The books that have most influenced me as a blogger, here listed from oldest to newest (those with links have posts of their own):
Thucydides: History (written by -395) – write the truth as clearly as possible. The truth plainly stated is far more valuable than lies decorated. Writing should be a glass window onto the truth and yet, somehow, also an X-ray machine.
Winston Churchill: Second World War (1953) – in particular his account of the fall of France in 1940. I knew how it was going to end, of course, but the way he wrote it it still came as a shock. It seems he did that by avoiding any build-up or warning, but instead just laid down one grim fact after another.
Winston Churchill: History of the English-Speaking Peoples (1958) – in particular his account of the Spanish Armada. I used to be a…
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