Reading List 2008

Books completed 2008 (date is date of completion, or in the case of Joyce Carol Oates, date of chucking across the room)

  • 7 January: Edward Larson – A Magnificent Catastrophe (the presidential election of 1800)
  • 14 January: Saramago – The History of the Siege of Lisbon
  • 18 January: Henry Hobhouse – the Forces of History
  • 21 January: Andrew Wheatcroft -The Habsburgs
  • 24 January: Michael Dibdin -The Ratking
  • 26 January: Coetzee – The Life and Times of Michael K
  • 27 January: Fleming – For Your Eyes Only
  • 1 February: David McCullough – John Adams
  • 6 February: Christopher Hitchens – Thomas Jefferson
  • 9 January: Dibdin – Vendetta
  • 12 February: Laxness – Under the Glacier
  • 13 February: FX Toole – Rope Burns (short stories – ranging fair to excellent, but the excellent stories are absolutely worth buying the book for)
  • 26 February: Dumas – The Whites and the Blues
  • 3 March: Saramago – The Cave
  • 8 March: Philip Loraine – Nightmare in Dublin
  • 9 March – Bernard Wasserstein: The Secret Lives of Trebitsch Lincoln
  • 11 March – Theodore Sturgeon, collected stories vol X!: The Night Of the Oracle
  • 15 March: William Doyle – The Oxford History of the French Revolution
  • 21: Michael Pollan – Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • 4 April: Heinlein – Space Cabet
  • 7 April: George Rude – Robespierre: Portrait of a Revolutionary Democrat
  • 25 April: Hammett – The Glass Key
  • 28 April: Jasper Ridley – Garibaldi
  • 28 April: Steven Millhauser – The Knife Thrower
  • 4 May: Nicholas Ostler – Empires of the Word
  • 9 May: Daniel Walker Howe – What Hath God Wrought
  • 13 May: Lucius Shepard – Softspoken
  • 24 May: Virginia Woolf – Night and Day
  • 25 May: Peter Gay – The Enlightenment
  • 5 June: Haldeman – Worlds
  • 7 June: Brant: The Fourth President (biography of Madison)
  • 12 June: Magnus – Kitchener
  • 18 June: David Fromkin – A Peace to End all Peace
  • 21 June: Ketcham – Madison, A Biography
  • 25 June: Saramago – Seeing
  • 8 July: Herman – Metternich
  • 10 July: Dumas- The Whites and the Blues, book 2
  • 14 July: A. S. Byatt – The Virgin in the Garden
  • 27 July: Robert Aspirin – the Cold Cash War
  • 29 July: Herbert Asbury – the Gangs of New York
  • 3 August: Margaret Atwood – Cat’s Eye
  • 10 August: Klare and Kornbluh – Low-Intensity Warfare
  • (dates become a bit sketchy here, as the notebook was packed away for the move to Somerville)
  • Late August:
  • Joyce Carol Oates – Marriages and Infidelities
  • Marilyn Robinson: Gilead
  • Alfred Cobban: The History of Modern France, vol. 1
  • Eric Hobsbawm: The Age of Capital
  • Betrand Russell: The Problems of Philosophy
  • Isabel Allende: The Stories of Eva Luna
  • William Dalrymple: The Last Mughal
  • Nancy Willard: Sister Water
  • Mid-September: Maurois – Memoirs 1885-1967
  • Robert Asprey: The Reign of Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Harvie & Matthews: A Very Short Introduction to 19th Century Britain
  • Sebastian Japrisot: A Very Long Engagement
  • Safley & Rosenband, eds: The Workplace Before the Factory
  • Malcom Cook: Fictional France – Social Reality in the French Novel
  • Early October: The Count of Monte Cristo
  • 9 October 2008: Bertrand Russell – The History of Western Philosophy
  • 11 October: Sir Walter Scott – Ivanhoe
  • 12 October: CJ Bartlett – Castlereagh
  • 15 October: Bernard Cornwell – Sharpe’s Rifles
  • 18 October: Joan Aiken – The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
  • 19 October: Richard Aldous – The Lion and the Unicorn
  • 22 October: Saramago – “Death at Intervals”
  • 29 October: Derry – Charles James Fox
  • 2 November: Colley – The Britons
  • 3 November: Blish – Cities In Flight
  • 9 November: The Craft of Translation (essays, some very good)
  • 9 November: LaFollette’s Autobiography
  • 13 November: Varela, Thompson, and Rosch – The Embodied Mind
  • 14 November: Denis Mack Smith – Cavour
  • 16 November: Misha Glenny: McMafia
  • 18 November: Donald Worster – The Dust Bowl
  • 22 November:Nicholson Baker – Human Smoke
  • 24 November Joan Aiken – Black Hearts In Battersea
  • 29 November: David King- Vienna 1814
  • 3 December: Ruth Butler- Rodin: the Shape of Genius (an excellent biography, well worth a look if you’re interested in the period between the Franco-Prussian War and the First World one)
  • 4 December: A. J. Ayers – Language, Truth, and Logic (will post detailed notes on this one)
  • 8 December: The Best of James Blish – science fiction short stories
  • 10 December: William Hague: William Wilberforce – biography of the English MP and anti-slavery campaigner
  • 16 December: James Blish – Anywhen
  • 18 December: Alfonso Scirocco- Garibaldi:Citizen of the World
  • 21 December: Allen C. Guelzo-Lincoln and Douglas
  • 25 December: Tahmima Anam – A Golden Age
  • 27 December: Robert Kagan – “The Return of History”
  • 30 December – Stanley Ayling: Edmund Burke, His Life and Opinons
  • 31 December – Jose Saramago: Cadernos de Lanzarote vol 2

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