Melissa @ Swamp of Boredom:

I’m reblogging this for my own reference and also to share with my readers (all 34 of you;)). Since the release of the 1001 Books App on Tuesday, I’ve been book list crazy. Since I like non-fiction – especially non-fiction centered on historical events and people, not so much current people – and have read a couple of excellent non-fiction books in the last year (Only Yesterday, Empire of the Summer Moon) I wondered if there was a list of recommended non-fiction books. Of course there is. I found one from the Guardian (UK) that is, obviously, geared towards British readers and that, unlike Time’s list, encompasses all non-fiction ever written.  As does the list from Modern Library.

The Time list wins for focusing on American non-fiction, for being more recent and for having a much more interesting slideshow interface. The biggest drawback to Time’s list is that is only contains books written since it started publishing, 1923. There are a few that don’t interest me at all and the biography choices focus too heavily on women and African Americans, IMO, but overall the list is excellent. The first book I am going to read is Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Then, I’m moving on to Guns, Germs and Steel, a book I pick up and ponder every time I see it at the bookstore but I never buy it. Both books, will help me in my research, as well.

 
Enjoy!

I’m reblogging this for my own reference and also to share with my readers (all 34 of you;)). Since the release of the 1001 Books App on Tuesday, I’ve been book list crazy. Since I like non-fiction – especially non-fiction … Continue reading

View original

2 thoughts on “

  1. hey there… thanks for mentioning the 1001 Books App. I think Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee is an excellent choice. I think it should be compulsory reading for anyone living in the US. It’s a very difficult book to read because it makes you so angry… SO angry! Anyway… you’ve probably read it by now cos it says you’re currently reading Guns, Germs and Steel which I also enjoyed. However, I live in Papua New Guinea and Mr Diamond is not a popular man here and is often criticised for misrepresenting Yali at the start of the book. Anyway… nice blog!

    Like

    • Thanks for visiting Arukiyomi! I love your app! I’ve been meaning to write a review of it on iTunes to give you feedback. The app has been such a great addition to my iPhone!

      I’m looking forward to Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. If you are interested in Native American history, I highly recommend “Empire of the Summer Moon” by SG Wynne. It is about the settlement of Texas, the Comanche, Quannah Parker and the Red River War. It’s one of the best non-fiction books I’ve read and very even handed with portraying the Native Americans and the White Settlers.

      I’m curious: how was Yali misrepresented? I will have to go back and re-read that section. All that stood out to me was the question that sparked the book.

      Thanks so much for commenting and visiting!

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s