Wars, writ large, in the 940s

The 940s seem to be weighty books, of a heft that makes it difficult to carry three home at once.  I suppose that’s not inappropriate for such a serious subject, but it does make me wonder what it is about this particular kind of history that leads to such massive tomes.

The candidates:

940.1, God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215, by David Levering Lewis (2008)

940.424, Baptism of Fire: The Second Battle of Ypres and the Forging of Canada, April 1915, by Nathan M. Greenfield (2007).

940.547252092, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand (2010).

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