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>> booktv recently visited capitol hill to ask members of congress what they are reading this summer. >> erik larson. i've read all of his works. almost a minute by minute description of what happens to the lusitania and it's very dramatic and goes back and forth during what is happening in europe and washington with president wilson what is happening to passengers on the shape, their stories. it's really a great read, well written and really brings that piece of history back to life and makes it very human. these are real human beings we can relate to who lost their lives sadly. great story. the illustrious dad by stephen
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baldy is all about how it's really responsible for destroying the army and the invasion of russia. a lot of people thought it was cold or the russian army. all of those things didn't help. but the sanitary conditions of the day simply didn't allow them to protect themselves against this bacteria and it was devastating, really devastating. the poet thomas more than 90% of his army in the invasion of russia and a lesson, by the way that a century later adolf hitler did not attend to his regret. a friend of mine grew up across the street at the university of virginia and she wrote her great book on appomattox and it's sort
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of a revision history and in my view a correct one of the outcome of appomattox, how robert e. lee hughes fantasy is the agreement to foster a resegregation, re-suppression of black americans after the union won the civil war and slavery was supposed to be over. they essentially invoke the free spirit about the non-ex as none of them should be prosecuted and robert e. lee had been indicted after the war and he insisted the u.s. grant invoke the agreement they had to protect robert e. lee. robert e. lee to his dad remained richer bait on the issue of race in the south. he has a view inside the history
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that is a pretty penetrating and compelling reassessment of how appomattox and what the meaning of appomattox was interpreted by the south and ultimately by the north really did damage the next 90 years in terms of race in america. this book, thomas cromwell by tracey board minutes of reappraisal of an historic figure during the reign of henry viii. those who are fans of st. thomas more under henry viii was ultimately beheaded because he would not agree to the marriage of henry viii who also lost her head. thomas cromwell is the instrument of those securing the voice and arguing for separation of the church in england and ultimately for thomas moore's demise as well. ultimately ironically thomas
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cromwell lost his head as well. they may be more sympathetic toward trail of a skilled statesmen, and manage the kingdom of england, but who also is responsible for the destruction of the monasteries, the breakup of property and the severance of the relationship between england and the church of rome and some of the real depredations to the credit of the reign of henry viii. gregory coincidently comes out on public radio. this is the single best biography i've ever read of napoleon and in one volume is a stupendous three and very accessible read about who napoleon was in his triumph and failures. one almost all of his battles
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but unfortunately the ones he lost were pretty dispositive. he was a brilliant statesmen, a brilliant manager, a brilliant general who kinder towards the end because of hubris kind of loss i of his own techniques, some lessons learned and ultimately they returned again 10. this is a great read and a real reappraisal in reassessment even down to modern history. great read, must read. scuppered work this wonderful biography of woodrow wilson, also a bit of a reappraisal. wilson had this makes an incredible prressive records in the white house, especially his first term during world war i, but also a richer bait attitude towards race relations in america.
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but it's a great balance and ultimately appreciates the effervescent moment that woodrow wilson moser they took advantage of to the benefit of the american idea. great biography of woodrow wilson. this book, 13 days of september by lawrence wright. i love this book because it humanizes diplomacy. it talks about the cant david accords in the 13 days, and mrsa.and jimmy carter spent together not always harmoniously at camp david and how the process worked out. personality, history, fear, anxiety, mistrust. the role by president jimmy carter. jimmy carter put a lot on the table including his own reputation and it were in the camp david accord to this day remains the only lasting peace
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accord in the middle east and jimmy carter is there is a lot of credit as do the other participants as well. if you want to see how human diplomacy works, great work. another biography. walter isakson on american life a wonderful biography. benjamin franklin comes there is a very contemporary man. we would relate to him easily based on the portrayal in this book. on balance, this is a great vision, lived a long life, had many episodes to that life as a political figure in pennsylvania, as a political figure on behalf of the colonies in europe, as a political figure with the declaration of independence. ..

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