Conversations on Seabourn Sojourn: Hong Kong to Hong Kong Mar/Apr 2016

Here are books mentioned in my conversations on Seabourn Sojourn’s trip through China, Japan and Korea.

The Ocean Cruises of Admiral Zheng He and China’s Navy Today

early_mappingEarly Mapping of the Pacific, Thomas Suartz

china_ruled_seaWhen China Ruled the Seas, Louise Levathes

14211421 The Year China Discovered America, Gavin Menzies

14341434, Gavin Menzies

Maritime Chokepoints and Strategic Waters
middle_seaThe Middle Sea, John Julius Norwich

great_seaThe Great Sea, David Abulafia

pathThe Path Between the Seas, David McCullough

pacificPacific, Simon Winchester

mortal_seaThe Mortal Sea, W. Jeffrey Bolster

parting_desertParting the Desert, Zachary Karabell

sea_civilizationThe Sea and Civilization, Lincoln Paine

 

Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586

cover of ADAK: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586 by Andrew JampolerAdak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586, Andrew C.A. Jampoler

 

Why We Fought: Propaganda and World War II (Part 1)

anatomy_fascismAnatomy of Fascism, Robert O. Paxton

hitlerlandHitlerland, Andrew Nagorski

guns_of_augustGuns of August, Barbara W. Tuchman

sleepwalkersThe Sleepwalkers, Christopher Clark

19131913, Charles Emmerson

hell_and_backTo Hell and Back, Ian Kershaw

russian_originsThe Russian Origins of the First World War, Sean McMeekin

ended_peaceThe War that Ended Peace, Margaret MacMillian

1914Catasrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War, Max Hastings

ottoman_end_gameThe Ottoman Endgame, Sean McMeekin

speerSpeer: Hitler’s Architect, Martin Kitchen

dietrichDietrich and Riefenstahl, Karin Wieland

high_castleThe Man in the High Castle, Phillip K. Dick

barryHell’s Foundation, Geoffrey Moorhouse

 

Why We Fought: Propaganda and World War II (Part II)

hell_to_pay_clipHell to Pay, D.M. Giangreco

pacific_cruciblePacific Crucible, Ian W. Toll

conquering_tideThe Conquering Tide, Ian W. Toll

stillwellStillwell and the American Experience in China 1911-45, Barbara W. Tuchman

american_ceasarAmerican Caesar, William Manchester

bankruptingBankrupting the Enemy, Edward S. Miller

midwayThe Battle of Midway, Craig L. Symonds

commandIn Command of History, David Reynolds

 

Disease in History

great_mortalityThe Great Mortality, John Kelly

great_influenzaThe Great Influenza, John M. Barry

ghost_mapThe Ghost Map, Steven Johnson

fluFlu, Gina Kolata

american_plagueThe American Plague, Molly Caldwell Crosby

cholera_yearsThe Cholera Years, Charles E. Rosenberg

disease_in_historyDisease in History, Frederick F. Cartwright

epidemics in historyEpidemics in History, Sheldon Watts

 


Conversations on Seabourn Sojourn: Singapore to Hong Kong Feb/Mar 2016

These are books mentioned in my talks on Seabourn Sojourn’s cruise to Thailand and Vietnam.

Fall of Fortress Singapore

forgotten_armiesForgotten Armies, Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper

honourable_companyThe Honourable Company, John Keay

second_world_warThe Second World War, John Keegan

decline_and_fallDecline and Fall of the British Empire, Piers Brendon

melaka_straaitThe Singapore and Melaka Straits, Peter Borchberg

singapore_biographySingapore: A Biography, Ravinder Frost and Yu_mei Balasingamchow

hinge_of_fateThe Hinge of Fate, Winston Churchill

mutiny_singapore

The Mutiny in Singapore, Sho Kuwajima

deep_northThe Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanigan

 

 

Embassy to the Eastern Courts

empire_of_teaThe Empire of Tea, Alan MacFarlane and Iris MacFarlane

first_met_chinaWhen America First Met China, Eric Jay Dolin

splendid_exchangeA Splendid Exchange, William J. Bernstein

american_lionAmerican Lion, Jon Meacham

sea_of_glorySea of Glory, Nathaniel Philbrick

embasyEmbassy to the Eastern Courts, Andrew C.A. Jampoler

 

 

European Exploration and Mapping South East Asia

fourth_partThe Fourth Part of the World, Toby Lester

emoire_cottonEmpire of Cotton, Sven Beckert

embarrassment_richesThe Embarrassment of Riches, Simon Schama

batavias_graveyardBatavia’s Graveyard, Mike Dash

 

French Indochina and the Battle of Dien Bien Phu

street_without_joyStreet Without Joy, Bernard B. Fall

very_small_placeHell in a Very Small Place, Bernard B. Fall

vietnam_historyVietnam: A History, Stanley Karnow

angel_d_b_pThe Angel of Dien Bien Phu, Genevieve Galard

valley_of_deathValley of Death, Ted Morgan

 

The United States and Vietnam

best_and_brightestThe Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam

reporting_vietnam_clipReporting Vietnam, William M. Hammond

soldiers_onceWe Were Soldiers Once and Young, Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway

pentagon_papersPentagon Papers, Neil Sheehan et al


Conversations on Seabourn Quest

I am presenting a series of “conversations,” talks on events in maritime history, on board Seabourn‘s MV Quest as we sail “the Route of the Vikings” between Iceland and Greenland to Canada.  Here is a list of the books mentioned in the talks.seabourn_viking_cruise


Dixie

I started researching the origins of this famous song in connection with a book I thought about writing on the flight of Confederates from the South at the end of the Civil War; some to reestablish plantation agriculture in a more congenial place, some to escape prosecution or want, and some (often former army and navy officers) to find employment in familiar work.  That book, Leaving Dixie was its working title, might yet get researched and written, but right now—May 2015—I’ve moved on to something else.  This short essay was to have been Leaving Dixie’s preface.