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Top Reviewer Ranking: 45 - Total Helpful Votes: 433 of 518
Menno Simons and the New Jerusalem by Helmut Isaak
This little gem of a book condenses a lot of scholarly work into a very useful "spiritual biography" of Menno Simons. Isaak looks past the obvious by working through earlier editions of Simons' writings to compile a compelling and believable portrait of the evolution of Simons' beliefs through time. This book definitely supplements and challenges the image of Menno Simons I had before. It shows both his humanity and his integrity in new and profound ways.
The Duel: The Eighty-Day Struggle Between Churchil&hellip by John Lukacs
This book's one big weakness might be it's over-emphasis on the two persons of Hitler and Churchill over against other factors in the Second World War. But you can tell that from the cover already. As a study of the two men as they faced off in the critical period from the fall of France to the Battle of Britain, this book would be hard to top. Lukacs clearly has a deep understanding of his subject and provides us with profound insight into the importance of the "eighty days" and the critical decisions undertaken by both Churchill and Hitler at this time. Hitler was not yet at war with Russia, and Roosevelt had not yet committed himself to supporting the British war effort, never mind… Read more
The Restoration Of Rome: Barbarian Popes And Imper&hellip by Peter Heather
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Peter Heather's account of what happened after the fall of the Western Empire is entertaining and, by necessity, is forced to make educated guesses based on scarcity of facts on the ground. Heather essentially posits 4 attempts to re-establish the Roman Empire, the first by the Goth Theoderic, the second by Byzantine emperor Justinian, the third by Charlemagne, and the fourth and by far the most successful - the establishment of the modern papacy.

Undoubtedly Heather's interpretations will generate dispute, trying as he does to unite 800 years or so of chaotic history under a more-or-less constant theme of trying to re-establish a Roman empire. Nonetheless this book is pretty… Read more

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