The big box showed up yesterday. Just like Christmas.
The emails show up every four months or so. The Club offers four books for a dollar with the option to purchase a fifth book for half price. What’s a history teacher supposed to do?
- Whirlwind: The Air War Against Japan, 1942-1945 – the first book to tell the complete story of the Allied air war against Japan
- Chasing the White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw’s Adventures in Moonshine – A travel journal of sorts, journalist Max Watman chronicles America’s longstanding love affair with distilled spirits
- The History of White People – Nell Painter is the author of Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol and other works on the history of slavery and race relations. Here she looks at the history of “whiteness” as a racial category and rhetorical weapon and how notions of whiteness have morphed over time
- D-Day: The Battle for Normandy – By Anthony Beevor, this book goes beyond the typical D-Day overview into the larger battle that raged afterward
- The Pacific – I’m missing the Hanks mini-series since I lack the HBOs. Figured I could at least get the companion book
So I pony up some loose change for shipping costs, get the great books and then . . . well . . . because paying the fifth book at half-price fulfills my contract, I cancel. I can’t be the only one.
I always feel a bit guilty but get over it once the books arrive. Not sure how they do it . . . maybe enough people hang around and order more books.
Love books and love history? The History Book Club just became your new best friend.