History

Summer Reading

I always enjoy a good book or two during the summer months. My wife, Molly, got me hooked on Barnes & Noble, and all the wonderful books they have. I looks up book reviews, and then I add books I am interested in reading to my Goodreads account. It helps me share with others was books I am reading, want to read or have read. It’s also a good  Here are just a few on my list to-read and read this summer.

The Presidents Club was the first book I read this summer. My wife got it as an anniversary present for me last year. I finally got around to reading it as things calmed down after school and our wedding. It was a very interesting read. A lot of the historical events in them are familiar to us; Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, Watergate and the Clinton Impeachment. This book covers Presidents Truman to Obama, but in a whole different scope. The authors explore the complex relationship between the former presidents and presiding presidents and the office that binds them together.   I give it a 5 out of 5 on my Goodreads profile, as it was nearly impossible to put it down.

The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

Next on my list to read, Triangle falls under the categories of American history that I love the most, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. It’s the story of American ingenuity and progress shadowed by corruption and poverty. I am deeply fascinated with labor history, nothing is more intriguing that workers’ fight for rights in the workplace. This is the tragic story of workers, mainly women, in such wretched working conditions that it cost them their lives. The Triangle Fire is the tragic story of poor working conditions in industrial America at the turn of the 20th century.

Triangle: The Fire that Changed America

A book that I bought on a recent trip to the book store was American Colossus. This is another book that delves into the America’s Second Industrial Revolution. The story examines the men who were captains of American industry; J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie among others. I am looking forward to jumping right into this one after Triangle. 

American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900

What books on to-read list for the summer, or what are you currently reading? What is your favorite genre to read?

 

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