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Hogwarts
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Anyone have any book they consider must read? I am working on a crime/investigative book about Columbine but am intersted in Civil War, WW1 and WW2, and biographical books. Not a huge fiction guy but am open to suggestions. Trying to read a book every month in 2021.

Any recommendations are appreciated.


Sneaky__Sally
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Trying to read a book every month in 2021.


Check into the reading challenge thread.


If you can handle a deep / disturbing dive into the psyche of people - read Ordinary Men by Christopher R. Browning. About how a group of relatively average human beings had their moral lines chipped away and participated in mass shootings, rounding up groups for deportation to death camps and that kind of thing. Very disturbing look at psychological motivations of group dynamics, what people can do in deference to authority, sectioning into roles where "as long as i'm not in this group that relishes what we are doing, then I can still participate unhappily",


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jrodLSUke
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Have you ever heard of the Harry Potter series?


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Tigertown in ATL
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Winds of War and War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk. Great historical fiction.

Pacific Crucible trilogy by Ian Toll. Non fiction that reads like a novel.


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Peepdip
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Must reads

Lolita
Don Quixote
Empire of the Sun
Grapes of Wrath
Suttree
Lonesome Dove
Wuthering Hieghts

There are a lot more but that would be my must read starter pack


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sledgehammer
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read Ordinary Men by Christopher R. Browning. About


I’ve read Ordinary Men and I’ll add to that
Masters of Death by Richard Rhodes. It’s another disturbing read that describes the framework and origins of the SS Einzatsgruppen and how the killings escalated into mass extermination.
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Sneaky__Sally
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Ill have to check that one out


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Lawyered
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Grant by Chernow was great. Exhausting read that took me a long time but sounds up your alley

Several have recommended it to me, and I I just finished this one so I will pass it down to you but empire of the summer moon -about the Comanche Indians was really good as well


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Ace Midnight
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Civil War


The Killer Angels

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WW1


The Guns of August

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WW2


Band of Brothers


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Htowntiger90
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Hopefully not TLDR - the books might be!

Civil War:
- Company Aytch, Samuel R. Watkins
- All for the Union, Elisha Hunt Rhodes
- Shelby Foote's Trilogy
- Anything by Bruce Catton

WWI:
- All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
- The Great War and Modern Memory, Paul Fussell

WWII:
- Rick Atkinson's trilogy of the War in Europe
- Ian Toll's Pacific trilogy
- D-Day, Stephen Ambrose
- Citizen Soldiers, Ambrose
- Band of Brothers, Ambrose (DVD series is good too)

Presidential biography/memoir:
- Grant, Ron Chernow
- The Complete Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant
- Truman, David McCullough
- John Adams, McCullough
- Lincoln, David Herbert Donald
- Team of Rivals, Joyce Kearns Goodwin

General History, nonfiction:
- Founding Brothers, Joseph J. Ellis
- The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
- Dark Sun, Richard Rhodes
- The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank


Hogwarts
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Read some of these recommendations but this is an awesome list. Thanks to everyone


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DmitriKaramazov
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Battle Cry of Freedom by McPherson


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ecb
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Stephen Ambrose
James Michener
John Leclarre
Tom Clancy

Are just a few authors who have dozens of great books in the genres you described


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chity
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Manhunt by Swanson

12 day hunt for John Wilkes Booth.

I have recommended this book to many people and all gave it great reviews.


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