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Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City
by Greg Grandin
Rob Attar on a tale of hubris in the Amazon
A History of the World in 100 Objects
by Neil MacGregor
Paul Cartledge believes that the book arising from Radio 4’s popular history series is a valuable artefact in itself
Society in Early Modern England
by Phil Withington
Pauline Croft on an intriguing look at a changing society
History on British Television
by Robert Dillon
Angela Piccini admires a comprehensive study of history on television
The Axe and the Oath: Ordinary Life in the Middle Ages
by Robert Fossier
Christopher Dyer has doubts about an ambitious analysis of medieval life
Islanders
by Nicholas Thomas
Rod Edmond welcomes a new history of the people of the Pacific and hopes it will challenge outmoded stereotypes
Lost Victorian Britain
by Gavin Stamp
Jeremy Black reads a well-researched and beautifully illustrated narrative of architectural vandalism
The German Genius: Europe’s Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution
by Peter Watson
Giles MacDonogh tackles a lengthy survey of German intellectual achievements that highlights a cultural rebirth
What did the Baby Boomers Ever do for Us?
by Francis Beckett
Dominic Sandbrook reviews a ferocious attack on the postwar generation
Atlantic
by Simon Winchester
Andrew Lambert finds that a charming ramble through the Atlantic’s past fails to live up to its promise
Christians and Pagans
by Malcolm Lambert
Sarah Foot praises an accessible study of Britain’s early Christians
Bloodied Banners: Martial Display on the Medieval Battlefield
by Robert W Jones
Anne Curry looks at a fascinating study of medieval heraldic display
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