"Sharon Kay Penman is the master of interesting historical writing for the age of Tutors, give or take a couple centuries. Power, romance... it'a all here. This is the first book of a trilogy and sets the benchmark."
"This book won the Francis Parkman Prize for excellence in historical writing. The turbulent history is engrossing. Born rich, he was stricken with polio and later helped “the forgotten man” when he led America through the Great Depression. His fireside chats build a close bond with Americans. He led USA to victory in WWII over Hitler. FDR was gregarious and charming. He was a great president."
"A recent classic. If you actually have not read this, BUY NOW! From America, a man recounts his previous life in Afghanistan, where his best friend is a family servant, and he returns. You learn about Afghanistan and the harsh rules that society can impose. Also read "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by the same author."
"This book won the National Book Award and is THE classic book on Hitler's dark rise to power during the depression, his crimes, and the catastrohic world war of world conquest he started. 60 million people died in World War II. This is one of the best-selling books of all-time. Must read!"
"An unforgettable account of the experiences of Scandinavian settlers on the prairie, with hardships. An underrated masterpiece. Rolvaag worked as a fisherman in Norway starting at age 14 and immigrated to America six years later. He wrote this book in a wood cabin. He later became a noted professor at St. Olaf College. Also read “The Emigrants” by Vilhelm Moberg and "My Antonio" by Willa Cather."
"This book won the Pulitzer Prize. As first president, “the indispensible man” set important head of state traditions. Washington could have served for life but transitioned power uneventfully. He led the USA forces during the Revolutionary War for eight years and won despite unfavorable odds. A man of steady character."
"This book won the Pulitzer Prize. Time Magazine called this book "a masterpiece." Outstanding writing. Jones is one of the greatest writers because of the superb writing in this book, although not everyone may appreciate it."
"This book won the Pulitzer Prize. It is a great history of the events leading to the Great Depression. Financiers made mistakes. The financial system was flawed, including a flawed version of the gold standard, money supply errors, World War I reparations, leveraged speculation, few financial regulations and a lack of good leadership. FDR removing USA from the gold standard and recovery ensued."