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( Jan. 5th, 2017 07:46 am)
I haven't finished the book on Rasputin, but I'm making progress.

Thought I'd mention a few things today about the last couple books I've been reading. I'm not sure if it's a trend or just a coincidence, but the latest few books on history I've been reading have been heavy on regurgitating research and very light on making the history understandable. Some of it is carrying academic arguments into popular works of history. Some of it is trying to squeeze every last bit of info into a book to make it less likely someone else can publish it first. Let's face it, getting a publishing house to publish books on paper these days is getting more and more difficult. So why publish mass market books on paper that are going to be hard for most book buyers to follow? I think it's a simple matter that for a while large printed books have been selling better than thin ones. People see more book for the money maybe, I don't know. I'm just not sure that some of the books I've been reading in the last year or so would have been published a decade or more ago in the form I read them.

Notes on the Russian royal titles )


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