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Nonfiction Book Discussion Group

Join us for Hoover Public Library's nonfiction book discussion group. Sessions are the 4th Thursday of the month from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Administration Conference Room. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Feel welcome to join us!

Hero of the Empire

Candice Millard

At age twenty-four, Winston Churchill was utterly convinced it was his destiny to become prime minister of England one day, despite the fact he had just lost his first election campaign for Parliament. He believed that to achieve his goal he must do something spectacular on the battlefield. Despite deliberately putting himself in extreme danger as a British Army officer in colonial wars in India and Sudan, and as a journalist covering a Cuban uprising against the Spanish, glory and fame had eluded him.

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Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Double Cross

Ben Macintyre

In Double Cross, New York Times bestselling author Ben Macintyre returns with the untold story of one of the greatest deceptions of World War II, and of the extraordinary spies who achieved it.On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. D-Day was a stunning military accomplishment, but it was also a masterpiece of trickery.

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Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Operation Mincemeat

Ben Macintyre

In 1943, from a windowless basement office in London, two brilliant intelligence officers conceived a plan that was both simple and complicated— Operation Mincemeat. The purpose? To deceive the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia, rather than Sicily, as the Nazis had assumed, and the Allies ultimately chose.

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Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm

The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

David Halberstam

Halberstam gives us a masterful narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides. He charts the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu River and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides astonishingly vivid and nuanced portraits of all the major figures-Eisenhower, Truman, Acheson, Kim, and Mao, and Generals MacArthur, Almond, and Ridgway.

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Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm

What If? : Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Randall Munroe

Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans' strangest questions

The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical:
• What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?
• Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?
• What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City?
• Are fire tornadoes possible?

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Nighttime Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm