Me, to The Husband: “I thought I’d write a blog post on good books to read for the 4th of July. Any suggestions?”
The Husband: “Huh?”
Me: “Well, I know there’s the David McCullough books that you like. And the Joseph Ellis one you just got from the library. Other than them, what would you recommend?”
The Husband: “Those two.”
(This is probably a good time to mention that The Husband happens to have an advanced degree or two in the American Presidency and that the majority of what he reads in his leisure hours are presidential biographies and the like. So, it makes sense that he would be my go-to-source on this topic.)
Me: “I need more suggestions.”
The Husband: “This is ridiculous. Like anyone is going to read an entire book in one day.”
Me, rolling eyes in exasperation: “You don’t GET IT. It’s to INSPIRE my blog readers. Maybe they’ll want to read something patriotic for the 4th and, you know, into the next week.”
I click onto his Shelfari page and annoyingly start rattling off titles.
“How ’bout this? Or this one? Oh, and yeah! Remember when I got you this from that little library when we lived in the townhouse in 1994? Did you like it? Would my blog readers like it?”
Hammering out the Constitution wasn’t this damn difficult, people.
I’m pleased to say we have a final document, people, just in case the upcoming 4th of July holiday gives you a hankering to read up on your American history.
The Husband tends to enjoy works by Joseph J. Ellis, particularly First Family: Abigail and John Adams; Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation; and American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson; and His Excellency. (He has Revolutionary Summer out from the library now.)
Pittsburgh native son David McCullough (who will be honored next week with a bridge named after him, accompanied by a lecture that The Husband will be attending) is an amazing historian. For our purposes today, The Husband recommends David McCullough’s 1776 and John Adams.
Jon Meacham”s Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power and American Lion are also excellent reading choices for the Fourth of July.
The Husband also suggests:
Duel: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and The Future of America, by Thomas J. Fleming
Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, by Nancy Isenberg
The Radicalism of the American Revolution, by Gordon S. Wood
Go forth and read!