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RE: Historical non-fiction reading list
(02-10-2015 12:58 AM)Native Georgian Wrote:  
(02-05-2015 05:28 PM)UofM_Tiger Wrote:  Currently reading The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin - Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.

Next up is The Great Bridge by David McCullough - construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Also highly recommend another of his, A Path Between the Seas, about the construction of the Panama Canal.

I've read Path Between the Seas. Tremendous book -- even if you think the construction of the Canal sounds like a boring topic from 100+ years ago with no relevance to today… Think again. Vivid descriptions of the personalities involved, simple explanations of the equipment used, stark reminders of how lethal/dangerous the whole thing was… Well worth a person's time.

Arguably the greatest civil engineering accomplishment in history.
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(02-10-2015 05:55 PM)UofM_Tiger Wrote:  Arguably the greatest civil engineering accomplishment in history.
The terrain was more difficult than Suez, although Suez was earlier in time…
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(02-10-2015 07:03 PM)Native Georgian Wrote:  
(02-10-2015 05:55 PM)UofM_Tiger Wrote:  Arguably the greatest civil engineering accomplishment in history.
The terrain was more difficult than Suez, although Suez was earlier in time…

Not just the terrain. Practically everything down there was working against them. Malaria, yellow fever, torrential rains, sweltering heat, wild fluctuations in the Chagres River, extremely poor soil conditions...the list goes on and on.
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RE: Historical non-fiction reading list
Some good ones I've read:

1776, by David McCollough. The Revolution was not a fait accompli

A Storm in Flanders by Winston Groom (yes, THAT Winston Groom), World War I

The Politics of Rage, by Dan T. Carter, about George Wallace
02-13-2015 12:02 AM
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Currently reading
Mark Twain, A Life by Ron Powers
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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
02-13-2015 12:11 AM
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I've read The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman several times. Very good read.
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RE: Historical non-fiction reading list
Black Elk Speaks, as told through John G. Neihardt is a good read if you want to understand a Native American view. Black Elk took part in the Battle at Little Big Horn at age 13, and survived the Wounded Knee Massacre (1890).
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Stalin: Profiles in Power by Hiroaki Kuromiya. Not sure why I'm reading yet another book on Stalin, but I find him oddly fascinating, and it's only a couple hundred pages.
02-16-2015 12:51 PM
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(02-16-2015 12:51 PM)NIU007 Wrote:  Stalin: Profiles in Power by Hiroaki Kuromiya. Not sure why I'm reading yet another book on Stalin, but I find him oddly fascinating, and it's only a couple hundred pages.
I've heard of that and have some interest to read it, but I haven't actually seen a copy of it anywhere.

If you're into Stalin biographies I highly recommend "Stalin: Breaker of Nations" by Robert Conquest. First published in 1991, so I don't know how much access the author had to the then-newly-opened Soviet archives while writing it.
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(02-17-2015 01:28 AM)Native Georgian Wrote:  
(02-16-2015 12:51 PM)NIU007 Wrote:  Stalin: Profiles in Power by Hiroaki Kuromiya. Not sure why I'm reading yet another book on Stalin, but I find him oddly fascinating, and it's only a couple hundred pages.
I've heard of that and have some interest to read it, but I haven't actually seen a copy of it anywhere.

If you're into Stalin biographies I highly recommend "Stalin: Breaker of Nations" by Robert Conquest. First published in 1991, so I don't know how much access the author had to the then-newly-opened Soviet archives while writing it.

I found this one at a used book store. I did listen to the audio book version of Robert Conquest's book, quite a long time ago though.
02-17-2015 10:06 AM
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