After listening to a few recent podcasts that have influenced my reading list, I’ve got it set and it will probably take me the rest of the year to finish it. The book I’m currently reading is on medieval maritime warfare. The next three are books from the Oxford History of the United States series; with the intent of working up to the subject of a recent Tides of History podcast, The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 I’ll also be reading the series’ books on the period from 1815-1848 and the Civil War. After those three books, I’ll be reading two books on the American Revolution, one of which is the first in Rick Atkinson’s trilogy on the American Revolution. I’ve also included a book on Naval Aviation.
- Medieval Maritime Warfare by Charles D. Stanton
- What Hath God Wrought – The Transformation of America 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe
- Battle Cry of Freedom – The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson
- The Republic For Which it Stands – The United States During Reconstruction and the Gilded Age by Richard White
- The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson
- Fighters Over the Fleet: Naval Air Defence from Biplanes to the Cold War by Norman Friedman
- Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
Three of these books are almost 1000 pages and one is almost 800 pages with the others around 400 pages each, so it will probably take most of the rest of the year to read and digest them. I’ll try to post a review on each as I finish them.