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History Books

"The Greeks and The Barbarians" by Amir-Mehdi Badi. This is a 15 volume series written by a Persian author, originally in French, and then translated back to Persian. Unfortunately as far as I know there isn't an English translation of these books available yet, you'd either have to read them in French or Persian. If you can, however, read one of the 2 languages, I so totally recommend these books. In the 15 volumes, Amir-Mehdi Badi, through his completely unique view of history, does a thorough analysis of the events of the Hakhamaneshi Era of Persia and the relationship between ancient Persia and Greece. But what makes these books unique, is that the author actually reveals the truth about many documented historical mistakes and lies! I know it's a lot of reading, but it's definitely worth it.

Another great historical book that I read last year, was "Kingdom of the Celts" by John King.

Kingdom of Celts"Kingdoms of the Celts traces the rise and fall of the great Celtic dynasties and their famous kings and queens : Vercingetorix, Vortigern, Boudica, Cartimandua, Arthur, Cinnead MacAlpin, Brian Boru, Rhodri Mawr, Owain Glyn Dwr. From brutish pre-Roman tribal warrior-kings and warrior queens to the effete lairds of the nineteenth-century Scottish Highlands, there runs a continuous thraed of Celtic identity to which we are still connected. Celtic culture is alive and thriving in Ireland, Scotland, Man, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and Galicia. The modern British monarchy, struggling to rehape its public image, reminds us that once there were kings and queens for whom the people had abundant, overflowing devotion."