Histories of History

Amazon book coverFrom contemporary to ancient history, you are spoilt for choice at Wellington City Libraries! Like eating a stone : surviving the past in Bosnia portrays the human devastation wrought by the Bosnian wars, and their aftermath – told through the stories of those who are left alive and looking for their families and their remains. Now the hell will start : one soldier’s flight from the greatest manhunt of World War II recounts the building of the Ledo Road, an American project that linked India to Chinese forces during the war and the fateful destiny of an American soldier who helped build it. Stalin’s children : three generations of love and betrayal is a raw, vivid memoir about a young man’s struggle to understand his parents’ lives and the strange country which ‘made us and freed us and very nearly broke us’. The Great Wall is a topical book that entertwins the building of one of the wonders of the world with that of a nation. The rebel’s hour is a ‘literary reportage’ that follows the true life of a fictional character in modern day Congo : a mess of political aggression, ethnic clashes and disintegrating national unity. A history of histories : epics, chronicles, romances and inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the twentieth century depicts the impact of the study of the past has had in the western world over the past 2500 years. Visit our History Recent Picks’ page and find out more about this month’s selection.

(Book descriptions from Amazon)