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VB Reads...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.

Monday, February 11th, 7:00pm

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan

Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force, through the eyes of the people who lived it. Equally dramatic, though, is the larger story he tells of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester Gifford Pinchot. Pioneering the notion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did nothing less than create the idea of public land as our national treasure, owned by every citizen. The robber barons fought him and the rangers charged with protecting the reserves, but even as TR's national forests were smoldering they were saved: The heroism shown by those same rangers turned public opinion permanently in favor of the forests, though it changed the mission of the forest service with consequences felt in the fires of today.

The Big Burn is this year's Whatcom READS book selection. Whatcom READS is a county-wide program that encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book. Read more about Whatcom READS.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780547394602
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - September 7th, 2010

Monday, March 11th, 7:00pm

The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies by Alan Taylor

In the early nineteenth century, Britons and Americans renewed their struggle over the legacy of the American Revolution, leading to a second confrontation that redefined North America. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor's vivid narrative tells the riveting story of the soldiers, immigrants, settlers, and Indians who fought to determine the fate of a continent. Would revolutionary republicanism sweep the British from Canada? Or would the British contain, divide, and ruin the shaky republic?

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780679776734
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

Monday, April 8th, 7:00pm

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan

Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction. He explores the reasons the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity.

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780812981483
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 9th, 2014

Monday, May 13th, 7:00pm

The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia by James Bradley

From the 1850s to the origins of the Vietnam War, Bradley reveals how American misconceptions about China have distorted our policies and led to the avoidable deaths of millions. The China Mirage dynamically explores the troubled history that still defines U.S.-Chinese relations today.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780316196680
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 3rd, 2016