These two are currently being read in tandem.
"Justinian's Flea" is very interesting and fairly comprehensive, though by page 59 my Ortho-hackles were rising at the statement :
" Even by the third century, worship of Mary was a well-established feature of the Christian world....."
Hello, *NO* Orthodox person I know worships Mary.
We venerate and love her dearly, indeed, and ask her loving help and intercession.
Worship her, no.
I only worship God in Trinity.
I will withold furher judgement till I actually finish the book.
"The Boys" is a superb scholarly work of modern history.
Detailed and heart-rending, it describes how of the 1000 Jewish children Britain agreed to allow into the country at the end of WWII, only 733 children could be found left alive in the concentration camps "allotted" to Britain.
The stories of these youngsters (boys as well as girls) are told right from their pre-war lives, through their times at work and extermination camps, and their final liberation and travel to Britain where they began the harrowing process of rebuilding their lives.
It is a wonderful book, but so moving that I can only read twenty or thirty pages in one sitting.
Man's inhumanity to man is a fearful and terrifying thing.
May God have mercy on us all.