Meet the Book Club: The World War II Book Club at Hereford

December 05, 2018 | By Baltimore County Public Library

Photo of the World War Two book club

Who: The World War II Book Club at Hereford

What: A core group of six to eight readers who enjoy reading and discussing nonfiction books about World War II.

Where and When: This club meets at the Hereford Branch at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Meetings are open to the public and new members are always welcome.

Fun Facts: The founding member attended one or two meetings before bowing out, but this club lives on, bound by their enthusiasm for the theme. Phillippe stepped in to take on the role of facilitator.

About: This group of readers is passionate and has in-depth knowledge about World War II history. As a result, their book selections aren’t necessarily chosen for providing new factual information, but rather for the author’s presentation of a different perspective on a topic or person. Their books are often picked from a display curated by the Hereford Branch librarians specifically for the group, and they frequently alternate the month’s focus between the Pacific and the European theaters of the war. They appreciate books with maps and sometimes bring in artifacts or memorabilia. One member once brought in a "silk map," a map printed on fabric, which was durable, easy for soldiers to hide and could be used silently.

Cover of the novel Spies in the Congo

"Spies in the Congo: America’s Atomic Mission in World War II" ranks as one of their more memorable meetings. It’s the story of American spy “Dock” Hogue who was charged with transporting uranium out of Congo to the U.S.—while evading the Nazis—for the Allied war effort. Hogue’s daughter heard about the discussion through the book publisher and showed up at the meeting.

All of this club’s members have close relatives who served in the military during World War II so they bring those stories to the table as part of the discussion. They enjoy sharing their stories and knowledge with new members who have an interest in history and would especially like to see some younger readers join their group.

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