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History Readers-What are you reading in November?

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1RichardBorkow
Nov 10, 2009, 6:18pm

Three books by David Hackett Fischer-his most recent, Champlain's Dream, his Pulitzer Prize winning book, Washington's Crossing and his 1994 book, Paul Revere's Ride.
All 3 books are discussed on YouTube interviews with Dr. Fischer. I had the honor of interviewing him at Brandeis University on May 22.
To access the video interview, use the search term-
Dobbs Ferry Historical Society.

Until I read Paul Revere's Ride, I never properly appreciated that the New England Minutemen saw themselves not as revolutionaries, fighting for new rights, but rather as defenders of their old, inherited folk rights, their self-government, which-- as Dr Fischer explains-- had been a basic condition of their lives for 6 generations.
Richard Borkow, M.D.
Village Historian of Dobbs Ferry

2teepland
Edited: Nov 11, 2009, 2:39pm

I'm reading Out of the Flames : the remarkable story of a fearless scholar, a fatal heresy, and one of the rarest books in the world by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone. It's the history of the theological argument between Michael Servetus and John Calvin, which ended in Servetus being burned at the stake and his religious and scientific works being banned for hundreds of years.

The book continues on with the story of how Servetus's works were kept from being lost forever and discusses the resurgence of his writings today.

While it's an older (2002) "pop-history" book meant for the general reading audience, I've found it interesting and educational so far. It seemed fitting, and slightly ironic, to read the book this year, the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birthday.

3OldSarge
Edited: Nov 6, 2010, 4:28am

Finishing ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA by Adrian Goldsworthy. Excellent read covering the period from the Republic to Empire in the 1st century BC.

Starting SONG OF WRATH: The Peloponnesian War Begins By J.E Lendon.