Fellow amateur historians, what books that you've read in 2009 do you recommend?
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All 3 books are discussed on these very brief YouTube interviews:
Until I read Paul Revere's Ride, I never properly appreciated that the New England Minutemen saw themselves not as revolutionaries, fighting for new rights, but rather as defenders of their old, inherited folk rights, their self-government, a basic condition of their lives for 6 generations.
Crazy Horse by Mari Sandoz
The Eaves of Heaven by Andrew X. Pham
The Diary of Mary Berg by S.L. Shneiderman, editor
The Good Doctors by John Dittmer
Columbine by Dave Cullen
The Diary of Gideon Welles by Gideon Welles
Dr. Seuss Goes to War by Richard Minear
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
Lower East Side Memories by Hasia Diner
A True Likeness: The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts 1920-1936 by Richard Samuel Roberts
Lost Battalions by Richard Slotkin
M: The man who became Caravaggio by Peter Robb
A Peace to End All Peace by David Fromkin
Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Troublesome Young Men by Lynne Olson
Benevolence and betrayal by Alexander Stille
The Lost: a search by Daniel Mendelsohn
They would never hurt a fly by Slavenka Drakulic
Sheherezades weblog by Fatima Mernissi
A big surprise for me was:
Dutch Archives and Greek History by Ben J. Slot, which gave me some terrific mornings in the National Archives, reading hand written reports (ship journals) of an 18th century Frisian marine fighting pirates in the Aegean Sea.
Noah's Flood – William Ryan & Walter Pitman (1-31-09)
Courtesans and Fishcakes – James Davidson (2-10-09)
Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder – Lawrence Weschler (2-28-09)
Under the Banner of Heaven – Jon Krakauer (3-17-09)
Hellenica – Xenophon (3-23-09)
The Honey and the Hemlock: Democracy and Paranoia in Ancient Athens and Modern America – Eli Sagan (4-14-09)
Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History – David Christian (4-17-09)
America in 1857: A Nation on the Brink – Kenneth Stampp (7-16-09)
The Beautiful Cigar Girl – Daniel Stashower (9-2-09)
The Long Fuse – Dan Cook (9-6-09)
Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore -- Bettany Hughes (10-17-09)
Black Elk Speaks – John G. Neihardt & Black Elk (11-5-09)
Europe Between the Oceans – Barry Cunliffe (12-6-09)
Maps of Time was extraordinary
PS -- excuse the dates -- I just copied & pasted this from my reading journal and excised the non-history titles.
We don't have a thread for 2010 yet right?
The Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early republic, 1789-1815
Battle Cry of Freedom; The Civil War Era
Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution
A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962
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It's not exactly a textbook, but the references are there and you do actually learn a lot from it. The show is coming to America soon.