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I can't believe that this forum doesn't get more interaction! I love history, HF and mysteries but I am surprised that there isn't more going on here. I am so thrilled that I was able to order a book entitled Halsey's Typhoon. I haven't received it yet but I'm wondering if any of you have read it.
If you haven't read it, I would like to ask " what is your favorite history book ever"?
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If I can take a series of three, my favorite work, easily, is Fernand Braudel's Civilization & Capitalism, 15th-18th Century. Braudel has a theory of how to write History. He gives you a huge, well-documented assembly of data, not focusing on rulers and wars, but people and geography. (e.g. what they ate [gruel], owned [maybe a bed and a couple of chairs]).
If I have to go with a single book: Eric Foner's Reconstruction.
1. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (number 1 favorite book of all time)
2. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
3. Love & Louis XIV by Antonia Fraser
4. The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
5. The Ten-Cent Plague by David Hadju
6. The American Plague by Molly Caldwell Crosby
These sound like great books, Vanessa! I haven't read them, but I may. I read another book about Holmes, I believe it was, during the Chicago Fair, that Erik Larson writes about In Devil In the White City, but I understand that Larson's descriptions of the Fair are really excellent, in addition to the issue of the serial killer who was operating there at the time!!!
I somehow seem drawn to WWll history a lot! My favorite book so far is "Abandon Ship: The Saga of the USS Indianapolis, the Navy's Greatest Sea Disaster" by Richard F Newcomb. What an awe-inspiring, tragic, yet spell-binding book! I let go of that book years ago, but it still comes back to me and sometimes I think that I should get another copy!!
History (both fiction and nonfiction) is my favorite genre. Here are a few of my favorites:
Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
Scott and Amundsen by Roland Huntford
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
all of the Aubrey/Maturin sea novels by Patrick O'Brian
all the Laura Ingalls Wilder series (I still reread them as an adult!!)