Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Annotated Table of Contents: History 01

Americans Colonial Experience. Daniel Boorstin. The seeds of American culture were sown in the Colonial period.

Civilization: A Personal View. Kenneth Clark. This was a TV series turned into a book. Could not make law and philosophy visually interesting, so those topics are not covered as fully as others. Answers the question, “What is civilization?”

Building of Christendom. Warren H. Carroll. The cruelty of Christians to other Christians and Jews. The cruelty and success of Islam.

The Devil in Massachusetts. Marion L. Starkey. Young girls set off the hysteria of being hurt by witches, leading to a time of chaos in which people charged anyone they disliked or anyone who was different as witches. People were hanged. A study of madness and irrationality in society.

Wings of Morning: The Story of the Last American Bomber Shot Down Over Germany in World War II. Thomas Childers. From the Cover: “On April 21,1945, the twelve-member crew of the Black Cat set off on one of the last air missions in the European theater of WWII. Ten never came back. This is the story of that crew—where they came from, how they trained, what it was like to fly a B-24 through enemy flak and who was waiting for them to come home.”

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