birthday balloonsBAYSIDER……HAPPY BIRTHDAY!   We celebrate you and your wisdom and generous heart!  May it be a fabulous year in every way.   God bless!     Love, Z and all of us at GeeeZ

OKAY…..My POLITICS question today is in honor of Baysider:

What is your favorite HISTORY BOOK?  Or favorite era in history and WHY?                                                        Let’s talk about that!


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14 Responses to BAYSIDER….and HISTORY!

  1. Imp says:

    To a Great Lady…Happy Birthday….and many many more to come!


  2. Imp says:

    Now…my favorite History Book:

    David McCullough’s life journey of John Adams.


  3. Happy Birthday, Baysider!


  4. My favorite history book? That’s a tough question. So many choices! I confess to a great fondness for several books by Erik Larson.

    My favorite period of history? The colonial and Revolutionary War Period — specifically, Virginia history of those time periods.


  5. Modern Times, Paul Johnson.
    Happy Birthday, Baysider!


  6. To elaborate on Modern Times, I found it gave a sweeping overview of the 20th century and how we got to where we were when I read it, tying many historical world currents together in a readable way.


  7. Mustang says:
    The big news is Baysider’s birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR LADY. May your life be blessed with fair winds and following seas.

    As for my favorite history book, I have read too many excellent histories to choose one. What I do enjoy most is the story of America’s westward movement, and particularly the history of Texas.


  8. Old AF Sarge says:

    Happy Birthday Baysider!

    My favorite historical period is the Napoleonic Wars. Best book on same: Swords Around a Throne by John Elting.


  9. Many happy “re-runs”, Baysider!
    My favorite era and book in history hasn’t happened yet. It will happen after Jan. 2017 when someone writes about how the Trojan Horse made it into the W.H. and tried to convert our culture and beliefs, but failed!


  10. Baysider says:

    Thanks Z, and everyone! I loved Modern Times (and about everything Paul Johnson writes). I read it twice! These are times when politics replaced religion as the chief form of zealotry, believing IT can cure human ills. His little biography on George Washington (in the Eminent Lives series) is spectacular. I, too, loved the Adams book. Again, anything he writes.

    Like tech history. I particularly liked McCullough’s The Path Between the Seas – Panama canal. But his The Great Bridge (Brooklyn bridge) is a close rival, as is Eiffel’s Tower. Most of these are the stories of accomplishments driven by extraordinary men. Like biographies, this is a fabulous way to tap into history.

    I guess whatever history I’m reading at the moment feels like my favorite. Whether it’s The March of the 10,000 in Persia BC, White Gold in 18th century Africa, or The Yanks are Coming, WWI.

    Mustang got me started on Vietnam stories with such excellence as The Village and Bonnie Sue, a Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron. Now I need to finish up with the book on the Dust Off pilots. James Lacey & Williamson Murray’ Moment of Battle covered 20 influential battles in history. That’s where I learned how utterly STUPID the French had been with Dien Bien Phu where they voluntarily placed their army in a turkey shoot. When LBJ was heating up our involvement in Vietnam, De Gaulle sent him their confidential after-action report. Our DOD filed it away without even translating it!

    I just finished a spate of WW2 ‘save-the-Jews’ stories. Henry Orenstein’s I Shall Live is like being pulled into a Chinese finger trap. Read by the author, he sets the table with much historical context (Jews in Poland) I knew little about. The Dutch couple in Two Among the Righteous Few who hid Jews are unforgettable. Imagine, have a pregnant ‘guest’ and YOU dress up as increasingly pregnant every time you go out, arrange for a secret birth, and brazenly claim the child as your own. And, yes, AOW, Erik Larson writes well. His In the Garden of Beasts was like living in Berlin in the 30’s, wasn’t it?

    It’s amazing how much Islam has influenced history – in ways we don’t think about. Tyndale, The Man Who Gave God an English Voice (ca. 1530) and To The Heart of the Nile: Lady Florence Baker and the Exploration of Central Africa (mid-late 19th century) are obscure choices that enlighten. In Tyndale’s time the German princes backed off Luther as the muslims made their first run at Vienna (1529) and fear drove them to something of a religious ‘truce.’ Lady Baker, herself raised in an Ottoman harem and sold as a slave at 15 witnesses horrific female genital mutilation and the slave trade plied on the Nile by the muslims. The First Jihad
    The Battle for Khartoum and the Dawn of Militant Islam
    will take you into Gordon’s ill-fated assignment in ways you never knew with the first of the first Mahdi.

    William Federer tied it all up in his What Every American Needs to Know about the Quran, which, despite poor writing, editing and some out-of-context examples is still a very worthy read for its big picture and all the sources he draws from. He give men from all ages a voice on Islam.

    Do I have a word limit?:) 🙂

    Thanks, Z, for making my day special!


  11. geeez2014 says:

    Not that big a history book fan here, but very interesting to hear the input.

    Baysider, I don’t see when you LIVE considering how many books you read! I read a lot, and fast, but I think you beat even me!

    Thanks for all the input, folks…..


  12. Kid says:

    Baysider, Have a wonderful day and stay here with us for a long time !

    Favorite History? Hasn’t been written yet.


  13. Lisa says:

    Happy belated birthday Baysider.
    I like WWII period not because of the war but because of the pride we had during those times.
    I also like Historical England because of the strong values it had. It seemed so proper. Even today I love watching shows about England. It’s people are very proud.


  14. Right on, Lisa. During WW ll integrity had meaning. We were united in our fight against the evil of Hitler and Tojo. We also were united with the rest of the world. What a big difference from what we have today, huh? Its no wonder that generation is now referred to as The Greatest Generation.


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