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Subject: Historical Forum?
Date Posted: 12/21/2008 3:31 AM ET
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Why is there a "HIstorical Fiction" forum, but no "Historical" forum?  Surely, the "Historical Fiction" topic would be a subset of the "Historical" topic.

Date Posted: 12/21/2008 9:39 AM ET
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It was started due a request, I believe.  There were many of us talking in the hidden gems and it was too hard to keep track of the posts since it's such a broad subject.

Date Posted: 12/21/2008 1:18 PM ET
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I agree Richard . . . we need a History forum :-)

I sent a request to the powers that be a few months ago.

If you have a history thread you want to start I suggest you post it in the HF or in the Hidden Gems section. I have discussed History books in both areas. Many people who participate in HF read both.

Date Posted: 12/21/2008 1:36 PM ET
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Agreed. A LOT of us here on the HF forum discuss non-fiction history as well. If there is something in particular you want to talk about, feel free to start a thread about it here. I'm sure some of us will have something to say!

Date Posted: 12/22/2008 10:01 AM ET
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The team has said that they will be making a new "History" forum when they have time. They are crazy busy, so feel free to talk history here or in Hidden Gems until then.

What kind of history do you read? I pretty much read it all, but I particularly love books about WWII, American history, and any kind of historic exploration, especially Arctic and sea exploration. Of course, those topics of interest can change if something else snags my attention. ;-)

Date Posted: 12/22/2008 12:19 PM ET
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There WAS a History thread at one time that apparently did not get used enough to warrant its continuance.

Date Posted: 12/30/2008 3:32 AM ET
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I am really looking for some new history books to read.  I only read non-fiction, you can see from my Wish list the kinds of books in which I am interested.  The more obscure the topic the better.  Two recent books I liked was a book about the history of the screwdriver and another book about dust.  If I could, for example, find a book about the history of the hammer or a book about lint I would be happy.


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Date Posted: 12/30/2008 9:26 AM ET
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You can come to my house and explore the history of dust for yourself.  I am serious - we have very historical dust; some of it is even imported from other places.

You can't have my screwdrivers though.  (I do think people should be delighted when I do my shopping at Brownell's and they get a mini-screwdriver kit for Christmas.).

It has seemed like there should be a history forum but maybe part of the issue is what seems to be the male to female ratio on the forums.  Judging by the number of books, it seems that the most popular eras must be the Civil War and WW II.  I was surprised that there wasn't one either but it's hard to argue a need when the old one wasn't being used.

I'm currently reading a bit of American history but I don't read enough to keep forum alive.

There are probably books about the history of old tools or something.  We sometimes run into things that you don't know whether they are a tool or just part of something :)