History Buff Book Group

The History Buff Book Group generally meets the 3rd Friday of each month from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the library’s large meeting room.  Join us for some interesting reading and lively conversation.   No registration is required. All are welcome!  Free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate provided by the Friends of the Germantown Community Library!

Copies of the selected books are available at the Circulation Desk. Please bring your library card or photo ID to check out a copy.

Selections for 2018:

  • January 19:  The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill / Greg Mitchell
  • February 16:  Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations / John Avlon
  • March 16:  Hitler’s First Victims: The Quest for Justice / Timothy Ryback
  • April 20:  The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World’s Fair / Margaret Creighton
  • May 18:  Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty / Dan Jones
  • June 15:  The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution / Robert P. Watson
  • July 20:  The Sensational Past: How the Enlightenment Changed the Way We Use Our Senses / Carolyn Purnell
  • August 17:  Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe / Inara Verzemnieks
  • September 21:  Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South / Adrienne Berard
  • October 19:  The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss and the American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home / Benise Kiernan
  • November 16:  Shooting Ghosts: A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer and Their Journey Back from War / Thomas Brenna & Finbarr O’Reilly
  • December 21:  A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression / Jane Ziegelman & Andrew Coe



  • April:  The Fever of 1721: The Epidemic that Revolutionized Medicine and American Politics / Stephen Coss
  • May:  Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helen’s / Steve Olson
  • June:  Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 / Adam Hochschild
  • July:  The Medici: Power, Money and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance / Paul Strathern
  • August:  How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World / Steven Johnson
  • September:  The Rift: A New Africa Breaks Free / Alex Perry
  • October:   Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 / Madeleine Albright
  • November:  The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War / Don H. Doyle
  • December:  The Gates of Europe: The History of Ukraine / Serhili Plokhy