Tag: history


by Mary Hunt Jentsch

Trek is the memoir of world war II written by my grandmother, Mary Hunt.¬† She was american, and a Radcliffe college girl when she fell in love with my grandfather, a German man studying at Harvard. After they graduated they married and went to live in Switzerland, and then Germany. They had two children: my mother, Erika, and my uncle Jerry. ¬†Trek recounts the story of the nearly idyllic pastoral life of my grandfather’s family In rural Eastern Germany.…

Guns, Germs and Steel

by Jared Diamond

It is not often that I read a book that makes me think: Wow, this explains everything!” Jared Diamond’s book did exactly that, in a literal sense. The entire tapestry of global civilizations is explained in this book.…

Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt

by Jon Manchip White

I love ancient history, and Egypt’s is as bizarre and beautiful as any on earth. I am sure there are better books than this curious little thing, but it captivates me nonetheless.…

American Small Sailing Craft

by Howard Chappelle

I am endlessly fascinated by sailboat design. How to drive a boat upwind with sticks and canvas? What makes a boat fast? And, being a 19th Century guy, I like wooden sailboats, not the shiny hi-tech plastic things that race about these days.
Boat design is something America can be uniquely proud of. As the global melting pot all during the 18th and 19th centuries, fishermen, boat builders from the entire world contributed to the variety and excellence of American small sailing craft.…

The Ship

by Bjorn Landstrom

This is such an amazing book: a tour de force, the result of thoughtful research and great art. This is an illustrated history of shipbuilding spanning most of the global history.

Age of Steam

By Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg

A books of lovely vintage black and white photography of steam locomotives, shot from early to mid twentieth Century. And some vintage illustration and engravings.

Find a vintage copy, if you can, of this ode to steam locomotives. The rotogravure printing is worth it.…

The Forgotten Man

By Amity Shlaes

Revisionist history of the Great Depression, and timely considering the multivariate crises America is facing these days. Both political and polemic, it gives a jarring view of the Roosevelt administration. The parallels to Obama are all too clear.…