An interesting account of the turbulent last half of the 1800’s. Inventions, the urbanization of American towns and fortunes made and lost while New York and Boston create the mass transit systems that color those cities so distinctly.
Recommended by John
For anyone who is serious about changing the world. More than 40 years later, Alinsky’s no-nonsense advice has never been more relevant.
Recommended by Jordan
Possibly the greatest real-life adventure ever! It’s the riveting story of the naval cruiser USS Indianapolis, torpedoed after delivering the bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima. Fans of Jaws may recognize the events described but won’t be prepared for the astonishing details. Terrifying, maddening, and ultimately very moving. A GREAT READ!.
Recommended by Anne
Rogan delivers another great book! This is the story of the divisions between the Ottoman government and the people it ruled. Rogan demonstrates that while diplomats fought a European war, the people waged battles for their own national independence.
Recommended by Rafael
Genius and Grit, Perilous Times, and the Invention That Changed the Way We Write This is a surprisingly riveting, heartbreaking account of the efforts to create the first ballpoint pen. Invented in Hungary during WWII, it changed how we write while destroying the lives of those who invented it. Highly recommended!
Recommended by Waylon
McCullough’s 17-hour audio book took me on a journey to Paris. I love American history, but this was something a bit different covering Americans in Paris from 1830 to 1900. It transformed my thinking about what it must have been like to travel or live in France as an American in this volatile period in French history. I learned so much about a broad cross section of artists, doctors, writers, politicians and architects and their profound impact on America from their experiences. I really enjoyed this book.
Recommended by Clark
Philbrick’s faithfully researched book on The Battle of the Little Bighorn, George Custer and Sitting Bull was a rewarding read for the history buff in me. I enjoyed it immensely and highly recommend this to those interested in history especially those who don’t know much about the period of the late 1800’s in the American old west. The author’s account is through a very wide lens, but that made it a wonderful account of the battle at what lead to it.
Recommended by Clark
This was my father's war. What's in this book is a lot of what he wouldn't talk about. Yet I knew about a lot of it simply because he was there, in the Pacific, when all this was going on. What I wasn't truly aware of was the level of mistakes that were made. The SNAFUs, the Situation Normal All Fouled Up that went on with so many of the island landings. Much of what I learned about the Pacific war was after I myself became a Marine – but it still wasn't the same because I wasn't there. This book takes you there and no matter how hard you try, you may leave a bit of yourself behind with the men who didn't come home. I cannot think of another book that really makes the island war live. Flags of Our Fathers comes close but The Pacificcarries it all the way. There are some things in it you may not like hearing about but they happened and for a reason. As always, war changes those who fight them – good or bad. If you have a love of history and a sense of pride in our fighting men, I recommend this book. It had me riveted from the first page to the last.
Recommended by Lee
Film historian Basinger takes a detailed and wide-ranging look at the fabled Hollywood studio system, focusing on both major stars (Lana Turner, Tyrone Power, Errol Flynn) and actors who were huge in their day but are perhaps less well-known now (Deanna Durbin, Jean Arthur, Wallace Beery). My favorite chapters deal with "malfunctions" -- actors who were given every opportunity to become stars but failed -- and "bonuses" -- actors never expected to make it big but who somehow caught on with the public. Rich, juicy, opinionated, and thoroughly researched, The Star Machine is a bonanza for any film lover.
Recommended by Anne
A really beautiful story set in 19th century China about the enduring friendship between two women during a time when it wasn’t easy to be female. Together, Lily and Snow Flower endure footbinding, arranged marriages, war, and motherhood, by communicating through a secret language written on a fan. Not exactly a happy read, but See has create a touching and poignant portrait of love and friendship that leaves you satisfied.
Recommended by Emily P.