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Historical non-fiction reading list
Didn't know whether or not to add this to that book thread I had started on spin room, but as I only read this genre these days I thought it best to put it here. Move it if you want.

Currently about halfway through The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. My dad's had it for years and I've always wanted to read it. Finally committed to it. Of all the history books I've read this is probably my favorite. Odd because I usually prefer nothing more modern than 18th century, but it really is quite good. Obviously 95% of what's in this book isn't taught in schools and it's a real shame.

Also (sort of) currently reading the Iron Kingdom: the rise and fall of Prussia. The first half to 3/4 was riveting but oddly it got boring as we got to Bismarck (or at least just past him). I'm almost finished, but it's on hold for now.

Also tried to read Colbert and a century of French mercantilism, but couldn't make it through the first volume (of two). It was certainly interesting but it mostly reads like a textbook and can certainly be tedious.

Next on the list is Democracy in America by Alexander de Tocqueville and Ataturk: the founder of Modern Turkey.

Would love to know what historical non-fiction y'all are reading
01-30-2015 11:12 AM
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RE: Historical non-fiction reading list
"Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat" by Max Holland. Published 2012 by Kansas University Press.
01-31-2015 10:25 AM
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RE: Historical non-fiction reading list
alright, we got one. Would anyone else like to share?
01-31-2015 05:20 PM
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RE: Historical non-fiction reading list
Anything by James D. Hornfischer:

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors ... An unprecedented account of the U.S. Navy’s impossible victory: the Battle off Samar, October 25, 1944

Ship of Ghosts ... The story of the USS Houston, FDR’s legendary lost cruiser, and the epic saga of her survivors

Neptune's Inferno ... The untold story of the U.S. Navy’s bloodiest fight of World War II: the epic struggle for Guadalcanal
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RE: Historical non-fiction reading list
(01-31-2015 10:20 PM)OrangeXtreme Wrote:  Anything by James D. Hornfischer:

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors ... An unprecedented account of the U.S. Navy’s impossible victory: the Battle off Samar, October 25, 1944

A bunch of destroyers and destroyer escorts scared away the greatest battleship ever built. It's an amazing story.
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RE: Historical non-fiction reading list
"The Nixon Defense" by John W. Dean, III.

Published July 2014 by Viking.

It should be called "The Dean Defense", but still worth reading closely.
02-04-2015 11:15 PM
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RE: Historical non-fiction reading list
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.
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RE: Historical non-fiction reading list
Just finished reading Blaze of Glory by Jeff Shaara. It's a novel about the Battle of Shiloh, and is written as if you're right there in the thick of battle. It's told from the perspective of the 2 commanding generals (U.S. Grant and A.S. Johnston), William T. Sherman, Nathan Bedford Forrest (and a Lt. in his cavalry brigade), P.G.T. Beauregard and a Private in the Union ranks. It's a very good read, IMO.
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RE: Historical non-fiction reading list
(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.
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Not strictly history, but Biography of the 2nd Amendment. Talks a lot about the discussions around the proposed constitutions, so far. I'm still reading it.
02-10-2015 05:39 PM
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