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  • Idaho progressive (171 posts)
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    Good History reads

    The Whiskey Rebellion By William Hogeland

    One Nation under God by Kevin Kruse

    1491 and 1492 by Charles Mann

    Currently reading on The Plantagenets

    Any of the Hard core history podcast by Dan Carlin Can be found on iTunes or his website (search hardcore history or Dan Carlin)

    I like Dan’s stuff, well researched and fun to listen to on long road trips or plane rides.

    The whiskey rebellion will let you know what a real bastard Hamilton was, the musical not withstanding.

    One nation under god is about how and why god got inserted into our government in the 40’s and 50’s. and it’s not totally why you might have thought it was….

    1491,1493   Just a must read for any history buff.

    I will let you know how the Plantagenets turns out.

    later Amigos!

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  • historylovr (175 posts)
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    1. I rec'd this but forgot to ask who is the author of the Plantagenets history

    that you’re reading?

    • Idaho progressive (171 posts)
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      2. Jones,

      I just started it but gave it to my mom who is in ICU at the moment. I had just finished the part on Henry II. It reads well.

      • historylovr (175 posts)
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        3. Thank you.

        And I hope your mother has a speedy recovery.

  • uhclem (46 posts)
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    4. here's a short list

    of what I have truly enjoyed reading:

     

    WAR WITHOUT MERCY: Race and Power in the Pacific War. By John W. Dower

    (fascinating look at racial attitudes in WW2 Pacific theater)

     

    Peter the Great: His Life and World Paperback – October 12, 1981 by Robert K. Massie  (Peter was something else…)

    The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932
    Apr 1, 1984

    by William Manchester

     

     

    The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932-1940
    Sep 3, 1989

    by William Manchester

    (don’t bother with volume three…tediously ghost written after Manchester died. The first two are beautifully written and researched)

     

     

     

    The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme
    Jan 27, 1983

    by John Keegan

    (watch war fighting scale up. Plenty of detail and anecdote. )

     

     

    Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
    Sep 26, 2006

    by Doris Kearns Goodwin

    (one of the best political bios I have ever read…and re-read)

     

    Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941.
    by William L. Shirer and Gordon A. Craig

    (impressions of the rise of Nazi Germany. Shirer made a point of not revising this after the fact so his impressions are fresh as they happened. )

     

     

    These are just a few of mine.

    Send me some more.

     

    Cheers.

     

    This here militia of yours doesn't seem to be "well regulated".
    • Debbiecdc (159 posts)
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      12. I love Massie's books about Russia

      His “Nicholas and Alexandra” is a classic.

  • libodem (1017 posts)
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    5. This isn't bad


    A bit dry, though.

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    • Debbiecdc (159 posts)
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      6. I liked the one Rutherford wrote about Russia

      the title escapes me at the moment.

      I have “London” in my e-books to read on my upcoming vacation involving long plane and train rides 

      • libodem (1017 posts)
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        7. Its not too bad

        It’s historical so there is that.

      • Pakhet (207 posts)
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        10. Ruska. I love love love that one and also Sarum. I have the paperback copies,

        kindle copies and audio book copies.

        Never be cruel, and never be cowardly, and if you are, always make amends. The Doctor
  • Enthusiast (8328 posts)
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    8. I always recommend Allan W. Eckert's the Narratives of America series.

    These books must be considered historical fiction. But they are based on exhaustive research.

    https://www.fantasticfiction.com/e/allan-w-eckert/frontiersmen.htm

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20335979-the-winning-of-america-series?from_search=true

    For some reason this is also called the Winning of America series.

    1. The Frontiersmen (1967)
    2. Wilderness Empire (1968)
    3. The Conquerors (1970)
    4. The Wilderness War (1978)
    5. Gateway to Empire (1982)
    6. Twilight Of Empire (1967)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
  • Enthusiast (8328 posts)
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    9. A book I recommend without a moment's hesitation is

     Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne.

    Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7648269-empire-of-the-summer-moon?ac=1&from_search=true

     

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church
  • jdpriestly (5879 posts)
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    11. Thanks. Time to read more now that the election is over.

    No Truth!  No Trust!  Bernie or Bust!
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