Tag Archives: History

The Battle For Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936 – 1939

Antony Beevor                               Pages: 526                      Published: 2006

The book: Beevor originally published a book on the Spanish Civil War in 1982, but nearly 25 years of more research had been done in Spain and documents, not previously accessible, held in both German and Russian archives, became available, so he completely rewrote the book.  This is a detailed and comprehensive history of the war. Read more

Longitude

Longitude by Dava Sobel
Pages: 176     First published: 1995

The book: In the 1700s, ships plying the ocean in search of new territories, goods, and trade were quite literally “lost at sea,” as soon as land disappeared from view. Sailors had no effective means of measuring longitude so could not pinpoint where they were, a necessity when trying to determine how to get to their destination. At the time, successful navigating required a mix of astronomy, mathematics, map reading, experience, and a great deal of luck! In 1714, the British parliament offered a reward to anyone who discovered a proven methodology for measuring longitude. Read more