I'll be a history and political science major when I get out of CC so I always read numerous history books.
This book on George Washington is absolutely superb. You will not find a more entertaining and thorough biography of one of the greatest Americans ever.
Here is a cheaper kindle version
I've also heard his other books are just as amazing, he is a major history writer with a good background in finance so some of his books have a lot of financial dealings.
Please recommend other history books.
I am actually currently reading Washington on my kindle. It's been very good.
Next I'm going to read a quick fiction book as a palate cleanser, but afterwards I will read Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. His first two books on TR were awesome and really got me into biographies for the first time.
Colonel Roosevelt is well worth the reading. Years ago, I foolishly donated my hardcover copy of Morris's first volume of the biography of Theodore Roosevelt to charity.
I have found the high school text book The Bible and Its Influence, Student Text [Hardcover] immensely helpful in introducing students to an understanding of not only allusions in poetry, drama (Shakespeare), modern fiction and yes, history, too, as well as a host of other academic subjects (the arts and music, rhetoric). Here is the Amazon.com book description and editorial reviews. website address—
I highly recommend it as a companion to all history books.
The Bible and Its Influence, Student Text [Hardcover]
Publication Date: January 19, 2005
The student textbook is a hardcover, full-color, 387-page volume that covers the content of Genesis to Revelation. It is described as a feast for the eyes for its spectacular beauty and contains some of the world s most famous art, as well as sidebar features on how the Bible has influenced literature, poetry, music, art, history, public rhetoric, and Western civilization. Special one-or two-page features include Abraham Lincoln and the Bible, Handel s Messiah, The Bible and Emancipation, Shakespeare and the Bible, plus many more. The textbook was edited by Cullen Schippe, vice-president and publisher for Music, Religion, and Social studies at Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Chuck Stetson, founder and chairman of the Bible Literacy Project. The book was examined prior to publication by 40 reviewers, with their feedback incorporated into the editing of the text.
A signal achievement. Will serve as an excellent and even-handed introduction to the Bible. -- Marc D. Stern, American Jewish Congress
An undisputed triumph of scholarship and presentation. The achievement is breathtaking. -- Leland Ryken, PhD. Wheaton College, Illinois
Solidly researched and professionally written. I am please to endorse this effort wholeheartedly. -- Bishop Richard Sklba, Catholic Biblical Association
[When public schools] decline to impart knowledge about such an important subject ... They are merely failing their students. -- Chicago Tribune (May 12, 2005))
[Young] people cannot understand America’s ideals if they are cut off from the stories that gave those principles life. -- The Wall Street Journal (Nov. 12, 1999)
Academic study of the Bible in a public secondary school may appropriately take place in literature courses. Students might study the Bible as literature. They would examine the Bible as they would other literature in terms of aesthetic categories, as an anthology of narratives and poetry, exploring its language, symbolism, and motifs. Students might also study the Bible in literature, the ways in which later writers have used Bible literature, language, and symbols. Much drama, poetry, and fiction contains material from the Bible.
The Bible & Public Schools: A First Amendment Guide, First Amendment Center, 10
Great bokks! Read them years ago....must re-read in the future.
I know more people have great books.
Recently read A Land So Strange by Andres Resendez. It recounts the story of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, a Spanish conquistador who spent 10 years in the North American interior in the 1500's after being separated from the rest of his group. He, along with 2 others from his expedition, lived with indigenous groups at various times as slaves, traders, and faith healers, and essentially walked through North America from the Gulf coast, into the Plains, and on to New Mexico. Interesting stuff.
The most interesting book on US history I have ever read was Howard Zinn's 'A People's History of the United States.' It's all the major US events you were taught in school, but focusing on the minorities, the oppressed, and the dominated. It's certainly a must-read for anyone interested in US history.
Since we're on history... I don't usually read history, but here are a few that gripped me.
Lies My Teacher Told Me. A book about how US history textbooks in schools miss a lot. If you think the War of 1812 was fought over impressment, or that President Wilson wanted to keep us out of WWI, read that book. Perspective is US liberal, but both sides of the aisle will learn from it.
The Fourth Turning. A theory that there's a roughly 70-year cycle in US history (and other history, for that matter), of internally generated crisis, resolution, reformation, disaffection, and then crisis again. No points for guessing where we are.
A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor's Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the United States. The details are amazing, and show a vulnerability of Wall Street to, well, worse than Enron.
Destiny Disrupted. How Moslems view the sweep of world history. As you might expect, there's a lot of attention to the life of Mohammed, then the immediate aftermath. What was going on when Islam conquered all over and western Europe was in a shambles? Why did Islam then give up on learning? What was the greatest challenge to their faith (hint: it wasn't the West)? It's amazing how little you know, if all you had was World Civ in college.
I think it's interesting that when you speak of history and how we write history, you immediately turn to modern political divisions.
The only book there that seems terribly related to 'modern political divisions' is the Muslim history one. What's your objection to it?
I didn't say objection. I said it's interesting. It's telling about how he views the purpose of history (perhaps--I don't want to put words in his mouth).
And I was referencing his comment that the American history book was written from "US liberal" perspective but could teach both sides of the aisle.