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
Part of the joy of reading is traveling to other places and times, while never leaving home. I love reading books set in other places, because it takes me somewhere I want to go, or introduces me to a place to add to my long travel wish list. But going back in time...books are our only … Continue reading 5 Books to transport you back in time
On Dupont Circle by James Srodes centers around the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and what became a circle of influential friends. Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood became the gathering place for young politically-minded progressives with the election President Woodrow Wilson – the great hope of the progressive movement. Think a hopey, changey campaign a century before Obama made it cool. And so the progressives came. Seeking government jobs, to lobby pet issues, or as writers of emerging magazines – but regardless, all of them looking to find their place and make their mark on history.
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