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Subject: is there a non-fiction forum?
Date Posted: 9/20/2008 11:25 PM ET
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I am interested in history, but not fiction.  I'd rather read about the real thing.  Is there a forum that covers non-fiction?

Date Posted: 9/20/2008 11:41 PM ET
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No. There used to be but it was dropped and this one created.

Date Posted: 9/20/2008 11:55 PM ET
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I wish there was a nonfiction history forum. I did email PBS a couple of months ago and suggest they add one :-)

 

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 5:28 PM ET
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Several of us here, I think, would be interested in non-fiction history threads. Feel free to start a subject. :)

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 5:46 PM ET
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Yep, lots of us read non-fiction. We love history, period! If you are interested in something, start a thread, and I'm sure we'll all be there. 

What kind of history do you enjoy reading? I love anything about other countries and cultures. I also love books about historic exploration and sea voyages. I love books about women who were important in history. I recently went through a WWII binge and, then moved on to a book about the Boston Molasses Flood of 1919. Okay, really, I love just about any kind of history! Lately, I've been reading more history than historical fiction.  

Tell us what you enjoy! I always love to see what others are reading, just in case it's something I need to check out too. ;-)

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 9:06 AM ET
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I had asked this too because I am reading a little bit of history.  Apparently no one was using the history forum though.

It covers so much territory, doesn't it?  The book stores only seem to have WWII and the Civil War.

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 11:25 AM ET
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Ah, no wonder I couldn't find it!

I have not read a lot of non fiction history, but from what I have read I am really getting hooked on it!  That is, as long as it is written well and not intellectually over my head.

I have read David McCulloughs 1776 and John Adams both of which I enjoyed immensely.  I recently finished Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas which I also loved!

I am currently reading The Greatest Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf by Mark Frost.

If you have read the above authors (I know, everyone has read McCullough!) then you will have an idea of they type of writing style I enjoy.  I am looking for similar suggestions! 

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 1:42 PM ET
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Have you read Doris Kearns Goodwin? I really liked her book about Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt. 

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 3:19 PM ET
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I loved Goodwin's book, Team of Rivals, about Lincoln. Her books are every bit as readable and enjoyable as McCullough's.

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 4:15 PM ET
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Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

LOL, Valli! You will read anything! ;-)

I read so much non-fiction for my day job that I only occasionally read non-fiction for fun. Does anybody know anything about David Ogg? I have a couple of his books. Are they good reads?

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 8:54 PM ET
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I really liked 1776 and John Adams as well.  By the end of the book I almost felt like he was a good friend of mine even though he had been one of the founders I knew the least about.  I really liked Cokie Roberts'  Founding Mothers too!