BOOKS!  !  !  ! BOOKS 

History 4A

-  History 4C

 History 4B

ONLINE WESTERN CIVILIZATION TEXTBOOKS


TEXTS- PURCHASE CHOICES:  Fall, Winter, Spring
Go online for used book and there are "plenty."  Or go to Foothill Bookstore [just before quarter starts] to get a new textbook.

ONLINE ONLY:  History 4A:  Western Civilization:  The Ancient World

History 4B:  Western Civilization:  From Fall of Rome to Eve of French Revolution

4B PLUS ONE OF THE FOLLOWING BOOKS
The "Other Book": Choose 1 book from the following five:  Your TA may also have other books approved and once school starts, you can ask her or give her a suggestion.  You will have to order any one of these online.  The FH Bookstore will NOT be carrying them.
 

History 4C:  Western Civilization:  Act III:  From the French Revolution

TEXTS:  SUMMER FIVE-WEEK SESSION
History 4A:  Western Civilization:  The Ancient World

History 4C:  Western Civilization:  Act III:  French Revolution to Today

So many requests have come in asking me where folks can order the second edition of my book:

Hitler's Death Camps - The Sanity of Madness.   The Foothill Bookstore Has it

 History 4A "Other" Books suggestions click

 History 4B  - Just Some More Interesting Books for future reading

   GOSH, JUST GO TO ANY BOOKSTORE OR LIBRARY!  And pick one written in last ten years.  

ADDITIONAL READINGS FOR FUN, INTEREST, COURSES - FOR YOUR OTHER BOOK PROJECT


OTHER BOOK.  YOU HAVE FULL CHOICE - YOURSELF - BUT IT MUST BE APPROVED.  What follows is 3 years old.  And it is not what you "have to do."  Check out Libraries, bookstores, your interests and choose.  But read the "rules" on your private core site. 


Contrary to some popular opinion, those of use who work with the Web and learn from it, also love books and could not do without them.   I am asked often by students and Web page users, what books would I recommend.  There are so many.  But I am one who believes that learning and enjoyment should go together.  It can even be fun!  Thus, historical mysteries and historical novels are at the top of my enjoyment list.  And mysteries set in historical time are probably the best way to get a taste of the period.  So I have recommended a few good novels and several great mysteries.  Of course, I have also listed some of my favorite non-fiction books.  I have tried to pick ones that are of reasonable length, fairly recent, in print, fairly easy to obtain, and interesting.  Take your pick and enjoy.  There is nothing definitive about the non-fiction.  THESE ARE JUST ONES I LIKE.  YOU CAN GO TO ANY LIBRARY OR BOOKSTORE AND LET ME KNOW OF OTHERS YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ.

THE AMAZING ANCIENT WORLD

THE MOST IMPORTANT "THING" YOU CAN DO

Decide on an historical area you want to know more about.  Check a good "scholarly" NON-FICTION book out of the Foothill Library or any library.  I have prepared a list of what is available - BUT IT IS 4 YEARS OLD.  You can do your own search on the FH site.  Even if you are not at FH, you can still take a look.  PLEASE think about a good non-fiction book by clicking here to the FH List, or go to a bookstore, and then get approveal from us.

OR PICK FICTION!     A SELECTION OF A FEW GOOD HISTORICAL NOVELS

If, however, you like to read good history novels, or good mystery stories about those good old days,"  then by all means pick one.  I am one of those who really likes ancient mystery novels.  (This list is 4 years old)

Craft, Elisabeth R.:  A Spy for Hannibal - A Novel of Carthage

Franklin, Sarah: Daughter of Troy : A Novel of History, Valor and Love

Gore Vidal: Julian.

Green, Peter:  The Laughter of Aphrodite : A Novel About Sappho of Lesbos.

Jacq, Christian: And his international bestsellers on Ramses of Egypt

Ramses: The Son of Light , Ramses:  The Eternal Temple, The Lady of Abu Simbel,  Ramses:

Leckie, Ross:  Hannibal - The Novel

McCullough, Colleen:  Caesar, A Novel

Massie, Allan:  Augustus

Renault, Mary:  Any of her novels about Alexander/Greece

Such as The Persian Boy, The Mask of Apollo, Bull from the Sea, Last of the Wine, Fire From Heaven.

Turteltaub, H. N.: Justinian


 

THE ANCIENT REMARKABLE MYSTERIES

USING INTRIGUE TO LEARN ABOUT THE LIFE AND TIMES


EGYPT
MYSTERIES

Haney, Lauren:  The Right Hand of Amon - A Mystery of Ancient Egypt

Robinson, Linda:  Drinker of Blood - A Lord Meren Mystery

ROME MYSTERIES

Davis, Lindsey:  The Cause of Honor

Saylor, Steven: A Murder on the Appian Way


THE NON-FICTION SPECIALS - LIST IS 3 YEARS OLD  - SO SEARCH YOURSELF!  Look on Amazon or Bookstores and then let us know so we can approve it.

GREECE

Davidson, James:  Courtesans & Fishcakes:  The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens

Burckhardt, Jacob:  The Greeks and Greek Civilization

Fitton, J. Lessley:  The Discovery of the Greek Bronze Age

Golden, Mark:  Sport and Society in Ancient Greece

Green, Peter:  The Greco-Persian Wars

Kagan, Donald:  Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy

Martin, Thomas:  Ancient Greece - From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times

Moorehead, Caroline:  Lost and Found - The 9000 Treasures of Troy :  Heinrich Schliemann and the Gold That Got Away.

Traill, David:  Schliemann of Troy : Treasure and Deceit

Vrettos, Theodore: The Elgin Affair : The Abduction of Antiquity's Greatest Treasures and the Passions It Aroused

Wood, Michael:  In Search of the Trojan War

Great Biographies/Journeys of Alexander the Great:  You can't go wrong with either one!

Renault, Mary:  The Nature of Alexander.  Random, 1979

Wood, Michael:  In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great.  UC Press, 1997.

ROME

Bradley, Keith:  Slavery and Rebellion in the Roman World, 140 BC - 70 BC

Burns, Thomas:  Barbarians Within the Gates of Rome

Grant, Michael:  From Rome to Byzantium

Millar, Fergus:  The Crowd in Rome in the Late Republic

Southern, Pat:  Augustus

Southern, Pat:  Domitian  - Tragic Tyrant

Williams, Derek:  The Reach of Rome: A History of the Roman Imperial Frontier

EGYPT

Aldred, Cyril: Akhenaten : King of Egypt

Mertz, Barbara:  Red Land, Black Land - Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

Tyldesley, Joyce:  Daughters of Isis - Women of Ancient Egypt

Tyldesley, Joyce:  Hatchepsut:  The Female Pharaoh


THE OTHER ANCIENTS

Saggs, H. W. F.: Babylonians

5 GREAT ORIGINAL SOURCES

Some like to read as I do in the original major authors.  Although there are many, these  I think are basic:

Unfortunately I cannot approve either of these two because several students in the past copied from Cliff Notes

Homer's The Odyssey  and Virgil's Aeneid - any edition
And the remarkable new translation by Robert Fagles. Viking 1996
Anyone interested in the Ancient World owes it to himself/herself to read this book "sometime."

Plato's Dialogues - any edition
Plutarch's Lives - any edition
Seutonius' The Twelve Caesars

THE GREAT "LITTLE" ORIGINAL SOURCES
You know in book stores they have those little Penguin 60s Classics.  I would read the following "little ones."

Livy: Hannibal's Crossing of the Alps
Lysistrata:  Aristophanes
Tacitus: Nero and the Burning of Rome
Gibbon: Reflections on the Fall of Rome

THE "MIDDLE" WORLD OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

These are not the Other Book Choice.  They are just some interesting or fun reading.
THE NON-FICTION SPECIALS

Billings, Malcolm:  The Crusades : Five Centuries of Holy Wars. Sterling Publications, 1996

Erickson, Carolly:  The First Elizabeth. St. Martin's, 1997
"Brings to life Elizabeth I and allows us to see the living, breathing, flirtatious, diplomatic, and outrageous woman who still commands fascination and awe. "

Fraser, Antonia:  Mary Queen of Scots.    Delta, 1993.

"A biography of Mary Queen of Scots captures the essence of the impulsive and beautiful Scottish queen who lost a throne for love and whose power struggle with Elizabeth I of England ended with her beheading."  

Fraser, Antonia: (Editor):  The Lives of the Kings & Queens of England. Univ California Press, 1995.

"Spanning ten dynasties, this guide to almost 1,000 years of history, told through the lives and deeds of England's kings and queens."

Giles, Joseph and Frances:  A Medieval Family:  The Pastons of Fifteenth Century England

One of the best records of life during the late-middle ages.

Gies, Joseph and Francis:  Life in a Medieval City. HarperCollins, 1981
I like this series very much.  They are not going to strain the brain but they are very interesting for what life is like.
See also by same authors: Life in Medieval Village and Life in a Medieval Castle.

Gottfried, Robert: The Black Death : Natural and Human Disaster in Medieval Europe

The Black Death ravaged a continent for over a century. It killed millions of people, decimated economies. Free Press, 1985.

Herlihy, David and, Samuel K. Cohn (Editor): The Black Death and the Transformation of the West . Harvard Univ, 1995.

"The great watershed in medieval history."

Machiavelli, Niccolo - Daniel Donno (Editor):  The Prince  DO READ THIS WORK SOMETIME

McBrien, Richard:  Lives of the Popes:  The Pontiffs from St. Peter.   This has it all and its fascinating.

Tuchman, Barbara W.:  A Distant Mirror : The Calamitous 14th Century

Ballantine Books, 1987
I loved this book! Sweeping historical narrative. "People in the fourteenth century were subjected to natural and man-made disasters, including the Hundred Years' War, the Crusades, insurrection, lawlessness, the Schism of the Church, massacres of Jewish people, and the Black Death, which claimed the lives of nearly half the population living between India and Iceland. Barbara Tuchman writes of the cataclysmic 14th century, when the energies of medieval Europe were devoted to fighting internecine wars and warding off the plague."

Weir, Alison:  The Children of Henry VIII

The children of Henry VIII who reigned successively after his death in 1547: Edward VI, Mary I ("Bloody Mary") and Elizabeth I. Exciting history and fascinating reading about a family of mythic proportions.


 

THE REMARKABLE HISTORY 4B MYSTERIES

USING INTRIGUE TO LEARN ABOUT THE LIFE AND TIMES

Buckley, Fiona:  The Double Affair - A Mystery with Elizabeth's handmaiden, Ursula

Doherty, P. C.:  Satan's Fire

Frazer, Margaret:  The Maiden's Tale

Gregory, Susanna: A Bone of Contention . St Martins, 1997

Morson, Ian:  Falconer and the Face of God . St Martins, 1997

Newman, Sharon:  Cursed in the Blood

Penman, Sharon Kay:  Cruel as the Grave

Peters, Ellis: The Devil's Novice

Robb, Candace:  A Gift of Sanctuary - An Owen Archer Mystery

Sedley, Kate:  The Holy Innocents.

Tremayne, Peter:  Absolution by Murder : A Sister Fidelma Mystery. New American Library, 1997