Terrible with dates? Me too. So I tend to like my history couched in a vampire back story or described live as I visit historical sites. Unless the item is of particular interest for its weirdness factor that is, like learning some Native American tribes used their own urine to bleach their hair. (Thanks, Mrs. Jones, Sophomore Year US Civ Teacher!)
So when I chose History for H-Day of the A to Z Blog Challenge, I decided to feature books with either the “described live” feel or weirdness factor. It helps that these are by two people who are among those I admire most in the world. (And in the interest of transparency I should note that my business, Three Kings, published both these titles.)
Described Live Factor?
Nothing beats Irene Kucholick’s straight forward account of growing up during the rise of Hitler through WWII, hiding dressed as a boy from the Russians for 3 years, becoming a nurse and eventually running afoul of the comrades at the hospital and having to flee from East to West Berlin in 1953. Released in 3 books (one for each period of time), now in one volume entitled Iron Curtain Memoirs (link here).
How about an army of elephants traveling over the Alps to attack the Romans? That qualifies on the weirdness scale for me and has always been an era of particular interest to my military-historian husband, Charles R. King. Thus, I wanted to feature his largest history volume, Their Greatest Hour: Rome, Carthage and the 2nd Punic War. Here’s the scoop:
…a unique look at one of the greatest conflicts in antiquity. Hannibal’s audacious march through the Alps and his unchecked ravaging of Italy for nearly sixteen years against vastly superior forces, boggles the mind….The Second Punic War was also a pivotal moment in the history of western civilization ultimately making Rome into an empire and resulting in the complete eradication of Carthage and its people.
This is enough history for me for H-Day. I tend to agree with Thomas Jefferson who said, “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” Learn and move forward. Never forget.
Kristin King is aware that she put H before G in the A to Z Challenge. This was done to accommodate the start date of the Giveaways. G is for Giveaways coming next.