by Neil Gaiman
Odin, Thor, Loki. I knew the names but not the stories. Gaiman is a lover of myth and there could be no better guide to these tales than him. Enjoy hearing these tales sounding over hundreds of years echoing in Northern European fjords.
The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance
by Ron Chernow
This is a dense read that explores the story of the Morgan empire, and particularly the early years and the company’s adherence to its values. In later years, it was interesting and unfortunate to see the rapid culture shift in the Morgan companies.
The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson #1)
by Robert A. Caro
Get this right: Caro has written, at least on volume 1, a five star bio. Tons of details. Well researched. Great quotes. Thorough timeline. Detailed settings. But read this though and ask: Did Johnson have a redeeming quality? At all? We all know what LBJ did on civil rights but that’s in a later volume: You may have to fortify yourself to get to that part of the story.
Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America
by Garry Wills
Deep treatment of the Gettysburg Address. Fun, stimulating, short read. Excellent exploration of the Address’s historical/philosophical echoes.