We’ve home-schooled our kids through 8th grade. That has had its ups and downs. At one point, just after the twins were born, I decided to have a look at the history of World War Two, the greatest of all wars. I thought that anyone who came to understand WWII would have taken a big step towards understanding history, the human condition, and all that. And, with any luck, they’d never get the perverted idea that wars are fun. So I dumped a pile of books on Ginny, my oldest, and told her to read them.
I’m forgetting some, but the list included
Company Commander, Charles MacDonald
The Gathering Storm
Their Finest Hour
The Grand Alliance
The Hinge of Fate
Closing the Ring
Triumph and Tragedy
The Ultra Secret, Winterbotham
The Double-Cross System, J. C. Masterman
Man On A Raft, Kenneth Cooke
Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943, Antony Beevor
Day of Infamy, Walter Lord
Incredible Victory (Midway), Walter Lord
Lonely Vigil: Coastwatchers of the Solomons, Walter Lord
Eagle Against the Sun – Ronald Spector
+ a few others.
She ended up reading 200 pages a day for a long time. This may have been a mistake, since she was only ten years old. She’s still mad at me. On the other hand, she hasn’t initiated any aggressive wars [the supreme international crime, except when we or our special friends do it]. And that’s good.
P.S. corrections – I found the list. Scratch The Ultra Secret, add Escape from Colditz, by P. R. Reid, To Lose a Battle, by Alistair Horne, and Miracle at Midway by Gordon Prange