What I’ve been reading…

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.

Happy reading!

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What I’ve been reading…

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