Category Archives: Non-Fiction: History

“The First Conspiracy” by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch

In an age of campaign finance fraud and Russian-sponsored election meddling, it was riveting to read about the little-known first conspiracy of American history: on the eve of the first battle of the Revolution, the British succeeded in turning colonists, … Continue reading

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“Beneath a Scarlet Sky” by Mark Sullivan

This book is historical fiction based on the story of 17-year-old Pino Lella, who was a true hero during the closing years of World War II. He bravely led many people, mostly Jews, out of Italy over the Alps into … Continue reading

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“Two Flags Over Iwo Jima” by Eric Hammel

Story about the second flag flown over Iwo Jima. Evaluation: 3 out of 5

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“Landing on the Edge of Eternity” by Robert Kershaw

A narrative by Germans, Americans, and French of the first twenty-four hours of the landing at Omaha Beach. Evaluation: 5 out of 5

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“Presidents of War” by Michael Beschloss

Great history lesson. Past presidents got America into wars while Congress abdicated its constitutional powers. Evaluation: 4 out of 5

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“The Library Book” by Susan Orlean

This book is a non-fiction account of a devastating fire at the Los Angeles Central Library in 1986.  It is an inspiring story of ordinary citizens coming together to try to repair or replace thousands of books that were destroyed.  … Continue reading

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