Found myself back at Barnes & Noble again today, and remembered something else I took a picture of last week when I was there.
Above is a shot of one of the “New in History” shelves. OK, it’s slightly doctored. Hell in the Pacific was actually on a lower shelf and I moved it up to take this, but they were all in the same category.
Sometimes it seems that the only time “history” was happening was from 1939-45, the bookstore shelves are so dominated by that period. Or maybe it’s just because Father’s Day was coming up. In any case, it seemed that about 50 percent of all history books were about WWII, and another 40 percent was about other wars in which the United States was involved.
And I say that as a big fan of military history, and particularly the WWII period. But still, let’s have SOME perspective, people.
The least you could do is provide some variety in the titles. Does no one at the publishing house notice when it’s getting monotonous?
That is all, men. Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em. This is my rifle; this is my gun. Off yer dead asses and on yer dyin’ feet. And other cliches of the era…