Friday, May 3, 2013

Seven top history books

Nathaniel Philbrick's books include In the Heart of the Sea, Mayflower, Sea of Glory, The Last Stand, and the newly released Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution.

One of his seven favorite history books, as told to The Daily Beast:
Black Elk Speaks:Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux
by John Neihardt

This understated gem contains an immense amount of ethnographic material even as it tells the very personal story of a man caught in a cultural cataclysm. For those wanting to read the transcripts of the interviews that formed the basis of Neihardt’s masterpiece, see Raymond DeMallie’s The Sixth Grandfather.
Read about the other books on Philbrick's list.

--Marshal Zeringue