- Discontinuity of Greek Civilization*
is a must read for anyone interested in Ancient Greek civilization, and especially its origins and the theory that climate change influenced the very nature of Mediterranean civilization itself.
- Taming Democracy*
is an excellent book for people interested in colonial, revolution, and national formation in America to 1799. Unlike the typical conceptions of the American revolution (founding fathers, freedom from Imperial oppression, etc), Bouton underlines a deeper class struggle that indeed propelled the revolution from its infancy into the formation of the United states, which in turn, under the federalist cause, attempted to limit popular control in favor of a more isolated, elite minority.
- Great legal analyst and has a great book called Race on Trial - Law and Justice in American History
.* Unfortunately, Gordon-Reed does not write many of the chapters, but the ones she does write are phenomenal. She does a very good analysis of the OJ Simpson Trial and the exact racial factors that influenced the trial in favor of the defense (and the mistakes the prosecution made a well).
- I agree with Pyrrho in her mentioning. Jane Austen is a fantastic writer and the subtlety and multifaceted levels of her writings are fantastic. Love the movies as well, but not as much as the books. If I had to put my favorite Austen's in order from best to least favorite, I would say; Persuasion*, Sense and Sensibility,* Emma,* Pride and Prejudice,* Northanger Abby,* Mansfield Park
.* I would also put in Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Bronte, but Jane Austen is a good representative for the genre.