What are you reading (April, 2008)?
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Shrike, if you took an interest in the French and Indian War, I'd recommend John Mack Faragher's book on the Acadians, A Great and Noble Scheme, for a slightly different perspective.
I'm only about 1/4 through it right now.
I love picking up old history books; whether it's a dusty Parkman or an odd-ball 19th century analysis of Medieval taxation. But this one was particularly interesting.
He commits innumerable sins of wild over-generalization. There is a lot of pontification from on high, very little detail and very little distinction between various times and places within Medieval Europe, and an awful lot of comparison to current thought that can only be described as incredibly lame: one of my favorites was where Freedman tries to draw parallels between Medieval thinking about "hot" humors and contemporary descriptions of people as being "hot" - it is as passionless a description allegedly of passion as you'll find.
Blech. Got to find something else to read.
I thought Washington's Crossing was a good read, as Fischer actually bothered to look into just why things happened the way they did. (That said, I wouldn't recommend reading it in proximity to David McCullough's 1776.)
My current reading is, in fact, a neat parallel: The Battle for New York, which describes what happened before the battles of Trenton & Princeton.
I'm curious why you wouldn't recommend reading those two in tandem? (I've read neither.)
By the way what "bookmash" you are in to right now would be a great message board topic!
The Last Knight: The Twilight of the Middle Ages and the Birth of the Modern Era by Norman F. Cantor. Cantor looks at John of Gaunt, the 14th Century billionaire kingmaker. The book is a very interesting look at how and why many modern institutions -- financial, social, political -- began forming in the late medieval period.