I nearly forgot to feature Dr. Al Mohler’s annual summer reading list! But then I was looking at my own summer reads and remembered. So today is the day to call attention to Mohler’s varied list of good reads for the sizzling season of summer.
Pick out a good one in your area of interest, grab a deck chair or the hammock, and read on! There’s lots of summer left. And tomorrow I promise you my own list, so you will have some more ideas. 🙂
Here is part of Mohler’s introduction to his list:
Different seasons seem to bring different ambitions and opportunities for reading. Summer offers an excuse to read books we set aside in colder months, in hope.
My summer reading stack has multiplied into stacks, but in this list I share ten that I have found particularly interesting, timely, and worth the investment of summer hours. As usual for this annual list, the books are non-fiction and tilted toward history. I read a lot of fiction, but I find novels more difficult to recommend in any concise form. I also admit that my most relaxing reading comes in the form of an historical work that helps make sense of the world.
And here is one that I noted for reading too, since I have read several of this author’s sailing/sea adventure books:
4. Nathaniel Philbrick, Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution (Viking).
Nathaniel Philbrick is one of the best writers of history in this generation. In Valiant Ambition, Philbrick considers the complex relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold. If Washington is the nation’s famed “indispensable man,” Benedict Arnold is America’s icon of villainy — the paradigmatic traitor. Valiant Ambition tells the story of that crucial period in the American Revolution when Washington did not yet have total control of his forces — much less the tides of history. He traces the relationship, deeply personal and often puzzling, between Washington and Arnold, and Philbrick makes clear that the Revolutionary War was anything but an inevitable American victory. This, too, is a story that needed telling, and the legacies of both George Washington and Benedict Arnold are filled with lessons as well as interest.