2010 Summer Reading Recommendations
Williams Baptist History Department
Dr. Kenneth Startup:
1. Bruce Catton, This Hallowed Ground -- is possibly still the finest "meditation" on the scope, meaning, and significance of the Civil War.
2. Helmut Thielicke, Between Heaven and Earth -- This is a masterpiece of historical, theological, and cultural insight and analysis by one of the greatest Christian apologists of the 20th Century.
3. H. V. Morton, A Traveller in Rome -- This work is the crowning achievement of (probably) the finest travel writer since Herodotus. It is rich in detail, drama, color, style, and spirit.
Dr. Todd Ewing:
1. Plato, Apology---Foundational understanding of Socrates’ teaching as expressed during his trial.
2. Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel---A uniquely broad perspective of history on a global, geographic, demographic, and ecological scale.
3. Elie Wiesel, Night---A holocaust survivor's classic telling of the horrors of the physical and emotional scars that came from the Nazi Camps.
Professor Daniel Spillman:
1.George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four-----This dystopian novel, written in the early years of the Cold War, describes life in a fictionalized totalitarian society. Orwell conjures a violent and suffocating totalitarian future. An absolute classic, and a jarring book that reads at times like a thriller.
2. Aldous Huxley, A Brave New World------Another dystopian novel about life in a totalitarian society, though one ruled more through technology and science. And yet Huxley's dystopia remains in many ways far more terrifying. It's another classic piece of Western literature, and an eerie, mesmerizing read.
3. C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters-----a dark, gripping novel written in the form of correspondence between two demons about the fate of one man's soul. Whatever your view of God, you'll find this book provocative and fascinating. One of my favorite books about human spirituality--this one stays with you longafter reading.