Today’s KDD: “Up to 80% off select history books on kindle” [sic]

“Today’s KDD: Up to 80% off select history books on kindle [sic]”


Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

has some really interesting (and in some cases, well-known) history books.

My Significant Other doesn’t like to read history, or non-fiction generally. I think that has to do with depth of empathy…my SO both cares very deeply for other people, but also, inversely, has those feelings right at the surface….the family story is my SO crying at Kodak commercials. 😉 For those of you who don’t remember, Kodak made film cameras, and…what’s film? Never mind. 🙂

That just makes the real too real.

As someone who has trained trainers (which is what I am), I think empathy is a big part of being a successful trainer…but so is compartmentalization. I think I do understand how people (and especially non-human animals) feel, but I can continue to think rationally while that emotion is there. I always say, I am the person you want in an emergency…I’m the one who is going to be calmly directing you to crawl to the exit while the room is filling with smoke and flames spit around our heads.

I love reading history! Of course, my sense of history might be somewhat different from the traditional one. I am much more interested in what is considered ephemera than battles and rulers. What did people do for entertainment? What was the slang? What were their folk beliefs?

It’s one reason why I do timelines, like

The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip

Great history books give you both that sense of how people lived and factual accuracy. It’s about the individual and the context…the tree and the forest.

Remember that you can buy these books at today’s discounted price, and either delay the delivery to until the appropriate gift-giving occasion,or print it out and give it whenever you want. E-books like these are great small gifts to have when you unexpectedly need one…a new relationship, or even just a thank you.

Check the price before you click/tap/eye gaze that Buy button.

The forty titles include:

  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown | 4.7 starts out of 5 | 1,165 reviews: this is truly a classic
  • Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert [Kindle in Motion] by Patrick Cornwell: I think you’d have a tough time reading this and not at least considering the Walter Sickert was Jack the Ripper (also available through Kindle Unlimited…KU at no additional cost)
  • Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann | 4.6 stars | 3,453 reviews | There was lots of praise for this book, which came out in 2017
  • A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes by Adam Rutherford
  • Daughters of the Winter Queen by Nancy Goldstone
  • Darkest Hour by Anthony McCarten
  • The Coldest War: America and the Korean War by David Halberstram
  • 50 Things You Need to Know About World History by Hugh Williams
  • The Girl on the Velvet Swing by Simon Baatz
  • Krakatoa by Simon Winchester
  • The Lost Tribe of Coney Island by Claire Prentice
  • On the Origins of Sports by Gary Belsky and Neil Fine
  • Adventures of a Young Naturalist by David Attenborough
  • History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time by Brian Metzer and Keith Ferrell
  • Don’t Know Much About the American Presidents by Kenneth C. Davis
  • Hemingway Didn’t Say That by Garson O’Toole (KU) | This comes from a site I’ve really enjoyed, which tracks the origins of quotations: Quote Investigator

Obviously, that’s not all of them…feel free to let me and my readers know if there are other titles in this group you’d recommend by commenting on this post.

By the way, I’m still riding high from something that happened yesterday: Mark Hamill liked something I wrote! The Star Wars legend tweets a lot, and like J.K. Rowling, genuinely engages with fans.

I think my line came out well Hamill tweeted about the body reality for Luke and the unrealistic, giant muscled depictions. I responded, “These are not the roids you’re looking for…”

Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


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