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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Arrow View Post
    I generally avoid popular history myself, but Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough are popular history authors that are actually pretty good. I don't know about Tuchman yet.
    I've only (tried to) read The Guns of August. It just didn't meet my expectations. When I picked up the book I'm expecting a great experience because it's a classic, right? Unreadable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister D View Post
    I've only (tried to) read The Guns of August. It just didn't meet my expectations. When I picked up the book I'm expecting a great experience because it's a classic, right? Unreadable.
    I think you'll enjoy Goodwin's Bully Pulpit, about Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the crew at McClure's Magazine.
    "We were taught under the old ethic that man's business on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man. Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality, but by the higher duty I owe to myself."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister D View Post
    I've only (tried to) read The Guns of August. It just didn't meet my expectations. When I picked up the book I'm expecting a great experience because it's a classic, right? Unreadable.
    I plan on reading that one, too. I guess I am just a peasant...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    I plan on reading that one, too. I guess I am just a peasant...
    Just my preference. I don't like attitude in my book selections. Unless it's overtly and unabashedly political.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister D View Post
    Just my preference. I don't like attitude in my book selections. Unless it's overtly and unabashedly political.
    You may want to stay away from Annette Gordon-Reed's "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs." It's about Thomas Jefferson, but while it purports to be a factual account it's more like a factional one, focusing on Jefferson's negative side (slavery for example) rather than a balanced approach.
    "We were taught under the old ethic that man's business on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man. Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality, but by the higher duty I owe to myself."
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    Interesting if military history is your thing.

    The Generals: America Military Command from World War II to Today.

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    Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews

    This is an interesting book, blood, gore, sex, murder, betrayal, and international intrigue...plus, at the end of every chapter there is a recipe for something eaten in that chapter. Most different.

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