Recommended Recently Read Books for Seniors

Jun 5th, 2009 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Some books discovered and read of late are worthy of recommendation.  Because I have been foolish enough to loan some of them out, they are not all presently in my library, requiring that I may ask you to research one or another author.  Excuse my laziness, but that is a quality I have come to develop in retirement.  Besides, you need the intellectual stimulation to do some of the work yourself.

Presently, I am in about the last quarter of the third volume of Richard J. Evans “The Third Reich at War.” His two previous volumes are: “The Coming of the Third Reich” and “The Third Reich in Power.”  All three, read in order, give a comprehensive view of that period in world history.

“Into  the Wild,” which describes a young man’s goal to seek out his identity and establish his independence by going into the wilds of Alaska, will soon be released as a movie.  Author: that’s the one I have loaned out.

“Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin is an absolute masterpiece.  Recommended for reading during the year of the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth.

“Many are the Hearts,” by Richard Goldhurst was published in 1975.  It details the Agony and Triumph of the General’s life.  Like some of the other books in this list, I have had this on my shelf for years and just got around to treasuring the read.

“American Caesar,” by William Manchester, is another of those 1970’s collector books that gathered dust and was read only intermittently, until I committed to finishing it.  It drags at some points, but explains the huge ego of a man who played a major part in 20th century history. 

For the curious, another dated volume from the 70’s is “The Rockefellers.” It opens closet doors and peeks in where few have been allowed.  While it ends in the mid 70’s, thus worth searching out a more updated sequel, the book by Peter Collier and David Horowitz may be found, as with most of these except the “Third Reich” trilogy, in used books stores or a library.   

The good thing about shopping your own book shelves is discovering books still very entertaining and saves the cost of buying newer models.  By the way, all but “Into the W ild” would be too heavy to try to read while floating in the pool.

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