Capital Region Reads: Historical selections, both fiction and non-fiction

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Whether you’re looking for a compelling historical account or a story told through a historical lens, Gwen Weldy, a digital services librarian at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, has you covered.

“The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War” by Malcolm Gladwell
In his well-researched and engaging style, Malcolm Gladwell delivers another masterpiece of non-fiction with his book “The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War.” It is a compellingly told history of World War II aviation bombing technology and strategy. From the invention of napalm to the use of low altitude flying for bomb delivery, Gladwell articulates US Air Force General Curtis LeMay’s and Colonel Haywood Hansell’s part in revolutionizing warfare from the sky. His descriptions of the destruction wrought by their attacks give testament to the utter horror and brutality of war; calling special attention to the collateral damage inflicted. Anyone curious about how the US ultimately won the war in the Pacific with Japan will find this read highly interesting.

“Hour of the Witch: a novel” by Chris Bohjalian
Mary Deerfield, the intelligent, young, second wife of comfortably situated Thomas Deerfield who is twice her age, is not content. As a child, Mary boarded a ship to the New World with her parents to start a new life leaving her two older brothers back home in England. Puritan Boston is certainly new, but is it better? The longer she lives with her husband and their indentured servant, the more her eyes are opened to the underlying evil and treachery of her new home and its inhabitants. “Hour of the Witch” is highly recommended for readers who enjoy historical fiction, suspense, and strong female characters.

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