VB Reads...The Armchair Historians

Book lovers, you have heard the old adage "Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it!" Well, here is your chance to prepare yourself for the future. Join the Village Books Armchair Historians Book Group - "understanding the past!"

We meet the second Monday of every month from 7pm to 8:30pm in the Writers' Corner at Village Books to chat, discuss, and dissect the most current and interesting history being written. We will cover all eras and topics in our quest to "know history". Join us! Authors DO NOT attend.


Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374535117
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Published: Hill & Wang - March 17th, 2015

Monday, May 14th, 7:00pm

Encounters at the Heart of the World concerns the Mandan Indians, iconic Plains people whose teeming, busy towns on the upper Missouri River were for centuries at the center of the North American universe. We know of them mostly because Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1804-1805 with them, but why don't we know more? Who were they really?

King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618001903
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Published: Mariner Books - September 3rd, 1999

Monday, June 11th, 7:00pm

In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million--all the while shrewdly cultivating his reputation as a great humanitarian.

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143117001
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Published: Penguin Books - January 4th, 2011

Monday, July 9th, 7:00pm

Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted. As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe, and weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives.

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439110126
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Published: Free Press - December 23rd, 2008

Monday, August 13th, 7:00pm

Deemed "the best history of oil ever written" by Business Week and with more than 300,000 copies in print, Daniel Yergin's Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power has been extensively updated to address the current energy crisis.

The First World War Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375700453
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Published: Vintage - May 16th, 2000

Monday, September 10th, 7:00pm

The First World War created the modern world. A conflict of unprecedented ferocity, it abruptly ended the relative peace and prosperity of the Victorian era, unleashing such demons of the twentieth century as mechanized warfare and mass death. It also helped to usher in the ideas that have shaped our times...