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Subject: What's on your TBR list?
Date Posted: 2/5/2009 9:36 AM ET
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What history books do you have on your TBR pile?

Right now I've got Descartes' Bones: a Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason by Russell Shorto, John Adams by David McCullough, The Wreck of the Medusa by Jonathan Miles and American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham

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Date Posted: 2/5/2009 10:10 AM ET
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John Adams by McCullough is on my TBR also. He's a great writer, I really enjoyed 1776 and The Johnstown Flood.

Here are a few on my TBR:

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

The Affair of the Poisons : Murder, Infanticide, and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV
Anne Somerset

The Bewitching of Anne Gunter : A Horrible and True Story of Deception, Witchcraft, Murder and the King of England
J. A. Sharpe, James Sharpe


Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage
Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew, Annette Lawrence Drew

Blood of Revolution: From the Reign of Terror to the Rise of Khomeini
Erik Durschmied

Bring Out Your Dead: The Great Plague of Yellow Fever in Philadelphia in 1793 (Studies in Health Illness and Caregiving) :: J. H. Powell

Down the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico: The Diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin, 1846-1847
Stella Madeleine Drumm, Susan Shelby Magoffin

Four Against the Arctic: Shipwrecked for Six Years at the Top of the World
David Roberts

The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague In History
John M. Barry

Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression
Studs Terkel

The Memoirs of Catherine the Great (Modern Library Classics)
Catherine The Great

The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View
Richard Tarnas

Salt: A World History
Mark Kurlansky

A midwife's tale : the life of Martha Ballard, based on her diary, 1785-1812 / Ulrich, Laurel.

Wedding of the Waters: The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation
Peter L. Bernstein

Storms, Ice, and Whales: The Antarctic Adventures of a Dutch Artist on a Norwegian Whaler
Willem van der Does

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Date Posted: 2/5/2009 11:29 AM ET
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Thanks Sheila, I'll have to check out The Great Influenza, Bring Out Your Dead and The Affair of the Poisons.

Date Posted: 2/5/2009 3:38 PM ET
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I've got: The Great Mortality : An Intimate History of the Black Death, The Most Devastating Plague of All Time

The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, the Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption

Truman (McCullough)

Under the Banner of Heaven


A Brief History of the Tudor Age

 Doomed Queens: Royal Women Who Met Bad Ends, From Cleopatra to Princess Di

Four Days in November: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy - Vincent Bugliosi

2 different bio's of Marie Antoinette, (Antonia Fraser and Evelyn Lever)

The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945

Queens of England - Norah Lofts

That's all I can think of at the moment.



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Date Posted: 2/5/2009 6:15 PM ET
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Just a sampling from my PBS TBR:

Embattled Paradise: The American Family in an Age of Uncertainty by Arlene Skolnick

The Fall of Berlin 1945 by Antony Beevor

The Fall of Yugoslavia; The Third Balkan War by Misha Glenny

For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War by James McPherson

Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham

Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission by Hampton Sides

Hallowed Ground : A Walk at Gettysburg by James McPherson

I've got too many to list on my TBR, and then I've got a whole batch that aren't from PBS! I've got plenty to read!

Date Posted: 2/5/2009 6:54 PM ET
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I've got

John Adams by David McCullough

The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir


The Princes in the Tower by Alison Weir

Date Posted: 2/18/2009 6:00 PM ET
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On my pile or in the mail right now:

The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir

American Indians in American History, 1870-2001 by Sterling Evans

Fire: A Brief History by Stephen J. Pyne

The Peopling of British North America: An Introduction by Bernard Bailyn

So Glorious a Landscape: Nature and the Environment in American History and Culture by Chris J. Magoc

Celia: A Slave by Melton Mclaurin

And several more on my wishlist.


Date Posted: 2/18/2009 7:52 PM ET
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So many wishlist books listed, and so many more to add to my reminder list. (I only have about 300 books waiting for a spot!) I'll have to list mine tomorrow...
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My next book: Castles : Their Construction and History, by Sidney Toy

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This one might complement Castles, Richard:

The Porcelain God: A Social History of the Toilet by L. Julie Horn.    Seriously... I liked it, but I'm kind of twisted, LOL. http://www.amazon.com/Porcelain-God-Social-History-Toilet/dp/0806519479/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1235360504&sr=1-1

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Date Posted: 2/24/2009 2:29 AM ET
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The Porcelain God: A Social History of the Toilet by L. Julie Horn sounds interesting and it is kind of book I like. But, the reviews seem to indicate the writer is trying to be humous.  With the current economic disaster I am in no mood for humour, perhaps there is a more serious book on this subject.

Here's what I have coming up in my reading list:  How we die, by Sherwin Nuland:

"Attempting to demythologize the process of dying, Nuland explores how we shall die, each of us in a way that will be unique. Through particular stories of dying--of patients, and of his own family--he examines the seven most common roads to death: old age, cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's, accidents, heart disease, and strokes, revealing the facets of death's multiplicity."

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