History of Empire

Happy Monday, friends! We’ve got three new titles to share with you today, all of which shed light on three very different and fascinating empires:

BERLIN: Portrait of a City Through the Centuries by Rory MacLean
Told through the biographies of 23 Berliners who conceived and created the new capital of Europe over five centuries, BERLIN is immersive history that’s receiving outstanding reviews, including this one from Publishers Weekly: “MacLean brings this ‘city of fragments and ghosts,’ with its fractured and volatile past, to life.”

CAPTIVE PARADISE: A History of Hawaii by James L. Haley
In the tradition of Nathaniel Philbrick and David McCullough comes the first full-scale narrative history of Hawaii, an epic tale of empire, industry, war, and culture. “Brimming with phrases in the Hawaiian language, this meticulously researched account contains everything from local folklore to biographies of pre-statehood rulers. Haley’s latest work is essential for readers interested in American history or politics.” — Library Journal

REBELLION: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution by Peter Ackroyd
This third volume of Peter Ackroyd’s History of England, covers the Stuart dynasty, which brought together England and Scotland, during a period marked by civil war and the killing of a king. “Ackroyd is a wonderful storyteller, and he has a wonderful and vitally important story to tell. Although general readers in the U.S. may find some of the names and places unfamiliar, this masterful work of popular history will remind them that the ideas that launched our own revolution were forged during this seminal period of English history.” — Booklist, starred review


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