By Jeff Burns
“to-read” list is getting longer and longer.
Sometimes I think it’s too bad that I have to teach for a living; work
is getting in the way of the important stuff:
reading. This fall, there are
number of great books about history being released, and I think my list is only
going to get longer. You might also want
to be on the lookout for these titles.
Last of the President’s Men by Bob Woodward is the heretofore untold story of
Alexander Butterfield, a top Nixon aide at the heart of the Watergate
Scandal. It promises more shocking
details of the goings on within the Nixon administration.
of my favorite authors, Sarah Vowell, is releasing a new book called Lafayette
in the Somewhat United States. Vowell is
an essayist, humorist, and keen observer of life whose previous books have
combined history with current events, always in a funny, engaging, and
challenging way. This book is about the
Marquis de Lafayette and his relationships with George Washington and the
fledgling United States.
of Two is about the infamous rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr,
a rivalry that led to the most famous, and most tragic, duel in American
O’Reilly is following up Killing Kennedy, Killing Lincoln, and Killing Jesus
with Killing Reagan, a biography of Reagan through the prism of the
assassination attempt made early in his presidency.
Theroux is one of the most famous travel writers working today, and Deep South
is his take on the region.
on the subject of the South, Rick Bragg has published a new collection of essays,
never before published.
three music icons (and three of my favorites) have published
autobiographies. Each one is said to be
an unflinching and honest account.
are just a few. Are there any new books
about history that are on your list?