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What books don\'t you want to see?
#16
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Vindex post=317041 Wrote:Any book on a specialist topic without a decent set of footnotes and a comprehensive bibliography - preferably dominated by primary sources not other books from the same author - particularly if they are claiming to have something new to say.
Hmmm ... I've read so many books recently that are simply padded with unnecessary footnotes (of the "look how well-read I am" variety) and bulked out with pages of equally unnecessary bibliography (of the same variety) ... :roll: (Of course, I wouldn't dream of naming names.)

Which is why the operative word is "decent"...
Moi Watson

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#17
Quote:To add to the previous title-count, I just went through the Amazon entries for Alexander the Great - 69 modern histories, not counting novels and childrens' books!
Oddly, some publishers are more keen to commission books on well-worn topics, as it implies that there is substantial interest, and less keen to commission books on a topic that isn't tried and tested.

A few years ago, when I tried to drum up interest in a book on Rome's German Frontier, one publisher asked me to list all the books that could be seen as "the competition"; when I explained that there weren't any (in English), it all went rather quiet. The implication seems to be that, if there isn't already a book about it, then it must mean that nobody's interested in it. :roll:
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#18
Quote: The implication seems to be that, if there isn't already a book about it, then it must mean that nobody's interested in it. :roll:

Oddly, the opposite appears to be true of "Pen and Sword", which was one of the main reasons for me signing an extended deal with them. They wanted to cover areas that had previously been unexplored. (Resists urge to enter 'Star Trek mode'!)
Ian (Sonic) Hughes
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#19
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Sonic Wrote:Is there any historical person where, if a new 'biography' was available, you'd just ignore it completely?
How about Cleopatra VII?
Quote:I don't think I've finished any book on Constatine yet (hope I don't shock anyone!!).
Quote:They do get to be a bit of a trudge once you reach the Christian doctinal controversies...

Agreed, Nathan. The ones I've read tend to focus or reduce his 30 year reign to two events - his conversion to/ legalization of Christianity and his founding of Constantinople.
Too many books about Constantine, Theodosius, perhaps evn Julian.. or 'the fall of the Roman empire', or even 'Late Antiquity' in general! Why not a book about 'Late Roman Gaul', or any such a region. Or books about Licninius, Magnentius, Valentinian I? Ian, I suppose you have your eyes set on Magnus Maximus? ;-)
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#20
Quote:Too many books about Constantine, Theodosius, perhaps even Julian.. or 'the Fall of the Roman Empire', or even 'Late Antiquity' in general! Why not a book about 'Late Roman Gaul', or any such region. Or books about Licinius, Magnentius, Valentinian I? Ian, I suppose you have your eyes set on Magnus Maximus? ;-)

At some point in the future I should think Magnus Maximus might feature.

At the moment though I'm too busy finishing 'Valentinian and Valens'. Mind you, I think I might be going over the top on maps: two emperors plus campaigns in Africa, Britain, along the Rhine, along the Danube, and in the East ... I am currently drawing what I hope is the last map. It's number 33! Confusedad:

Once this is finished, it's recovery time before the next magnum opus!
Ian (Sonic) Hughes
"I have described nothing but what I saw myself, or learned from others" - Thucydides, Peloponnesian War
"I have just jazzed mine up a little" - Spike Milligan, World War II
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#21
Quote:Once this is finished, it's recovery time before the next magnum opus!
No haste. I'm currenlty reading your Stilicho, and Aetius awaits!
Robert Vermaat
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#22
Rather than a book about a specific named person I would like to see a book like:

The Augustin Roman Officers Guide similar in content to the "The Army Officers Guide"
Of course a lot of material would have to be "best guess".
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#23
Wait the book on Aetius came out? I looked for it in July but couldn't find anything.

I'm gonna have to draw money out of my Subarmalis fund for this.
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#24
It came out in May in Britain/Rest of the World but possibly didn't reach the US until July. Glad to see that you're interested, but I'm surprised that you'd take the money out of the subarmalis fund! Are you sure about this?
Ian (Sonic) Hughes
"I have described nothing but what I saw myself, or learned from others" - Thucydides, Peloponnesian War
"I have just jazzed mine up a little" - Spike Milligan, World War II
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#25
80 dollars isn't much anyways. I planned on making my own with 2oz Leather and stuff anyways.

I just gotta wait for my mom to pay me back, she borrows money form me all the time. I should really start charging interest.
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