Yes, I’m still alive! It’s been a whirlwind few months and I just haven’t had time to post. I do apologize. Here’s what I’ve been reading:
1.Hue 1968 by Mark Bowden: I started this long one and simply couldn’t put it down. It was tough because the content is riveting and heartbreaking at the same time, but I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. The history books that I was forced to read in school never mentioned this war so I didn’t have much to go on in terms of context.
Ernie Cheatham was my favorite hero in this book but there were many. I visited the Vietnam Memorial in DC shortly after finishing this book, as well as viewing the excellent Ken Burns documentary. The memorial is very well done, and was a stark reminder for me of the sacrifices made by so many.
2.Guests of the Ayatollah also by Mark Bowden: As soon as I finished Hue, I picked this one up from the library. This was also a period in history that wasn’t mentioned in school, so I knew very little about it going in. Mark Bowden is a terrific writer and his writing brings you in immediately.
3.Killing England by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard: Very well done overview of the War for Independence. If you’re a history buff, this may not be as detailed as you might like, but for this history ignoramus, it provided a good overview.