Reference books are always useful. In this list some books have been reviewed whilst others are listed as recommended reading.

Book Review
Olivier Zunz Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012. 381pp. Hardcover. ISBN 978-0-691-12836-8.£19.95 There are three kinds of book reviews that are tricky to write. The first is when the book is not very good and diplomacy is required to convey an...