[bksvol-discuss] Re: Is there a History bookclub?

  • From: "groups Warford" <groups_warford@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2007 17:02:24 -0500

Yes, there is a History book club.  I'm pasting the information below, but
you can also visit
and select the link to any of the existing clubs.  After selecting the link,
you will be able to view information about that particular club including
any archives available for download.
Here's the Info for the History club:

*****Begin Excerpt*****

History Book Club

Leader: Brian Miller Email: brian-r-miller@xxxxxxxxx Next meeting Thursday
December 6, 9:00 PM Eastern 6:00 P.M. Pacific in the Friends
<http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rs7867a2369e0e> of
Bookshare Community Room.
The book to be discussed at that time is Washington's Crossing (Pivotal
Moments in American History Series) by David Hackett Fischer. 

What follows is a summary of the first meeting of the history book club,
November 6, 9pm-10:15pm 2007

The history book club met for the first time on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at
9pm EST. Pat Price introduced Brian Miller, the host of the club, who then
lead the discussion for the rest of the meeting. Club participants shared
their interests in history, describing the time periods and geographic
topics they wished to pursue in greater depth.

The club participants agreed on the following administrative details:
1. The history book club would meet once a month, on the first Thursday of
each month. The next three meetings are December 6, 2007, January 3, 2008,
and February 7, 2008.
2. The club would alternate between U. S. history and world history from
month to month, starting with a book on U. S. history for the December 6
3. Club participants would all read the same book for the next three
meetings, but also expressed interest in reading several books on one topic
for a given meeting to provide broader perspective and historiographic
context. The host would select a topic, and suggest titles for individuals
to choose from.
4. The first three titles the club selected are as follows:
Washington's Crossing, by David Hackett Fischer -- December 6, 2007;
In the Wake of the Plague, by Norman Cantor -- January 3, 2008; and,
Redemption: The last battle of the civil war, by Nicholas Lemann -- February
7, 2008.
The first two titles above are all ready part of the Bookshare.org
collection, and the third will be uploaded shortly for validation and should
be available to club participants in time for the February meeting.

Respectfully submitted by Brian Miller, host of the History Book Club.

Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History Series) by David
Hackett Fischer.
Six months after the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution
was all but lost A powerful British force had routed the Americans at New
York, occupied three colonies, and advanced within sight of Philadelphia As
David Hackett Fischer recounts in this riveting history, George Washington,
and many other Americans, refused to let the Revolution die On Christmas
night, as a howling nor'easter struck the Delaware Valley, he led his men
across the river and attacked the exhausted Hessian garrison at Trenton,
killing or capturing nearly a thousand men A second battle of Trenton
followed within days The Americans held off a counterattack by Lord
Cornwalhs's best troops, then were almost trapped by the British force Under
cover of night, Washington's men stole behind the enemy and struck them
again, defeating a brigade at Princeton The British were badly shaken In
twelve weeks of winter fighting, their army suffered severe damage, their
hold on New Jersey was broken, and their strategy was ruined. Fischer's
textured narrative reveals the crucial role of contingency in these events,
revealing how the campaign unfolded in a sequence of difficult choices by
many actors, from generals to civilians, on both sides The startling success
of Washington and his compatriots not only saved the faltering American
Revolution, it helped to give it new meaning. 
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Hope this helps.
Cindy 4


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Just wondering if there is a history or womens' studies book club.
Kari E.


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