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    Any other history fans out there?

    If so, what are you reading/watching over the last few weeks? I just finished a book on the Fall of Berlin at the end of WWII. Haven't gotten started on my next one yet.


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    Re: Any other history fans out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by URBCLONE View Post
    If so, what are you reading/watching over the last few weeks? I just finished a book on the Fall of Berlin at the end of WWII. Haven't gotten started on my next one yet.
    I love the history channel, not huge into the reading though. The last book I got around to was 1776, which was an outstanding ready. I'm assuming if you're an avid history reader though you've already hit it up.


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    Re: Any other history fans out there?

    If you're podcast fans check out,
    'history or rome", "12 Byzantine Emperors" & "Dan Carlin's Hardcore History"



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    Re: Any other history fans out there?

    I love history, but especially early church history and Byzantine history.



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    Re: Any other history fans out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by URBCLONE View Post
    If so, what are you reading/watching over the last few weeks? I just finished a book on the Fall of Berlin at the end of WWII. Haven't gotten started on my next one yet.
    Interesting book, it sounds like. Please provide the title of the book, and would you recommend it? Thanks.

    Love early colonial American-AWI (American War for Independence) histories. At the moment, reading "Albion's Seed," about the four British folkways that accounted for the early settlements that populated the Atlantic coast line in the 1600s and 1700s.

    A few weeks ago, I joined the History Book Club. One of the titles I selected, "Panorama of the Enlightenment," is beautifully rendered and, flipping through it, looks highly promising. I expect it to illuminate much of what was happening politically and socially in colonial America and years following.


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    Re: Any other history fans out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyValley View Post
    Interesting book, it sounds like. Please provide the title of the book, and would you recommend it? Thanks.

    Love early colonial American-AWI (American War for Independence) histories. At the moment, reading "Albion's Seed," about the four British folkways that accounted for the early settlements that populated the Atlantic coast line in the 1600s and 1700s.

    A few weeks ago, I joined the History Book Club. One of the titles I selected, "Panorama of the Enlightenment," is beautifully rendered and, flipping through it, looks highly promising. I expect it to illuminate much of what was happening politically and socially in colonial America and years following.
    Title is The Fall of Berlin by Anthony Read and David Fisher. I buy a lot of my stuff at Half Price Books and at Amazon.com. I love anything late 19th Century through WWII. I will occasionally branch out into French Revolution, church history, Civil War, and some colonial history as well.

    One of the best books I've read in the last year was The Fatal Shore, about the founding of Australia as a penal colony by the British. Fascinating stuff and the author did an excellent job of keeping the story readable.

    One author I really like is Niall Ferguson. He has written extensively on WWI and WWII and I own most of his work.


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    Re: Any other history fans out there?

    I absolutely love history. Almost anything interests me, especially on the History Channel!

    I am currently reading The Path Between the Seas, another McCullough book--an excellent read so far.

    Thanks for all the tips! I'm trying to broaden my horizons by reading more books, and it has been great so far!



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    Re: Any other history fans out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyco2000 View Post
    I absolutely love history. Almost anything interests me, especially on the History Channel!

    I am currently reading The Path Between the Seas, another McCullough book--an excellent read so far.

    Thanks for all the tips! I'm trying to broaden my horizons by reading more books, and it has been great so far!
    The Path Between the Seas was incredible! Great book and absolutely fascinating. I'm not an engineer, but it is still remarkable how they were able to build that canal. Thanks for mentioning that book!

    PS - I get the Military Channel on DirecTV and they have some great stuff on there as well. For example, there was a 10 or 11 part series on WWI on there that was narrated. Good stuff.


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    Re: Any other history fans out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by URBCLONE View Post
    If so, what are you reading/watching over the last few weeks? I just finished a book on the Fall of Berlin at the end of WWII. Haven't gotten started on my next one yet.
    I've been reading a collection of essays/articles written by George Orwell throughout his life. If you're interested in how things were being perceived as they actually unfolded, it's a great read. For example, a lot of his essays and articles were written during WWII. One titled "You and the Atom Bomb" was written in 1945 shortly after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While most of the world was in a panic expecting that that civilization would end as we bombed each other back into the stone age, Orwell writes an extremely intelligent article that essentially predicts the cold war.

    Here's a snippet: "...So we have before us the prospect of two or three monstrous super-states, each possessed of a weapon by which millions of people can be wiped out in a few seconds, dividing the world between them. It has been rather hastily assumed that this means bigger and bloodier wars, and perhaps an actual end to the machine civilization. But suppose - and really this is the likeliest development - that the surviving great nations make a tacit agreement never to use the atomic bomb against one another? Suppose they only use the threat of it against people who are unable to retaliate?..."

    It's really fascinating to read about the various social/political/economic issues from the perspective of someone living in the moment.



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    Re: Any other history fans out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by URBCLONE View Post
    The Path Between the Seas was incredible! Great book and absolutely fascinating. I'm not an engineer, but it is still remarkable how they were able to build that canal. Thanks for mentioning that book!

    PS - I get the Military Channel on DirecTV and they have some great stuff on there as well. For example, there was a 10 or 11 part series on WWI on there that was narrated. Good stuff.
    I get Military on Dish as well. I didn't mention it because I don't think many people get that channel. It ranks higher than the History Channel for me!



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    Re: Any other history fans out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by URBCLONE View Post
    If so, what are you reading/watching over the last few weeks? I just finished a book on the Fall of Berlin at the end of WWII. Haven't gotten started on my next one yet.

    I just finished Fifteen Stars by Weintraub. It really paints Montgomery as a twit and McArthur as a megalomaniac. It also cannonizes Marshall. The coolest thing I learned from it was that they minted so many purple hearts for the impending invasion of mainland Japan that they were using them past Viet Nam.


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    Re: Any other history fans out there?

    I just finished a fascinating book by Erik Larson titled "The Devil in the White City". I lived in Chicago for a number of years and knew of the World's Fair that brought electricity into vogue (Westinghouse exhibits) and from which the Ferris Wheel was born. I didn't know much else! This book is a fascinating story of the politics behind the fair, the architects who brought it to light and the serial murderer who operated under it's cover. I can't wait for my next trip to Chicago so I can track down some of the remaining "relics" from the 1893 World's Fair!

    I've just started a book on the Battle of Gettysburg and I'm curious if anyone knows of a book that does brief bio's of the Union and Confederate Officer Corps. For instance, I don't want to read an entire book on the life of Jubal Early, just a chapter. I find myself going to Wickipedia for such info and it's slowing my progress. Anybody?


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    Re: Any other history fans out there?

    I'm a huge history buff. I have six or seven books sitting on my nightstand right now, but at the moment I am reading "A War To Be Won", which is a comprehensive new history of WWII. I also just finished the first part of "The War" by Ken Burns. That was very moving also.



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    Re: Any other history fans out there?

    In the middle of "Looking for Lincoln".

    Interesting book dealing with the aftermath of Lincoln's assassination. Not the hunt for Booth or his accomplices but rather how the public reacted and how his legacy grew through the years.

    Funny how many different people claimed to know the true story of Lincoln and wrote books about him - most contained half-truths or outright false stories. Not much different from the way things are today!


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    Re: Any other history fans out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by URBCLONE View Post
    If so, what are you reading/watching over the last few weeks? I just finished a book on the Fall of Berlin at the end of WWII. Haven't gotten started on my next one yet.
    If you thought Fall of Berlin was good, I would suggest Stalingrad by the same author, if you haven't read it. Excellent read.



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