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Subject: 2014 History Challenge Lists
Date Posted: 1/3/2014 8:14 AM ET
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Sorry everyone!  I've been sick so I've ignored this one.   Full challenge is ten reads as suggested while a mini challenge is five.  

1.  Art history, or a history on any of the arts, music, architecture, literature,etc.  Expand to include art thefts, artists and other associated arts - such as performing, etc.

2.  Environmental history (example: Charles Mann's 1491 ) or a history of a geographical feature, phenomenon, or area (examples: The River Where America Began, Krakatoa)

3.  An award winning history or one that is part of a series.

4.  Single subject history ( example: Tom Standage's A history of the world in 6 glasses)

5.  Intellectual history, history of ideas or disciplines

6.  Read 2-3 works in your favorite historical time period.  Since 2014 marks the centennial of WWI, how about books about  either events leading up to WWI (from 1890 and forward), WWI or its aftermath -- up to, say, 1933.

7.  A book that features an Asian or third world country or a country of your ancestry.

8.  "Close to home" or what we might consider as "social history, " which, broadly  speaking, covers  histories of ordinary folks.

9.  Reader's Choice -  Substitute one of the categories above with a topic of your choice.

P.S. Cross posting is allowed, even encouraged as in goodreads.  Feel free to do so here.

 



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1.  Art history, or a history on any of the arts, music, architecture, literature,etc.  Expand to include art thefts, artists and other associated arts - such as performing, etc. The Hare With Amber Eyes

2.  Environmental history (example: Charles Mann's 1491 ) or a history of a geographical feature, phenomenon, or area (examples: The River Where America Began, Krakatoa) The Worst Hard Time

3.  An award winning history or one that is part of a series.  In the Heart of the Sea:  The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Completed 8/10 3*** (National Book Award)

4.  Single subject history The Age of Radiance:  The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era Completed 7/26 5*****

5.  Intellectual history, history of ideas or disciplines

6.  Read 2-3 works in your favorite historical time period.  Revolutionary Summer Completed 3/11;  George Washington and Benedict Arnold Completed 3/17;   His Excellency:  George Washington  Completed 3/22

7.  A book that features an Asian or third world country or a country of your ancestry. Below the Peacock Fan:  First Ladies of the Raj Completed 5/5 - 5*****

8.  "Close to home" or what we might consider as "social history, " which, broadly  speaking, covers  histories of ordinary folks.  Mayflower:  A Story of Courage, Community and War Completed 4/29 3***

9.  Reader's Choice -  Substitute one of the categories above with a topic of your choice.  Reading the Man:  A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters Completed 1/25 - 5*****

 



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2014 PBS challenge: history category

 

Full challenge is ten reads as suggested while a mini challenge is five.  Will try for 10.

 

1.  Art history, or a history on any of the arts, music, architecture, literature,etc.  Expand to include art thefts, artists and other associated arts - such as performing, etc. Nicholas. The Rape of Europa:  the Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War.

2.  Environmental history (example: Charles Mann's 1491 ) or a history of a geographical feature, phenomenon, or area (examples: The River Where America Began, Krakatoa) Olivia Laing. To the River. Completed 11/29/14

3.  An award winning history or one that is part of a series.  Ian Mortimer. The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England OR Barbara Tuchman, Guns of August

4.  Single subject history ( example: Tom Standage's A history of the world in 6 glasses)

Sutton. Figs; a Global History.completed 12/27/14. 3.5 stars

5.  Intellectual history, history of ideas or disciplines Stephen Greenblatt. The Swerve Completed 3/4/14 4.5 stars

6.  Read 2-3 works in your favorite historical time period.  Since 2014 marks the centennial of WWI, how about books about  either events leading up to WWI (from 1890 and forward), WWI or its aftermath -- up to, say, 1933. Adam Hochschild.To end all wars;a story of loyalty and rebellion, 1914-1918. Completed 6/26/14. 5 stars

7.  A book that features an Asian or third world country or a country of your ancestry.

8.  "Close to home" or what we might consider as "social history, " which, broadly  speaking, covers  histories of ordinary folks. Arts Shapiro. Perfection Salad ; women and cooking at the turn of the century

9.  Reader's Choice -  Substitute one of the categories above with a topic of your choice. will substitute one of the categories for medieval period histories. Terry Jones' Medieval Lives COMPLETED 1/11/14

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1.  Art history, or a history on any of the arts, music, architecture, literature,etc.  Expand to include art thefts, artists and other associated arts - such as performing, etc.

2.  Environmental history (example: Charles Mann's 1491 ) or a history of a geographical feature, phenomenon, or area (examples: The River Where America Began, Krakatoa)

3.  An award winning history or one that is part of a series.

4.  Single subject history ( example: Tom Standage's A history of the world in 6 glasses)

5.  Intellectual history, history of ideas or disciplines

6.  Read 2-3 works in your favorite historical time period.  Since 2014 marks the centennial of WWI, how about books about  either events leading up to WWI (from 1890 and forward), WWI or its aftermath -- up to, say, 1933.

7.  Invoking #9-Change to Sports History -  Tales From The LSU Sidelines by Lee Feinswog 3/22/14

8.  "Close to home" or what we might consider as "social history, " which, broadly  speaking, covers  histories of ordinary folks.- The Devil in Pew Number Seven by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo 01/03/14

9.  Reader's Choice -  Substitute one of the categories above with a topic of your choice.

P.S. Cross posting is allowed, even encouraged as in goodreads.  Feel free to do so here.



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1.  Art history, or a history on any of the arts, music, architecture, literature,etc.  Expand to include art thefts, artists and other associated arts - such as performing, etc.  Spin a Silver Dollar by  Alberta Hannum, 8/2014, 5 stars 

2.  Environmental history (example: Charles Mann's 1491 ) or a history of a geographical feature, phenomenon, or area (examples: The River Where America Began, Krakatoa)

3.  An award winning history or one that is part of a series (Pulitizer Prize):  Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis, 9/30/2014

4.  Single subject history ( example: Tom Standage's A history of the world in 6 glasses):  The Clay Giants, The Stoneware of Red Wing, Goodhue County, Minnesota by Lyndon C. Viel

5.  Intellectual history, history of ideas or disciplines

6.  Read 2-3 works in your favorite historical time period.  Since 2014 marks the centennial of WWI, how about books about  either events leading up to WWI (from 1890 and forward), WWI or its aftermath -- up to, say, 1933. WWII:   Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides, 1/23/2014, 4.5 stars.  This is an exciting read and difficult to put aside.  The author does a fantastic job both with research and writing.  I highly recommend this readBomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin, 4/16/2014, 4 starsHow It Was For Billy Nelson by Jean Ameluxen, 3/10/2014, 3 stars; Elephant Company by Vicki Constantine Croke, 12/5/2014, 4 stars.

7.  A book that features an Asian or third world country or a country of your ancestry:  Marie Antoinette by Stefan Zweig, 5 stars, 11/13/2014

8.  "Close to home" or what we might consider as "social history, " which, broadly  speaking, covers  histories of ordinary folks:  The Haymakers: A Chronicle of Five Farm Families by Steven R. Hoffbeck

9.  Reader's Choice -  Substitute one of the categories above with a topic of your choice:  His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis, 4/27/2014, 4.5 stars

P.S. Cross posting is allowed, even encouraged as in goodreads.  Feel free to do so here.



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1.  Art history, or a history on any of the arts, music, architecture, literature,etc.  Expand to include art thefts, artists and other associated arts - such as performing, etc.   Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa by R. A. Scotti 12/26/14

2.  Environmental history (example: Charles Mann's 1491 ) or a history of a geographical feature, phenomenon, or area (examples: The River Where America Began, Krakatoa) Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester 9/30/14

3.  An award winning history or one that is part of a series.

4.  Single subject history   A Cockney Camera: London's Social History Recorded in Photographs by Gordon Winter 3/10/14

5.  Intellectual history, history of ideas or disciplines  Dreams of a Final Theory : The Scientist's Search for the Ultimate Laws of Nature by Steven Weinberg 6/15/14

6.  Read 2-3 works in your favorite historical time period.    WWII

  1. The Monuments Men by Robert M Edsel with Brett Witter (10/20/14)
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7.  A book that features an Asian or third world country or a country of your ancestry.  The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People by John Kelly 12/17/15

8.  "Close to home" or what we might consider as "social history, " which, broadly  speaking, covers  histories of ordinary folks.  Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson 1/31/14

9.  Reader's Choice -  Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis 9/17/14



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