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Best History Books You Should Enjoy

Until you’ve consumed all of the best History books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2018)

Best History Books You Should EnjoyOfficial U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout.#1 New York Times Bestseller The Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg,  now available as a beautifully packaged paperbackFrom a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is…
Author(s): Yuval Noah Harari

2. A People’s History of the United States (2015)

Best History Books You Should Enjoy“A wonderful, splendid book–a book that should be ready by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future.” –Howard FastWith a new introduction by Anthony Arnove, this edition of the classic national bestseller chronicles American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official narrative taught in schools—with its emphasis on great men in high places—to focus on the street, the home and the workplace.Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People’s History of the United States is the only…
Author(s): Howard Zinn

3. Fucking History: 52 Lessons You Should Have Learned in School. (2016)

Best History Books You Should EnjoyIf you disliked learning about history in school, it’s because you didn’t have a teacher like this. Intelligent, brutally honest, and crude — learning about history doesn’t suck when you’re learning from The Captain. Each of his 52 lessons bridges the gap between history and everyday life with relatable topics and an outlook that can only be described as “slightly f’d up.”…
Author(s): The Captain

4. A History of World Societies, Volume 2: Since 1450 (2011)

Best History Books You Should EnjoyA History of World Societies introduces students to the global past through social history and the stories and voices of the people who lived it.  Now published by Bedford/St. Martin’s, and informed by the latest scholarship, the book has been thoroughly revised with students in mind to meet the needs of the evolving course.  Proven to work in the classroom, the book’s regional and comparative approach helps students understand the connections of global history while providing a manageable organization.  With more global connections…
Author(s): John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, et al.

5. History of Modern Art (2003)

Best History Books You Should EnjoyLong considered the survey of modern art, this edition retains its encyclopedic nature and chronological approach, but comes thoroughly reworked by Michael Bird—an experienced art history editor and writer—with refreshing new analyses, a considerably expanded picture program, and a more absorbing and unified narrative. It traces the development of trends and influences in painting, sculpture, photography and architecture from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. For those who appreciate and want to learn more about art in the 20th century….
Author(s): H. H. H Arnason, Peter Kalb

6. Cracking the AP World History: Modern Exam 2020, Premium Edition: 5 Practice Tests + Complete Content Review + Proven Prep for the NEW 2020 Exam (College Test Preparation) (2019)

Best History Books You Should EnjoyAce the AP World History: Modern Exam with this Premium version of The Princeton Review’s comprehensive study guide. Includes   with complete explanations, plus thorough content reviews, targeted test strategies, and access to online extras.Techniques That Actually Work.• Tried-and-true strategies to help you avoid traps and beat the test• Tips for pacing yourself and guessing logically• Essential tactics to help you work smarter, not harderEverything You Need to Know to Help Achieve a High Score.• Detailed review of the source-based multiple-choice questions and short-answer…
Author(s): The Princeton Review

7. A History of the World in 6 Glasses (2006)

Best History Books You Should EnjoyThroughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola. Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and by 3000 B.C.E. was so important to Mesopotamia and Egypt…
Author(s): Tom Standage

8. Advanced Placement United States History, 2020 Edition (2019)

Best History Books You Should EnjoyEquip your students to excel on the current AP United States History Exam. This new edition is correlated to the 2019 course exam description framework in the areas of historical thinking skills, reasoning processes, themes, and content. The book is divided into nine units following chronological periods, mirroring the most current AP U.S. History framework. Featuring eight historical themes that address broad recurring patterns and topics in U.S. history, helping students connect historical developments in different times and places. Updates put recent political events in context, including events since…
Author(s): John J Newman, Schmalbach M, John

9. A Short History of Nearly Everything (2004)

Best History Books You Should EnjoyIn A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail well, most of it. In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand and, if possible, answer the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s…
Author(s): Bill Bryson

10. The Lessons of History (2010)

Best History Books You Should EnjoyA concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, The Lessons of History is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant.With their accessible compendium of philosophy and social progress, the Durants take us on a journey through history, exploring the possibilities and limitations of humanity over time. Juxtaposing the great lives, ideas, and accomplishments with cycles of war and conquest, the Durants reveal the towering themes of history and give meaning to our own….
Author(s): Will Durant, Ariel Durant

Best History Books You Should Enjoy

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 history 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.

The History of Armor - Protection, Mobility, and Fashion

Author(s): Nathan Bricault, Anant Garg
Publisher: Higgins Armory, Year: не указан, Size: 24 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2146622

Ancient Tibet : research materials from the Yeshe de Project.

Author(s):
Publisher: Dharma Publishing, Year: ©1986., Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1209020

The role of providence in the social order : an essay in intellectual history

Author(s): Jacob Viner
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: [2016] 1972, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2292375

The Pariah problem : caste, religion, and the social in modern India

Author(s): Rupa Viswanath.
Publisher: Columbia University Press, Year: [2014], Size: 17 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1308141

Marriage and divorce of astronomy and astrology : a history of astral prediction from antiquity to Newton

Author(s): Gordon Fisher
Publisher: Lulu.com , Year: [2006], Size: 865 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 877724

Reading American Horizons: Primary Sources for U.S. History in a Global Context, Volume 1, 3rd Edition

Author(s): Michael Schaller, Janette Thomas Greenwood, Andrew Kirk, Sarah Purcell, Aaron Sheehan-Dean, and Christina Snyder
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: September 2017, Size: 23 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2315838

Lauragais: Steeped in History, Soaked in Blood

Author(s): Colin Duncan Taylor
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd, Year: Sept 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2328105

History of the Second World War

Author(s): B.H. Liddell Hart
Publisher: 2011, Year: Pan Books, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2405052

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really record-breakers according to Chicago Tribune, others are composed by unknown authors. 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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