One of the pleasures of being a history teacher is being able to assign myself some sweet summer reading. Here’s a rundown of what’s on my list:
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond
A really fascinating, broad look why European culture emerged as such a dominant force, rather than African, Asian, or Native American.
101 Elephant Jokes
These jokes are freaking hilarious! Bridgette says I spend more time reading my elephant jokes than I do talking to her! Then she gets mad.
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
by Barbara W. Tuchman
The Black Death, the Hundred Years’ War, papal schisms, Chaucer, feudalism’s decline – all these and more in the lovely 1300s!
My Thoughts on Government Conspiracies, Fast Food, Shopping Carts, and Other Assorted Topics
by Clem, a local homeless man of some repute.
The Name of the Rose
by Umberto Eco
A fiction novel (a rarity for me) about a series of murders and theological debates in a 14th century abbey. A dark look into the religious medieval perspective.
I Can Eat 96 Cheese-Filled Hot Dogs in One Hour
a pamphlet by my father, Chet Welle
by David McCullough
This was a birthday gift from my in-laws, and although it seems like everybody has already read this, I’m still anxious to pick it up, even if only because I’m a fan of McColloughâ€™s John Adams.
It Stings When I Poop and Other Revelations
by Dan Brown