Here is a list of my 10 favorite books from last year!
The Last Lion, by William Manchester
Took me all year to read three volumes, nearly 3,000 pages. The third book of the trilogy was published 20 years ago posthumously, finished by the great Paul Reid. Tremendous work on a tremendous subject, Winston Churchill.
Beneath A Scarlet Sky, by Mark T. Sullivan
This is truly a historical narrative, not just a novel. Compelling, amazing, heartbreaking.. A work of the last two years of WWII.
Gosnell, by Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer
The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer. Harrowing, true, and a must read if you think the abortion industry is safe. Also damning of politicians who turn a blind eye to the truth.
A Torch Kept Lit, a compilation by William F. Buckley, Jr.
Over Buckley's career he wrote of men and women who led great lives: statesmen, family, friends, artists and enemies. All were consequential. A thoughtful insight into lives that shaped the 20th century.
Dead Wake, by Eric Larson
After Manchester, Larson is the best at non-fiction. It reads like a novel but is overwhelming in its historical and human significance.
Isaac's Storm, by Erik Larson
Did I tell you I was devoted to Larson's work? This book has special meaning as it was the last book a good friend and I read together before he passed away suddenly in June. About the Galveston flood at the turn of the century.
Family of Warriors, by Ed DeVos
This is the story of five brothers who served in different combat areas in WWII. Ed is a friend and I have read two of his other books, and he is a master story-teller.
A Bridge Too Far, by Cornelius Ryan
I admit I started this book years ago , but only finished it last year. His research is without fault and he makes history jump off the page. Published in 1974, it is a must read for WWII enthusiasts.
The March of the 18th, A Story of Crippled Heroes in the Civil War,
by Kevin Horgan
Okay, I am biased. Civil War historical fiction I published in 2013. Check it out, though...
The March of the Orphans And the Battle of Stones River, by Kevin Horgan
The sister to the number 9, published in 2015.