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Book Review: “La Belle France: A Short History” by Alistair Horne

In my quest to read as much French history as possible before my trip later this summer, I picked up this book with the express purpose of having an overview. 334 more words

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Seven Ages of Paris, by Alistair Horne

This is such a beautiful book, looking deep into the history of Paris through the ages, from Philippe Auguste in the 12th century, who essentially founded Paris as the major centre of French life, all the way through Henry IV, Louis XIV, the French Revolution, Napoleon, la Belle Epoque, the Occupation and the Resistance, and post-war life under de Gaulle. 581 more words

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Thanks! And Your Cornucopia of Books Overfloweth this Holiday Weekend!


We’re grateful to our wonderful bookshop family: our customers, our neighbors, our friends, and all of the beautiful books we’ve read this year and plan to read in the next year.  416 more words

Short Take: Hubris - Alistair Horne

Horne is a historian’s historian. His editor calls this book the capstone to Horne’s distinguished career, noting that it has “all his trademark qualities — wonderful writing, exciting narration, colorful and incisive pen portraits of the great commanders, and a wry and eloquent perspective on the long sweep of history.” Using six major battles of the 20th century to illustrate his point, Horne argues that “hubris”—an excessive pride or arrogance – blinded to loser to their critical missteps. 109 more words

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