Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Some favorite non-fiction books

I don't know if you know what a history fan I am, I am constantly reading non-fiction, I especially like to read about disasters and plagues and wars, because I am fascinated with finding out how regular people survive and what happens to societies when a disaster happens. Here are some of my favorite books of the past few years, in case you ever get a chance to read them:

When the Mississippi Ran Backwards--Empire, Intrigue, Murder and the New Madrid Earthquakes. Jay Feldman

Rising Tide- The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it changed America- John M. Barry

Inside War- The Guerrilla Conflict in Missouri During the American Civil War- Michael Fellman

Krakatoa- The Day the World Exploded- Simon Winchester

A Crack in the Edge of the World- America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906- Simon Winchester

The Great Influenza- John M. Barry

Curse of the Narrows- the Halifax Explosion- Laura M. MacDonald

Grant and Sherman- The Friendship that Won the War-- Charles Bracelen Flood

And my favorite book of the past 3 years: (not a history book, but it is non-fiction)
The Know-It-All--One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World- A.J. Jacobs

Hope you have a chance to read some of these someday, I really enjoyed them.