- Hitler: A Biography by Ian Kershaw
I picked this up at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. This was an interesting profile of a, shall we say, unique person. Yeah, I didn't feel weird reading this paperback at the bus stop...
- Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas Blackmon
This was an excellent book that everyone should read. Totally mind-blowing and shocking to learn about forms of virtual slavery that existed into the 20th century.
- Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British America, 1754-1766 by Fred Anderson
I really wanted to learn more about the French and Indian War but this was booooring.
- The Siege of Washington: The Untold Story of the Twelve Days that Shook the Union by John Lockwood
This was written by a co-worker at the National Mall. It's interesting to see the confusion and nervous anticipation that surrounded the first days of the Civil War.
- Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth - from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker by Stacy Cordery
I met the author in North Dakota and gave her a tour of the Maltese Cross Cabin before she introduced herself. I read the well-written book and had a much greater appreciation of Alice.
- Vietnam: A History by Stanley Karnow
This is considered to be the seminal history on the Vietnam War.
- Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph Ellis
Interprets the American Revolution tidily and succinctly.
- Under the Black Flag: The Romance and Reality of Live Among the Pirates by David Cordingly
Summary: it sucked to be a pirate.
- Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith
My favorite book of the year.
- Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose
The research was groundbreaking but wasn't as solid as you would ideally have. That may not actually be possible.
- The Slave Ship: A Human History by Marcus Rediker
I found this book at the African Art Museum in D.C. and enjoyed it more than I expected.
- Bossypants by Tina Fey
I read this as an emergency when I was stuck without anything else to read. It was pretty funny, and it inspired me to watch the full run of 30 Rock again. I better understood where many of the jokes came from. The best part of the book was the chapter about her ill-fated honeymoon cruise.
- What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe
A fascinating look at a period of tremendous change in America.
- Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963 by Taylor Branch
This book was soooo long and was hard for me to follow because there were so many people it tried to cover. But of course, that's the point. The Civil Rights movement wasn't just about MLK, but his was the voice that bound all the disparate parts of the movement together, and his was the voice that white America could relate to.
- Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape by Kirk Savage
This book is fundamental to understanding the monumental landscape in Washington and how it has grown, changed, and developed over two centuries.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
2012 Reading List
Better late than never, here is my reading list from 2012 with some comments. I didn't read as many books because I read so many long books.