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Old Aug 11 2010, 04:54 PM   #1
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I realise this may be a short thread, but I have recently become interested in the Franklin Expedition of 1854, and have just finished a book called Frozen in Time, by Beattie and Geiger. It was utterly fascinating, but not for the weak of stomach. It deals with a modern (well, 1980s) forensic archaeology team who investigated the only three known burials of members of the expedition. The results of their investigation were, like the doomed Expedition, tragic, but fascinating.

Anybody else out there read non-fiction? If so, what have you read lately that impressed you?
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Old Aug 11 2010, 05:25 PM   #2
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I read a few, mostly scientific histories and biographies although I've just been reading a couple of books about the City.

I can strongly recommend The Strangest Man by Graham Farmelo, which is a biography of Paul Dirac.
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Hubby's been reading a set of books on Churchill that he is finding fll of stuff he didn't know about one of his heros. Kidling read BANG! A Complete History of the Universe by Brian May, Sir Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott for a summer assignment and reallyt enjoyed it. I can't remember the last non-fiction I read......
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Hubby's been reading a set of books on Churchill that he is finding fll of stuff he didn't know about one of his heros. Kidling read BANG! A Complete History of the Universe by Brian May, Sir Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott for a summer assignment and reallyt enjoyed it. I can't remember the last non-fiction I read......
I bought a copy of that when it came out. It's great!
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I've just been reading Andrew Marr's 'The Making of Modern Britain: 1900 - VE day'.

It's good enough that I now want to read his 'The History of Modern Britain: VE day - 2000'
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I've read all the war novelizations that Michael Shaara and his son Jeff have written and they're all excellent. Michael started it with "The Killer Angels" which is about the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. He based all the conversations on the diaries, journals, and letters of people who were there while writing the book from the perspective of a few of the main participants. The book won a Pulitzer Prize for literature and was the basis for the movie "Gettysburg." Michael died part way through writing the second book of the Civil War Trilogy and his son Jeff took over. Jeff has since completed the Civil War Trilogy, two on the American Revolution, one on the Mexican-American War, two on World War I, and three of four on World War II. All have followed the format Michael started with "The Killer Angels." And all are excellent.
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For my history course on the US during WWII (focusing not just on the war, but on the home front) I did an annotated bibliography on the music during that time. While I mostly just skimmed the books in order to get an accurate description, there was one that I found so interesting that I read it through, and later bought it:

Swing Shift: “All-Girl” Bands of the 1940s by Sherrie Tucker

Among other things, there are a lot of individual anecdotes from the women, including accounts of how the mixed-race bands would have to hide and disguise some of their members when traveling in the South.
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I've been reading "Ordinary people, extraordinary lives" which describes the stories of the average Australian who is trying their best with helping their fellow man, environment etc. It's quite interesting. I have another one on Aboriginal history then several auto/biographies as well.
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I'm re-reading 'Lost for Words' by John Humphreys at the moment...and I have to say it's one of the best non-fiction books I have /ever/ had the utter pleasure of reading.
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Oooh, Sara, what a great recommendation! Must give that a try.
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Are you sure, Lanen?

I never experienced a loss for words with you

Or is it that those sensitive author's fingers often hover over the keyboard when they want to express some new Kolmarian delight but are not sure how...?
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I read a lot of non fiction. Some I've really enjoyed, in no particular order:
Ebola by William T Close - a real grab you by the throat account, I couldn't put it down
Fever by JG Fuller - about the hunt for the start of Lassa fever, similar to Ebola, very thrilling
Woodswoman by Anne laBastille
The Hungry Ocean by Linda Greenlaw
Fire Trap by Sean Flynn
Silent Voices (story of the 19th battalion AIf (australian Infantry Forces) in WWI
Memories of Vietbam - Kenneth Maddock editor (Australian)

I read a lot of military history, particularly WWI - mainly western front, and Vietnam stories. And I read a lot of biographies too.
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Well I've enjoy 'The Big E' and Little Ships and Big War by Edward P. Stafford
http://www.amazon.com/Little-Ship-Bi.../dp/1557508909

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Story-USS-...ref=pd_sim_b_3


In fact I've worn out both books in paperback , now I'm going to have to find them in another format, 'The Big E' I found, as loan book, but not the others, second hand books if I recall right.

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I've got hold of PT-109 Hard Back and on Tape found it, some were between here and storages http://www.amazon.com/PT-109-John-Ke...3861751&sr=1-1

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I've just read "Harmony, a new way of looking at the world" by the Prince of Wales. Impressive, and highly recommended. Much to think about.
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