IF THIS IS A MAN
Many people have written notable works about the Holocaust, about fascism in Europe, which combined have probably influenced me more than books about anything else. If I was to select one of these books, it would be Primo Levi’s If This is a Man, which depicts the unimaginable Auschwitz, of which he was a survivor. Levi’s The Periodic Table is also well worth reading.
GOD'S ENGLISHMAN: OLIVER CROMWELL AND THE ENGLISH REVOLUTION
The English Civil War is almost hidden history, especially in comparison to the Tudors of the previous century. Christopher Hill’s God’s Englishman is a study of the social and political factors that motivated and frustrated Cromwell and other key players in the Civil War. Ranges from dense theoretical considerations to vivid depictions of the war itself, such as soldiers shivering with cold in midsummer. Other social historians of the 20th century are better remembered than Hill, perhaps because of their subject matter. This book is important and should be read more widely.