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Hot Summer Reads From Steve's Bookshelf

Jun 12, 2013

American history is the theme of the first of our recurring series, Steve's Bookshelf.

The hot weather is out in full force this week, and Up To Date host Steve Kraske has a few good reads to crack open in the shade.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with the authors of some of the books on his summer reading list as we check out the first edition of Steve’s Bookshelf, featuring stories from American history.

Revolutionary Summerdetails the spark that started the Revolutionary War and gives readers a glimpse into the hardest months for the Americans. Author Joseph J. Ellis won the Pulitzer Prize for Founding Brothers. His portrait of Thomas Jefferson, American Sphinx, won the National Book Award. He is the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.

Visiting Tom chronicles author Michael Perry's conversations with an 82-year-old man with a passion for firing homemade cannons. Perry has written for numerous publications, including Esquire, the New York Times Magazine, Salon, and the Utne Reader. A contributing editor to Men's Health, he lives in northern Wisconsin with his family. 

The Last of the Doughboys documents the lives of some of the last living veterans of World War I. Richard Rubin is the author of Confederacy of Silence. He has written for the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Smithsonian, and New York magazine. He lives in New York and Maine.