A Summer Reading List for 2015 – AlbertMohler.com

For Summertime or Anytime: A Summer Reading List for 2015 – AlbertMohler.com.

PPilate-PMaierAs in past years, we once again we direct you to Dr. Al Mohler’s reading list published in time for the summer break, or – as he hints in his own title – for anytime (posted June 2, 2015)! Dr.Mohler loves history, as do I, so I always appreciate the titles he features. They are broad in scope and deep in description, which is good for history-lovers.

washingtonsrevolutionOur reading club just finished reading Pontius Pilate by Paul L. Maier (a great read!), and, after reviewing Mohler’s list, decided on this one on our first president (Mohler’s summary):

4. Robert Middlekauff, Washington’s Revolution: The Making of America’s First Leader (New York: Alfred A. Knopf).

Do we need yet another major work on George Washington? The short answer to that question is an emphatic yes. Washington was larger than life to his contemporaries on both sides of the Atlantic, and he remains one of history’s most fascinating figures. The great achievement of Robert Middlekauff is the way he tells the story of Washington and the American Revolution in a way that combines the best skills of a biographer with the critical insights of an historian. Middlekauff brings Washington to life to a degree that very few modern authors have achieved, and readers who think they know George Washington very well will soon discover that there is far more to know, and every bit worth knowing. Middlekauff leaves Washington where he thought he would be left, with the Revolution secured–at least tenuously, and Washington free to return to his beloved Mount Vernon. He was not to remain in a quiet life of farming for long, of course, and we can only hope that Middlekauff will followWashington’s Revolution with the rest of the story.

Here is Mohler’s introduction to his list of summer reads; follow the link above to get to the actual titles. And then, do some selecting, shopping, and reading! If you have some of your own recommendations, feel free to make them known!

Do we read by seasons? To some degree, we probably do. Summer promises the opportunity to pack a stack of books that otherwise might not fit in the schedule. Every serious reader needs to read some books just for the sheer thrill of reading. A good book brings more than pleasure, of course, but pleasure in reading is not to be taken lightly. In this list I suggest some new and current books that brought me pleasure and satisfaction as I read them, and as I now share them with others. The list is heavily weighted to history and historical biography. No apologies there — these are the books I recommend this season for summer reading. Each earned its way on this list. By the end of the summer, perhaps you will have your own list to share as well.

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