to lead an extra life.
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
A “what if” book about a “deal” between President Grant and the Cheyenne Indian chef, Lone Wolf: Would the government give one thousand white women to the Cheyenne, so that they could intermarry, have a baby and therefore bring peace between the two very different people? In return, the Cheyenne would give the government one thousand horses? This book is based on a meeting that did take place between Grant and Lone Wolf. It’s a great story about the American West, the gold rush, the Indians, the soldiers at the forts and outposts, full of colorful characters that you feel you get to know, all told from May Dodd’s point of view through her journal… and what might have happened if the deal had been agreed upon.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
England, 1520…and Henry the VIII is king. He wants Anne Boleyn as his queen, more importantly…he wants, needs, a male heir. Enter Thomas Cromwell, who will do anything, at any price, to make his king a happy man. Tudor history at their best, which means the Tudor’s are at their worst…with Cromwell the perfect man to do Henry’s dirty work, encourage Henry to go after his heart’s desire, regardless of what the Church thinks. Henry VIII era is always fascinating, and this is English history at its best.
Winds of War by Herman Wouk
Wouk’s epic about WWII. The winds of war are blowing in Europe as we follow “Pug” Henry, a Naval Officer and confidant of President Roosevelt, and his family. It begins just before the German invasion of Poland. The effect the coming of war has on Henry’s family and those that they know and come in contact with. Wouk also interjects the German perceptive of the war from German general Armin von Roon “book” that Henry came across after the war. This book ends with the attack on Pearl Harbor, and if you are up to continuing, pick up the sequel, War and Remembrance, which takes us all through the war.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova