Summer History Reads

Did someone say summer is the time for light and fluffy reads?  Not the time for the serious books you didn’t have time for in the winter?  How odd. I hope it’s not a hard-and-fast rule.

 The MenorahThe Menorah by Steven Fine

5 of 5 stars

A close look at the triumphal Arch of Titus in Rome, with modern lenses, shows chips of gold paint in the creases etched into stone. The entire Menorah must have once been painted, and likely the entire marble arch. It would have been beautiful.

Menorahs through archeology – archeologists have often assumed that the presence of a Menorah on a grave or holy site meant it was Jewish, but now they are re-thinkng that assumption. It seems that some Christian denominations use the Menorah in their churches, and some Muslims as well. I did not know that!

7 branch menorah = Biblical, 9 branches = Hanukah miracle.

October: The Story of the Russian RevolutionOctober: The Story of the Russian Revolution
by China Miéville

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Month by month from February 1917 the fall of the Romanovs (while Lenin was exiled in Paris) to the battles between the Mensheviks and the Bolsheviks until the rise of the USSR in Red October 1917.

Did you know there was a Society of Muslim Women in Russia in 1917? I didn’t.

China Miéville has a very large vocabulary, you might want on hand for this one.

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