From the Beacon: Nonfiction for your summer reading list

Here are some summer reading suggestions for great nonfiction.

"The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service," Andrew Meier:

This book shares an interesting history, especially for those who enjoy espionage and spy stories. It was amazing to learn how vast and sinister Stalin's spy apparatus was during the 1920s and '30s. In this book, an American chose to betray his country and work for the KGB in America and other parts of the world.

"Impeached: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's legacy," David O. Stewart:

This book concerns the chaotic period of American history between 1865 and 1868. Lincoln had been assassinated and the Civil War was coming to a close. Andrew Johnson, a Southern Democrat, became president. He and the Republican House and Senate did not get along. Basically, the Civil War again was played out, but in the political arena. Reconstruction was the contentious issue of the day. The resulting impeachment trial of the president and its historical context is vividly described. If you enjoyed "The Summer of 1787" by the same author, you probably will enjoy this book.

"Lone Survivor," Marcus Luttrell:

This book describes the heroism of a Navy SEAL team that was conducting an operation against the Taliban in the mountainous region of the Afghanistan/Pakistani border in June 2005. While the title of the book forecasts the result of the operation, the account of Luttrell's battle, survival and rescue is riveting. He brings up important combat issues that occur during the hunt for the enemy. Ultimately, the book is a moving tribute to his teammates who encountered conditions that would be hard for us to imagine.

Living in the Lowcountry, we all know hurricane season officially started June 1 and ends Nov. 30. Historically, August and September are very active months for hurricanes. Here are some interesting books on hurricanes that pertain to the South Carolina coast: "The Great Sea Island Storm of 1893" by Bill and Fran Marscher; "Lowcountry Hurricanes: Three Centuries of Storms at Sea and Ashore" by Walter J. Fraser Jr.; "Lunatic Wind: Surviving the Storm of the Century" by William Price Fox.