What Are You Reading (May, 2008)?

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What Are You Reading (May, 2008)?

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1nbmars
Edited: May 5, 2008, 6:29pm

We just took a trip to the Southeast, and I grabbed Confederates in the Attic to go with me. Not only did the Civil War information in it enhance the trip immeasurably, but the book by itself is great fun. There have been parts that made me laugh until I cried.

2AnnaClaire
May 5, 2008, 11:25am

I just finished a The Battle for New York last night. Working on a non-history for Early Reviewing.

3JFCooper
Edited: May 9, 2008, 9:43pm

Just finished Jeffrey J. Noonan's first book The Guitar in America: Victorian Era to Jazz Age (American Made Music). It's the first scholarly work of which I am aware addressing the cultural history of the guitar --including players, teaching, and techniques.

It's the kind of work P.G. Wodehouse would have Jeeves call "an improving book." :) I feel like I know more about the guitar and its role in American culture than I did before I read Noonan's book.

4sergerca
May 5, 2008, 1:18pm

Finishing Alexander Hamilton and am LOVING it. Certainly my new favorite Founder.

Moving on to What Hath God Wrought next.

5Shrike58
May 8, 2008, 7:59am

Besides knocking off The Book Nobody Read, I'm now working on McClellan's War.

6AnnaClaire
May 8, 2008, 9:55am

I'm about done with my non-history early-reviewer book, and will be starting The Life of Thomas More today.

7JFCooper
May 9, 2008, 9:49pm

Just picked up Steven Craig Harper's Promised Land: Penn's Holy Experiment, the Walking Purchase, and the Dispossession of the Delawares, 1600-1763.

Need to read Chernow's Alexander Hamilton. :)

8OldSarge
Edited: May 20, 2008, 7:29am

Halfway through a superb biography. Sitting Bull by Bill Yenne.

Damn touchstones.

9OldSarge
Edited: May 29, 2008, 8:27am

Now starting on The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900 by Mike Cox. Volume one of a two volume history of the legendary semi military force/Law Enforcement agency.

10sergerca
May 20, 2008, 9:16am

I'm really enjoying What Hath God Wrought but am afraid I won't finish it by June when I'm starting a history course for which I will be reading The Dictators.

12nbmars
May 20, 2008, 6:03pm

Just starting Ghost Map about London's 1854 cholera epidemic.

13JFCooper
Edited: May 24, 2008, 2:18am

Finished Promised Land: Penn's Holy Experiment, the Walking Purchase, And the Dispossession of Delawares, 1600-1763 by Steven Craig Harper (hopefully the touchstones are working now).

Harper's work is excellent. He resurrects the Walking Purchase (1737) as a major reason behind the hostility of Delaware and Shawnee Indians in Pennsylvania in 1754 and 1755 at the beginning of the French and Indian War. His work implies also that concepts of ethnicity and civilization in America owe their origins to this event. Peter Silver goes on to expand on the same general idea in Our Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America. I haven't finished Silver's book yet, but I will before too long.

Moving on to C. F. Martin and His Guitars, 1796-1873 (H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman Series) by Philip Gura for little brain candy before finishing Silver's book.

14tom1066
May 25, 2008, 8:07pm

nbmars, I'm also reading The Ghost Map. What an interesting book. I particularly enjoy the discussion of how the efforts to prevent disease in the 1840s actually contributed to the cholera epidemic in the 1850s.

It makes me think of our current obsession with antibiotics for every illness and even in soap and hand lotion. We may be inadvertently creating a super-resistant bug, much as the flushing of raw sewage into the Thames to clean up the slums created a breeding ground for cholera. Frightening thought.

15OldSarge
May 29, 2008, 8:30am

Just started Boone: A Biography by Robert Morgan. Been sitting in my TBR pile for some time.