Can someone suggest a companion history book for a cross country trip?
I'm driving from PA to Tombstone AZ. I'm a MAJOR history bluff (hence the reason for picking Tombstone! OK Corral, Wyatt Earp, etc!!) I would love a companion type history book for the area I'm travel to and even the areas I'm traveling through! I wonder if their is like a "road trip history book"...something like that! Help?
I don't know that much about History..but I do know that the novels of James Clavell are factual with reference to the story. He has (I heard..) twelve researchers that help him with the History part and he weaves the love stories on a real background...
I would recommend The Last Gunfight The Real Story of the Gunfight at the OK Corral and How It Changed the American West by Jeff Ginn It gives a good telling of the years up to the gunfight for most involved, plus a brief history of Tombstone and thee Arizona Territtry
There are lots of good road books which are as much philosophy as anything. They are in their way, historic:
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Persig Travels With Charley – Steinbeck On the Road – Kerouac A Walk Across America – Jenkins
Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin, is great for historical perspective of the Civil War era and Lincoln's cabinet.
Mitchener wrote several historical novels that would apply - Centennial and Texas might fit your needs. His books start with the geological formation of the territory and work their way to the present.