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The Sinews of Habsburg Power: Lower Austria in a Fiscal-Military State 1650-1820
William D. Godsey Jr.
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Pandora’s Box A History of the First World War
Jörn Leonhard, Patrick Camiller
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The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914
Richard J. Evans
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Damn you, Christpher Nolan!

With a weekend getaway coming up and no podcast interviews scheduled, I was all set to start reading Michael Klarman's The Framer's Coup. It's exactly the sort of immersive read that I enjoy on a vacation, and I've needed to fill that particular gap in my knowledge for some time now.

 

And then I went and saw Dunkirk, which left me with an itch to read some more books on the Second World War.

 

Such is the power of imagery, I suppose. The scenes with the Spitfires have me longing to dip back into Stephen Bungay's The Most Dangerous Enemy or start Juliet Gardiner's The Blitz. I also have a book on the Channel Islands' occupation that I would probably enjoy reading as well. But none of them are Klarman's book, which now risks taking up permanent residence on my shelf with all of my other doorstoppers because I don't have sufficient time to devote to them. Damn you, Christopher Nolan!