Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Nonfiction summary page

NOTE: This entry no longer updated. See my Works Covered page for a list of all books reviewed on this blog.

Since I spend a lot of time with nonfiction and initially I did not make any comments on these books I wanted to have one page that provided an easy round-up for me to reference back to those I did cover. I have added a "Nonfiction summary" link under the "Works Covered" link in the right side-bar for easier access to these books and will add to these links as I read more.


Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal by Rob Riemen

U.S. History

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick

The Sovereignty and Goodness of God by Mary Rowlandson

Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford

Mourt’s Relation by George Morton, William Bradford, Edward Winslow, Robert Cushman

Good Newes from New England by Edward Winslow

His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

No review, but highly recommended: Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788 by Pauline Maier

William Goetzmann on My Confession: Reflections of a Rogue by Samuel Chamberlain (C-SPAN video) and some of the links with Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian

World History

The Histories by Herodotus

The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

Travels with Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuściński

Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization by Richard Miles
(and an excerpt of a review by Katie Low in The Oxonian Review)

The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy by Adrienne Mayor

The Spartacus War by Barry Strauss and some thoughts on such a
speculative history (before I knew about John Lewis Gaddis’ Landscape of History and Niall Ferguson’s Virtual History)

A Hidden Life: A Memoir of August 1969 by Johanna Reiss

Short reviews of A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century and The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder

Literary Nonfiction

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 by James Shapiro

Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro

Other Nonfiction

The Art of Eating Well by Pellegrino Artusi

The Painting of You by William Michaelian

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor

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