Being an historian, amateur or otherwise, takes an awful lot of reading. There are a lot of really good documentary films and television shows available these days, but reading is still the best way to get the most and most accurate information about a given subject. I only learned to read three or four years ago, and even now, though I enjoy it, reading still seems to be the thing that gets squeezed out of the schedule most often. Besides that, I read at roughly the pace of a sixth grader. Not that I can’t read more rapidly, I just won’t remember anything I read. Remember that scene in Good Will Hunting when he was sitting on his bed next to a huge stack of books, and he was zipping through them at about five seconds a page? No? Maybe this will help, it was the only scene without 17 f-words in it. Now do you remember? Ok, well I’m about the exact opposite of that. All this to say that while I have a resonably extensive library, the backlog is still quite a bit beefier than my frontlog. In other words, my library of actually read books is rather modest for someone who has the nerve to publish a blog whose sole purpose is to answer historical questions. At any rate, what I have read, and enjoyed or think useful, I share with you here, seperated by topic. This is not yet an exhaustive list (I’m not that un-well read), but hopefully will be close to it someday. Enjoy.
Update: Click on the Ando’s Library link below and you’ll be taken to my Librarything.com page that has lists of books I’ve read the past few years. They aren’t all historical, but the good majority of them are. Check it out.
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