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The Last Knight: The Twilight of the Middle Ages and the Birth of the Modern Era by Norman F Cantor
The Last Knight: The Twilight of the Middle Ages and the Birth of the Modern Era

Jason Straight, April 6, 2009

Norman Cantor is certainly in his element with The Last Knight, which is a fascinating portrayal of the social, political, and cultural unrest of the 14th century through the lens of the notorious John of Gaunt. This book stands alongside classics like Barbara Tuchmann's "A Distant Mirror," in its portrayal of one of the pivotal periods of Western history.
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A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America by Jon Kukla
A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America

Jason Straight, July 3, 2007

The Louisiana Purchase as a World Event:

John Kukla's work on the Louisiana purchase is both fresh and innovative. Diving behind the scenes of the first major land acquisition by the young American Republic, Kukla brings up the events in France, Britain, Spain, Canada, and Haiti that created the Louisiana Sale that made the Louisiana Purchase possible. Kukla's writing is rich in depth and insight (and an intimate knowledge of the city of New Orleans) and is very scholarly and yet remains readable and accessable. Highly recommended.
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