Thursday, June 5, 2008

Books for Men to Read

Al Mohler challenges men to read books and says:

I am repeatedly asked about books that boys and men will want to read. The fact is that many guys just do not read for fun (if much at all) and yet, every now and then, they read a book that captures their attention. This list is for the moms and wives who are looking for a book that just might light that fire.

One reason for low interest in reading among males is the fact that much of the reading they are required to do in school is so uninteresting or demoralizing for boys. I believe that reading is appetitive. Readers develop a more ravenous appetite for books when they discover that they want to read and actually enjoy it. Here are some recent books that men and older teenagers are likely to enjoy.

Here is the link to the page with more detail but I have listed the names of the books below. They look good.

1. Michael Dobbs, One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War (Knopf, 2008).

2. Alex Kershaw, Escape from the Deep: The Epic Story of a Legendary Submarine and Her Courageous Crew (Da Capo Press, 2008).

3. Jamie James, The Snake Charmer: A Life and Death in Pursuit of Knowledge (Hyperion, 2008).

4. Stanley Weintraub, 15 Stars: Eisenhower, MacArthur, Marshall -- Three Generals Who Saved the American Century (Free Press, 2007) Also available in paperback edition.

5. Richard Brookhiser, George Washington on Leadership (Basic Books, 2008).

6. Andrew Nagorski,
The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow that Changed the Course of World War II (Simon and Schuster, 2007).

7. Richard Preston,
Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science (Random House, 2008).

8. Ian W. Toll, Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy (Norton, 2006).

9. Byron Hollinshead, editor,
I Wish I'd Been There: Twenty Historians Bring to Life Dramatic Events that Changed America (Doubleday, 2006).

10. Byron Hollinshead and Theodore Rabb, editors,
I Wish I'd Been There: European History (Doubleday, 2008).

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