Mr.Asimov died in 1998,and
among his 450 books is this
Earth History COMPRESSED !
The ONE BOOK that just might
fill all your yearnings for real life
adventure and how we humans
propagated the continents, this
magnificent 675p. 1991 book is it.
Going far beyond the basic
facts, here are the stories behind
history with geographical areas of
the world described over 1000s
of years and in a grand multi year
chronological order that ends in
1945, having begun 4.5+ billion years ago. --> Think about that!
Major omissions are the big volcanic eruptions that affected
the earth, e.g. 536 AD, Krakatoa I.
$19, post paid.
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One of very good history books
Mr.Ike Asimov wrote is THE KITE THAT WON THE REVOLUTION.
This is the story of Benjamin
Franklin and how his kite flying
stunt won him European stardom
and seriously influenced France to
support the Americans in their de-
sire to get rid of their King George
thus undermining his Royalty in favor of Independence. This is the
perfect book for people who say they don't like history, and think Bejamin was just a dirty old man.
I have an extra copy for $15.
Of course Ike Asimov is well known for his Science Fiction and his science and Astronomy books,
many reprints, well over 400 books.
Looking for a compact history of 'Western Civilization', I found the 12 history books by Ike: NEAR EAST, the EGYPTIANS, through ROME, FRANCE and ENGLAND an essential part of my bookshelf.
His CONSTANTINOPLE, DARK AGES the GREEKS and LAND OF CANAAN are so very informative.
SHAPING OF FRANCE and the SHAPING OF ENGLAND are worthy reads for that heritage. He did not write a "Shaping of Spain".
And, we Americans should have these four in a ready refer-ence stack and re-read frequently:
1. THE SHAPING OF NORTH
2. THE BIRTH OF THE UNITED
3. OUR FEDERAL UNION
4. THE GOLDEN DOOR.
I just happen to have a copy of BIRTH
OF THE UNITED STATES, the blue cloth
hardcover, thoroughly illustrated with good
maps, 274 p. index, very goo $20.
Here is another of his great books:
This 1989 Chronology clearly
birthed his World Chronology,
two year later, described above..
Isaac handed me the HUGO for
ERB-dom many years ago, so I
have a special memory of him!
FIGHTING SAIL !
When you think about it, there are two main types of historic battles (pulp or real history, it's on the ocean or on the ground.) Plenty of sea action in the Mediterranean in the early days, but the "sloops of war" in the Napole-onic and Revolutionary period are re-markable deep water ships that battl-ed furiously with swords & cannons.
C.S. Forester began this genre with his Hornblower stories in the 1930s, and they are all great adventures
of wood walled ships in peril from the the enemy and the weather. Following his lead, Dudley Pope created Ramage in 1967 and Alexander Kent created Richard Bolitho in 1968, (shown here)
both seen in over 50 paperback novels during the next several decades. Yes,
V. A.Stuart's Hazzard was first in 1966 (The Valiant Sailors), but none more erudite than Patrick O'Brien and his Aubrey-Maturin series. And then came Adam Hardy, David Weber, 2 different Parkinsons, Richard Woodman, Alaric Bond, Edin P.Hoyt , Maynard, Gallant, Lamb, Lambdin, Stockwin etc. .....100s of "Fighting Sails" adventures. Some better than others.......find your guy!
---> This genre of "fighting sails" is discussed in Pulpdom O. #18, $1
While there are exceptions, this genre is often without a female character...mostly men with swords unsheathed on ships at sea in battle. And no fantasy, no demons....got it?