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 James Bradley 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.