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Best Historical Books to Read

There are countless Historical courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Historical Thinking Skills: A Workbook for U. S. History (2015)

Best Historical Books to ReadJohn Irish, an experienced U.S. History teacher, has developed this workbook to focus on the historical thinking skills that high school students in the AP® U.S. History course must master in order to perform well on the exam. Nine types of graphic organizers help students hone the skills essential for success in the course, including cause and effect, chronological reasoning, compare and contrast, contextualization, continuity and change over time, defining the period, historical argument, and turning points. AP® is a trademark registered and/or owned by the College…
Author(s): John P. Irish

2. The Tuscan Secret: An absolutely gripping, emotional, World War 2 historical novel (2019)

Best Historical Books to Readis distraught when her beloved mother, , passes away. She inherits a box of papers, handwritten in Italian and yellowed with age, and a tantalising promise that the truth about what happened during the war lies within.The diaries lead Anna to the small village of Rofelle, where she slowly starts to heal as she explores sun-kissed olive groves, and pieces together her mother’s past: happy days spent herding sheep across Tuscan meadows cruelly interrupted when World War Two erupted and the Nazis arrived; fleeing her home to join the Resistenza; and risking everything…
Author(s): Angela Petch

3. Mask Of Duplicity (The Jacobite Chronicles) (Volume 1) (2015)

Best Historical Books to ReadFollowing the death of their father, Beth’s brother Richard returns from the army to claim his share of the family estate. However, Beth’s hopes of a quiet life are dashed when Richard, dissatisfied with his meagre inheritance and desperate for promotion, decides to force her into a marriage for his military gain. And he will stop at nothing to get his way. Beth is coerced into a reconciliation with her noble cousins in order to marry well and escape her brutal brother. She is then thrown into the glittering social whirl of Georgian high society and struggles to conform….
Author(s): Julia Brannan

4. Winter Wishes: A Regency Holiday Romance Anthology (2019)

Best Historical Books to ReadChristmas is the season for new beginnings. Be swept away as hearts are mended, secrets and dreams are shared to make this the best Christmas!New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Cheryl Bolen and USA Today Bestselling authors Bronwen Evans, Lana Williams, Bree Wolf and Collette Cameron are joined by Heather Boyd, Sasha Cottman, Samantha Grace, Donna Cummings, Barbara Monajem, Suzanna Medeiros, Wendy Vella, and Alina K. Field in this exciting new anthology of thirteen never-before-published Regency Christmas…
Author(s): Cheryl Bolen , Bronwen Evans , et al.

5. Historical Archaeology (2016)

Best Historical Books to ReadThis book provides a short, readable introduction to historical archaeology, which focuses on modern history in all its fascinating regional, cultural, and ethnic diversity. Accessibly covering key methods and concepts, including fundamental theories and principles, the history of the field, and basic definitions, Historical Archaeology also includes a practical look at career prospects for interested readers. Orser discusses central topics of archaeological research such as time and space, survey and excavation methods, and analytical techniques,…
Author(s): Orser Jr., Charles E.

6. The Alice Network: A Novel (2017)

Best Historical Books to ReadFeaturing an exclusive excerpt from Kate Quinn’s next incredible historical novel, THE HUNTRESS NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY BESTSELLER#1 GLOBE AND MAIL HISTORICAL FICTION BESTSELLEROne of NPR’s Best Books of the Year!One of Bookbub’s Biggest Historical Fiction Books of the Year!Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick!The 2017 Girly Book Club Book of the Year!A Summer Book Pick from Good Housekeeping, Parade, Library Journal, Goodreads, Liz and Lisa, and BookBub In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn,…
Author(s): Kate Quinn

7. The Rise of the Maccabees (Lions of Judea Book 1) (2019)

Best Historical Books to ReadJerusalem, 180 BCE. For 800 years the Zadokite priesthood has led the Jewish People. But the world is changing. Without, Rome is rising, crushing the other powers of the ancient world beneath it. Within, a power struggle inside the House of Zadok is a golden opportunity for interlopers, who seek to unseat them from the throne. The delicate balance which has allowed the Jewish Nation to survive in this age of Empires is threatened.On the background of these tumultuous times, Judah, scion of a minor priestly lineage, comes of age in Judea. While experiencing love, friendship, and conflict he slowly…
Author(s): Amit Arad

8. Sold on a Monday: A Novel (2018)

Best Historical Books to ReadA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A USA TODAY BESTSELLER A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BESTSELLERA NATIONAL INDIEBOUND BESTSELLER  An unforgettable novel by Kristina McMorris, inspired by a stunning piece of history.  2 CHILDREN FOR SALE The sign is a last resort. It sits on a farmhouse porch in 1931, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs and broken dreams. It could have been written by any mother facing impossible choices. For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his…
Author(s): Kristina McMorris

9. The Secret Letter: Gripping and heartbreaking WW2 historical fiction (2019)

Best Historical Books to Readreceives a letter addressed to her in neat, unfamiliar handwriting, she notices the postmark is stamped from Germany – and it sends shivers down her spine… is devastated by the loss of her best friend, shy and gentle Lotte, cruelly snatched from her and sent to a concentration camp – the Star of David sewn on her faded, brown coat. As the Nazi’s power takes hold, Magda realizes she’s not like the other girls in her German village – she hates the fanatical new rules of the Hitler Youth. So Magda secretly joins The White Rose Movement and begins to rebel against the oppressive, frightening world around her.But when an English RAF…
Author(s): Debbie Rix

10. Flight of the Sparrow: A Novel of Early America (2014)

Best Historical Books to ReadMassachusetts Bay Colony, 1676. Even before Mary Rowlandson was captured by Indians on a winter day of violence and terror, she sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her, she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader, made a pawn in the ongoing bloody struggle between English settlers and native people. Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her captors’ open and straightforward way of life, a feeling further…
Author(s): Amy Belding Brown

11. Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story) (2016)

Best Historical Books to ReadINTO THE AMERICAS (A novel based on a true story) is a gritty, real-life adventure based on one of history's greatest survival stories. It was inspired by the diary entries of young English blacksmith John Jewitt during his time aboard the brigantine The Boston and also during his sojourn at Nootka Sound, on North America's western seaboard, from 1802 to 1805. Written by father-and-son writing team Lance & James Morcan (authors of The World Duology and The Orphan Trilogy), INTO THE AMERICAS is a tale of two vastly different cultures – Indigenous North American and European civilization – colliding head on. It is also a Romeo…
Author(s): Lance Morcan, James Morcan

12. Babel: The Story of the Tower and the Rebellion of Man (Fall of Man) (2019)

Best Historical Books to ReadA sweeping, epic retelling of the story of the Tower of Babel. . . More than a century after the worldwide flood, Noah, now the forefather of the living world, works peacefully in his vineyard until tragedy tears apart his relationship with his son, Ham. Years later, dark prophetic dreams inextricably link him with a young man carrying scars from a painful past, and a young woman who longs for acceptance yet harbor secrets darker than either of them imagine. Will Noah face the role he played in the slow unraveling of his family? Or will…
Author(s): Brennan McPherson

13. The MacKinnon’s Bride (Highland Brides) ()

Best Historical Books to ReadFrom a New York Times Bestselling Author, The MacKinnon's Bride brings us love, honor, suspense, passion–all the good things we love in a Highlander Romance. When laird Iain MacKinnon's young son is captured by the English, the fierce Scottish chieftain retaliates in kind, capturing the daughter of his enemy to bargain for his boy's return. Fiercely loyal to kin, Iain never imagines a father can deny his child–or that he will become Page FitzSimon's savior. "Keep her, or kill her!" FitzSimon proclaims when Iain forces his hand. What can a good lad do, but take the lass home….
Author(s): Tanya Anne Cros| Feb 7, 2019

14. Married to the Rake (The Wallflower Brides) (2019)

Best Historical Books to ReadWallflowers and rakes do seldom mix well. Miss Chloe Larkin is completely assured of that. Especially when said rake is a member of the Waverly family—the people responsible for a feud that has been ongoing since practically the dawn of time.But he comes offering a deal…The centuries-old feud between the Larkins and the Waverlys has taken its toll. Brook Waverly wants this fight solved. Now. His ageing father cannot take much more of the stress and he’s determined the problem shall be resolved before he comes to inherit.So he needs her help…Chloe is distrustful of Mr.Waverly—and rightly so. Not only is he…
Author(s): Samantha Holt

From the What would you like to search options, select the Search button on the Historical Books tile. From the Book Category drop-down list, select Retake. In the Other Information field, add any relevant keywords to help refine your search results. Select the Search Books button. Books shelved as historical-fiction: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, The Help Listopia > Historical Book Lists. New Series (2015) 445 books — 1,292 voters Most Anticipated Christian Fiction 2019. 304 books — 845 voters Family Saga. 692 books — 797 voters Characters Whose Story You Wish Would Continue. 829 books — 791 voters “Can’t Wait for the Next One” Series Books for 2015 Historical Historische Liebesromane nehmen Sie mit auf eine historische Zeitreise. Vom leidenschaftlichen Wikinger bis zum edlen Duke – in unseren Historical Romanen erleben Sie zauberhafte Liebesgeschichten aus einer vergangenen Zeit geschrieben von beliebten und bekannten Top Autorinnen.

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some historical books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

OECD Historical Statistics, 1970-2000.

Author(s): OECD
Publisher: Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Year: Aril 2002, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2147275

The Rozabal Line

Author(s): Ashwin Sanghi
Publisher: Westland Limited, Year: 24 August 2012, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2397384

The UK ‘at Risk’: A Corpus Approach to Historical Social Change 1785–2009

Author(s): Jens O. Zinn
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408544

An Archaeology of Nineteenth-Century Consumer Behavior in Melbourne, Australia, and Buenos Aires, Argentina

Author(s): Pamela Ricardi
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408727

Building in Hot and Humid Regions: Historical Perspective and Technological Advances

Author(s): Napoleon Enteria, Hazim Awbi, Mat Santamouris
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2020, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2411439

The New World of Utilities: A Historical Transition Towards a New Energy System

Author(s): Vincent Petit
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 14 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2309442

Historical Perspectives to Postglacial Uplift: Case Studies from the Lower Satakunta Region

Author(s): Jari Pohjola, Jari Turunen, Tarmo Lipping, Anna Sivula, Marko Marila
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2309635

IR Theory, Historical Analogy, and Major Power War

Author(s): Hall Gardner
Publisher: Springer International Publishing,Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2310288

The Effect of the Environment on Saint Petersburg's Cultural Heritage: Results of Monitoring the Historical Necropolis Monuments

Author(s): Olga V. Frank-Kamenetskaya, Dmitry Yu. Vlasov, Vera V. Rytikova
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 26 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2310638

Archaeologies of the British in Latin America

Author(s): Charles E. Orser Jr.
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 10 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311358

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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