5 Books For The American History Fanatic

By August 23, 2017Culture, Literature

For many people history is compelling and fascinating, as well as utterly horrifying. In the UK and the US in particular we are not always told the whole truth of our history, often for shameful reasons, and for fear of losing patriotism.

It is important to understand what our nations did, and how we became the powerful countries we are today. The sacrifices made by our ancestors, as well as the now-abhorrent action taken in the name of progress cannot and should not be ignored.

To truly understand why certain people feel certain ways, and why others are treated the way they are to this day is related directly to our past. We start with American history- land of the free and home of the brave- But how did they get to that point?

These American history books are a fascinating look into how America became the multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual powerhouse she is today.




“In Lies Across America, James W. Loewen continues his mission, begun in the award-winning Lies My Teacher Told Me, of overturning the myths and misinformation that too often pass for American history. This is a one-of-a-kind examination of sites all over the country where history is literally written on the landscape, including historical markers, monuments, historic houses, forts, and ships.”

“In this collection of essays, Blight examines the meanings embedded in the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War, the nature of changing approaches to African American history, and the significance of race in the ways Americans, North and South, black and white, developed historical memories of the nation’s most divisive event. The book as a whole demonstrates several ways to probe the history of memory, to understand how and why groups of Americans have constructed versions of the past in the service of contemporary social needs.”

“Using council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions, Brown allows great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the series of battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them and their people demoralized and decimated. A unique and disturbing narrative told with force and clarity, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee changed forever our vision of how the West was won, and lost. It tells a story that should not be forgotten, and so must be retold from time to time.”

“As historian Howard Zinn shows, many of our country’s greatest battles–the fights for a fair wage, an eight-hour workday, child-labor laws, health and safety standards, universal suffrage, women’s rights, racial equality–were carried out at the grassroots level, against bloody resistance. Covering Christopher Columbus’s arrival through President Clinton’s first term, A People’s History of the United States, which was nominated for the American Book Award in 1981, features insightful analysis of the most important events in our history.”

This offering may seem a little left-field but for those of you who appreciate and understand satire, and enjoy boundless humour wrapped up in historically accurate pictures of tragic events- Flashman novels are for you. The language used is not for the sensitive heart, but George MacDonald Fraser creates a truly down-and-dirty account of historical settings, using Harry Flashman to propel a story into the ridiculous and sublime.




War Novels Category for 2018 Challenge

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This year’s reading challenge is a bit different and as promised each month we’ll give you a list of suggested books for each category. For March I asked the Cwts Discussion Group to recommend “A Novel Set During A War”. The response was once again completely overwhelming, these are just a few of the many that didn’t already feature in one of the many lists we already have over on FRA. I’ve included links to the other lists at the end. Read More

Audiobooks on… Vinyl?

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Author Joe Hill (Strange Weather), has always had a hankering for the rock star life but the life of an author is far from rock and roll. Instead Hill has decided to come up with some other way of creating his own vinyl LP- by recording an audiobook instead of an album!

The vinyl recording will be narrated by actor Nate Corddry, and will feature a special cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” recorded specifically for the record. The Dark Carousel vinyl package will include original artwork (see below), two colourful special edition records, and a full-length download of the audiobook.

The first vinyl printing of Hill’s Dark Carousel will be for a limited 2,500 copies, and will be out on the 20th of April.

Keep an eye out here at For Reading Addicts for where to pre-order yours.

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Stephen King’s ‘Misery’ Limited Editions to be Released

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Stephen King’s 1987 psychological thriller is set to be reissued as limited editions with help from artist Rick Berry.

Inspired by moments in his own life where fans have been unhappy with his work- King wrote his protagonist, Paul Sheldon, as a writer famous for Victorian-era romance novels. After a nasty car crash the author is rescued by crazed fan Annie Wilkes, who takes him to her house and forces him to write a new book in order to modify the story to her own tastes.

The reissue of the novel will be music to King’s fans’ ears, giving them an opportunity to own something truly special.

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Schools in Duluth, Minnesota Have Removed Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird from the Curriculum.

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The Duluth school district of Minnesota has decided to remove Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird due to the book’s use of racial slurs.

The two books will still be available to read in the school’s libraries but, as of next year, they will be replaced by other books that tackle the same topics in the ninth- and 11th-grade English classes. The news has been announced by the district’s director of curriculum and instruction, Michael Cary. Read More

Nicola Sturgeon – First Minister of Scotland – Bookworm

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Who knew or would even think that Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has the time to be a massive Bookworm? Well she is, and she tweets her reads with short reviews.

She is very passionate about the benefits of reading and set up The First Minister’s Reading Challenge to encourage Scottish children to read, with prizes at the end of each year. Read More

Your Literary Pets

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In the past we have shown you some of your favourite authors and their pets such as William S. Burroughs and his cat Ginger, Dorothy Parker and her dog, and Charles Dickens and his pet raven named Grip. This blog, however, is dedicated to you, our Reading Addicts, and your pets.

Animals have such a positive influence on people, and Reading Addicts are no exception. We love to read about animals in both fiction and non-fiction, and books that feature animals have proven to be so popular that they’ve inspired EIGHT of For Reading Addicts’ quizzes!

Having a furry friend by our side can be comforting and, at times, relaxing despite cats being so obsessed with sitting on books and papers… The pleasure of having your furry hot water bottle right with you releases all the right chemicals in your brain so you can relax and disappear into a book properly.

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