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We read and discuss books that are rooted in or inspired by history in all its shapes and colors. Fiction and non-fiction, both scholarly and popular. Stories that re-create the past. Journalists who tell us "what happened". Interpreters who openly argue a point of view or seek to illuminate the present through the past.

There are also many opportunities to leave our armchairs for fun history-focused field trips to museums, walking tours, films, theater, author lectures, etc.

For our book discussions, we meet every 4 weeks or so in the East Bay or San Francisco. We discuss the reading and whatever else comes up when history buffs are in the same room. With your input, we explore different themes, countries, eras, and writers.

You can find more information about the History Reading Circle by clicking items in the white navigation bar across the top of this site: Pages (discussion guidelines, late cancellation and no-show policy, and frequently asked questions including how we select books), Discussions (where you can suggest books for us to read or post anything else relevant to our group) and More (where you will find quarterly polls to vote on our upcoming reading list).

Hope to see you soon!

Key search terms: History, literature, art, music, culture, film noir, silent film, travel, author lectures, non-fiction, fiction, read, learn, books, classics, ancient, medieval, europe, latin america, asia, middle east, san francisco, revolution, indigenious, geography, evolution, war, imperialism, religion, politics, social movements, ethnicity, language, feminist, populist, pulitzer, bestseller, museum, cafe, morning

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Upcoming Meetups

  • Saturday, November 28, 2015 7:00 PM

    Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands (Bluegrass Performance)

    6 Armchair Historians attending
  • Sunday, December 13, 2015 9:30 AM

    Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone (Book Discussion)

    12 Armchair Historians attending
  • Sunday, January 10, 2016 10:30 AM

    Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War (Book Discussion)

    13 Armchair Historians attending
  • Sunday, February 14, 2016 9:30 AM

    My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel (Book Discussion)

    11 Armchair Historians attending
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