What Happened? Book Discussion

Are you interested in history, the big events or the people who have made history, whether famous or not well-known? Then the Concord Library has a new book discussion group for you: What Happened? Historical Book Discussion. Each month, the group will read a work of history, biography, or historical fiction and will discuss what happened and why it matters. For more information, contact John Eury @ 704-920-2054 or jseury@cabarruscounty.us.

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Concise History of the Crusades
11/2The Concise History of the CrusadesThomas F. Madden

​What is the relationship between the medieval crusades and the problems of the modern Middle East? Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of Muslim jihad? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas F. Madden offers a brilliant and compelling narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance.

The Wright Brothers
12/7The Wright BrothersDavid G. McCullough

​Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Andrew Johnson
1/4Andrew JohnsonAnnette Gordon-Reed

​Annette Gordon-Reed, a leading historian of slavery, shows how ill-suited Andrew Johnson was to be president. His vision of reconciliation abandoned the former slaves (for whom he felt undisguised contempt) and antagonized congressional leaders, who tried to limit his powers and eventually impeached him. The climax of Johnson's presidency was his trial and his acquittal by a single vote, which Gordon-Reed recounts with drama.

Frederick Douglass
2/1Narrative of the Life of Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass

The autobiography of Frederick Douglass, an American slave, and his journey out of mental and physical bondage.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman
3/7The Secret History of Wonder WomanJill Lapore

​A cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character's creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story.

The Innovators
4/4The Innovators:  How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses & Geeks Created the Digital RevolutionWalter Isaacson

​Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, "The Innovators" is Walter Isaacson's biographical story of the pioneers of the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and a guide to how innovation really works. 

What If?  2
5/2What If?  II:  Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have BeenRobert Cowley, Editor

​This volume presents 25 intriguing "what if..." scenarios by some of today's greatest historical minds-including James Bradley, Caleb Carr, James Chace, Theodore F. Cook, Jr., Carlos M.N. Eire, George Feifer, Thomas Fleming, Richard B. Frank, Victor Davis Hanson, Cecelia Holland, Alistair Horne, David Kahn, Robert Katz, John Lukacs, William H. McNeill, Lance Morrow, Williamson Murray, Josiah Ober, Robert L. O'Connell, Geoffrey Parker, Theodore K. Rabb, Andrew Roberts, Roger Spiller, Geoffrey C. Ward, and Tom Wicker.