5 People Who Should Get a History Book for Christmas

It’s Cyber Monday tomorrow! Time to hit the online stores for book orders. Sure, it’s easy to head for the nonfiction titles when shopping for a history nerd. Giving your dad another book about the Civil War is a slow pitch over home plate if he spends his summers at reenactments and touring battlefields. But, […]

History of Science, Victorian Era; Continent: Africa, Europe

Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer and the African Adventure the Victorian World by Storm by Monte Reel 352 pages (272 pages in the Kindle version includes the worthy epilogue) Read this window into the club of Victorian gentlemen of science and the politics of race and privilege with someone you can dissect (sorry, […]

Book 5; Continent: Australia

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson 352 pages (roughly 35 pages of Notes and Bibliography) Engaging and informal, read this one at home if laughing out loud in public embarrasses you Thanks to Andrea for her suggestion of this book I’ve been blocked on how to write about Bill Bryson’s book about traveling throughout […]

Book 3; Continent: Europe

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt 356 pages (263 without Acknowledgments, Notes or Index) Manageable chapter lengths for a cup of coffee, but not a great read for bus or train commute because the content is honestly not as interesting as people-watching Well, I had said I wasn’t going to write […]

Another Favorite from 2012

River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Camilla Millard 416 pages (353 pages excluding Notes) Organized into short, cup-of-coffee length sections within chapters so the reader can sneak in a few minutes with the book at a time Reading Martin Dugard’s Into Africa put me in mind of this book from last year. The […]