Growing up going to school in the Late 80's, 90's and then 2000 I missed out on a great deal of important history. It wasn't covered very well in History classes, and since there is no way for me to experience it first hand I try to read as much as possible about important periods in our history. I've read a lot of good books over the years and my main focus has been WWII history. I have also read some about Lewis and Clark, the building of the Trans-Continental railroad, and I have just scratched the surface of the Vietnam War.
I thought it would be fun to see what people on this forum have read and would recommend. Hoping to find out about a few gems that I've missed myself. I'd like to keep it to one book per post, but we will see what happens!
I'll start us off:
Flags of Our Fathers
This was made in to a movie, but like most book adaptations it did not do the original work justice. For those that do not know the premise and haven't seen the movie, this book is about the men who raised the flag (2nd one) on Iwo Jima. It covers their lives prior to, during, and post war. Although it focuses in on only 6 men, it does a good job of showing the diverse cross section of America that was pulled in to this conflict. I read this long before the movie came out and still recommend it to anyone with similar interests to mine.
"I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents." - Winston Churchill
"If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking." - General George S. Patton
Like you'd expect from a historian and anthropologist, I'm a pretty big book worm. Lately I've been reading some old travel books written by Europeans who came to Argentina in the 18th and 19th century, the last one I read was "Esclave chez les Patagons (1856-1859). Le recit de trois ans de captivite chez les indiens de Patagonie." by Auguste Guinnard ("Slave of the Patagons. The story of three years as a captive of the Patagonia indians").
I go through different phases, sometimes I feel like reading military history (I love Keegan's work), the next couple of months might be all about archeology techniques, etc. The one thing I keep going back to and can never get enough of is classical Roman and Greek authors (history, philosophy, natural history, etc.). I'm going to be eternally grateful to my parents for sending me to a school that still taught good Latin and Greek.
Big non-fiction reader here. I was lucky enough to escape school *before* everything went crazy feminist-post-modernist (don't know if that happened in your schools in the US, but I would have gone mental if I'd been forced to take that emphasis...no, Wordsworth is NOT all about the patriarchy! grr lol)
My reading is largely Russian-based I have to admit, with embarassment but this one was great -
And The Gulag Archiepelago by Solzhenitsyn changed my life when I read it about 20 years ago. But then I am strange
My selections vary with my moods. Right now, I'm into a couple of current events books. I enjoy various fiction as well. Fiction is definitely my escape from reality when I need it.
__________________ If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen. ― Samuel Adams
Location: no longer in Rahm and McCarthy's squalor city
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a few of my favorites:
everything we had- al santoli
brennans war- micheal brennan
once a warrior king
those were all vietnam non fictional accounts
i just finished not too long ago and was curious if anyone here has read "generation kill" and what their take on it is...especially anyone serving in iraq or that all ready has.....dont have cable so i have no idea what HBO did to it.
more recently i've enjoyed, well found them to be interesting and informative,
my hat is off to anyone who has served or is currently serving our country.....God bless you..you're friends and family included.