About Time: Dark Days and Deeds

The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time by John Kelly
Kelly provides a detailed and readable examination of the black death, which killed about a third of Europe’s population in the 14th century.

The Wreckers: A Story of Killing Seas and Plundered Shipwrecks, from the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day by Bella Bathurst
An engrossing, multi-angled history that envelops the reader in the unique (and vanishing) culture of all things related to ships and shipwrecks.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
A fascinating exploration of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair that follows parallel stories of two very different men whose lives were connected to the Fair:  the fair’s architect, and a mass murderer.

A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winchester
Winchester, a geologist and master tale-teller, provides a clear and compelling account of the natural disaster that almost obliterated San Francisco.

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of those who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
This gripping account – winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction – shows how the Dust Bowl was largely a man-made disaster.  Eyewitness accounts bring the period alive.

2 thoughts on “About Time: Dark Days and Deeds”

  1. Thanks for suggesting The Great Mortality book by Kelly – I’ve been wanting to read about the European plague. Egan’s The Worst Hard Time was, no kidding, too dusty and made me feel so bad for those families and farmers. Another one of Egan’s books – The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America – educates one about the National Park Service during that time period. Unfortunately life was lost in that fire of 1910.

  2. Catlady – I agree, Egan’s book “The Big Burn” is terrific (and less dusty than “The Worst Hard Time”!).

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