Reading recs: "Messalina," "A Spy Alone," "The Guns of August"
As a fellow voracious reader, you’ve given me more to add to my plate. Thank you, Greg, for expanding my worldview. Particularly pleased to hear about lusty and brilliant women. And your deft wrapping all of this into today’s disasters is masterful.
Greg, thank you for these book recommendations. Can’t wait to get started.
My father was a History major at Creighton University (Jesuit) and he was most curious about Civil War, WWI and WWII. You would have loved his library, which included Guns of August.
Is there any connection between the extreme patriarchy of Ancient Rome and the extreme patriarchy of the Roman Catholic Church? Asking for a friend.
Where do you find the time, Greg? Reading/vetting books, listening to and hosting podcasts, hosting the Five/8, and writing Prevail, not to mention writing and performing music...I'm in awe!
Greg, I bought the Kindle of the Tuchman book and have dived in. Thank you for pointing it out to us, since I read mostly fiction. I love it already. It will really help me understand much better what is going on today. Heather Cox Richardson has ignited a passion for learning and re-learning our history and how it relates to the present time. I love how you link Tuchman’s history to the current nightmare we are witnessing in the Middle East. I am so grateful for your writing and your wisdom. Thank you.. Good night from western India.🇮🇳
I loved all of Barbara Tuchman’s books. Thanks for the other recommendations.
One of my favorites reads was “The Arms of Krupp” by William Manchester.
The Krupp family were the premier German arms manufacturers from the middle of the 19th century until the end of World War II, producing artillery pieces and submarines that set the standard for effectiveness. This book relates the history of this influential company.
Amazon readers have better reviews than anything I could ever do:
The author's name, "Charles Beaumont" took me up short for a moment as the name is so attached to fiction like, "The Twilight Zone," but since THAT Charles Beaumont died in 1967, the two should not be confused! "A Spy Alone" is already on its way to my Kindle.
I am pretty sure that I read "The Guns of August" in high school, but I could be wrong. Would that book have been an assignment in a history course? The title seems so familiar.
I would DEFINITELY read, "Incels of Centuries Past." 😂 Someone needs to get on that one!
Well fuck me! Good stuff! Thanks.
How about A.S. Baytt?
Greg, could you please start a weekly or monthly book review feature. This was wonderful! I was also thinking you could give a Youtube "History of the World" class. I would pay for that.
And why don't you try out for Jeopardy? Your knowledge must be incredible. I attended a taping 6 years ago when Alex was still alive. It's very subdued, not anything like you see on TV. I always thought I would panic, but it's far from it. They add all those music and bright lights later. Give that a thought while you are enjoying your Thanksgiving feast!
He had his heart set on me attending one. I came very close to attending Loyola in Chicago, but at the end of my senior year I got a partial scholarship to a Holy Cross university in Portland, Oregon. I almost got a double major (History in addition to English) and I still regret that I didn't.
Another WOW, from a teacher who is wise in what he puts forth. It helps to look at the processes from which our current “troubles” spring. No matter how long ago, even to the Romans. It’s never just about the players on the stage, 2023. We pass on the hate and dysfunction to our “not yet born” progeny.