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Old 11-07-2012, 04:26 PM   #31
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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, Erik Larson
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, Erik Larson
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
Confederates in the Attic, Tony Horwitz
Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before, Tony Horwitz
Hiroshima, John Hersey
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:34 PM   #32
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Anything written by Antony Beevor.
Shelby Foote's Civil War Trilogy
A number of WWII books by Robert Leckie
Almost anything written by William Manchester
Ditto David McCullough
Ditto Barbara Tuchman
I remember Shelby Foote from Ken Burns' documentary on the Civil War. I didn't know he had written anything. I definitely will look into those.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:09 PM   #33
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A couple of WWII books I remember from years past:

The Colditz Story by Par Reid (inspired the BBC TV series)
Reach For The Sky by Paul Brickhill - the biography of Douglas Bader - is one of the most inspriring books I've ever read. Not just restricted to the war.

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Old 11-12-2012, 11:36 AM   #34
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I remember Shelby Foote from Ken Burns' documentary on the Civil War. I didn't know he had written anything. I definitely will look into those.
I want to second the recommendation for the Shelby Foote Civil War trilogy. I spent a few months reading through the books and they are well worth the time.

Foote has also written some novels. I haven't yet read any of them.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:08 PM   #35
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I enjoyed Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S.C. Gwynne.
I first heard about it on Fresh Air.
Listen to the interview and read an excerpt here:
http://www.npr.org/2011/05/20/136438...omanche-empire
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:06 PM   #36
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I enjoyed Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S.C. Gwynne.
I first heard about it on Fresh Air.
Listen to the interview and read an excerpt here:
http://www.npr.org/2011/05/20/136438...omanche-empire
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:45 PM   #37
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Historical non fiction books are boring, that's why they invented historical fiction, to make it interesting instead
Fictions by Rutherfurd or Eco are pleasant to read whereas real events, pfff !
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I just finished reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Are there any good books that fits the genre.
When I answered before, I forgot the obvious reply -- Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit.

I read both of Hillenbrand's books. And Seabiscuit, in my opinion was better -- even though I am not particularly interested in horses, and not at all a sports fan.

Hillenbrand is an excellent writer, but, in addition, she's a real expert on horse-racing. I trust her there.

I recommend Unbroken. And yet, much of what's in Unbroken is just one person's memory of a time long ago. Much is undoubtedly true, but some of it is literally unbelievable. See: Zamperini’s War.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:33 PM   #39
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Historical non fiction books are boring, that's why they invented historical fiction, to make it interesting instead
Fictions by Rutherfurd or Eco are pleasant to read whereas real events, pfff !
That is so not true
Even though I love reading historical fiction, I find historical non fiction books much more interesting to read
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When I answered before, I forgot the obvious reply -- Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit.

I read both of Hillenbrand's books. And Seabiscuit, in my opinion was better -- even though I am not particularly interested in horses, and not at all a sports fan.

Hillenbrand is an excellent writer, but, in addition, she's a real expert on horse-racing. I trust her there.

I recommend Unbroken. And yet, much of what's in Unbroken is just one person's memory of a time long ago. Much is undoubtedly true, but some of it is literally unbelievable. See: Zamperini’s War.
Yes I've got to read Seabiscuit. I've read nothing but good reviews. I agree with you, Hillenbrand is indeed an excellent writer. Unbroken was very well written, there was never a dull moment.
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Just discovered Walter Lord's books. Anyone read any of his historical works?
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I have his "A Night to Remember" on deck but haven't actually read anything of his yet.
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Yes I got A Night to Remember yesterday after reading the reviews.
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I have his "A Night to Remember" on deck but haven't actually read anything of his yet.
That's very droll
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That's very droll
Ha ha - completely unintentional and only meant in the baseball sense, I promise. However, if I had thought of it I would be happy to claim it!
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