Reading History of the Hidden Corners

It’s that time of year for the deluge of “best” book lists.

Image result for piles of booksLitHub photo (2015)

Many of these lists separate fiction and nonfiction. (In a few weeks I’ll be posting my own fiction favorites here.), however, compiles a list of history books! This year it includes a few of the “big men” biographies (Richard Nixon, Ulysses S. Grant, Muhammad Ali) that remain so popular with many readers. But is also includes several that illuminate hidden corners of history.

Marjorie Spruill’s Divided We Stand is about the 1977 National Women’s Conference in Houston that provoked a counter-conference organized by Phyllis Schlafly. Anyone interested in women’s rights issues should read this book.

Preview thumbnail for 'Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics

In The Jersey Brothers, Sally Mott Freeman delves into her own family history to tell the story of the Pacific theater in World War II. While there are lots of books about World War II, I think the Pacific is still a neglected area.

Preview thumbnail for 'The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family's Quest to Bring Him Home

And of course, Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann’s gripping tale of the murder of Osage Indians in the 1920s is on many “best” lists, and deservedly so.

Preview thumbnail for 'Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

If you’ve missed these 2017 books, take some time over the holidays to get caught up on your reading. (Hint: put them on your holiday gift wish list and/or buy them as gifts for the favorite people in your life.)



2 thoughts on “Reading History of the Hidden Corners

  1. Thanks for mentioning Divided We Stand, a book I was not aware of. I attended IWY in Houston as an observer and saw the opposition (known as “pink ladies”) in action during floor votes. It’s always exciting when historians examine historical events I lived through. I love your year-end reading lists.


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