Recommended History Books

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  1. Dr. Bob

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    List a single favorite of yours and what era of history it covers.

    Just finished The Ninety Days: Five Battles that Changed the World" by Thomas Carmichael

    Focus on Oct 1-Dec 31 of 1942</font>
    • Guadalcanal</font>
    • El Alamein</font>
    • Operation Torch</font>
    • Stalingrad</font>
    • Barents Sea</font>
    Personally, could have left Torch and Barents out and spent more time on the three major events - but it was very well written and amplified with lots of maps.
     
  2. Joseph_Botwinick

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    "A History Of Israel" by John Bright.

    Covers the theories about the beginning of time through the Old Testament. Kinda hard to read sometimes, but is very thorough and helpful in finding information.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
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    From the Holy Mountain: A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East
    by William Dalrymple

    Dalrymple retraces the travels of John Moschos a 6th century Byzantine monk, whose book, The Spiritual Meadow is one of the most important pieces of Byzantine literature.
    Dalrymple's book is a fascinating and entertaining description of a great tragedy, the downfall of Christianity in the Middle-East.

    A typical example of Newest History, it takes place in the mid-nineties.


    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805061770/qid=1062624280/sr=2-2/ref=sr_2_2/102-4941083-8580132
     
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    I have just finished two books about Lincoln, one is titled: "Lincoln's Virtues: an Ethical Biography and the other is "Lincoln's Men". The authors are William Lee Miller and William Davis. I have a library of 40 to 50 books about the Civil war and Lincoln.
     
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    The Guns of August--read it, and understand the 20th century.
     
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    Schaff's History of the Christian Church (8 vol)

    The Glorious Cause, by Robert Middlekauff (American Revolution)
     
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    On WWI I enjoyed:

    The First World War - Keegan (History)
    The Face of Battle - Keegan (History)
    August 1914 - Solzhenitsyn (Novel)
    All Quiet on the Western Front - Remarque (Novel)

    The Winds of War by Wouk has lots of insight on the social and political events surrounding the beginning of WWII.

    -Neil
     
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    With Malice Toward None by
    Stephen Oates. I was sorry when the
    book ended.

    I'd love to see more recommendations.
     
  9. Clay Knick

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    Seabiscuit . The book is about
    more than a horse! It is about America
    too, the years during the Depression
    and before WW II. This is one of the
    best books I've read in many years.
    Very, very well-written.

    Clay
     
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    "The Rise of Christian Europe" by Hugh Trevor-Roper. The end of the middle ages, and the rise of Europe to world dominance.

    "A Distant Mirror" Barbara Tuchmann An analysis of the disturbed times of the 14th century, through the life of Enguerrand DeCoucy, a highly respected French noble.

    "Rats, Lice, and History" Hans Zinsser A discussion of the role of pestilence in human affairs. Up until the 20th century, disease killed more soldiers than anything else. Zinsser manages to make the subject enteraining and even humorous, while giving a great deal of scientifically and historically accurate information.
     

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