THE HISTORIANS

Presented by Dr. Donna McBride

The Historians reading group meets monthly to discuss books from all areas of history.  Do you want to learn more about political history?  Social history?  Military history?  This is your chance to read and discuss history books recognized by historians as the best in their discipline.  Under the expert guidance of Dr. Donna McBride, who has taught history for almost forty years at both the secondary and university levels, the Historians will be reading and discussing one book per month.  If history is your passion, your interest, or the discipline you want to know better, this group is designed for you.

 


Semester: $125, $110 Members, $50 Educator Members
Per session: $35, $30 Members, $14 Educator Members

INSTRUCTOR

 

DR. DONNA McBRIDE has taught history for almost forty years at both the secondary and university levels and science fiction at the university level.

 

 

 

Books read by the Historians group

Fall 2016 – The Beginning
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer
The Battle for Leyte Gulf by C. Vann Woodward

Spring 2017
The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam
Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky
Lone Star Nation by H.W. Brands
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

Fall 2017
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Gamble: General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks
SPQR:  A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
Hero of the Empire:  The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard

Spring 2018
The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present
by John Pomfret
Twilight of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and Their Friends through the Great War by Mary McAuliffe
The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic–and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson

Fall 2018
Empires of the Sea: the Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World by Roger Crowley
Churchill and Orwell: the Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks
Cattle Kingdom: the Hidden History of the Cowboy West by Christopher Knowlton

Spring 2019
Grant by Ron Chernow
For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed History by Sarah Rose
Rubicon: The Last Days of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland
Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Frances FitzGerald

Fall 2019
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World by William J. Bernstein
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President
by Candice Millard

Spring 2020
Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul by Charles King
Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800-1906 by David Cannadine
Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in WWII by Arthur Herman
Bolívar: American Liberator by Marie Arana