These are the books I originally chose for the 12 Books, 12 Months challenge, as originated by Latter Day Bohemian via What if No One's Watching? (That's her fourth book review, because she's not a slacker like me):
1-Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde Haven't read yet
2-Lincoln's Constitution by Daniel Farber Have read part, and stopped
3-Henry Ford: The People's Tycoon by Steven Watts Have read, have reviewed!
4-The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver Haven't read yet
5-The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time by Douglas Adams Have read
6-The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson Haven't read yet
7-The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton Haven't read yet
8-Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken Have read part, and stopped
9-The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution by A. F. Young Have read
10-The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, 1817-1862 by Carol Sheriff Have read part, and stopped
11-Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell Not released until March 22nd, 2011
Never picked a book 12, BUT here are the books I have read since September 5th that were not on the original list:
1-River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard SOmeone I read (help me out here, folks...I can't remember who it was!) read this one and loved it, so I went back to it. I had originally picked it up after having finished Edmund Morris's two volume biography of this fascinating man, and never got to it. Now that I have finished, I heartily recommend it. This wll be one of the books I review for next month, as this post has exceeded the limit I usually set already.
2- The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love,and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean
3-At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
4-Lost Histories: Exploring the World's Most Famous Mysteries byJoel Levy
5-Unsolved Mysteries of American History: An Eye-Opening Journey Throught 500 Years of Discoveries, Disappearances, and Baffling Events by Paul Aron
6-John Adams by David McCullough Actually, I've only just started this one. I'm on page 139 out of 651, so still quite a ways to go with this one.
NOW...Back to the original challenge!
The Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution by A. F. Young
Did you know that Boston Tea Party was NOT referred to as such until nearly sixty years after the event? It was not the raucous, mob action I've always imagined. I've always pictured something much like the rioting that sometimes happens after major sporting events in the US, with cars being overturned and sofas set on fire as a form of celebration(?).
The Destruction of the Tea, as it was referred to at the time, and for many years afterward, was nearly silent. Masked patriots, a few dressed as natives, climbed aboard the ships in Boston Harbor and proceeded to bash in and dump into the harbor, all the British tea aboard. Nearly the only words spoken were uttered by a ship's captain, asking that the ship itself not be damaged, with which the protestors complied.
Lining the docks, all around the wharf, were also hundreds of nearly silent spectators. This action was viewed as a last resort. The patriots could not allow the tea to be off-loaded, which would happen the following day, or the King and his outrageous tax would have won this battle.
The book is written in two parts; first, as a background story of the Destruction of the Tea, and secondly, as one man's role in the events, which brings to the story, a very human aspect. The latter chapters of the book are an exploration of where history comes from, who writes history, and what things are included, and what are left out. As a history geek, I found this part fascinating, but those of you with real lives may want to open a vein at this part. It got a little dense in theory, even for me.
If you enjoy American history, I think you will very much enjoy this book.