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The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox
Vanda Krefft
Progress: 277/944 pages
The Paraguayan War, Volume 1: Causes and Early Conduct
Thomas L. Whigham
Progress: 192/520 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 171 out of 688 pages.

The Great Nation: France from Louis XV to Napoleon - Colin Jones

I'm about a quarter of the way in, and so far it's probing to be an excellent history of 18th century France -- comprehensive and full of insights. If the other two volumes in the series are as good, then I'll finally have the background on French history that I've needed for so long!