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Odd Histories

[February 2011] This booklist was compiled from the LBPH Readers Advisor session.


DB060016 - - History Begins at Sumer: Thirty-Nine Firsts in Recorded History by Samuel Noah Kramer

DB060351 - -Encyclopedia of the Library of Congress: For Congress, the Nation, and the World by Jane Aikin

DB060365 - - When the Mississippi Ran Backwards: Empire, Intrigue, Murder, and the New Madrid Earthquakes by Jay Feldman

DB060376 - - America's Battlegrounds: Walk in the Footsteps of America's Bravest by Richard Allen Sauers

DB060441 - - The Last Ridge: The Epic Story of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division and the Assault on Hitler's Europe by McKay Jenkins

DB061198 - - 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus by Charles C.Mann

DB065287 - - The Pentagon: A History; the Untold Story of the Wartime Race to Build the Pentagon--and to Restore It Sixty Years Later by Steve Vogel

DB050345 - -America's Library: The Story of the Library of Congress, 1800-2000 by James Conaway

DB046197 - - Adirondacks: A History of America's First Wilderness by Paul Schneider


DB060368 - - Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages by Frances Gies

DB060562 - - Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves by Adam Hochschild

DB060723 - - The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism by Megan Marshall

DB043945 - - Personal history by Katharine Graham

DB044562 - - Miles to go a personal history of social policy by Daniel P. Moynihan

DB050762 - - The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars by JoŽl Glenn Brenner. History of the business empires and the dictators who built them: Forrest Mars Sr. and Milton Hershey.

DB060102 - - Kit Carson and His Three Wives: A Family History by Marc Simmons


DB060428 - - Classical Music in America: A History of Its Rise and Fall by Joseph Horowitz

DB064134 - - Jeans: A Cultural History of an American Icon by James Sullivan

DB052404 - - The Concrete Wave: The History of Skateboarding by Michael Brooke

DB042428 - - Idols of the Game: A Sporting History of the American Century by Robert Lipsyte


DB065190 - - The Great Divide: A Biography of the Rocky Mountains by Gary Ferguson

DB065791 - - Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding by Scott Weidensaul

DB067151 - - A Short History of the American Stomach by Frederick Kaufman

DB060447 - - Big Cotton: How a Humble Fiber Created Fortunes, Wrecked Civilizations, and Put America on the Map by Stephen H. Yafa

Thing 1

DB046514 - - Passion for Wisdom: A Very Brief History of Philosophy by Robert C.Solomon

DB039025 - - American Presidency: An Intellectual History by Forrest McDonald

DBC066150 - - The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby. Social critic traces the history and consequences of American anti-intellectualism from the 1960s.


DB060808 - - To the Flag: The Unlikely History of the Pledge of Allegiance by Richard Ellis

Thing 2

DB056241 - - A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

DB068435 - - Soldiers and Sled Dogs: A History of Military Dog Mushing by Charles L. Dean

Other Recommendations

DB061788 - - The Pencil, a History of Design and Circumstance by Henry Petroski

DB071743 - - Does an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away? By Sandy Donovan