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What history are you reading in January 2008?

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message 1: by Patrick (new)

Patrick | 8 comments This was a fun thread to follow last month (thanks to Thepam for starting it!) Let's do it again this month!

Right now, I am reading three history books:

- BIG HISTORY by Cynthia Stokes Brown

- AMERICA'S WOMEN (400 YEARS OF DOLLS, DRUDGES, HELPMATES, AND HEROINES) by Gail Collins

- NIXON AND KISSINGER by Robert Dallek

I don't think I've updated my goodreads booklist with these yet, though. I'll do that soon.


message 2: by Matthew (new)

Matthew  | 7 comments still reading the books I have been Stonewall Jackson.
It has been hard to read while driving to visit family for the holidays. I am close to finishing though.



message 3: by Dina (new)

Dina Still have a book mark in The River of Doubt. I've gotten 5 books for Christmas and are attacking these for now.


message 4: by Rindis (new)

Rindis | 10 comments Still on Herodotus and Catton. I'm just slow at the moment.


message 5: by Staci (new)

Staci (annastacia) Robert Darnton's The Great Cat Massacre


message 6: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 17 comments Two books:
Gertrude Bell by Georgina Howell, and because I think her portrayal of British involvement in Iraq is overly positive I'm rereading Inventing Iraq by Toby Dodge for a little balance.


message 7: by Pam (new)

Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee (pam_t) | 48 comments Still slugging away at the Indian adoption/slave complex.

Happy New Year to All!


message 9: by Jeanne (new)

Jeanne (random_pink) | 3 comments I am about to read 'Big Questions in History.' It is edited by Harriet Swain and features Big questions in history and answers by scholars.


message 10: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary On the long commute to and from work, I'm listening to Gore Vidal's Inventing a Nation, thoroughly enjoying his take on the American founding fathers. I also like the way he relates past attitudes and events to current ones.


message 11: by Ryan (new)

Ryan | 28 comments Reading Democracy in America, and my two early American textbooks.
I am amazed by the comparisons that he makes between America in the early 1800's and Europe, and how America today works much like Europe of the 19th century.


message 13: by Sera (new)

Sera Has anyone read any of Barrack Obama's books? I read his autobiography in December, which I found to very insightful into who he is as a person. He wrote it before he was involved in running for office so I believe it captures more of a non-spin view of him.


message 14: by Coyle (new)

Coyle | 15 comments The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople-- Jonathan Phillips
Little Britches-- Ralph Moody
Israel and Revelation-- Eric Voegelin
History of the Work of Redemption-- Jonathan Edwards


message 15: by Shelly (new)

Shelly I started The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin a couple of weeks ago and have been reading it off and on--it's interesting. Talks about how history has "folkerized" (?)Benjamin Franklin and turned him into this ideal image of an American that he really wasn't.
I also picked up Thomas Jefferson: Author of America by Christopher Hitchens. For some reason, even though I think Hitchens seems like a big fat jerk--I still enjoy his writing.
I've also got Guns, Germs & Steel by Jared Diamond getting dusty on the shelf. My boyfriend finished it last Fall and I've been meaning to get to it ever since.
And finally Villa & Zapata by Frank McLynn is on my list since I love all stories pertaining to the Mexican Revolution.
And now I'm seeing books that others are reading that I want to check out! How does one go about getting a job that pays you for reading? Only things you wanna read I mean.


message 16: by Beverly (new)

Beverly | 1 comments Hi, Newbie here.
I want to go back to the project I started last summer but got interrupted: American Literature, Norton Anthology. I left off at Herman Melville and will pick up with the 1860's at Emily Dickinson. Alongside that I'm reading the corresponding an American History textbook to put the works in context of what was happening, political, environmental, cultural. I guess I want to put together as much as possible the world the writers were writing in, for example what music did an author listen to, etc.

Norton's includes a lot of the authors I've already read or know of, but reading the works in context of world events at the time broadens the landscape of the writing in
a profound way, at times changing the meaning
of the texts. I wonder for example if certain people like Emily Dickinson ever met Harriet Beecher Stowe? I think at one time they lived very near each other.

Anyway...

Boring? Try it and see.


message 17: by Sera (new)

Sera Beverly, what an amazing adventure you are on! Oh how I would love to undertake such a project. You must share your insights with us and have you ever thought about writing a book about your findings?


message 18: by Sera (new)

Sera The thing that I most appreciate and enjoy about this website is how many interesting people there are out there who read about the most fascinating things - the Mexican Revolution? Very cool, Shelly.


message 19: by Sara W (new)

Sara W (sarawesq) | 9 comments I read Obama's autobiography a couple of years ago, and I have the Audacity of Hope, but I just haven't gotten to it yet (there's just too many other things to read right now).

I'm from Chicago though, so he's been on my radar for a few years now. I really enjoyed his autobiography (the name is escaping me - something like "??? from my father").

As for what history I'm reading, I was working my way through Jean Plaidy's novels from William the Conqueror to Victoria, but I've taken a break after Elizabeth I to read some other stuff. After I read a book, I usually supplemented my reading with a segment from a non-fiction book or two. She seems to have researched her books very well because the story doesn't really stray from the non-fiction I read afterwards.


message 20: by Anthony, Trivial Pursuit Master (new)

Anthony (bluekabuki) | 42 comments Mod
Dreams From My Father. Never read it, though.


Don (The Book Guy) (donthelibrarian) Currently reading, 1912: Wilson,Roosevelt,Taft and Debs, The Election that Changed the Country.


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