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Recommend Interesting Books (First Hand Diaries/Journals)

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limitgov Posted: Thu, Dec 16 2010 3:11 PM

I'm looking for interesting books that are first hand accounts of history.  Mainly things like journals or diaries.

Ex)  journal of Privateer Jean Lafitte (its been translated into english)


can anyone give me some other good suggestions?  perhaps any well known journals kept by spanish conquisadors as they explored the new world or south america?

perhaps many other books that I have no idea about.

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William Bradford! The whole Thanksgiving vs. Communism part is the best.

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William replied on Thu, Dec 16 2010 7:38 PM

Xenophon, The Persian Expodition

Julius Ceasar, The Gallic Wars


"I am not an ego along with other egos, but the sole ego: I am unique. Hence my wants too are unique, and my deeds; in short, everything about me is unique" Max Stirner
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John Ess replied on Fri, Dec 17 2010 12:48 PM

George Orwell - Homage to Catalonia

his first hand experience of the Spanish civil war.

Leo Tolstoy - Hadji Murad

mostly true about his experience fighting in the Caucusus against the Chechens.

Jean Froissart - Chronicles

the first type of journalism; about the 100 years war between England and France

Josephus - Jewish Wars

first hand account of Jewish vs. Roman battles around the time of Jesus.

Frederick Douglass - Narrative of the Life of...

self explanatory

Marjane  Satrapi - Persepolis I and II

war between Iran and Iraq; generally account of this time period in Iran.

Karl Hess - Mostly On the Edge

from the mid sixties Republican party to IWW anarchism and beyond.  Similar to Rothbard's "Betrayal of the Right", but without lamenting anything and he was very close to political power.  And a slightly more hippy approach for a time; less economics.  Still, very interesting sets of stories.  Also comes with the classic essay "Death of Politics".

Malcolm X autobiography

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