This particular Blurbarati member is particularly interested in history, so let’s go on a little trip through books tagged “History.” It’s a remarkably diverse section of our bookstore that yields some real gems which show that history isn’t just ancient names and battles, it’s part of the world around us, and more recent than you’d think.
Alec Williams & Leslie Couture
First up is a book of photos from the bohemian neighborhood of Denton, TX (home of the U of North Texas) in the 70s and 80s, with some amazing shots of street festivals, bands, and general good times.
Each of these photographs was torn in half and thrown in the garbage. Gracey carefully pieced them back together to create an intimate portrait of a family in the first half of the 20th century
An interesting use of collages to tell a complicated story.
A “picture excursion into the 1970s” in what was at that time Czechoslovakia. Intimate family portraits mix with street scenes and shots of remarkably well-dressed mountaineers.
Barbara J. Miner
Tells the story – in pictures – of a street in Milwaukee, WI that stretches from the inner city to the suburbs, connecting (and dividing) neighborhoods, communities, and cities.
We’re just going to quote from the description here: “The old advertisements we see on the sides of buildings from the early 1900′s are mostly the result of very talented men from the turn of the century called “Wall Dogs” … These men taught each other their skill and perfected their artwork on the walls of our cities and towns. Mixing their own pigments and colors in lead based paint and linseed oil; they then scoured up the sides of buildings and left their mark in history.”
Details life in the field in the Vietnam War for a year with Alpha Company 4/31st Infantry in words, pictures, and detailed maps.
A photojournalist chronicled the protests in Wisconsin opposing the governor’s treatment of unions. Arranged in chronological order, they end with pictures of 100,000 people rallying in Capitol Square.
Written a history book of your own? Let us know in the comments. Want to create one? Gather your photos together, choose a book making tool, and get started.