Then & Now Book Club


June - Be Free or Die by Cate Lineberry

February - Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard

January - Persian Fire by Tom Holland



January - Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

February - Sea Power by James Stavridis

March - Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston

April -  Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

May - The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto

June - In Full Flight by John Heminway

July & August - Grant by Ron Chernow

September - Alexander the Great by Philip Freeman

October - American Moonshot:  John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race by Douglas Brinkley

November - The Library Book by Susan Orlean

December - Wicked Wichita by Joe Stumpe



January - American Revolutions:  A Continental History, 1750-1804 by Alan Taylor

February - Blood at the Root:  A Racial Cleansing in America by Patrick Phillips

March - Bunk:  The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, & Fake News by Kevin Young

April - New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann

May - The Devil's Highway:  A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea

June - The Heart of Everything That Is:  The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin

July - The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

August - The Second Amendment by Michael Waldman

September - Jungle of Stone by William Carlsen

October - The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

November - The Flying Tigers by Sam Kleiner

December - Evicted:  Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond



January -  The Empire of Cotton by Sven Beckert

February - The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

March - 1177 B.C.:  The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline

April - The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius (Robert Graves, translator)

May - White Trash by Nancy Isenberg

June - Five Came Back by Mark Harris

July - The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt

August - Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides

September -  Command and Control by Eric Schlosser

October -  Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

November -  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

December -  The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel



January - John Quincy Adams:  American Visionary by Fred Kaplan

February - When Books Went to War:  The Stories That Helped Us Win WW II by Molly Guptill Manning

March - Age of Ambition:  Chasing Fortune, Truth, & Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos

April - Midnight at the Pera Palace:  The Birth of Modern Istanbul by Charles King

May - How We Got to Now:  Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

June - Hunting & Trading on the Great Plains 1859-1875 by James Mead

July - Whistle Stop:  How 31,000 Miles of Train Travel, 352 Speeches, and a Little Midwest Gumption Saved the Presidency of Harry Truman by Philip White

August - Five Days at Memorial:  Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

September - The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

October - The River of Doubt by Candice Millard

November - The End of Tsarist Russia by Dominic Lieven

December - The 50s:  The Story of a Decade by The New Yorker Magazine, Henry Finder, editor



January - Train by Tom Zoellner 

February - The Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan 

March - Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South  by Stephanie McCurry

April - The Stranger by Chuck Todd

May - Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore

June - Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by Vicki Croke

July - In the Kingdom of Ice:  The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides

August - A Spy Among Friends:  Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben MacIntyre

September - Enduring Courage:  Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed by John F. Ross

October - West of the Revolution:  An Uncommon History of 1776 by Claudio Saunt

November - The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl by Arthur Allen

December - The Gardner Heist:  The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser



January - Son of the Morning Star by Evan S. Connell 

February - Heart Earth by Ivan Doig

March - The War Lovers by Evan Thomas

April - The Lives of a Cell by Lewis Thomas

May - Walden by Henry David Thoreau

June - The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

July - One Summer:  America, 1927 by Bill Bryson 

August - Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan

September - The Thomas Paine Reader by Thomas Paine

October - Six Months in 1945:  FDR, Stalin, Churchill, Truman--from World War to Cold War by Michael Dobbs

November - The Brothers:  John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War by Stephen Kinzer

No December meeting 



June - Thomas Jefferson:  The Art of Power by Jon Meacham - FIRST MEETING

July - Mortality by Christopher Hitchens

August - The Longest Road:  Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean by PhilipCaputo

September - Revolutionary Summer:  The Birth of American Independence by Joseph J. Ellis 

October - A Voyage Long & Strange:  On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists, and Other Adventurers in Early America by Tony Horwitz

November - As Texas Goes...:  How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda by Gail Collins

December - A World Lit Only by Fire:  The Medieval Mind & the Renaissance - Portrait of an Age by William Manchester