1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire - Rebecca Rideal The Children's Blizzard - David Laskin Kosovo: War and Revenge - Tim Judah Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic - Sam Quinones

Okay BL followers, it is time for my reading destiny to be shaped by your hands.

Please go wash them first.

I'll wait.

The poll will close at 12pm CST (6pm Greenwhich time for int'l readers) on Wednesday.


Now here are your choices!


A. 1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire by Rebecca Rideal (Nonfiction)

1666 was a watershed year for England. An outbreak of the Great Plague, the eruption of the second Dutch War, and the devastating Great Fire of London all struck the country in rapid succession and with devastating repercussions.


B. The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin (Nonfiction)

The gripping story of an epic prairie snowstorm that killed hundreds of newly arrived settlers and cast a shadow on the promise of the American frontier...In telling the story of this meteorological catastrophe, the deadliest blizzard ever to hit the prairie states, David Laskin has produced a masterful portrait of a tragic crucible in the settlement of the American heartland.


C. Kosovo: War and Revenge by Tim Judah (Nonfiction)

An account of how Kosovo became the crucible of one of the 20th-century's most poisonous ethnic conflicts. Written by a seasoned journalist who witnessed the Balkan conflagration and its aftermath, it presents an analysis of the origins of the Serb-Albanian conflict, the course of the battle, the issues and personalities, and options for the future.  


D. Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones (Nonfiction)

In fascinating detail, Sam Quinones chronicles how, over the past 15 years, enterprising sugar cane farmers in a small county on the west coast of Mexico created a unique distribution system that brought black tar heroin—the cheapest, most addictive form of the opiate, 2 to 3 times purer than its white powder cousin—to the veins of people across the United States. Communities where heroin had never been seen before—from Charlotte, NC and Huntington, WVA, to Salt Lake City and Portland, OR—were overrun with it. Local police and residents were stunned. How could heroin, long considered a drug found only in the dense, urban environments along the East Coast, and trafficked into the United States by enormous Colombian drug cartels, be so incredibly ubiquitous in the American heartland? Who was bringing it here, and perhaps more importantly, why were so many townspeople suddenly eager for the comparatively cheap high it offered?


Happy Voting!