Multcolib My Librarian Tama: 2 authors write 5 history favorites
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.