Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ideas for the Hard-to-buy-for Historian #10

Graham Broad, historian, professor, writer, of London, Ontario:
I have three suggestions. One of them is Randall Hansen's Fire and Fury, about the Anglo-Canadian-American bombing of German cities 1942-1945. Lots of new research, great analysis, but also a gripping narrative, with some truly heart-wrenching stuff; his account of the firestorm in Hamburg brought to mind John Hershey's Hiroshima. Hansen is at U of T.

Second. Not Canadian, but the "John Adams" miniseries from HBO was absolutely gripping stuff. Everybody talks about Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti, but the standout performance was a British actor, Stephen Dillane, as Thomas Jefferson. Amazing.

Finally, a plug for my friend Jonathan Vance's new book - "Unlikely Soldiers."
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