren was an important figure with the American independence more than most people today realized, even among those who are interested in things with the War of Independence since those that know something about Warren often know him only as a soldier who died in Bunker Hill (others who are even more knowledgeable will know he was the one who worked with Paul Revere during that famous “The Redcoats are coming!” event).  This book is rather overdue in narrating the contribution of Joseph Warren to America’s independence.  The author should be commended for doing a good job of maximizing the limited primary resources and also for using new primary sources to give us a better picture of the man Joseph Warren.  The challenges of finding primary sources is very real since Warren as a spy master destroyed many of his writings and also because when he passed away many of his belongings were broken or stolen.  So kudos to the author Christian Di Spigna for his research!

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