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Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister
Nicholas Shakespeare
The Industrialisation of Soviet Russia, Volume 1: The Socialist Offensive: The Collectivisation of Soviet Agriculture, 1929-1930
Robert William Davies
Progress: 56/512 pages
The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914
Richard J. Evans
Progress: 219/928 pages
Young Wilhelm: The Kaiser's Early Life, 1859-1888
John C. G. Röhl
Progress: 229/1016 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 101 out of 544 pages.

The Rise of a Prairie Statesman: The Life and Times of George McGovern (Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America) - Thomas J. Knock

I'm really enjoying this book. Thomas Knock shows George McGovern to be an incredibly gifted and fundamentally decent person who underwent a considerable journey at an early age -- a childhood in Depression-era South Dakota, in college with war looming (which offers some interesting parallels with the students of a later generation addressing war in Vietnam), then service as a bomber pilot followed by a flirtation with the ministry and then graduate school. And all before the age of 30!