Grab a book! Let’s do a summer read-along on Gazette665…
Yeah, I know, I need another book to read like I need a purple elephant in the backyard. But – hey – reading is knowledge, and there’s a historical era I could really use some review. World War II.
I asked a colleague of mine who works at a World War II memorial site which history book I should read as an overview “refresher” course on this topic. He sent several recommendations, I ordered them from the library and chose the one that seemed best for the project.
Inferno: The World At War, 1939-1945
By Max Hastings
Harpers Press, 2011.
It’s probably available through your local library system or, if you prefer, here’s the Amazon link.
How’s this going to work?
I’ve divided the book in 13 segments, and I’ll be reading two of the chapters every week. On Wednesdays, you’ll find a short discussion of the chapters. Like a cliff notes version of the historical happenings in those chapters and something that really stood out to me.
What if you don’t want to read the book? No worries. Since it’s nonfiction and we know how the story ends, you can just pop over to the blog, check out the weekly post, and think of it as the cliff-notes version of the book!
Win-win either way since you’ll have history to read. Either many pages or 800-ish words.
If you are reading along, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments. And if the read-along is popular, Gazette665 might host more in the future. We’re always looking for innovative ways to share about history and encourage your own research and exploration of the past.
So…grab the book if you want to read-along ’cause we’re starting this week!
Happy Summer Reading! Whether you read non-fiction or fiction, history or some other genre, this season is the perfect time to enjoy a good read.
P.S. Watch our social media pages too! We’ll make Wednesday “World World II Wednesday” and share a variety of photos in the upcoming weeks.
5 thoughts on “History Read Along – Inferno: The World At War, 1939-1945, Introduction”
I love WWII history! What other books did he suggest to you?
The other recommended one-volume WWII history books were Antony Beevor’s and John Keegan’s. Happy reading!
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