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Subject: I need recommendations.
Date Posted: 11/11/2008 4:58 PM ET
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I'm kind of new to the HF genre and my reminder list is full of books that people on here have talked about so I was hoping you could help me add some more:

Here are topics I'm looking for:
Joan of Arc

French Revolution ( that is not about Marie Antoniette and Louis XVI)


WWII (I know its non-fiction but I've read Flags of Our Fathers and loved it)

And any thing else you might think a newbie to HF would enjoy. Thanks!



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Date Posted: 11/11/2008 6:37 PM ET
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I enjoyed An Army of Angels by Pamela Marcantel. It's about Joan of Arc.

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 7:33 PM ET
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Mistress of the Revolution by Catherine Delors.  I haven't read it, but it's very near the top of Mt TBR.  I got a brand new hardback copy for $1.19 + $4.00 shipping off Ebay

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 1:42 PM ET
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Jean Plaidy's Epitaph for Three Women inclues a section on Joan of Arc.  The book is about three women who had an impact on the life of Henry VI and my recollection is that it is divided into three sections - one for each woman.

Maureen Peters also wrote a fiction book called Joan of the Lilies

Both books are currently out of print but can sometimes be found on ebay or other used books sites.


Date Posted: 11/15/2008 11:58 PM ET
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Pat Barker wrote Regeneration trilogy, three very vivid and interesting books about WWI, especially from the British point of view.  I can't say they were easy, but not many moving and vivid accounts of WWI are.

Date Posted: 11/17/2008 12:45 AM ET
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You should look at some of the WWI poetry. Some of it is really amazing, especially when you think a little bit about what the war was like. Wilfred Owen is particularly good (in my opinion). Also, Sigfried Sassoon is interesting. Both are interesting people to learn about as well.

I read On Wings of the Morning by Marie Botswick and it's about two pilots (one male, on female) in WWII. They are americans.

Both are very interesting time periods (they are my favorite) :) you'll have to keep us updated on what you read!

but def check out the WWI poetry. It's very readable too.

Subject: Historical Fiction: Conn Iggulden
Date Posted: 11/24/2008 3:39 PM ET
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I suggest the author Conn Iggulden.  The Emperor series or the newer Genghis Khan.  I have the UK/Canada paperback edition of Birth of an Empire. (UK/Canada edition is title: Wolf of the Plains) There is no difference except in spelling: i.e, favour, colour, etc.  Highly recommend this author.

Subject: Historical Fiction: Lauren Willig
Date Posted: 11/25/2008 11:23 AM ET
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lauren Willig's historical novels. She has written four fictional books about the Napoleonic / French Revolutionary war and she is working on her fifth. The series starts with the Secret History of the Pink Carnation. She has a degree in history and so is very good about not sacrificing the actual history, too much, for the sake of the fictional story. You can see all her books and read more about the author on her website: www.laurenwillig.com


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Date Posted: 11/25/2008 4:44 PM ET
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For World War II fiction, my favorites are The Winds of War and War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk. The first book covers 1939 to Pearl Harbor, the second covers Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima. The books are about an American naval family, specifically, the father and two sons, and their war experiences which cover air and sea battles in the Pacific, diplomatic postings in Germany and Russia, and the one son's marriage to an American Jewess who gets trapped in Italy and falls victim to the Holocaust.

Wouk really covered almost every part of the WW II years. The books are thick but good, and each book has, interspersed with the main story, a second "fictional non-fiction" commentary about the war. It's very easy to skip over these if you find it breaks up the story too much.

Have you read Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities about the French Revolution? I confess it's the only fiction I've read about that era, but it's good.

Anne Perry has written a trilogy about a British family in WW I--I've only read the first book, but the others are in my TBR pile. She's an excellent writer.

Date Posted: 11/25/2008 10:43 PM ET
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Thanks for all these. My reminder and TBR lists have gotten a lot bigger :)

Date Posted: 11/26/2008 11:57 PM ET
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hello, i'm new to this forum but have been around PBS for a long time. my favorite WW II book is by Marge Piercey,Gone To Soldiers. i have lost so many copies of this book,lending it to folks...LOL i think i need a new one now.


i just started Beside A Burning Sea by John Shors. it is set in the South Pacific during WWII. i only jsut started it tinight and it has grabbed me.

i hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving