If you're not into history, these books may change your mind. While this may sound odd, this probably my favorite, or at least most frequently read time period. I'd blame it on my history degree, but this started well before college. This is a mix of fiction and non-fiction, with something for everyone. 1. Life … Continue reading 8 Books Set During World War II
Another Erik Larson books, and once again I need to remind myself I’m reading nonfiction. The Devil in the White City is a look at Chicago at a turning point. Seen as a rough tumble, gruff city on the edge of the civilization (I can only assume these views come from New Yorkers), Chicago had to earn its place among major cities of the world. Growing up there I have always known how great it is, and embraced it’s colorful history from Al Capone, and influxes of immigrants, factory workers and union battles to Mrs. O’Leary’s cow and rebuilding of the city after the Great Fire of 1871.
Looking back on history, it is almost impossible not to wonder what was the international community thinking not doing more early on to stop the Nazis from military build up, persecution of their own people or expanding in other countries. I’ve read two books recently that help explain this. Here’s the first one. Erik Larson’s In … Continue reading In the Garden of Beasts