2013-2014 Reading List

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Thomas777 Roland Arcturus Broseph President Camacho niccolo and donkey Bronze Age Pervert SteamshipTime O'Zebedee

This is particularly directed at Thomas, but maybe somebody else knows.

I'll be back in Chicago this month and I need to stock up on biographies to read before I head back overseas. I need recommendations for fair and full biographies on Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, the first Disciples of Christ and anybody else you folks consider worthwhile reads. I'm going to squeeze Joan of Arc and Augustus in while home, and pick up a history of the First Crusade and that new English Muhammed biography Muslims are happy with. I spent the last 8 months on Ron Paul, 3 Malcolm X books, Ho Chi Minh, the Quran, a history of the Seljuq Turks, a history and culture of South Korea and studying Korean. I could have had more but I don't have access on this peninsula.

The most important is Hitler. I can find fair biographies on the rest but I don't know where to begin to find a Hitler biography that isn't a Jew-friendly portrait of evil and villainy.
Than why tag me? I don't know anything about this.

Albert Speer - Inside the Third Reich.
Read Hitler's Table Talk by Hugh Trevor-Roper, Hitler's War by David Irving, and of course Mein Kampf. I'd recommend the Oxford History of the Crusades if you want a good book on the period from the First Crusade until Hattin - its somewhat dry, but its very informative. Ghengis Khan: His Life and Legacy by Paul Ratchnevsky is IMO the seminal biography on the man and it is a fast, if not really 'light', read. On Christ and his Disciples, I recommend Paul Johnson's A History of Christianity.

I will add more titles as I think of them - these are just off the top of my head.