Currently reading

Zen Buddhism: A History (Japan) (Treasures of the World's Religions) (Volume 2)
James W. Heisig, Heinrich Dumoulin, Paul F. Knitter
The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo
Jokei Molly Delight Whitehead, Kosho Uchiyama Roshi, Shohaku Okumura, Shohaku Okumura
Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts
Shohaku Okumura
Ron Chernow
Being Nobody, Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path
Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Ayya Khema

Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War

Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War - Charles Bracelen Flood The most fascinating chapters are at the start, the successive professional failures of Grant and Sherman prior to the war and their more or less stumbling into positions of command. The mid-bits are a gloss of Civili War history, rehash for anyone who's already soaking in this stuff anyway. Picks up again at the end with a vivid picture of the last weeks of the war, the atmosphere in Washington following Lincoln's assassination and the Grand Review of the victorious Union armies. Rapid fire epilogue blasts through Grant/Sherman's post-war careers as an obligation. Makes me want to read their memoirs for more detail.