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.


 

The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780812983678
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Published: Random House Trade - January 6th, 2015

Monday, May 8th, 7:00pm

Analyzes the relationship between Pius XI and the notorious Italian dictator, tracing how after coming into power in the same year they forged covert ties to one another to consolidate power and pursue political goals.


Empire of Cotton: A Global History Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780375713965
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Published: Vintage - November 10th, 2015

Monday, June 12th, 7:00pm

The empire of cotton was, from the beginning, a fulcrum of constant global struggle between slaves and planters, merchants and statesmen, workers and factory owners. Sven Beckert makes clear how these forces ushered in the world of modern capitalism, including the vast wealth and disturbing inequalities that are with us today.


Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780684840024
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 2nd, 1998

Monday, July 10th, 7:00pm

This book dissects the story behind the great Mississippi River flood of 1927--an untold American epic of money, race, culture, and empire in New Orleans and the Delta, and of one family--the Longs--whose members ruled a state, hunted with presidents, and defeated the Ku Klux Klan.


Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780195168952
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 11th, 2003

Monday, August 14th, 7:00pm

  Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War. A fast-paced narrative integrates the political, social and military events from the outbreak in Mexico to the ending at Appomattox.

Read first half!

 

 

 


Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780195168952
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 11th, 2003

Monday, September 11th, 7:00pm

Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War. A fast-paced narrative integrates the political, social and military events from the outbreak in Mexico to the ending at Appomattox.

Read second half!

 


Triangle: The Fire That Changed America Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802141514
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Published: Grove/Atlantic - August 16th, 2004

Monday, October 9th, 7:00pm

On March 25, 1911, as workers were getting ready to leave for the day, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York's Greenwich Village. Within minutes it spread to consume the building's upper three stories. Firemen who arrived at the scene were unable to rescue those trapped inside: their ladders simply weren't tall enough. People on the street watched in horror as desperate workers jumped to their deaths. 


After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385523943
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Published: Anchor Books - September 7th, 2010

Monday, November 13th, 7:00pm

Balancing past and present, Hazelton shows how 7th-century events are alive in Middle Eastern hearts and minds today as though they had just happened, shaping modern headlines from Iran's Islamic Revolution to the civil war in Iraq.


The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931 Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143127970
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Published: Penguin Books - December 1st, 2015

Monday, December 11th, 7:00pm

A searing and highly original analysis of the First World War and its anguished aftermath. In the depths of the Great War, with millions dead and no imaginable end to the conflict, societies around the world began to buckle. A century after the outbreak of fighting, Adam Tooze revisits this seismic moment in history, challenging the existing narrative of the war, its peace, and its aftereffects.