What to Read?
If you arrive to Mr.V’s class with a genuine interest in History, or you develop such an affliction during the course, here are suggestions to ‘feed’ this addiction of the heart and mind.
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In the sidebar you’ll see a GoodReads widget containing a list of books I’ve read or plan to read. These works cover a range of periods, places, and topics and are not required reading for the World History & Geography course. This list is offered as a primer to satisfy a student’s continued appetite for the discipline.
Our public libraries should always be the first stop in any quest to locate these works. However, links to a vendor are provided when possible, to purchase the book. In most cases, I recommend the Penguin Classics series as the version to read. Any difficulties arising from the language and grammar are usually handled wonderfully by that publisher and allows the reader to spend most of his/ her reading enjoying the content and the imagery it nurtures.
I have not read any of these works as digital books. But, I’m confident that a fair number are available in that format ‘FREE’ and accessible via the Kindle, iOS devices, or PC. Audible.com is also a great source for books if you enjoy having them read to you, the listner. Audible.com is not a free service but it supports all the devices listed above.
Mr.V’s Preference: I love to ‘own’ my books rather than borrow from the public library. I like to write in the margins of the texts whenever I encounter a word, sentence, or paragraph expressing a thought that I wish to comment on. Audio books, like those available through Audible.com, are great when I’m walking long distances, as I often do for exercise. I never listen to audio (books being read or music) on subways because the noise of the train drowns the dialogue. The train noise competes with the audio device forcing you to raise the volume. Eventually, your hearing will suffer permanent damage- DON’T DO IT!