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 Posted: Fri Dec 16th, 2011 07:02 pm
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Hammer to Fall

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About to finish The Great Silence (Juliet Nicolson), which is about reaction in England at the end of World War I and a few years after. Solid, but not compelling. If you ever watched the old Upstairs, Downstairs series, it's the same thing but less interesting.

Since I rarely read very new releases, the best books I've read this year are a little dated. All are non-fiction.

- Nixonland (Rick Perlstein). Cultural history, plus a lot of Nixon from the 1940s through the beginning of Watergate.

- There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945-1975 (Jason Sokol). Drags in a few places, but it's a wonderful look at complexities of everything. Not a starter book, though.

- Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime (John Heilemann and Mark Halperin). Strangely, Obama was the least interesting individual in the whole race. Remember when Sarah Palin was relevant? Very non-political to be a political book.

- Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN (James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales). Not as much dirt as you'd hope but still very compelling. Contains about two paragraphs on the AWA venture.

- Arctic Labyrinth (Glyn Williams). The Brits look for the Northwest Passage from the 1500s-1840s. Is a wonderful companion to...

- The Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage (Anthony Brandt). Covers a lot of the same missions but in a different style. Both have a wealth of information on the ost Franklin expedition('s_lost_expedition), which is one of those holy shit moments from history.

- King Edward VIII: A Life (Philip Ziegler). A book on royalty that isn't totally trashy, though it contains lots of fun stuff. Ziegler dipped into a wealth of resources to make this, more than most biographers do. Very balanced work.

Last edited on Fri Dec 16th, 2011 07:04 pm by Hammer to Fall

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