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Books We've Read

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.”― Aldous Huxley

A great way to get to know the History Reading Circle is to look back at the books we've read. Here's a running list:

(* = fiction)

May 2016 The Worst Hard Time by xxxxx

April 2016 Lords of the Sea: ...Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy by xxxxx

March 2016 One MInute to Midnight: Kennedy, Kruschev and Castro... by xxxxx

February 2016 My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by xxxxx

January 2016 Hotel Florida: Truth, Love and Death in the Spanish Civil War by xxxxx

December 2015 Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone by xxxxx

November 2015 American Nations... Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by xxxxx

October 2015 Railroaded: The Transcontinentals...Making of Modern America by xxxxx

September 2015 Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

August 2015 Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire by xxxxx

July 2015 Gulag: A History by xxxxx

June 2015 Land of the Firebird: The Beauty of Old Russia by xxxxx

May 2015 Doc: A Novel* by Mary Doria Russell

April 2015 The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men by Eric Lichtblau

March 2015 Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood by Mick LaSalle

February 2015 Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang

January 2015 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

December 2014 Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion by Edward J. Larson

November 2014: Nicholas and Alexandra: The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty by Robert K. Massie

October 2014: Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

September 2014: The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan

August 2014: Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy by Paul Thomas Murphy

July 2014: No book scheduled

June 2014: The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found by Mary Beard

May 2014: No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by Doris Kearns Goodwin

April 2014: Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

March 2014: Strumpet City* by James Plunket

February 2014 Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

January 2014: Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age by Simon Schama

December 2013: For the Soul of France: Culture Wars in the Age of Dreyfus by Frederick Brown

November 2013: Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in a Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves by Adam Hochschield

October 2013: Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell by Janet Wallach

September 2013: Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu by Laurence Bergreen

August 2013: The Year of the French* by Thomas Flanagan

July 2013: Enemies: A History of the FBI by Tim Weiner

June 2013: Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade by James Reston Jr.

May 2013: They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War by DeAnne Blanton and Lauren Cook

Apr 2013: The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes

Mar 2013: Unbound: A True Story of War, Love and Survival by Dean King

Feb 2013: The Tyrannicide Brief: The Story of the Man Who Sent Charles I to the Scaffold by Geoffrey Robertson

Jan 2013: 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann

Dec 2012: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Nov 2012: Life and Death in Shanghai by Nancy Cheng

Oct 2012: Wicked River by Lee Sandlin

Sep 2012: I Claudius* by Robert Graves

Aug 2012: Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague* by Geraldine Brooks

Jul 2012: The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner

Jun 2012: The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death by John Kelly

May 2012: Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by David Okrent

Apr 2012: A Place of Greater Safey* by Hilary Mantel

Mar 2012: The Assassination of Julius Caesar: The People's History of Ancient Rome by Michael Parenti

Feb 2012: The Lost King of France by Deborah Cadbury

Jan 2012: Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt

Jan 2012: Wolf Hall* by Hilary Mantel

Dec 2011: Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation by Charles Glass

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
History Resources Worth Checking Out October 25, 2014 7:59 AM anonymous
How to Manage the Volume of Email From Meetup July 13, 2014 8:24 AM anonymous
Books We've Read June 7, 2016 9:46 PM anonymous
Frequently Asked Questions March 15, 2015 9:47 AM anonymous
Guidelines for Book Discussion July 13, 2014 8:38 AM anonymous
Cancellation and No-Show Policy July 13, 2014 8:41 AM anonymous
About History Reading Circle March 15, 2015 9:39 AM anonymous

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