As I've told you many times before, my own free time reading is almost 100% popular history. No politics. No fiction. Just history -- what I'd call high-end popular history. And I'm constantly scrounging for the next book I can dig my teeth into. One I just finished was Roger Crowley's history of City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas.
I was feeling sort of at sea when I finished that one but then noticed that just yesterday a new book for another favorite of mine Tom Holland came out: In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire. The first book I read of Holland's was Rubicon, which was great. And I've loved the rest of the ones I've read of his. So I started this one last night with very high hopes.
Now, what's the most engrossing -- I mean, you couldn't put it down -- work of history you've read in the last six months? Send me your best and I'll share your comments with you and other readers.