Megan H. Fraser

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The Diary of Olga Romanov: Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution

This is a must-read for buffs of late tsarist and Romanov family history.

Camping with the Communists: The Adventures of an American Family in the Soviet Union

A quick and engaging read that reminds us of the rapid and radical changes in world events in the past 30-plus years. Recommended for Russian history buffs, travel and memoir readers, and anyone who thinks their family camping trips were rough.

Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City

An absorbing read, although some repetitive sections would have benefited from tighter editing, and image captions would have been welcome. In this book that is more academic in tone than a casual reader might expect, significant research is evident, and it is amusing to read quotes from Jean-Paul Sartre, Sigmund Freud, and Friedrich Nietzsche interspersed with those from urban exploration community members with pseudonyms such as Winch, Guts, and Ninjalicious. Recommended for travel and modern history readers.

The Allure of the Archives

Recommended for historians, readers of history, librarians, archivists, and anyone who has ever wondered how history books get written.

Perilous Question: Reform or Revolution? Britain on the Brink, 1832

The subject will not necessarily draw readers in as much as a royal biography, but the book is recommended for Fraser's fans and for British history enthusiasts.

All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, the Legendary Irish Famine Ship

The author makes good use of sources, and her details are vivid, but a minor quibble is the distracting tendency to summon thoughts or actions of historical figures even though not recorded (e.g., "[she] couldn't help but stare"). Recommended for readers of Irish and maritime history.

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