Sunday, August 25, 2013

Enjoyable History Books

For those of you who enjoy a good story and learning something about history, I have 2 recommendations for you:

The first is "Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson, which is a good romp through the history and psyche of America's first serial killer.  It also does a pretty good job of describing the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.  Highly entertaining and informative.

The other is called "The Inventor and the Tycoon", by Edward Ball.  This one is about two men - one, Eadweard Muybridge, who invented the first moving picture machine, and the other, Leland Stanford, the man who started Stanford University (and did a whole lot more).  But the book is so much more than that.  My only critique is that there are many assumptions made to make the story a little more interesting - although, to his credit, he does say that he's making the assumptions.

So there are two recommendations - if you like that kind of book!


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