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Recommendations needed: The Gilded Age to WW1

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Recommendations needed: The Gilded Age to WW1

Post by dgaughran » Sun February 20th, 2011, 2:18 pm


I'm doing some research for a new novel. Can anyone recommend a good history book (or other resource) for the period from The Gilded Age up to the outbreak of World War 1? I have particular interest in anything focused on the ordinary lives of people, rather than great men and famous events. Anything on New Orleans during this period (1870 - 1914) would be especially useful.


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Post by Ash » Sun February 20th, 2011, 3:56 pm

Walk don't run to your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of The Proud Tower (about 'the gilded age) and The Guns of August, about the start of WWI, both by Barbara Tuchman. They are about great men and famous events, but they are also excellent introductions to both the age and the history. I need to think more on the social aspect; honestly I think looking at some HF of the time period would be the best way to get into the real life scene. Just suddenly blanking on names of books; stay tuned. Oh, Time and Again by Jack Finney comes to mind.
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Post by rockygirl » Mon February 21st, 2011, 12:27 am

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