I am always on the lookout for books about history when I am browsing the shelves of a book store or a library book sale.
Tonight I will share a little bit about some books that I picked up this weekend.
The Making of the President 1960 by Theodore H. White is about the 1960 campaign and election of John F. Kennedy.
The book won a Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction so it is on one of my long-term reading lists.
This book also makes me think about some of the books that will probably be written after the recent election.
James Madison and the Spirit of Republican Self-Government by Colleen A. Sheehan is about the creation of our current government. There is a lot of interest in this subject as we look back and see how our government was formed.
James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights by Richard Labunski is about the fight to ratify the Constitution. The book centers on the Bill of Rights which was added to the Constitution to decrease fears about the Federal Government restricting the rights of the people.
Can you imagine our country today without the Bill of Rights?
I have actually been reading this book over the last several weeks after checking it out from the library. When I saw the book at the library book sale yesterday I decided to go ahead and purchase it. I want to be able to easily access it in the future. This is one of the reasons that I buy many of my history related books. I know that I can get them from the library, but it is so much quicker to go to my own shelves.
George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger is about Robert Townsend and the Culper Ring.
The Culper Ring helped gather information about the British Army during the Revolutionary War and forwarded the information on to General Washington.
I look forward to reading this book as it is thoroughly researched and received great reviews from other historians.
I have an interesting family connection to Custer that I will write about someday. I remember my Uncle Howard always saying that we were related to him. I have since found out that we are not related by blood, but I can see where the story came from that we were related to him. Unfortunately I found the connection after my uncle had passed so was not able to share it with him.
Now to figure out which of these books to read next.