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2013

Jan 30: Lukas, J. Anthony, Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America, Simon & Schuster, 1998, 880 pages, ISBN 978-0684846170
Feb 27: Fagan, Brian, Floods, Famines and Emperors: El Nino and the Fate of Civilizations, Pimlico, 2000, 272 pgs, ISBN 978-0712664783.
Mar 27: Hornfischer, James D., Neptunes Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal, Bantam, 516 pg, 2011, ISBN 9780553806700
Apr 24: Kessler, Lauren, Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family, Oregon State University Press, 2008, 320 pages, ISBN 978-0870714177
May 29: Labunski, Richard, James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights, Oxford University Press, 2008, 352 pages, ISBN 978-0195341423
Jun 26: Harriman, Averell W., Special Envoy to Churchill and Stalin, 1940-1946, Random House, 1975, ISBN 978394482965, out of print, used books available
Jul 30: Gwynne, S.C., Empire of the Summer Moon: Quananh Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Indian Powerful Tribe in American History, Scribner, 2011, 371 pgs, ISBN 978-1416591061
Aug 28: Stoll, Ira, Samuel Adams, A Life, Free Press, 2008, 352 pages, ISBN 978-0743299114.
Sep 25: Ward-Perkins, Bryan, The Fall of Rome: And the end of Civilization, Oxford University Press, 2006, 256 pgs., ISBN 978 0192807281
Oct 30: Kingsolver, Barbara, The Lacuna, Harper Perennial, 2009, 528 pgs. ISBN 978-0060852577
Nov 20 (change from November 27): Wilkerson, Isable, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, Vintage reprint edition, 2011, 640 pages, ISBN 978-0679763888
Dec: No Meeting

 

2012

Jan 25: Ekrich, A. Roger, At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past, W.W. Norton & Co., 2006, 408 pgs, ISBN 978-0393329018.

Feb 29: Weatherford, Jack, Genghis Kahn and the Making of the Modern World, Broadway, 2005, 352 pg, ISBN 9780609809648.

Mar 28: Reinhart, Carmen M. and Kenneth S. Rogoff, This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, Princeton Univ. Press, 2009, 512 pgs, ISBN 978-0691142166.

Apr 25: Ferguson, Niall, Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order, Basic Books, 2004, 384 pgs, ISBN 978-0465023295.

May 30: Maier, Pauline, Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution 1787-1788, Simon & Schuster, 2010, 608 pgs, ISBN 978-0684868547.

Jun 27: Merry, Robert M., A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent, Simon and Schuster, 2009, 592 pgs, ISBN 978-0743297431.

Jul 25: Baker, Kevin, Paradise Alley, Harper Perennial, 2006, 704 pgs, ISBN 006087595X, novel.

Aug 29: Feldman, Noah, Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices, Twelve, 2010, 528 pgs, ISBN 978-0446580571.

Sep 26: Okrent, Daniel, Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, Scribner, New York, 2010, 468 pgs, ISBN 9780743277020.

Oct 24: Persico, Joseph, Franklin and Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherford, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life, Random House, 2009, 464 pages, ISBN 978-1400064427.

Nov 28: Halberstam, David, The Fifties, Fawcett Books, 1997, ISBN 978-0449457993.

Dec: No Meeting

 

 

2011

Jan 26: Pitzer, Paul C., Grand Coulee: Harnessing a Dream, Washington State University, 1994, 552 pgs., ISBN 978-0874221107

Feb 23:  Dolin, Eric Jay, Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic Story of the Fur Trade in America, W.W. Norton and Co., 2010, 404 pgs., ISBN 978-0393067101

Mar 30: Fischer, David Hackett, Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America, Oxford University Press USA, 1989, 972 pgs., ISBN 978-0195069051

Apr 27: Winik, Jay, April 1865: The Month That Saved America, Harper Perennial, 2006, 512 pgs., ISBN 978-0060899684

May 25: Eagan, Timothy, The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America, Mariner Books; Reprint Edition, 2010, 352pgs., ISBN 978-0547394602

June 29: Parshall, Jonathan, Anthony Tully, Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway, Potomac Books inc,; Reprint Edition, 2007. 638 pgs., ISBN 978-1574889246

July 27: Asbridge, Thomas, The First Crusade: A New History: The Roots of Conflict Between Christianity and Islam, Oxford University Press USA, 2005, 448 pgs., ISBN 978-0495189056

Aug 31: Hansen, Victor Davis, Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power, Anchor; Trade Paperback Edition, 2005, 544 pgs., ISBN 978-0385720380

Sept 28: Montefiore, Simon Seabag, Stalin: The Court of the red Tsar, Vintage, 2005, 848 pgs., ISBN 978-1400076789

Oct 26: White Jr., Ronald C., A. Lincoln; A Biography, Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2010, 816 pgs., ISBN 978-0812975703

Nov 30: Uris, Leon, Exodus, Bantam, 1983, 608 pgs., ISBN 978- 0553258478

Dec: No Meeting: Happy Holiday!

 

 

2010

Jan 27: Fischer, David Hackett, Washington’s Crossing, Oxford University Press, 2006, 576 pages, ISBN 978-0195181593.

Feb 24: Nelson, Craig, The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid-America’s First World War II Victory, Penguin, 2003, 448 pages, ISBN 978-0142003411.

Mar. 31: Tuchman, Barbara, Stillwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-1945, Grove Press, 2001, ISBN 978-0802138521, 624 pages

Apr. 28: Kennan, George F., Memoirs 1925-1950, Pantheon, 1983, ISBN 9780394716244, 596 pgs. Out of print, used books available.

May 26: Halberstam, David, The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, Hyperion, 2008, 736 pages, ISBN 978-1401300524.

Jun. 30: Michener, James A., Centennial: A Novel, Random House, 2007, 928 pages, ISBN 978 0375708763.

Jul. 28: Egan, Timothy, The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, Mariner Books, 2006, 340 pages, ISBN 978 0618773473.

Aug. 25: Sontag, Sherry, Christopher Drew, Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage, Harper Paperbacks, 2000, 432 pages, ISBN 978-0060977719.

Sept. 29: Rapport, Mike, 1848: Year of Revolution, Little, Brown, 2008, 480 pages, ISBN 978-0316729659

Oct. 27: Winchester, Simon, The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford University Press (USA), 2004, 288 pages, ISBN 978-0195175004.

Nov. 17 (one week early): Turner, Frederick Jackson, The Frontier in American History, Scholarly Publishing Office University of Michigan, 2005, ISBN 9781418188092, 384 pgs.

Dec. No meeting, Happy Holiday!

 

 

2009

Jan 28: Lewis, David Levering, God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215, W.W. Norton, 2008 ISBN 978-0393064728, Amazon $19.77, Powell's $29.95.

Feb 27:  Darwin, John, After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire Since 1405, Bloomsbury Press, 2008 ISBN 978-1596913936, Amazon $23.95, Powell's $34.95.

Mar. 26:  Anderson, Fred, The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War, Pengiun, 2006, ISBN 978-0143038047. Amazon $10.88

April 29: Hornfischer, James D., The Last Stand of theTin Can Sailors: The Extaordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour, Bantam, 2005, ISBAN 978-0553381481

May  28: Wouk, Herman, Winds of War, Back Bay Books, ISBN 978-0316952668, Amazon $11.55.

June 25: Flood, Charles Bracelen, Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War , Perennial, ISBN 978-0061148712, Amazon $11.53, Powells $ 10.95

July 30: Prior, Robin, Trevor Wilson, The Somme, Yale University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0300119633. Amazon $15.60

Aug. 27: Elliott, J.H., Imperial Spain: 1469-1716 , Penguin, ISBN 0141007036, Amazon $10.88, Powell's $16.00, GNW Bookstore $5.00-7.00.

Sept. 24: Olson, Lynn, Stanley Cloud, A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron: The Forgotten Heroes of WW II, Vintage, ISBN 978-0375726255, Amazon $10.85

Oct. 29: Wouk, Herman, War and Remembrance, Back Bay books, ISBN 978-0316954990, Amazon $11.55.

Nov. 26: Porter, Lewis, Lester Young, University of Michigan Press, ISBN 978-0472089222, Amazon $18.95.

December 31: No meeting. Happy Holidays!

 

 

2008

 

Jan. 30: McCullough, David, Johnstown Flood , Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0671207148, Amazon $10.20, Powell's $8.95, GNW Bookstore $9.00-12.00.

Feb. 27: Striner, Richard, Father Abraham: Lincoln’s Relentless Struggle to End Slavery , Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0195183061, Amazon $18.48, Powell’s $22.00.

Mar. 26: Perry, John, Sgt. York; His Life, Legacy, and Legend, B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, ISBN 9780805460742, Amazon $13.59, Powells’s $19.99

Apr. 30: Jefferson, Thomas, Notes on Virginia , University of North Carolina Press, ISBN 0807845884. Library of America, others

May 28: Rhodes, Richard, The Making of the Atomic Bomb , Simon and Schuster Paperbacks, ISBN 0684813785, Amazon $13.60, Powell's $8.98, GNW Bookstore $1.29-6.50.

June 25: Rhodes, Richard, The Making of the Atomic Bomb , Simon and Schuster Paperbacks, ISBN 0684813785, Amazon $13.60, Powell's $8.98, GNW Bookstore $1.29-6.50.

July 30: Barone, Michael, Our First Revolution, The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America's Founding Fathers, Crown Publishers, ISBN 9781400097920, Amazon $17.13, Powells $25.95, GNW $25.95.

Aug. 27: Doolittle, James H., Carroll V. Glines, I Could Never Be So Lucky Again, Schiffler Publishing, ISBN 9780887407376, Amazon $29.95 (HB), $7.95 (PB), Powell’s $7.95 (PB) used HB ~ $11.00

Sept 24: Egan Timothy, Breaking Blue , Sasquatch Books, ISBN 1570614296, Amazon $11.96, Powells $14.95, GNW ~$15.00 – Cold case murder in Spokane solved.

Oct. 29:  Morris, John, Londinium , Phoenix Press, ISBN 1898801622, Amazon $22.84, Powells $5.98.

Nov. 19: Kaye, M.M., The Far Pavilions , St. Martins Griffin, 1997, ISBN 978-0312151256. Amazon $12.98, Powells $18.95

December 31: No meeting. Happy Holidays!

 

 

2007

January 31: Goodwin, Doris Kearns, Team of Rivals, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0743270754, Amazon $11.97 PB, $22.50 HB, Powells $19.95 PB, $25.00 HB.

February 28: Ellis, Joseph, American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, Vintage, ISBN 0679764410, Amazon $10.85 PB, $19.50 HB, Powells $10.95.

March 28: Doubler, Michael D. Closing with the Enemy, University of Kansas Press, ISBN 0700607447, Amazon $12.74, Powells $17.95.

April 25: Hanson, Neil, The Confident Hope of a Miracle, Vintage books, ISBN 140007817-2, Amazon $1.53, Powells $12.98.

May 30: MacMillan, Margaret and Richard Holbrooke, Paris 1919, Random House, ISBN 978-0060540944, Amazon, $11.53, Powell's $11.50.

June 27: Hopkirk, Peter, The Great Game, Kodansha Globe, ISBN 978-1568360225, Amazon $12.07, Powell’s $17.00.

July 25: Wouk, Herman, The Caine Mutiny, Back Bay Books, ISBN 9780316955102 , Amazon $11.35, Powells $10.50.

August 29: Foner, Eric, Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0195094978, Amazon $18.95, Powell’s $22.95.

September 26: McPherson, James, For Cause and Comrades, Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780195124996, Amazon $13.45, Powell’s $18.95.

October 24: Toll, Ian W., Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy, W.W. Norton, ISBN 978-0393058475, Amazon $18.45, Powell’s $18.95.

November 28: Philbrick, Nathaniel, Mayflower, Viking Press, ISBN 9780143111979, Amazon $19.77 HB, $10.88 PB, Powell's $29.99 HB, $16.00 PB.

December: No meeting.

 

 

2006

January 2006: Massie, Robert K., Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany and the Winning of the Great War at Sea, Random House. ISBN 0679456716 (Amazon: $12.21, Powell's $17.95, Borders: $17.95).

February 22: Twain, Mark, Roughing It, Many editions available, Amazon $12.21+, Powells $6.95+

March 29: Parkman, Francis, The Oregon Trail, Many editions available, Amazon $10.50+, Powells 7.20+

April 26: Pick a book on the Lewis and Clark Expedition and come to the meeting to discuss it.

May 31: Levenson, Thomas, Einstein in Berlin, ISBN: 055310344x, Powells $11.55.

June 28: Wilson, Edmund. Patriotic Gore, ISBN: 0393312569, Amazon $13.57, Powells $19.95.

July 26: Franklin, Benjamin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Many editions available, Amazon $9.95+, Powells $9.95+.

August 30: Gaddis, John Lewis, The Cold War: A New History, ISBN: 1594200629, Amazon $17.61, Powells $27.00.

September 27: Mann, Charles C., 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, Knopf, ISBN 140004006X. Amazon: $18.90, Powells $30.00, Still in hardback.

October 25: Fagan, Brian, The Little Ice Age, Basic Books, ISBN 100465022723, $11.02 Amazon, $16.95 Powells Books.

November 29: Bass, Robert D., Swamp Fox, Sandlapper Publishing Co., ISBN 0878440518, $9.97 Amazon, $12.95 Powell.

December: No meeting.

 

 

2005

26 January 2005: Gioia, Ted, The History of Jazz, Oxford Univ. Press, ISBN 019512653X (Amazon: $12.95; Powell's: $12.50).

23 February 2005: Davis, William C., Three Roads to the Alamo, Perennial, ISBN 0060930942 (Amazon: $14.00; Powell's: $8.98).

30 March 2005: Johnson, Paul, The Renaissance: A Short History, Modern Library, ISBN 0812966198 (Amazon: $9.95; Powell's: $8.98).

27 April 2005: Clark, Donald, Wishing on the Moon: The Life and Times of Billie Holiday, Da Capo Press, ISBN 0306811367 (Amazon: $12.95; Powell's: $8.95).

25 May 2005: Chernow, Ron, Alexander Hamilton, Penguin Books, ISBN 0143034758 (Amazon: $12.60 paperback available in April; Powell's: Paperback info N/, Hardcover available now).

29 June 2005: Read, Piers Paul, The Templars, Da Capo Press, ISBN 0306810719 (Amazon: $12.24, Powells: $18.00, Borders: $18.00)

27 July 2005: Hibbert, Christopher, Red Coats and Rebels: The American Revolution Through British Eyes, W.W. Norton and Co. ISBN 0393322939 (Amazon: $11.53, Powells: $11.95, Borders: $16.95).

31 August 2005: Woods, Gordon, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, Penguin Books, ISBN 159420019X (Amazon: $17.53, Powells: $16.00, Borders: $34.95).

28 September 2005: Hanson, Victor Davis, Ripples of Battle, Anchor Books, ISBN 0385721943 (Amazon: $18.15, Powells: $14.95, Borders: $14.95).

26 October 2005: Diamond, Jared, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Viking Press, ISBN 0670033375 (Amazon: $17.97, Powells: $21.00, Borders: $29.95).

30 November 2005: Massie, Robert K., Dreadnaught, Ballentine Books, ISBN 0345375564 (Amazon: $12.89, Powell's $23.00, Borders: $18.95).

December 2005: no meeting scheduled.

 

 

2004

28 January 2004: William Least Heat-Moon, Columbus in the Americas (John Wiley & Sons, 2002).

25 February 2004: For February, it has been suggested to read David W. Shaw, Flying Cloud: The True Story of America's Most Famous Clipper Ship and the Woman Who Guided Her (William Morrow, 2000).

31 March 2004: Richard Bruce Winders, Crisis in the Southwest: The United States, Mexico, and the Struggle over Texas (Scholarly Resources, 2002).

28 April 2004: James Tertius deKay, The Rebel Raiders: The Astonishing History of the Confederacy's Secret Navy (Ballantine, 2002).

26 May 2004: Andro Linklater, Measuring America: How the United States Was Shaped by the Greatest Land Sale in History (Walker & Co., 2002).

30 June 2004: Jo Ann Roe, Ranald MacDonald: Pacific Rim Adventurer (Washington State UP, 1997).

28 July 2004: Edward Dolnick, Down the Great Unknown (Harper Collins, 2001).

25 Aug. 2004: Richard Zacks, The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd (Hyperion Books, 2003).

29 Sept. 2004: Nathaniel Philbrick, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaling Ship Essex (Penguin Books, 2000).

27 Oct. 2004: Karen Armstrong, The Battle for God: A History of Fundamentalism (Ballentine Books, 2000).

November 2004: no meeting.

December 2004: no meeting.

 

 

2003

27 January 2003: John Kobler, The Reluctant Surgeon: A Biography of John Hunter (Akadine Press, 1999).

24 February 2003: Joseph E. Ellis, Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation (Vintage, 2002).

31 March 2003: Hampton Sides, Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission (Anchor, 2002).  

28 April 2003: David Levering Lewis, W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963 (Owl Books, 2001).

26 May 2003: Louis Menand, The Metaphysical Club (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2002).

30 June 2003: Bernard Lewis, The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2000 Years (Touchstone Books, 1997).

28 July 2003: Robert A. Caro, Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (Vintage Books, 2003).

25 August 2003: Elliott Gorn, Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America (Hill & Wang Pub, 2002).

29 September 2003: John Lukacs, Five Days in London: May 1940 (Yale UP, 2001).

27 October 2003: Daniel Yergin, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power (Touchstone Books, 1993).

8 December 2003: David G. McCullough, John Adams (Simon & Schuster, 2001).

 

 

2002

28 January 2002: Robert Harvey, Cochrane: The Life and Exploits of a Fighting Captain (Carroll & Graf, 2000).

25 February 2002: Dava Sobel, Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love (Penguin, 2000).

25 March 2002: Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, abridged edn, ed. Richard D. Heffner (various printings; most recently Signet Classics, 2001).

29 April 2002: Sheila Firzpatrick, Stalin's Peasants: Resistance and Survival in the Russian Village After Collectivization (Oxford UP, 1996).

27 May 2002: Isaiah Berlin, The Proper Study of Mankind: An Anthology of Essays (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000).

29 July 2002: Edmund Morris, Theodore Rex (Random House, 2001).

26 August 2002: Edwin P. Hoyt, The Last Cruise of the Emden (Lyons P, 2001).

30 September 2002: Barbara W. Tuchman, A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century (Ballantine, 1987).

28 October 2002: Ross King, Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture (Penguin, 2001).

25 November 2002: Blaine Harden, A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia (W.W. Norton, 1997).

 

 

2001

29 January 2001: Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia (Kodansha International, 1994).
26 February 2001: James McPherson, The Negro’s Civil War: How American Blacks Felt and Acted During the War for the Union (Ballantine, 1991).
26 March 2001: Barbara Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 (Ballantine, 1996).
30 April 2001: James Welch, Killing Custer: The Battle of the Little Big Horn and the Fate of the Plains Indians (W.W. Norton, 1994).
28 May 2001: John Keegan, The Book of War (Penguin, 1999).
25 June 2001: Adam Hochschild, King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa (Haughton Mifflin, 1998).  
30 July 2001: Gina Bari Kolata, Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It (Touchstone Books, 2001).
27 August 2001: Carlo Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms : The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller (Johns Hopkins Univ Pr, 1992).
24 September 2001: Amanda Foreman, Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire (Random House, 2000).
29 October 2001: William Manchester, American Ceasar: Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964 (Dell, 1983).
26 November 2001: Bernard A. Weisberger, America Afire: Jefferson, Adams, and the Revolutionary Election of 1800 (William Morrow & Co, 2000).

 

2000

8 August 2000: Janet Wallach, Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia (Doubleday, 1996).
25 September 2000: John Keegan, The First World War (Vintage, 2000).
30 October 2000: Marc Reisner, Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water (Penguin, 1993).
27 November 2000: Sylvia Van Kirk, Many Tender Ties: Women in Fur-Trade Society, 1670-1870 (U of Oklahoma P, 1983).