Books Read in 2010

A Listmania! list by Frank Bellizzi (Amarillo, Texas, USA)
The list author says: "Much of my reading in 2010 dealt with the subjects of the Holocaust and the Cold War. These were the topics for two graduate seminars I took that year."
Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust
1.  Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
The list author says:
  "A one-dimensional interpretation of the Holocaust. Goldhagen insists that it happened because most all of Germany had long been immersed in what he calls "eliminationist antisemitism." In other words, most every German believed that every Jew ought to die.  Overly-simple, in my opinion."
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Bondage to the Dead: Poland and the Memory of the Holocaust (Modern Jewish History)
2.  Bondage to the Dead: Poland and the Memory of the Holocaust (Modern Jewish History) by Michael C. Steinlauf
The list author says:
  "A fine historian tells the story of before, during and after the Holocaust in Poland. If you're looking for verification that dirty deeds leave a terrible and complicated legacy, it's here."
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This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen (Penguin Classics)
3.  This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen (Penguin Classics) by Tadeusz Borowski
The list author says:
  "Borowski was a non-Jewish Pole who survived his time in a Nazi concentration camp. He tells a series of related fictional stories that strike me as thinly-veiled autobiography. A bit of a Polish Hemingway, in the years after the War and while he was still young, Borowski killed himself. If you want to get a feel for what "life" was like in the camps, read this."
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Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland
4.  Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland by Jan Tomasz Gross
The list author says:
  "In Neighbors, Jan Gross tells the story of a summer day when “half the population of a small East European town murdered the other half” (p. 7). The author, a Polish Jew who now teaches at Princeton, gives special attention to the question of “who did what in the town of Jedwabne [Poland] on July 10, 1941, and at whose behest” (p. 10)."
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Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy's Story of Survival, 1941-1946
5.  Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy's Story of Survival, 1941-1946 by Greg Dawson
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  "A true Holocaust survival story that reads like a Dickens novel. The author is the son and nephew of the two main characters.  Beautifully and tenderly written."
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The Fastest Kid on the Block: The Marty Glickman Story (Sports and Entertainment)
6.  The Fastest Kid on the Block: The Marty Glickman Story (Sports and Entertainment) by Marty Glickman
The list author says:
  "Marty Glickman was one of two Jewish athletes who should have run for the U.S. in the 1936 Olympics. He was denied that opportunity for reasons that are still being debated. In the decades that followed, Glickman went on to become a sportscaster deluxe.  Here he writes his life's story. A nice read."
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Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories
7.  Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories by Raymond Carver
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  "I'd love to write half as well as Carver did. I can't stop reading his stuff. He's not afraid to tell a gritty story."
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Written into History: Pulitzer Prize Reporting of the Twentieth Century from The New York Times
8.  Written into History: Pulitzer Prize Reporting of the Twentieth Century from The New York Times by Anthony Lewis
The list author says:
  "The essays and articles that appeared in the New York Times in the 20th century and that went on to win a Pulitzer Prize. Some truly great writing. Lots of historical interest here as well."
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Nazi Germany and the Jews: Volume 1: The Years of Persecution 1933-1939
9.  Nazi Germany and the Jews: Volume 1: The Years of Persecution 1933-1939 by Saul Friedlander
The list author says:
  "First published in 1997, Saul Friedlander’s, Nazi Germany and the Jews, Volume I: Years of Persecution, 1933-1939, has gone on to establish itself as a major contribution to Holocaust studies. Volume II, which covers the years of the War, 1939-1945, won a 2008 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. This work is that good."
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Outliers: The Story of Success
10.  Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
The list author says:
  "An easy reading book about how personal success is a matter of background and hard, sustained effort. Gladwell says that both are highly significant."
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A Nation of Immigrants
11.  A Nation of Immigrants by John F. Kennedy
The list author says:
  "Like his other books, JFK probably didn't write much of this one. Nonetheless, this is a fine piece of work. Well researched, easy to read and enlightening."
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Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
12.  Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne
The list author says:
  "Wow. It's like David McCullough wrote a book about the Comanches. It's that good. Well-researched, superbly-written, this one is an armchair historian's dream come true. Great reading!"
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The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past
13.  The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past by John Lewis Gaddis
The list author says:
  "A series of eight lectures by a Yale history professor. He responds to questions like, What do historians do?  Why? And what is the value of their work? This book is a quick entry into those sorts of questions."
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Historians on History, 2nd Edition
14.  Historians on History, 2nd Edition by John Tosh
The list author says:
  "This is the 2nd edition (2009) of Tosh's anthology. His Introduction (pages 1-15) is worth the price of the book for people who want to understand the "four longstanding and influential aspirations of historians.""
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Restoration Roots - The Scottish Origins of the American Restoration Movement
15.  Restoration Roots - The Scottish Origins of the American Restoration Movement by Lynn McMillon
The list author says:
  "The subtitle says it all. This is a popular edition of McMillon's doctoral dissertation, completed at Baylor University in 1972. It overviews the impact of Scottish religious leaders like John Glas, Robert Sandeman, James and Robert Haldane on the later American Restoration Movement (also known as the Stone-Campbell Movement)."
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Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis
16.  Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Robert F. Kennedy
The list author says:
  "Bobby Kennedy's riveting account of the time the world came closest to nuclear war. Yes, there's a lot of bias and aspiration between the lines here. But it's still a significant primary source and an interesting read."
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The Week the World Stood Still: Inside the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis (Stanford Nuclear Age Series)
17.  The Week the World Stood Still: Inside the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis (Stanford Nuclear Age Series) by Sheldon M. Stern
The list author says:
  "From 1977 to 1999, Stern was Historian at the JFK Presidential Library. He was almost certainly one of the first to ever hear the tapes made at the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis. From his transcripts of those tapes, he narrates the episode and provides a historical framework."
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The Kennedy Imprisonment
18.  The Kennedy Imprisonment by Garry WILLS
The list author says:
  "Wills, the Pulitzer prize-winning jouralist and historian, serves up a scathing critique of the Kennedy clan. This book was written not long after Ted Kennedy's unsuccessful bid to gain the Democrat's nomination for President in 1980. Devastating."
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Kubrick
19.  Kubrick by Michael Herr
The list author says:
  "A short, simple book by someone who knew and worked with director Stanley Kubrick. Some nice photos."
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Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy
20.  Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos M. N. Eire
The list author says:
  "Eire was born in Havana in 1950 and experienced the Castro revolution as a grade-schooler. In this memoir from that time, Eire brings together his childhood fun and fears, theology, and a deep wonder about what might have been. A great read from a truly fine scholar."
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