First, I have two books to recommend. The first is by Richard J. Evans. It is long, and dense with facts, but worth the slog for anyone interested in the Second World War. Evans has two premises to establish, and does so by marshalling fact, after fact, after fact.
1. There were no Germans who did not know that Hitler was killing the Jews and others, and very few who even complained, let alone acted to save victims. The myth of The Good German is just that.
2. It wasn’t only the Germans who acted badly; so did the Poles, the Russians and most of the other peoples of
The second book is by Iain Pears, which I have just started. It is also a heavy weight at almost 800 pages, but both a satisfying mystery and a journey through Victorian England,
Second, Alex has awarded me the speaking slot for 3rd on 3rd in November. I am thinking about talking about The Decline and Fall of the Golden Age in Fernandina. The conventional story is that Flagler offered to put a spur of his railroad into Fernandina, but the city fathers spat upon his offer, and he then bypassed the town, whereupon all the tourists went further south.
That may have been part of the story, but not all. I have come to believe that the longshoremen’s strike in 1888, and the dredging of the
-Jim Longacre, Local Historian