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Topic: Where are all the history buffs? OR what is your favorite history book ever

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Subject: Where are all the history buffs? OR what is your favorite history book ever
Date Posted: 9/17/2009 11:34 PM ET
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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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Date Posted: 9/18/2009 11:24 PM ET
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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.

Date Posted: 9/19/2009 6:54 AM ET
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That would be very interesting - to read more about the details of life in that time period. I will have to check that out. Thanks John!

Date Posted: 9/19/2009 4:52 PM ET
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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

Date Posted: 9/19/2009 5:29 PM ET
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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!!

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 5:17 PM ET
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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!!)

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 6:15 PM ET
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Barbara - I have Gates of Fire, but haven't had a chance to read it yet. I'm so glad you liked it that much. Lonesome Dove was wonderful!