Saturday, January 21, 2012

An Undergraduate Degree (in book form)

Now that I am approaching my graduation date I wanted to take a moment to reflect on four years of undergraduate study. I was inspired by Dan Allosso's index of books to think about all of the books I've had to read in my college classes. Though one day I may expand on them as Mr. Allosso has, I figured a list would suffice for now. Thankfully, for your eyes and mine, I'm not going to list all of the articles I read from academic journals.

Perfect Spy: The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An, Time Magazine Reporter and Vietnamese Communist Agent by Larry Berman

My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir

West of Everything: The Inner Life of Westerns by Jane Tompkins

Vietnam: A Portrait of Its People at War by David Chanoff

The Virginian by Owen Wister

The Indian Frontier of the American West, 1846-1890 by Robert Utley

The Challenge of Rethinking History Education: On Practices, Theories and Policy by Bruce VanSledright

Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey by Lillian Schlissel

Ho by David Halberstam

Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie by John Faragher

Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus: What Your History Books Got Wrong by James Loewen

Doing Comparative Politics: An Introduction to Approaches and Issues by Timothy Lim

Major Problems in the Era of the American Revolution, 1760-1791 edited by Richard Brown

Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century by Mark Mazower

The River Runs Salt, Runs Sweet: A Memoir of Visegrad, Bosnia by Jasmina Dervisevic-Cesic

The American Revolution: A History by Gordon S. Wood

The American Presidency: Origins and Development, 1776-2007 5th edition, Sidney Milkis

A Pocket Guide to Writing in History by Mary Lynn Rampolla

A Writer at War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army, 1941-1945 by Antony Beever

Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment by Anthony Lewis

Benjamin and William Franklin: Father and Son, Patriot and Loyalist by Sheila Skemp

Good-Bye to All That: An Autobiography by Robert Graves

Wartime by Paul Fussell

After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection by James West Davidson

The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas L. Friedman

Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman

Ama by Manu Herbstein

Electroboy by Andy Behrman

The Sea Captain's Wife: A True Story of Love, Race and War in the Nineteenth Century by Martha Hodes

Standing at Armageddon: The United States, 1877-1919 by Nell Irvin Painter

Women and Slavery in the French Antilles, 1635-1848 by Bernard Moitt

Mastery, Tyranny and Desire: Thomas Thistlewood and His Slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican World by Trevor Burnard

The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition by W.J. Rorabaugh

Becoming America: The Revolution Before 1776 by Jon Butler

Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy by Kevin Bales

1 comment:

  1. It's interesting to see what people have read in the course of studying history. It will be even more interesting, if you add comments.

    It's often really difficult, figuring out what books you need to read in a given "field," for MA or PhD oral exams -- and faculty often leave you to your own devices. Some sort of rite of passage, I guess. So it helps to see what others have read and responded to.