Ron Kovic-Born On The 4th Of July (autobiographic book made into a film with Tom Cruise and the basis for Bruce Springsteen's Born In The USA album). Disabled Vietnam Vet returns home to the U.S. disillusioned about the war.
Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie. Panoramic biography by the 82-year old Massie of Empress Catherine II of Russia (1729-1796). Just as good as his earlier "Peter the Great," "Nicholas and Alexandra," and "The Romanovs."