The saying “Those who fail to learn the past are doomed to repeat it,” is super serious and maybe even true. Who can say! We do know one thing for certain though, and that is that sometimes living in the past is way more fun. Lovers of history books will certainly agree when they get their hands on the five titles below.
I don’t know about your high school class, but I do know that the one book that every person in my English class actually read was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. In The Black Count, author Tom Reiss gives us a look at the real life adventure of Alexandre Dumas’s father (and original Alexandre Dumas), the inspiration for the fictional Count. From slave to general in the French Revolution, Dumas’ life was one full of intrigue and almost mythic feats.
World War II titles are always big favorites, and The Liberator by Alex Kershaw will be no exception. From surviving battles in Sicily and Salerno, to weathering attacks on the beaches of Anzio and finally taking on the task of liberating Dachau, U.S. Army Officer Felix Sparks and his infantry unit covered a thousand miles, and faced four of the bloodiest battles in Europe over 500 days. This audiobook is guaranteed to take the breath away from even the most knowledgeable World War II scholar.
Step into the spiderweb of lies that helped to make D-Day a success in another great World War II listen. Double Cross by Ben McIntrye untangles all the webs that were spun by Operation Bodyguard in order to trick Hitler and the Nazis. This version of the story of D-Day, told from the perspective of the spies involved with the ploy, will have you trying to come up with better sick day excuses to trick your boss.
The Man Who Saved the Union is perfect for Civil War devotees. H.W. Brand’s book is the first biography of Ulysses S. Grant in twelve years, and he is determind to reconstruct Grant’s legacy. Also take a look at Theodore Roosevelt’s time as New York City’s police commissioner in Island of Vice by Richard Zacks. His efforts to clean up the city may not have lasted past his time in the position, but his resolve to change the city is not so different than the work of recent mayor & police commissioner duos.
Take somebody back in time with these books, and then quiz them on the time period! Holiday fun for all.
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