Thursday, September 1, 2011

Annotated Table of Contents: History 02

The German Dictatorship. Karl Bracher. This book attempts to answer the following questions: Why did the Weimar Republic fail? How did Hitler succeed in taking power? Has National Socialism been truly defeated or does it survive in Germany today?

In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam. Robert S. McNamara. There were eleven major causes for our disaster in Vietnam.

Justice at Nuremberg. Robert E. Conot. Why read it? To understand the enormity of the Nazi atrocities. But the trial was all about vengeance.

Only Yesterday. Frederick Lewis Allen. Remember the 1920s? You will while reading this book, even though you did not live in the 1920s. Allen vividly re-creates the time that I think marks the beginning of modern society in the United States.

Not So Wild a Dream. Eric Sevareid. Autobiography. To those who heard and watched him on TV or read him in his newspaper columns, Eric Sevareid expressed himself concisely and memorably. Most of this book describes his experiences as a correspondent in WWII.

Notre Dame of Paris. Allan Temko. To read this book is to engage actively in the construction of one of the world’s great monuments to faith and an outstanding work of art.

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