Books That Inspire 2008

Community on the American Frontier: Separate But Not Alone
Robert V. Hine

When I first studied history, I was drawn to the dramatic and tragic stories of our past. But as my interest matured, I became more interested in the everyday—how humans live and work with each other. Reading Hine's book was a great introduction to the varied and often experimental ways Americans sought community on the frontier. Some were doomed from the start, while others found the glue that held disparate and conflicted people together. In a world with tensions to spare, how worthwhile to look to the past and see this universal search for community.

Brad F Raley