Understanding this Time in Our History

By Books on the Pond, Charlestown, RI

By Books on the Pond, Charlestown, RI

The past can instruct the present. Here below are venerated titles that have appeared on many recommended book lists for this particular moment in our country's history.

The Plague

Albert Camus

$15.00 $13.80

"On this earth there are pestilences and there are victims, and it's up to us, as far as possible, not to join forces with the pestilence." - Albert Camus. Brilliantly Camus suffuses the sickness of Nazism with an actual plague - and then, finds the light within it.

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

Barbara W. Tuchman

$20.00 $18.00

Tuchman chronicled the 14th century's Black Death (bubonic plague) which reduced Europe's population by half.

A Journal of the Plague Year

Daniel Defoe

$11.00 $10.12

Written in 1722, Defoe reinvents genre by writing in a middle aged man's voice. He was five when the Great Plague of London took over his city, and 62 when it was published. Today we would call it a nonfiction novel.

America's Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918 (Revised)


The Spanish Influenza killed millions and millions of people in 1918-19. This landmark medical history finally acknowledged the memory of this devastating flu.

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