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History Book Recommendations

There’s so much more to learn than just what was in your high school textbooks (and if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably forgotten most of that anyway). There’s a book out there exploring just about everything that’s happened in history. From the Crusades to the World Wars, and everything before and after, there’s a history book for that. 

History books also go beyond wars—there are history books on just about whatever you’re interested in! From biographies on U.S. presidents to what happened on the Titanic, from the history of world religions to how long we’ve been burning books, there’s a book for you.

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The Books That Helped Mary Glickman Write An Undisturbed Peace

An author's search for an accurate account of the Trail of Tears.

Vita Sackville-West: Virginia Woolf’s Greatest Love Affair

Meet the woman who inspired Virginia Woolf's most fanciful novel.

7 Essential Books About Afghanistan

As news about the Taliban continues to unfold, satisfy your curiosity about instability in the region.

9 Epistolary Books That Reveal History Through Letters

There's so much to learn from correspondence that has survived the passage of time.

8 Sailing Books That Will Take You to the High Seas

Set sail with these thrilling and true nautical tales.

Celebrate Liberty with 10 Books about the American Revolution

Discover stellar stories about the war that gave birth to our nation.

The Greatest History (and Beyond) Books for Dads of All Types

Dad's always gifted three copies of the latest history bestseller? Try these recommendations to find him something new.

10 Gripping Books by Women Crime Writers

You're about to become a serial reader.

The 16 Best Autobiographies To Change Your View of History

These unbelievable stories stretch beyond the pages of your average history book.

8 Roaring 20s Books to Usher in the Next Era

The Roaring 20s was a time of true change for a world that had just recovered.

9 Captivating Ancient Roman Historical Fiction Books

Ever wonder what it was like to be a gladiator?

Rediscover Mary Renault, Queen of Ancient Historical Fiction

Renault set a high standard for accuracy and feeling in historical fiction.

What Are President Joe Biden's Favorite Books?

A quest to figure out which books are on the president’s nightstand.

30 Must-Read Books by Black Authors

Celebrate black authors’ fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

10 African American History Books Every American Should Read

Meet extraordinary individuals; explore communities; deepen your understanding of America.