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Books read 2019:

In English:
1. Empire of the Imagination, by Michael Witwer

In French:
1. Armagnacs et Bourguignons, by Bertrand Schnerb

In German:
1. Letzter Schultag in Kaiser-Wilhelmsland, by Matthias Heine
2. Der europäische Bürgerkrieg 1917 - 1945, by Ernst Nolte

In Russian:
1. Матренин двор, Александр Солженицын
2. Русская война, Александр Дугин
3. Александр Солженицын, Людмила Сараскина

Books read 2018:

In English:
1. 1491, by Charles Mann
2. 1493, by Charles Mann
3. Dangerous, by MILO
4. Why Liberalism Failed, by Patrick J. Deneen
5. Escape from Freedom, by Erich Fromm (what a deluded Marxist)
6. Magic and Divination in the Ancient World, ed. Ciraolo & Seidel
7. To Change the Church, by Russ Douthat
8. Big Chief Elizabeth, by Giles Milton
9. Albion's Seed, by David Hackett Fischer
10. Heaven's Command, by Jan Morris
11. Pax Britannica, by Jan Morris
12. Farewell the Trumpets, by Jan Morris
13. The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire, by Edward Luttwak
14. The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire, by Edward Luttwak
15. The Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom
16. Through the Language Glass, by Guy Deutscher

In French:
1. Réflexions sur la violence, by Georges Sorel
2. Introduction à la littérature française du Moyen Âge, by Michel Zink

In German:
1. Geschichte eines Deutschen, by Sebastian Haffner
2. Kometenjahre, by Daniel Schönpflug
3. QualityLand, by Marc-Uwe Kling
4. Die Staatsräte, by Helmut Lethen
5. Die Totengräber, by Rüdiger Barth and Hauke Friedrichs
6. Das Konservative Manifest, by Wolfram Weimer
7. Krieg und Holocaust in Europa, by Birthe Kundrus
8. Judaica 3 (collection of essays), by Gershom Scholem

In Italian:
1. Le Origini dell’Ideologia Fascista, by Emilio Gentile

In Russian:
1. Самоубийство, Виктор Суворов
2. Последняя Республика, Виктор Суворов
3. Империя должна умереть, Михаил Зыгарь
4. Святое дело, Виктор Суворов
5. Разгром, Виктор Суворов
6. Золотая осень, или период застоя: СССР в 1975-1985 гг., А.В. Шубин

Books read 2017:

In French:
1. Sexe et Amour en Moyen Âge, by Bernard Ribémont
2. Louis XIII, by Jean-Christian Petitfils

In English:
1. The English Constitution, by Walter Bagehot
2. In Bed with the Ancient Egyptians, by Charlotte Booth (very poorly written, sadly enough)
3. In Bed with the Ancient Greeks, by Paul Chrystal (same series, different author, terrible editing, terrible book, so disappointing)
4. 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed, by Eric Cline
5. Rites of Spring, by Modris Eksteins
6. Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?, by James Shapiro
7. Destined for War, by Graham Allison
8. The Road to Jonestown, by Jeff Guinn
9. The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs, by Tristan Gooley
10. Finland's War of Choice, by Henrik Lunde
11. Manson, by Jeff Guinn
12. Ten Days That Shook the World, by John Reed
13. The Origins of Totalitarianism, by Hannah Arendt
14. Revolution Song, by Russell Shorto

In German:
1. Die Traumdeutung, von Sigmund Freud,
2. Germanische Heldendichtung im Mittelalter, von Victor Millet
3. Die Welt aus den Angeln, von Philipp Blom
4. Legalität und Legitimität, von Carl Schmitt
5. Die geistesgeschichtliche Lage des heutigen Parlamentarismus, von Carl Schmitt
6. Ex Captivitate Salus, von Carl Schmitt
7. Kultur im Dritten Reich, von Moritz Föllmer
8. Carl Schmitt: Aufstieg und Fall, von Reinhard Mehring
9. Verlorene Siege, von Erich von Manstein
10. Finis Germania [sic], von Rolf Peter Sieferle

In Italian:
1. 1861 - La Storia del Risorgimento che non c’è sui Libri di Storia, by Giovanni Fasanella & Antonella Grippo
2. Gli angeli ribelli, by Francesco Bamonte
3. La Vergine Maria e il Diavolo negli Esorcismi, by Francesco Bamonte

In Russian:
1. День М, Виктор Суворов
2. История русского литературного языка, Александр Камчатнов
3. Тень Победы, Виктор Суворов
4. Беру Свои Слова Обратно, Виктор Суворов
5. Буддистские Притчи, Елена Леонтьева
6. Размышления над Февральской Революцией/Черты Двух Революций, Александр Солженицын
7. Советская Литература, Дмитрий Быков

Books read 2016:

In English:
1. The Middle Parts of Fortune, by Frederic Manning
2. The Vanquished, by Robert Gerwarth
3. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, by T.E. Lawrence

In French:
1. Honni Soit Qui Mal y Pense, by Henriette Walter

In German:
1. Er war mein Chef, by Christa Schroeder
2. Nacht über Europa, by Ernst Piper
3. Wie Adolf Hitler zum Nazi wurde, by Thomas Weber
4. Luther der Ketzer, by Volker Reinhardt
5. Die fremde Reformation: Luthers mystische Wurzeln, by Volker Leppin
6. Der Wanderer zwischen beiden Welten, by Walter Flex
7. 1913: Der Sommer des Jahrhunderts, by Florian Illies
8. Massenpsychologie und Ich-Analyse, by Sigmund Freud

In Russian:
1. Остров Крым, Василий Аксенов
2. Ледокол, Виктор Суворов
3. Русско-Японская Война, Владимир Апушкин
4. Заодно с Гением, Бенедикт Сарнов
5. Вся кремлевская рать, Михаил Зыгарь
6. Лев Толстой – Бегство из рая, Павел Басинский
7. Прощальные песни политических пигмеев Пиндостана, Виктор Пелевин
8. Скрипач не нужен, Павел Басинский
9. Бунт по-русски: палачи и жертвы, Геннадий Головков
10. Распутин, Эдуард Радзинский

Books read 2015:

In English:
1. King Leopold's Ghost, by Adam Hochschild
2. On the Kabbalah and its Symbolism, by Gershom Scholem
3. The Scramble for Africa, by Thomas Pakenham
4. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown
5. The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe
6. From Dawn to Decadence, by Jacques Barzun
7. A Distant Mirror, by Barbara Tuchman

In French:
1. L'Assassinat d'Henri IV, by Jean-Christian Petitfils
2. Le Masque de Fer, by Jean-Christian Petitfils
3. L'Affair des Poisons, by Jean-Christian Petitfils

In German:
1. Bis Zur Letzten Stunde, by Traudl Junge
2. Der Letzte Zeuge, by Rochus Misch
3. Der Untergang, by Joachim Fest
4. Die Geburt der Tragödie, by Friedrich Nietzsche

In Greek:
1. The Iliad

In Italian:
1. Possessioni Diaboliche ed Esorcismo, by Francesco Bamonte

In Latin:
1. De Pictura Sacra/Musaeum, by Federico Borromeo

In Russian:
1. Облом, Виктор Суворов
2. Зимняя Война, Максим Коломиец
3. Некрополь, Владислав Ходасевич
4. Сталин и писатели - книга первая, Бенедикт Сарнов
5. Сталин и писатели - книга вторая, Бенедикт Сарнов
6. Сталин и писатели - книга третья, Бенедикт Сарнов
7. Сталин и писатели - книга четвертая, Бенедикт Сарнов
8. Николай II - Жизнь и Смерть, Эдвард Радзинский

In Spanish:
1. La Persecución Religiosa en España Durante La Segunda República, by Vicente Cárcel Ortí

Books read 2014:

In English:
1. American Nations, by Colin Woodard
2. God's Englishman: Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution, by Christopher Hill
3. Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700, by Diarmaid MacCulloch
4. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
5. The Rite, by Matt Baglio
6. The Classical World, by Robin Lane Fox
7. Holy Shit: A Brief History of Swearing, by Melissa Mohr
8. The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
9. Ireland: A History, by Thomas Bartlett
10. Dzogchen Teachings, by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
11. The World of Late Antiquity, by Peter Brown
12. Richard III, by Desmond Seward
13. A Frozen Hell, by William R. Trotter

In French:
1. L'Opium des Intellectuels, by Raymond Aron
2. Le Roman de la Rose, by Guillaume de Lorris/Jean de Meun (Old French)
3. De La Démocratie en Amérique, by Alexis de Tocqueville

In German:
1. Demian, by Hermann Hesse
2. Die Außenpolitik des Dritten Reiches 1933-1939, by Rainer F. Schmidt
3. Gregorius, by Hartmann von Aue (Mittelhochdeutsch)
4. Der Erwählte, by Thomas Mann

In Greek:
1. The Septuagint
2. The Greek New Testament

In Italian:
1. Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio

In Latin:
1. De Falso Credita et Ementita Constantini Donatione, by Lorenzo Valla

In Russian:
1. Кузькина Мать, Виктора Суворов
2. Против всех, Виктора Суворов
3. Звездный билет, Василий Аксенов
4. Таинственная Страсть, Василий Аксенов
5. Ельцин, Борис Минаев

Books read 2013:

In English:
1. A Memory of Light, by Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson
2. The Long Weekend, by Robert Graves and Alan Hodge
3. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
4. The Spanish Civil War, by Hugh Thomas
5. History of Western Music, By Burkholder et al.
6. Chivalry, by Maurice Keen
7. The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg
8. The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England, by Ian Mortimer
9. The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England, by Ian Mortimer
10. When God Spoke Greek, by Timothy Law

In French:
1. Old French (grammar and textbook)
2. Les Lais, by Marie de France

In German:
1. Die Kultur der Renaissance in Italien, by Jacob Burckhardt
2. Er ist wieder da, by Timur Vermes

In Italian:
1. L'Italia in Camicia Nera, by Indro Montanelli
2. L'Italia Littoria, by Indro Montanelli and Mario Cervi
3. L'Italia dell'Asse, by Indro Montanelli and Mario Cervi
4. Il Fascismo degli Italiani, by Patrizia Dogliani
5. L'Italia della Disfatta, by Indro Montanelli and Mario Cervi
6. L'Italia della Guerra Civile, by Indro Montanelli and Mario Cervi
7. L'Italia della Repubblica, by Indro Montanelli and Mario Cervi
8. L’Italia del Miracolo, by Indro Montanelli and Mario Cervi
9. L'Italia dei due Giovanni, by Indro Montanelli and Mario Cervi
10. L'Italia degli Anni di Piombo, by Indro Montanelli and Mario Cervi
11. L'Italia degli Anni di Fango, by Indro Montanelli and Mario Cervi
12. L'Italia di Berlusconi, by Indro Montanelli and Mario Cervi
13. L'Italia dell'Ulivo, by Indro Montanelli and Mario Cervi

In Russian:
1. Святой против Льва, Павел Басинский
2. Несвятые святые, Архимандрит Тихон

In Greek:
1. The Apocalypse of pseudo-Methodius (also read Latin translation and Alexandrian World Chronicle in Latin in same book)
2. Ανεκδοτα, by Procopius

Books read 2012:

In English:
1. Pagans and Christians, by Robin Lane Fox (3 volumes)
2. Images of Egypt in Early Biblical Literature, by Stephen C. Russell
3. The First World War, by Martin Gilbert (2 volumes)
4. The War of 1812, by J.C.A. Stagg
5. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
6. Bad Religion, by Ross Douthat
7. The Proud Tower, by Barbara Tuchman
8. The Guns of August, by Barbara Tuchman
9. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
10. The Lost History of 1914, by Jack Beatty
11. A History of Venice, by John Julius Norwich
12. Blood Feud, by Ed Klein

In French:
1. Louis XIV, by Jean-Christian Petitfils
2. Iphigénie, by Racine
3. L'Écume des Jours, by Boris Vian
4. La Chartreuse de Parme, by Stendhal

In German:
1. Jesus von Nazareth I, by Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI)
2. Jesus von Nazareth II, by Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI)
3. Jesus von Nazareth (Prolog), by Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI)
4. Infanterie Greift An, by Erwin Rommel
5. Ungeduld des Herzens, by Stefan Zweig

In Italian:
1. Il Nome della Rosa, by Umberto Eco
2. La Divina Commedia, by Dante Alighieri
3. L'Italia Dei Secoli Bui, by Indro Montanelli and Roberto Gervaso
4. L'Italia dei Comuni, by Indro Montanelli and Roberto Gervaso
5. L'Italia dei Secoli d'Oro, by Indro Montanelli and Roberto Gervaso
6. L'Italia della Controriforma, by Indro Montanelli and Roberto Gervaso
7. L'Italia del Seicento, by Indro Montanelli and Roberto Gervaso
8. L'Italia del Settecento, by Indro Montanelli and Roberto Gervaso
9. L'Italia Giacobina e Carbonara, by Indro Montanelli
10. L'Italia del Risorgimento, by Indro Montanelli
11. L'Italia dei Notabili, by Indro Montanelli
12. L'Italia di Giolitti, by Indro Montanelli

In Greek:
1. ἡ Ἀναβασις, by Xenophon

Books read 2011:

In English:
1. Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, by Chögyam Trungpa
2. The Great War and Modern Memory, by Paul Fussell
3. The Origins of the Second World War, by A.J.P. Taylor
4. Redcoats and Rebels, by Christopher Hibbert
5. An Introduction to Christianity, by Joseph Ratzinger
6. A Dance with Dragons, by George Martin
7. The Habsburg Monarchy 1809-1918, by A.J.P. Taylor
8. Absolute Monarchs, by John Julius Norwich
9. The Big Short, by Michael Lewis
10. Boomerang, by Michael Lewis

In French:
1. Le Roi de Fer, by Maurice Druon
2. La Reine Étranglée, by Maurice Druon
3. Les Poisons de la Couronne, by Maurice Druon
4. La Loi des Mâles, by Maurice Druon
5. La Louve de France, by Maurice Druon
6. Le Lis et Le Lion, by Maurice Druon
7. Quand Un Roi Perd la France, by Maurice Druon
8. L'Étranger, by Albert Camus
9. Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
10. Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo

In German:
1. Die Welt von Gestern, by Stefan Zweig
2. Die Dreigroschenoper, by Bertolt Brecht
3. Traumnovelle, by Albert Schnitzler
4. Der Antichrist, by Friedrich Nietzsche
5. Im Westen Nichts Neues, by Erich Remarque
6. Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse
7. Der Steppenwolf, by Hermann Hesse
8. "Ulysses", by Carl Jung
9. Der Zauberberg, by Thomas Mann
10. Also Sprach Zarathustra, by Friedrich Nietzsche
11. Narziß und Goldmund, by Hermann Hesse

In Russian:
1. "Проблема Воланда", Григорий Померанц
2. Анна Каренина, Лев Толстой

Books read 2010:

In English:
1. The Chinese Astrology Bible, by Derek Walters
2. The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy by James Evans
3. 1776 by David McCollough
4. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon (unabridged, in 6 volumes)
5. The Island at the Center of the World, by Russell Shorto
6. A Night in the Lonesome October, by Roger Zelazny
7. Justinian's Flea, by William Rosen
8. Sumerian Grammar, by Dietz Otto Edzard
9. Hell's Angels, by Hunter S. Thompson
10. The Syro-Aramaic Reading of the Koran, by "Christoph Luxenberg"
11. Secret Lives of Great Artists, by Elizabeth Lunday
12. The Dutch Republic, by Jonathan Israel
13. The Beautiful and Damned, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
14. The Mormon Mirage, by Latayne Scott (her parents were cruel in naming her)
15. German - A Biography of a Language, by Ruth H. Sanders
16. Red Plenty, by Francis Spufford
17. Obama's Wars, by Bob Woodward
18. The Civil War (3 volumes), by Shelby Foote
19. The Towers of Midnight, by Brandon Sanderson/Robert Jordan
20. Battle for Europe, by Charles Spencer

In French:
1. Le Rouge et le Noir, by Stendhal

In Russian:
1. Солярис (Solaris), Станслав Лем
2. Священная Книга Оборотня, Виктор Пелевин
3. Троцкий, Дмитрий Волкогонов

Books read 2009:

In English:
1. Ancient Iraq, by Georges Roux
2. Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson
3. Well of Ascension, by Brandon Sanderson
4. Hero of the Ages, by Brandon Sanderson
5. Narcocorrido, by Elijah Wald
6. A Separate Reality, by Carlos Castaneda
7. Journey to Ixtlan, by Carlos Castaneda
8. Santería, by Migene González-Wippler
9. Commentary on the Torah, by Richard Elliott Friedman
10. Foreign Devils on the Silk Road, by Peter Hopkirk
11. Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nagarjuna’s Mulamadhyamakakarika, trans. Jay Garfield
12. Secrets of the Vajra World, by Reginald Ray
13. Tantric Techniques, by Jeffrey Hopkins
14. Tibetan Book of the Dead, trans. Francesca Freemantle and Chögyam Trungpa
15. After the Reich, by Giles MacDonogh
16. Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes, by Eamon Duffy
17. Khufu’s Wisdom, by Naguib Mahfouz
18. Rhadopis of Nubia, by Naguib Mahfouz
19. Thebes at War, by Naguib Mahfouz
20. Ada, by Vladimir Nabokov
21. The Mythic Past: Biblical Archeology and the Myth of Israel, by Thomas Thompson,
22. The Great War for Civilisation, by Robert Fisk
23. Cosa Nostra, by John Dickie
24. The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown
25. Secrets, Gossip and Gods, by Paul Johnson
26. The Garden of Truth, by Seyyed Nasr
27. Warbreaker, by Brandon Sanderson
28. The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
29. The Art of War (兵法), by Sunzi (孫子) (Chinese with English commentary)
30. The Gathering Storm, by Brandon Sanderson/Robert Jordan
31. The Vikings, by Gwyn Jones

In Russian:
1. Михаил Булгаков, Алексей Варламов
2. Один День Ивана Денисовича, Александр Солженицын
3. Русская Культура ХХ Века, Соломон Волков
4. Стихотворения, Владимир Высоцкий
5. Дубровский, Александр Пушкин
6. Циники, Анатолий Мариенгоф
7. Биробиджан – Земля Обетованная, Александр Мелихов
8. Русская Мафия 1988-2009, Валерий Карышев

In Greek:
1. The Gospel According to Matthew
2. The Gospel According to Mark

In Hebrew:
1. The Book of Numbers (במדבר)
2. The Book of Deuteronomy (דברים)

Books read 2008:

In English:
1. The Bhagavad Gita, trans. Eknath Easwaran
2. The Coldest Winter, by David Halberstam
3. The Hundred Years’ War, by Alfred Burne
4. The Best Short Stories of O. Henry, by O. Henry (surprise!)
5. Bleak House, by Charles Dickens
6. Citizens, by Simon Schama
7. A History of Africa, by J.D. Fage
8. Charlemagne, by Alessandro Barbero
9. The Capetians, by Jim Bradbury
10. The Valois, by Robert Knecht
11. The Bourbons, by J.H. Shennan
12. The Franco-Prussian War, by Geoffrey Wawro
13. Fin-de-Siècle Vienna, by Carl Schorske
14. Weimar Germany, by Eric Weitz
15. Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William Shirer
16. The Holy Roman Empire, by Friedrich Heer (awesome last name)
17. Palace Walk, by Naguib Mahfouz
18. Palace of Desire, by Naguib Mahfouz
19. Sugar Street, by Naguib Mahfouz
20. The Incas, by Nigel Davies
21. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
22. Who Wrote the New Testament?, by Burton Mack
23. The Psychedelic Experience, by Timothy Leary
24. Kingdom of the Hittites, by Trevor Bryce
25. The Minoans, by J. Lesley Fitton
26. The Mycenaeans, by Lord William Taylour
27. The Decipherment of Linear B, by John Chadwick
28. The Philistines – Their History and Civilization, by R.A. Stewart Macalister
29. The Phoenicians, by Glenn E. Markoe
30. The Persians, by J.M. Cook
31. The Tales of Beedle the Bard, by J.K. Rowling
32. A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
33. Trees, Kings and Politics: Studies in Assyrian Iconography, by Barbara Porter

In Russian:
1. Смерть на Брудершафт, Борис Акунин
2. На Дне, Максим Горький
3. Рубашка, Евгений Гришковец
4. Сергей Есенин, Станислав и Сергей Куняев
5. Униженные и Оскорбленные, Федор Достоевский

In Hebrew:

1. Book of Genesis (בראשית)
2. Book of Exodus (שמות)
3. Book of Leviticus (ויקרא)

Books read 2007:

In English:
1. Faces of the Gods, by Leslie Desmangles
2. Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. Lost Christianities, by Bart Ehrman
4. The Children of Hurin, by J.R.R. Tolkien (Christopher, milk it!)
5. Pnin, by Vladimir Nabokov
6. Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov
7. The Doors of Perception, by Aldous Huxley
8. Vietnam, by Stanley Karnow
9. Yahweh and the Gods of Canaan, by William Albright
10. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, by Milan Kundera
11. Ulysses, by James Joyce (*vomits*)
12. The King in Yellow, by Robert Chambers
13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling

In Russian:
1. Мы, Евгений Замятин
2. Поколение «П», Виктор Пелевин
3. Бесы, Федор Достоевский
4. Петербург, Андрей Белый
5. Ночной Дозор, Сергей Лукьяненко
6. Машенька, Владимир Набоков
7. Камера Обскура, Владимир Набоков

Books read 2006:

In English:

1. A History of India, by John Keay
2. The Wars of the Roses, by Alison Weir
3. The Princes in the Tower, by Alison Weir
4. Eleanor of Aquitaine, by Alison Weir
5. The King’s Peace, by Veronica Wedgwood
6. The King’s War, by Veronica Wedgwood
7. The Trial of King Charles I, by Veronica Wedgwood
8. The British Republic 1649-1660, by Ronald Hutton
9. The Seven Years’ War, by Julian Corbett
10. The Assassins, by Bernard Lewis
11. The Russian Anarchists, by Paul Avrich
12. Voodoo in Haiti, by Alfred Métraux
13. David and Solomon, by Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman
14. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
15. A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
16. This Side of Paradise, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
17. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera
18. Kim, by Rudyard Kipling
19. Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk
20. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
21. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
22. The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
23. Ender’s Shadow, by Orson Scott Card
24. Shadow of the Hegemon, by Orson Scott Card
25. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
26. Vellum, by Hal Duncan (what shit did I read in 2006…)

In Russian:
1. Ампир V, Виктор Пелевин