Book 14; Continent: Africa

Radio Congo: Signals of Hope from Africa’s Deadliest War by Ben Rawlence 303 pages (288 pages excluding Acknowledgements, Index, etc.) Read this thought-provoking book after the evening news, when you think you’re caught up on foreign affairs. Ben Rawlence’s book isn’t a military or political history of the region. Instead, he gives us an intimate […]

Book 12; Continent: Europe

Longitude by Dava Sobel 180 pages (5 pages of Acknowledgments, etc.) Consider this quick read the next time you fly east or west from your hometown Latitude and longitude, the lines on a Mercator projection map, have differing histories. On the globe, latitude makes rings that get progressively smaller from the equator as one moves […]

Book 11; Continent: North America

The Tycoons by Charles Morris 383 pages (appendices begin page 319) Put the kids to bed before you dig into this one: the sections are short enough for your own bedtime reading, but following some of the concepts may require “quiet time” Have you ever wondered how the titans of industry liked to unwind? About […]

Book 10; Continent: North America

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan 402 pages The bustling background noise of coffee shop or cafeteria sets the mood for this engaging story of the Manhattan Project’s fast-paced presence in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In 1903, a Tennessee mountain man by […]