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    Among the Thugs
    by Bill Buford
    A study of football hooliganism in the 1970s.
    Listed under 20th Century Britain

    Anthony Blunt: His Lives
    by Miranda Carter
    Listed under Espionage

    Black London: Life Before Emancipation
    by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina
    (Paperback -- November 1997)

    The Building of London: From the Conquest to the Great Fire
    by John Schofield
    (Paperback - November 1999)

    Churchill: A Biography
    by Roy Jenkins
    Listed under Winston Churchill

    The Creation of the Modern World: The British Enlightenment
    by Roy Porter
    Hardcover - 608 pages (December 4, 2000)
    W.W. Norton & Company; ISBN: 0393048721

    Crowded with Genius : The Scottish Enlightenment: Edinburgh's Moment of the Mind
    by James Buchan
    Listed under Scottish History

    Excavations at 25 Cannon Street, City of London: From the Middle Bronze Age of the Great Fire (Molas Archaeology Studies Series, 5)
    by Nicholas Elsdon
    (Paperback - February 2002)

    Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship
    by Jon Meacham
    Listed under Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Francis Bacon
    by John Russell
    (Hardcover - December 1989)

    Francis Bacon & the Rhetoric of Nature
    by John C. Briggs
    (Paperback - November 1999)

    The Floating Brothel : The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts
    by Sian Rees
    Listed under Australian History

    The Story of England
    by Christopher Hibbert
    Paperback: 224 pages
    Phaidon Press Inc.; ISBN: 0714826529; Reprint edition (March 1993)

    The English : A Portrait of a People
    by Jeremy Paxman
    What is it about the English? Not the British overall, not the Scots, not the Irish or the Welsh, but the English. Why do they seem so unsure of who they are? As Jeremy Paxman remarks in his preface to The English, being English "used to be so easy". Now, with the Empire gone, with Wales and Scotland moving into more independent postures, with the troubling specter of a united Europe (and despite the raucous hype of "Cool Britannia"), the English seem to have entered a collective crisis of national identity.

    Jeremy Paxman has set himself the task of finding just what exactly is going on. Why, he wonders, "do the English seem to enjoy feeling so persecuted? What is behind the English obsession with games? How did they acquire their odd attitudes to sex and food? Where did they get their extraordinary capacity for hypocrisy?" He ranges widely in pursuit of answers, sifting through literature, cinema, and history. It is an intriguing investigation, encompassing many aspects of national life and character (such as it is), including the obligatory visit to that baffling phenomenon, the funeral of Princess Diana. Yet Paxman finds something fresh and interesting to say about even that now rather threadbare topic. In the end, he seems to find further questions to ask instead of answers. But why not? To him it is a sign that the English are acquiring a new sense of self. And some indication of this might lie in the obvious response to his remark that the English, being top of the British Imperial tree, had nicknames for their fellow nationalities--Jock, Taffy, Paddy, and Mick--but there was no corresponding name for an Englishman. Of course, there is one now, and it comes from one of the bits of empire to which so many undesirables were exported: Whinging Pom. --Robin Davidson, Amazon.co.uk
    Hardcover: 309 pages
    Overlook Press; ISBN: 1585670421; (July 6, 2000)

    A History of Britain : At the Edge of the World, 3500 B.C.-1603 A.D
    by Simon Schama
    What do you get when you combine the resources and ethos of the BBC with the literary panache of one of the world's best narrative historians? The answer is Simon Schama's A History of Britain, the first volume of which accompanies the BBC-History Channel series of the same name. In a beautifully written and thoughtfully crafted book, studded with striking portraits, pictures, and maps, Schama, the bestselling author of books on European cultural history such as The Embarrassment of Richesand Citizens, as well as 1999's Rembrandt's Eyes, has managed to be both conventional and provocative. 

    He tells the official version of Britain's island story--from Roman Britain, through the Norman conquest, the struggles of the Henrys and Richards with their barons and clerics, Edward I and the subjugation of Wales, King Death (the plague), and on to the Henrician reformation, before closing with the remarkable reign of the virgin queen, Elizabeth I. But, while sticking to a script familiar to anyone who sat up and listened in history lessons at school, Schama brings it all alive, with memorable prose--Simon de Montfort's rebel parliament is described as inaugurating the "union between patriotism and insubordination"; with Henry VIII, Schama says, "you could practically smell the testosterone." And with fine sensitivity, too, particularly on the symbolism of buildings, memorials, language, and ceremonies, and on the complex relations between England and her Celtic and Catholic neighbors. If history must have gloss, then let it be written and presented like this. --Miles Taylor, Amazon.co.uk
    Hardcover: 416 pages
    Talk Miramax Books; ISBN: 0786866756; (October 2000)

    A History of Britain, Volume II: The Wars of the British 1603-1776
    by Simon Schama
    Listed under 18th Century Britain

    How the Irish Saved Civilization : The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe (Hinges of History,)
    by Thomas Cahill
    Listed under Irish History

    Isaac Newton
    Isaac Newton
    by James Gleick
    Hardcover from Pantheon Books
    Book Published: 13 May, 2003
    In the Lion's Court: Power, Ambition, and Sudden Death in the Reign of Henry VIII
    by Derek A. Wilson
    Listed under Tudor Period

    Le Morte D'Arthur
    by Thomas Malory
    Listed under King Arthur

    Mary Queen of Scots
    by Antonia Fraser
    Listed under Tudor Period

    Kings, Queens, Bones and Bastards : Who's Who in the English Monarchy from Egbert to Elizabeth II
    by David Hilliam
    (Paperback - April 2000)

    Queen Victoria's Family
    by Charlotte Zeepvat
    Listed under Queen Victoria

    The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
    by Simon Winchester
    Listed under Earth Sciences

    Guns and Violence: The English Experience
    by Joyce Lee Malcolm
    (Hardcover -- May 2002)

    History of the Kings of Britain
    by Geoffrey of Monmouth, et al
    (Paperback -- January 1977)

    The Most Beautiful Villages of England
    by James Bentley, Hugh Palmer (Photographer)
    (Hardcover -- May 1999)

    To School Through the Fields: An Irish Country Childhood
    by Alice Taylor
    (Paperback -- March 1994)

    To Marry an English Lord
    by Gail MacColl Jarrett, et al
    Paperback: 416 pages
    Workman Publishing Company; ISBN: 0894809393; (October 1989)

    The Great Fire at Hampton Court
    by Michael Fishlock
    An account of the 1986 fire which severely damaged the Wren wing of Hampton Court Palace, and its subsequent restoration.
    Paperback: 128 pages
    New Amsterdam Books; ISBN: 1871569494; (January 1, 1990)

    Kings, Queens, Bones and Bastards : Who's Who in the English Monarchy from Egbert to Elizabeth II
    by David Hilliam
    (Paperback - April 2000)

    Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea
    Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea
    by Robert K. Massie
    Hardcover from Random House
    Book Published: 28 October, 2003
    God's Secretaries : The Making of the King James Bible
    God's Secretaries : The Making of the King James Bible
    by Adam Nicolson
    Hardcover from HarperCollins
    Book Published: 29 April, 2003
    A Royal Duty
    by Paul Burrell
    Listed under Princess Diana

    The Billy Ruffian : The Bellerophon and the Downfall of Napoleon
    The Billy Ruffian : The Bellerophon and the Downfall of Napoleon
    by David Cordingly
    Hardcover from Bloomsbury USA
    Book Published: October, 2003
    What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew : From Fox Hunting to Whist-The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England
    by Daniel Pool
    Listed under 19th Century Britain

    Wide As the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution It Inspired
    by Benson Bobrick
    (Paperback -- February 2002)

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