Multcolib My Librarian Tama: 2 authors write 5 history favorites

River of Doubt
River of Doubt Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey By Millard, Candice Book - 2006 B-R781miL 2006 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 12 copies

Annotation:In 1912 Roosevelt ran as an independent, splitting the vote and putting his Democratic challenger in the White House. He did the most manly thing he could find and joined an expedition to map an uncharted tributary of the Amazon. What could go wrong? Everything. What you don't know, can kill you. Or almost.

The Destiny of the Republic
The Destiny of the Republic A Tale of Medicine, Madness and the Murder of A President By Millard, Candice Book - 2011 973.84092 G2312m 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Brilliantly written tale of the brief life and lingering death of one of our least-known presidents. Was it the bullet or the bacteria that killed him?

The Worst Hard Time
The Worst Hard Time The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl By Egan, Timothy Book - 2006 978 E28w 2006 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 20 copies

Annotation:Anyone who lived through the Dust Bowl, and is still with us, is now in their 80's or older. Egan follows their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the deaths of loved ones. Winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2006.

The Big Burn
The Big Burn Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America By Egan, Timothy Book - 2009 973.911 E287b 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1910 a gigantic wildfire was formed by the merger of several small wildfires in the Pacific Northwest. It would burn 3 million acres and five towns to the ground. It would kill 100 people. Incredible research into primary sources went into this book and it is narrative history at its best. Special bonus: Best buddies Gifford Pinchot and Teddy Roosevelt boxing in the White House wearing only their skivvies.

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis By Egan, Timothy Book - 2012 770.92 C978es 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:It took Curtis over 30 years to capture all the photographs. It's the kind of work that would change anyone, and it changed him profoundly, from detached observer to fierce advocate. He would die penniless and unknown in 1952, just a few years after publishing the last of his twenty volumes. Fascinating, heartbreaking, stunning read.

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My five favorite history books by my two favorite writers. Plain and simple. Read them. You won't be able to put them down, and you won't want them to end.

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