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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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6 YA Books About Being (or Dating) the First Kid

Dive in to the trials and tribulations of fictional first kids.

7 Fun and Informative History Books for Kids

Your tiny history buff will love these books about life in the past.

Recharge with 10 Books About Inspirational People

These stories will remind yourself that the world changes when one person steps up.

10 Survival Stories That Reveal the Power of the Human Spirit

In the face of death, these ordinary citizens did extraordinary things.

The Best Presidential Biographies For History Buffs

Dig into 46 top-notch biographies—one for each American president.

Walter Lord is the Pop Historian All History Lovers Should Read

Lord’s unique combination of historical insight and readability make him the perfect writer for historians of all backgrounds.

11 Top-Notch Works of Journalism

Get your knowledge on with these groundbreaking works of journalism.

50 Years of Earth Day History: How Silent Spring Changed the World

Rachel Carson’s New York Times best seller launched a global movement.

How Former Slave Elizabeth Keckley Befriended the Lincolns

An excerpt from the memoir of a woman who bought her own freedom and became a dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln.

8 Books About the War in the Pacific

Read your way through WWII with these true stories of blood, sand, and saltwater.

Revisiting The Color Purple: A Discussion with Alice Walker

Ms. Walker answers readers' questions about her most famous work.

17 Holocaust Books You Have Never Read Before

Go beyond the famous works in Holocaust literature.

Gloria Steinem on The Color Purple

The iconic feminist praises Alice Walker's ability to move readers.

11 Iconic Books that Defined the 1960s

Go inside the sexiest and most scandalous decade in U.S. history.

10 Books Like The Nightingale

Revel in the resilience of women with these historical fiction novels.

16 Best Darn Western Books of All Time

Lasso up these classics for your reading rodeo.

Art in Fiction: 10 Novels That Take You Beyond The Goldfinch

If you loved Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, we know what you should read next.

11 True Stories About America’s Military Heroes

Celebrate the American military heroes who answered the call of duty.