Startling gap in history collection
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Or more accurately: According to my library, nothing happened after 1945. I spent today organizing my books (still not finished), and was putting my history books in chronological order. When I put my last Holocaust book on the shelf, I realized I was out of history books. Egads.
What post-WWII books would y'all recommend to fill this hole?
I went to look at my library for suggestions, but other than books about baseball, my history ends at 1945 too!
If you were interested in the Second World War and Holocaust history, much of which centred around Poland, you might find this interesting - it's Poland in the '80s when Solidarity came to the fore ...
Klarusu: Thanks for the recommend, I'll put it on my wishlist.
Anyone have a favorite books about the Korean war? Cold War?
Another two I've found now I'm home and I have my books:
Both excellent books - not Korea or Cold War (although now I want to go find some books on Korea and the Cold War because I realise I'm lacking ...) Afghanistan and Lebanon focused but well worth the time.
That's me out though - the rest of my lot is either ancient history or war stuff ...
For modern history, you might want to look for Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945 by Tony Judt.
I'm not so interested in Korea, so the fact that I saw a book on it recently I plan to check out may be significant. How about Last Stand of Fox Company? It's billed as a modern-day Thermopylae.
Took a Viet Nam class in college. The main book for the course was Vietnam: A History by Stanley Karnow. Good overview, and I think it corresponded to a PBS documentary. I also own Shook Over Hell, which looks at PTSD in the American Civil War and Viet Nam War.
Military History magazine recently had an article of the "top 10" books on military history, and one of the books that made the cut was We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young.
And how about McNamara's In Retrospect?
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