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Archie F. Swin
09-19-2006, 12:06 AM
I'm looking for recommendations for books. For the last 3 or 4 years I've tried to read books on American history regularly.

What I've read include:
Biography of Benjamin Franklin
Warren Commission Report
"City in the Sky" - history of the World Trade Center
"Founding Brothers"

I would be interested in nearly everything except war, though I woudn't rule that out. I'm considering a biography of Thomas Jefferson

Valiant
09-19-2006, 01:32 AM
Biography of Fredrick Douglas
I like the 'good ole days, they were terrible' but it really is not a book as much as a information manual like Ripleys..

There is a book called 'Night' I believe a story about a Jewish boys fight thru the concentration camps and the march of death..

ChiefsFanatic
09-19-2006, 08:15 AM
I just finished reading The Devil in the White City. It is about the Chicago World's Fair and a serial killer. It is amazing the things that came about because of the fair.

http://www.amazon.com/Devil-White-City-America-Vintage/dp/0375725601/sr=1-1/qid=1158670998/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-6328898-7612130?ie=UTF8&s=books

I also just finished Undaunted Courage. It was written by Stephen Ambrose of Band of Brothers fame. It is an account of Merriwether Lewis and the Lewis and Clark expedition. It was also very good.

http://www.amazon.com/Undaunted-Courage-Meriwether-Jefferson-American/dp/0684826976/sr=1-1/qid=1158671157/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-6328898-7612130?ie=UTF8&s=books

The Killer Angels is also a classic, and of course a Pulitzer winner. You have probably read that though.

Truman by David McCullough is also great. Lots of local history. Also a Pulitzer winner.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0671456547/ref=pd_ys_iyr194/102-6328898-7612130?ie=UTF8

Archie F. Swin
09-19-2006, 08:35 AM
The Killer Angels is also a classic, and of course a Pulitzer winner. You have probably read that though.



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ChiefsFanatic
09-23-2006, 12:33 AM
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Shaara takes interviews, journals, memoirs, and [auto]biographies and weaves the story of Gettysburg through the eyes of the people who wrote them.

It is absolutely brilliant, and is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. IMO it should be required reading in high school. I know in some cases it is, but not enough.

It was the basis for the movie Gettysburg, and even though that was a great movie, it does not do the book justice.

If you can't tell, I liked it.

http://www.amazon.com/Killer-Angels-Michael-Shaara/dp/0345444124/sr=1-3/qid=1158989222/ref=pd_bbs_3/102-6328898-7612130?ie=UTF8&s=books

Mr. Kotter
09-23-2006, 12:37 AM
Shaara takes interviews, journals, memoirs, and [auto]biographies and weaves the story of Gettysburg through the eyes of the people who wrote them.

It is absolutely brilliant, and is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. IMO it should be required reading in high school. I know in some cases it is, but not enough.

It was the basis for the movie Gettysburg, and even though that was a great movie, it does not do the book justice.

If you can't tell, I liked it.

http://www.amazon.com/Killer-Angels-Michael-Shaara/dp/0345444124/sr=1-3/qid=1158989222/ref=pd_bbs_3/102-6328898-7612130?ie=UTF8&s=books

It's part of a trilogy on the Civil War.

Next to Bruce Catton and Ken Burn's stuff, it's the best....IMHO.

Mr. Kotter
09-23-2006, 12:41 AM
Anything by David McCullough is excellent, as well.

Adept Havelock
09-23-2006, 03:30 PM
I'm quite fond of William Manchester's work. "Goodbye Darkness" is fantastic. For US history, I'd also recommend his "Glory and the Dream" and "American Caesar", a fantastic bio. of Douglas MacArthur.

For world history, his "The Last Lion" (Churchill Bio), "The Arms of Krupp", and "A World Lit Only By Fire" are also quite good.


There is a book called 'Night' I believe a story about a Jewish boys fight thru the concentration camps and the march of death..

"Night" by Eli Weisel is a fantastic read, as is the rest of the trilogy "Dawn" and "Day".

DanT
09-23-2006, 04:22 PM
Sam Tanenhaus's biography of Whittaker Chambers is terrific:

Amazon link (http://www.amazon.com/Whittaker-Chambers-Biography-Library-Paperbacks/dp/0375751459/sr=8-1/qid=1159046325/ref=sr_1_1/002-1083238-0150443?ie=UTF8&s=books)


A coolly objective look at the most controversial figure in the postwar crusade against American Communists. Whittaker Chambers (1901-61) made headlines in 1948 with his sensational accusation that former State Department official Alger Hiss was not only a Communist, but a spy, charges Hiss denied until his death in 1996. This scrupulously evenhanded biography concludes that Chambers told the truth, even as it pitilessly delineates his tortured family background, anguished sexual confusion, and political ruthlessness, which might well prompt doubts about his trustworthiness. Chambers' life makes a perfect case study of the most morally fraught period in American history.