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The Trojan War: A New History by Barry Strauss

Having read Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey” as a youth, the heroes of those poetic epics have remained embedded in my psyche for decades. Barry Strauss, History and Classics Professor at Cornell University, uses his knowledge and background to discern between what is real, what could be real and what would in all likelihood be pure myth in his book “The Trojan War: A New History”.

Hiroshima – John Hersey

“Hiroshima”, is perhaps Pulitzer Prize winner John Hersey’s greatest work, and according to many, the greatest journalism of the 20th century.

The Bully Pulpit – Doris Kearns Goodwin

Not only a biographical account of two of our greatest presidents during times of tremendous change, this work by 1995 Pulitzer Prize for History recipient, Doris Kearns Goodwin, details the birth and impact of investigative (muckraking) reporting on society in… Continue Reading →

Killing Jesus – Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard

A quick read, Killing Jesus, the objective study of the period in history surrounding the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ, encompasses more than just facts about the Messiah. This book includes interesting history of the Caesar’s, King Herod… Continue Reading →

Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper — Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell

Could it be that the infamous “Jack the Ripper” case is finally solved after over 110 years?

Galveston: A History of the Island by Gary Cartwright

While reading Galveston: A History of the Island, I continuously had Glen Campbell’s rendition of the song going through my head. Cartwright’s book is an excellent source of information on the history of Galveston Island.

American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic – Joseph J. Ellis

My study of the beginning of the United States of America continues with this text by the author Joseph J. Ellis, who is well known and respected as an historian specializing in American history.

Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a War – Nathaniel Philbrick

Since reading Walter Isaacson’s Ben Franklin: An American Life last year, I’ve been on a learning campaign of the formative days of our United States. What most of us were taught of American history in grade school, merely puts a… Continue Reading →

Somme – Lyn Macdonald

The First World War was an absolute transformation of warfare from the Victorian to the modern era of the 20th century. The “Big Push” was a major Allied offensive into the German lines at the northern end of the western… Continue Reading →

The Path Between the Seas, the creation of the Panama Canal, 1870 to 1914 – David McCullough

Think you’re knowledgeable of the Panama Canal? Read The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough and you may realize that what you thought was fact is far from accurate. For example, contrary to what most people take for granted, the canal actually runs in a southeasterly direction from the Atlantic Side to the Pacific side. McCullough has the ability to take the most bland history topic and make the reader wish to write a thesis on the subject matter.

Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation – John Ehle

Before Custer’s last stand and the massacre at Wounded Knee, there was President Andrew Jackson’s “Indian Removal Act” of 1830, a policy that took three painful decades to bring to fruition.

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

A leading proponent of the “New Journalism” style of writing, Truman Capote’s greatest work, In Cold Blood, is a true crime “nonfiction novel” that started a genre.”

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