Friday, March 22, 2013

Old Faithful



Anyone interested in heading West?  One of the books suggested for our next reading group is George Black's epic journey of discovery, Empire of Shadows, where he charts the American discovery and eventually establishment of the National Park by U.S. Grant.  You can pull up a preview at amazon, and here's a chat with Park Ranger George Heinz from 2008 on the active geysers at Yellowstone.

Other books that have been proffered are A Wicked War by Amy Greenberg, Freedom National by James Oakes, and Fall of the House of Dixie by Bruce Levine.  Of course, we are open for suggestions for some Spring reading!

11 comments:

  1. NICE! I wish I had a stamp like that. I do have the 150 year beer and wine glasses they gave out in the restaurants. Precious collections!

    I liked the George Black book and it might make for an interesting discussion. I loved the book on Polk -- I thought she did a great job in showing that war in context. I could discuss either one.

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  2. I also have my eye on Aaron Sachs' newest book on Arcadian America, which I think is about graveyards? Haven't seen it yet. I really enjoyed his book on Humboldt.

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  3. They all sound like interesting books, so I'm game for any one of them. Here's more on Arcadian America,

    http://yalepress.yale.edu/book.asp?isbn=9780300176407

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  4. I am reading Beyond the Blue Horizon right now about the history of seafaring. So far, so good.

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  5. I still have Leviathan sitting on my shelves,

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/29/books/review/Barcott-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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    1. I just checked with the local library and the book is available. It does sound like a good read.

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  6. There was a great bio about Thomas Nast that I read over 30 years ago but can't seem to find it online. Maybe someone else may find it and see if it's cool for the forum.

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  7. You mean this one,

    http://archive.org/stream/thnasthisperiod00paingoog#page/n8/mode/2up

    Unfortunately, it seems the illustrations have been excised.

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    1. Looks good but that wasn't it. The one I'm talking about but can't find must have been written in the 1960s or so.

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    2. Opps, forgot to mention that it contained many illustrations.

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    3. Gintaras,

      You're probably correct - that likely was the book. I couldn't find anything else so in my dotage I was thinking the book was written recently when it likely was Paine's version:

      http://tinyurl.com/d863mv4



      I just checked with Amazon and they have a few used copies so it still is readily available. In checking thru the Google link one can see that it is a very good book. Nast was one of the USA's most monumental historical figures. One cannot fully appreciate 19th and modern American history without a knowledge and understanding of Nast.





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