mondo – yes, I’ve read a lot about the American Revolution last few years and this book talked about people and events I’d never heard of before (the pillaging of St. Eustatius, British attempts to invade Central America) and shed some new light on the British leaders. I have O’Shaughnesy’s book on the American Revolution and the British colonies in the Caribbean (“An Empire Divided”) now on my list to read in the future as a result
@sunsethillguy – you might enjoy the fascinating non-fiction book Confederates in the Attic – on of my all time favs for outlining the way history still plays out in today’s world.
Timothy Eagan’s “The Good Rain” is a similar, though PNW focused book.
I mostly read mysteries of the non-gory variety but recently returned to an old favorite – Alice Hoffman – loved her book The Red Garden – though again, its probably the history tie-in that grabbed me. Ex-librarian who specialized in historical research so I suppose that’s a given ;)
Mystery-wise – Sarah Andrews geologist/detective Em Hansen series is fun. As is Stephen White’s Alan Gregory psychologist series, Elizabeth George (Inspector Lynley – books much better then the series they made), Tony Hillerman – the tamer side of mystery.