Two books that will satisfy any fellow history buff
I try to hike 3-5 hours every Sunday. This solitary time gives me a chance to get some exercise and listen to my audiobooks (on the IPhone). Each month I generally can work through at least two books. Last month I finished “The Vikings”, by Robert Ferguson (history), and “Ireland”, by Paul Johnson. The first book made it crystal clear that living on an island off the Irish coast circa 800 A.D. (or C.E.) was a Hobbesian experience – life being “nasty, brutish and short” (the Vikings, in addition to being savage killers, were also prodigious enslavers, and in fact it was apparently this trade that made them rich). The second book led me to conclude that there is very little about Irish history that is clear. What a maelstrom. Both were Interesting and informative books.