The History Book Club at the Cayuga Museum met recently to choose the book selections for the remainder of 2018. The History Book Club meets at 7:00 p.m. at the Cayuga Museum on the second Wednesday of the month. Participation is free and guests can come to any or all of the meetings. Choose the books you are interested in, and start reading now to join our discussions this fall.
September 12 — Never Caught by Erica Dunbar.
272 pages. Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction
A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.
October 10 — The Korean War: A History by Bruce Cumings. 288 pages.
For Americans, it was a discrete conflict lasting from 1950 to 1953. But for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long struggle that still haunts contemporary events. With access to new evidence and secret materials from both here and abroad, including an archive of captured North Korean documents, Bruce Cumings reveals the war as it was actually fought.
November 14 — The Quarter Orchestrating the Second Revolution – 1783 – 1792 by Joseph Ellis. 290 pages.
Tells the unexpected story of America’s second great founding and the men most responsible – Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, John Jay and James Madison.
December 12 — Persian Fire by Tom Holland. 418 pages.
In the fifth century B.C., a global superpower was determined to bring truth and order to what it regarded as two terrorist states. The superpower was Persia, incomparably rich in ambition, gold, and men. The terrorist states were Athens and Sparta, eccentric cities in a poor and mountainous backwater: Greece. The story of how their citizens took on the Great King of Persia, and thereby saved not only themselves but Western civilization as well, is as heart-stopping and fateful as any episode in history.