Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Stay-at-home shelfie #17

Let's do a 2-for-1 to finish off the International Culture & History shelf. Swedish Life in Town and Country (1904) is among two or three books I acquired that were formerly part of the library of Joseph A. Sadony. We know that because his name is embossed on the title page. So add that to the list of topics I must blog about in the future. Most of these history volumes were written in recent times, with modern interpretative lenses used to examine the past. The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan is one I'm particularly looking forward to.

Clearly I deserve OCD points for getting 1491, America in 1492 and 1493 lined up in chronological order. And I'm probably the only guy in Dover, Pennsylvania, with two volumes about the history of the Trans-Siberian Railway. (Related: It'll be a good while before we get to the book about Horror Express.)

Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich served as research material for the well-regarded 2019 miniseries Chernobyl. Alexievich has also written War's Unwomanly Face, an oral history of Soviet Union women in World War II.

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