Ryan: Does anyone read books about actual events anymore? Does anyone read about history and historical figures?
"Those who do not learn from the past are destined to repeat it."
Dragonmaster55: I often read historical books. Although I mainly read books about European history and WWII, I have read books on Japan and India.
I had enough American history while in school in NY.
superdream: yes, i always read history.. try to read the story of civilization by Will Durant, it is like the bible of history..
Nosferatu: I'm currently reading about American history for one of my classes. 1877 to present. Pretty dry and boring stuff.
I like to read historical books especialy novels...Im reading Agony and extasy, biography of Michelangelo Buonaroti by Irving Stone and found a club Historical fiction here where pmembers left a serial titles of interesting books
xXDarkRomanceXx: don't get me wrong but i love history! and passed all my classes with 99's oh yeah!
urbanhermit: I have been dowering any works dealing with naval warfare during the age of the "fighting sail" and age of maritime exploration. Currently reading called "A LINE UPON THE WIND" which deals primarily with naval warfare during the Napoleonic Wars. Next up is a book called "GREAT HARRY'S NAVY".
VancouverSarah: Most of the books I read are non-fiction and a good portion of them are about historical events and figures.
I especially like non-fiction about science and the natural world.
wimbo: i have very much enjoy reading history books,with an interesting topic and well written of course. tip : Persian fire
PerpetualDreamer: I am interested in well written how-to write books. There are some interesting ones about how-to write science fiction with actual science. I will also read about bizarre real-life occurrence. Archaeology and crypto-archaeology are particularly fascinating. As well as events that defy explanation. True, unusual, crime can typically hold my attention until it gets graphic, or involves kids.
urbanhermit: I also find the history of the art and sciences to be fascinating. Call it the evolution of evolution. An interesting look in to the process of learning.
FogofWar: I have My own mini library on History; it's all I read. I have an encyclopedia on WWII as well as the entire volume of the Outline of History. If you are interested in ancient societies, then a good read is "The Flood From Heaven: Deciphering the Atlantis Legend", by geoarchaeologist Eberhard Zangger. It's his theory of how the story of Atlantis was inadvertantly an actual written record of the Trojan War. It's quite well written, and he continually explains that it is his theory, and by no means does he imply that other theories are wrong. I rather respect a man who shows respect to others ideas, and does not push his on you. It is very well written and quite convincing with his evidence.
Cygnus_X_1: Well I get most of my history fill from video documentaries. I did enjoy "Wired" the biography on John Belushi. The book that I really liked was Twain's Huckleberry Finn. Although it is fiction it gives you a true feeling about pre-civil war America.
daydreams: most of the books i read are filled with historical facts, some european like a russian ww11 , survival in russia and how hard it was to find food, what they had 2 eat and do, it was hardships and sad stuff, read abt 2 of those last.ive read a few on ww2 things, mostly sad.American history , ive read slavery books, but usually anything i pick up has a bit of history in it.
techno_hedonist: I love non-fiction, especially books about history and science. Biographies are great; the last one I read was American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.
john1576: History is often P.O.V. One aspect of 'Conspiracy Theory' Books etc, is that they are not just delusional B.S. about J.F.K.s murder, or the Moon-landing etc. They are often ruthless attempts to re write history over night by whipping up hysteria. What is unsettling, is that these people are succeeding.
Nosferatu: I just got the abridged version of the history of the rise and fall of the Roman empire by Edward Gibbon. I can't wait to read it.
sassenach: I'm a huge fan of european history.. like the tutor era and such..
ive read a bunch of novels written by different people on the subject but i always find myself going back to phillipa gregory... most call them girly books but theyre still very good.
OMGShoes: Somehow I got stuck on the first and the second world war literature - and it's been going on for almost 10 years.
Apart from that I also enjoy reading about other parts of history, especially from Anchient Rome and Greece to British history...
sunbox: History biographies, as "The Fuhrer & Eva Braun" or "Sun King"... if there is some stupid fool who feels a nazi infatuation I'd suggest him to read the first one (just to know how embarassing was Hitler's private life and how pathetic were the man behind the mask of "fuhrer".. Sun King is useful to know how a man can lose control of hiself because of power
OMGShoes: Well, having a nazi infatuation is beyond my wildest wishes, yet somehow I'm discovering parts and fragments of this era that schools in my country failed to express or tell.
I have two books usefull for you - Zvi Aharoni's Operation Eichmann and Hans Falada's Everyone dies alone
john1576: Adolf loved Eva and treated her with every respect. She was loyal to him. It was a true love story. Many a time, Eva would be sunbathing naked as German girls do. She would feel a shadow come across her. She would look up to see her beloved Adolf looking down at her in wonder, the sunlight streaming from around his head like he was a god.
sunbox: You must be kidding. Oh of course you're just kidding. <Hitler respected Eva> lol
Great fantasy, you have my sincere compliments for your vivid imagination.
sunbox: ...since Hitler ever saw Eva as his dog (actually, Hitler ever did show more care for his hunt dogs than to her)... and it's certainly true that SHE were loyal to him, but Hitler had bunches of bic-lovers (while Eva were kept far and apart)..
they both were just a "sunday coupple" of psichotics
john1576: You do not know much about Adolf Hitler. It was a true love story between him and Eva. They were like a couple of newly weds all their time together. I don't like his politics, but you cannot change facts to suite your opinions.