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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin – Erik Larson

Caberets, beer gardens, Marlene Dietrich and all the characters of the era come alive during this account of Ambassador William Dodd’s diplomatic service in Berlin from 1933 to 1937. My first experience with author Erik Larson proved to be highly… 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.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy – Eric Metaxas

So far this year, my book list has included some of the most enjoyable reading I’ve experienced in years. Earlier this year, I delved into Eric Metaxas biography of the great theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, after being prompted by the subject frequently arising in recent discussions.

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