As this blog progresses, you will quickly find out that I looooove to read. And the Amazon Deal of the Day today goes straight to my patriotic, historical-non-fiction-loving heart: twenty excellent American history Kindle ebooks.
Remember, this is a one day sale, and it is just for the Kindle version, but you can download the Kindle app and read on virtually any device these days.
But which to buy?Here are my picks:
1. Devil In The Grove by Gilbert King.
A winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and a compelling chronicle of Thurgood Marshall’s involvement in a defining (and sobering) legal case during the Civil Rights Movement. At $1.99, this one is worth picking up.
2. and 3. Washington’s Crossing or Paul Revere’s Ride, both by David Hackett Fischer. American Revolutionary history may be my favorite time period to study. The more you learn, the more improbable it seems that we defeated the British and successfully established our own country. Either of these would be well worth purchasing at $3.99 for the Kindle version.
4. Made in America by Bill Bryson. Bill Bryson’s books rarely fail to entertain. A Walk in the Woods, his account of hiking the Appalachian Trail, is one of my favorite laugh-out-loud books ever. Made in America: an informal history of the english language in the united states was just published this month; I will definitely be purchasing this one for $1.99. Also worth considering (though not on sale) is his book published last year entitled One Summer: America, 1927.
5. Six Frigates by Ian W. Toll. If you have ever read any of Patrick O’Brian‘s fictional accounts of the British Navy (and if you haven’t, please go beg, buy or borrow Master and Commander, the first of the Aubrey/Maturin series immediately), you are bound to enjoy this well-reviewed account of the history of the U.S. Navy. Recently, our family had the opportunity to tour the U.S. Naval Academy, and I immediately wanted to join up (I don’t think they would have me, but the desire was there nonetheless). So I’ll just read up on it instead.
6. Gettysburg by Stephen W. Sears. I had a hard time reading this one, but not because it was poorly written. Though I think it good and appropriate that the South was ultimately defeated in the War Between the States, it is hard to read this and think of the many lives lost in such a mistaken endeavor. A waste, but one worth reading about and learning from, and this is a fine book for that purpose.
I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the twenty books for sale today, but these are my personal picks. Just in time for July 4th: Happy America, everybody!
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