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Brett Williams, Spring 2017

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Here's a few of Brett's most recent "reads":

  • Napoleon by Andrew Roberts
  • Cicero by Anthony Everitt
  • SPQR by Mary Beard
  • SEAL Team Six Outcasts by Howard Wasdin
  • Empire of God by Thomas F. Madden
  • Journeys of the Great Explorers by Glyndwr Williams
  • George Washington's Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade
  • War with Hannibal by Tutus Livious
  • Anti-Federalist Papers by Patrick Henry
  • History of Ancient Greece by Eric Cline
  • History of Ancient Israel by Eric Cline

Paper Books

Memoirs of General T. Sherman
This is the extraordinary memoirs of General William T. Sherman nearly 90 years since the original publication. He was the most creative and most original of the many military leaders who emerged in the U.S. Civil War. Some called him a genius. Fascinating reading. Forward by B. H. Liddell Hart.
Josephine: the dazzling life of Josephine Baker A Coretta Scott King, Best Children's Book of 2014 award winner, this book created in exuberant verse and stirring pictures by Patricia Hruby and Christian Robinson, is an extraordinary portrait for young people of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world.
Common Sense Within Selected Writings of Thomas Paine, Common Sense is Thomas Paine's persuasive argument for the colonies' political and economic separation from Britain. Published January 10, 1776.
Basque History of the World By Mark Kurlansky, this book is the illuminating story of an ancient and enigmatic people. Signs of their civilization existed well before the arrival of the Romans in 218 B.C., and though theories abound, no one has ever been able to determine their origins. Their ancient tongue, Euskera, is equally mysterious: It is the oldest living European language, and is related to no other language on Earth.
A Brief History of Time: from the big bang to black holes Stephen Hawking has earned a reputation as the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Einstein. In this landmark volume, Professor Hawking shares his blazing intellect with non-scientists everywhere, guiding us expertly to confront the supreme questions of the nature of time and the universe. Was there a beginning of time? Will there be an end? Is the universe infinite or does it have boundaries?
James Madison: a life reconsidered This extraordinary biography vividly portrays James Madison and the genius he brought to our nation's founding and early years. Lynne V. Cheney recreates the early Republic brilliantly, bringing forward the legendary characters who were Madison's peers in a lively, intimate, compelling portrait.
Orthodoxy For G.K. Chesterton, orthodoxy carries us into the land of romance, right action, and revolution. In Orthodoxy , a classic in religious autobiography, he tells of his pilgrimage there by way of the doctrines of Christianity set out in the Apostles' Creed. Where science seeks to explain all things in terms of calculation and necessary law, Chesterton argues on behalf of the Christian doctrines of mystery and free will.
A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans Subtitled: pirates, skinflints, patriots, and other colorful characters stuck in the footnotes of history, Michael Farquhar has scoured the annals and rescued thirty of the most intriguing, unusual, and yes, memorable Americans from obscurity.
Lost in Shangri-la By Mitchell Zuckoff, this is a true story of survival, adventure, and the most incredible rescue mission of Wold War II.
American Spartan: the Promise, Mission, Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant Lawrence of Arabia meets Sebastian Junger's War in this unique, incendiary, and dramatic true story of heroism and heartbreak in Afghanistan written by a Pulitzer Prize-nominated war correspondent, Ann Tyson.

Kingdom of Heaven DVD
Directed by Ridley Scott, actor Orlando Bloom. A tale of the Crusades, a lonely French blacksmith discovers he's a noble heir and takes his father's place in the center of the universe circa 1184: Jerusalem. Here, grand battles and backdoor politics are key as Scott and first-time screenwriter William Monahan fashion an excellent storyline to tackle the centuries-long conflict.
Power of One DVD Directed by John Avildsen and starring Morgan Freeman and Stephen Dorff. An orphan terrorized for his family's political beliefs, young PK turns to his only friend: a kindly, world-wise prisoner who teaches him how to box. "Little beat big when little smart," the prisoner tells PK. "First with the head, then with the heart." Living by those words, PK (Dorff) fights with his fists and leads with his heart as he grows to manhood. He takes on the system and the injustices he sees around him - and finds that one person really can make a difference.
Count of Monte Cristo DVD Directed by Kevin Reynolds, Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce give sizzling performances in the greatest tale of betrayal, adventure, and revenge the world has ever known.
Invictus DVD Directed by Clint Eastwood and actor Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela, Invictus is an uplifting film about a team and a people inspired to greatness. Mandela who fights against apartheid and finds hope of national unity asks the South African national rugby team captain and his squad to do the impossible and win the World Cup. Prepare to be moved--and thrilled.
Hatari! DVD Hatari! is Swahili for "danger"-and also the word for action, adventure and broad comedy in this two-fisted Howard Hawks film. John Wayne stars as the head of a daring Tanganyka-based group which captures wild animals on behalf of the world's zoos.

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You can't judge a book by its cover, and you can't always predict a person by the book he reads.

Meet Brett Williams.

He's the guy who knows the meaning of a hard day's work. Besides selling natural-raised meats through his CSA home business,  Brett sees to it that NWC's 132-acre campus stays in tip-top shape.  But even while he's repairing irrigation systems or operating snow removal machinery, he just might be enjoying a good book at the same time.

Brett listens to a diverse array of audio books that offer unique insight into some of history's most memorable figures, including Napoleon, Thomas Paine, George Washington and Cicero, just to name a few.

Guess what else Brett does? He likes to travel. His journeys have taken him across the globe to places including Belize, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Greece as well as across South Africa.

Might be the reason for his eclectic mix of favorite reads.

Give Brett a wave the next time you see him out and about on campus.

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