The Childrenâ€™s Blizzard
I would recommend the book “The Children’s Blizzard,” by David Laskin, to your readers whose roots are in the Midwest regions of Minnesota and the Dakotas. It does more than tell the tale of the children lost in the blizzard of 12 January 1888. It also gives the history of the region including the countries that the settlers emigrated from and the reasons they came. It builds up to the storm by showing what factors came into play and caused such a sad loss. Some readers may find their families noted in this book and will gain a better understanding of the hardships they had to endure.
The American Balloon Service in World War I
I just wanted to recommend â€œA Grandstand Seat: The American Balloon Service in World War I,â€ by Eileen F. Lebow. It discusses how the United States used balloons as an observation tool during the war. I found it very interesting and informative as I was totally unaware of this little known division of the Army.
One of the best books Iâ€™ve read recently was David McCulloughâ€™s
â€œ1776.â€ It takes you through that first year of the Revolutionary War and was really an eye-opener. I came away with a much better appreciation for what those soldiers went through against overwhelming odds to win our independence.
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