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Old 11-02-2009, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Dayton, OH
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History is what I almost always read for pleasure. Fiction has a really tough act to follow!
Aint that the Truth!

I like to read European history but also urban history and regional history for the US. Right now Im reading Chicago Made, Factory Networks in the Industrial Metropolis" (http://www.press.uchicago.edu/presssite/metadata.epl?mode=synopsis&bookkey=5921626 - broken link), which is sort of economic and urban history combined. There's a lot out on Chicago, but New Orleans has some outstanding urban history and geography books, too.

Probably the best historical geography series out there on the US and North America is DW Meinigs "The Shaping of America" series. Can't recommend these strong enough, esp the first two volumes...Atlantic America and Continental America:


Atlantic America, 1492-1800 (http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300038828 - broken link)

Continental America, 1800-1867 (http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300062908 - broken link)


Transcontinental America, 1850-1915 (http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300082906 - broken link)

Global America, 1915-2000 (http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300104325 - broken link)
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Old 11-04-2009, 11:41 PM
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Location: Utah
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Yes, I like reading about history! I read all the Gulag books I could find (Solzhenitsen and otherwise), utterly amazed I knew nothing about this, wasn't introduced to this in school.

I like to read about China's history, and have recently been reading about the Cultural Revolution.

Eleni, by Nick Gage, is a favorite of mine.

I recently stumbled upon a book about Gypsies in (mostly eastern) Europe. So facinating!

Also, historical fiction is my favorite genre. Love Pillars of the Earth (but not the "sequel"), Amy Tan. A Suitable Boy sent in 1950's India is a great read. And, of course, Clan of the Cave Bear.
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Old 11-05-2009, 01:33 AM
 
Location: Metromess
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I'm at present reading Weller's War, a collection of news stories and essays written during WW2 by the ace Chicago Times reporter Joseph Weller. Much of it was written in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) and southern Pacific area, a part of the war which I didn't know much about. What a slugfest that was, under very trying conditions (he had to take time for a long recuperation from recurrent malaria).
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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Default Error in above post

Uh-oh. It wasn't the Chicago Times. It was the Chicago Daily News! (If anyone cares.)
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Old 11-07-2009, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Cashtown, PA
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I am msotly interested in books on medieval and renaissance history as well as material on early Ireland and the Native Americans. My husband is interested in books on the American Civil War.
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