Saturday, August 18, 2007

Non-fiction for fiction lovers
great factual books that keep you turning the pages...............

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
Fabulous immersion into the world of horseracing in the 1930s, great characters, hard luck story that has you rooting for our underdog hero, a nostalgic look at America in the Depression when people found a hero in a horse.

A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan
The story of a Army war hero who believed in his country but had the courage to speak out about military strategy, he died while trying to win the war. Compelling.

Fear and Loathing: on the Campaign Trail '72 by Hunter S. Thompson
Crazy look at a crazy time, Thompson's voice takes over and you find yourself looking at everything differently, politics with a bittersweet tone.

The Plutonium Files: America's Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War by Eileen Welsome
Expose written with a calm tone about stuff the X-Files would deem as unbelievable. This book sparked my interest in Los Alamos.

Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
After watching the documentary, this book told by the survivor of a horrible mountaineering accident, is lyrical, shattering and a great story.

Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty and the Battle of Trafalgar by Adam Nicolson
Examines the reasons why Nelson was able to defeat the French and Spanish, plus its a blow by blow account of the naval battle.

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
Yes, this is classified as non-fiction, for the greatest affect read while alone in a dark house on a lonely street with the full moon looming through your window, and a few houseflies for companionship.

What I'm reading now: The American Prometheus: the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

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