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Best Nonfiction History Books That Will Hook You

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Nonfiction History books.

1. A Short History of Nearly Everything (2004)

Best Nonfiction History Books That Will Hook YouIn 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 most…
Author(s): Bill Bryson

2. The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II (2008)

Best Nonfiction History Books That Will Hook YouDuring a bombing campaign over Romanian oil fields, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian farmers and peasants risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers while they waited for rescue, and in 1944, Operation Halyard was born. The risks were incredible. The starving Americans in Yugoslavia had to construct a landing strip large enough for C-47 cargo planes—without tools, without alerting the Germans, and without endangering the villagers. And the cargo planes had to make it through enemy airspace and…
Author(s): Gregory A. Freeman

3. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl (2006)

Best Nonfiction History Books That Will Hook YouThe dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since.Timothy Egan’s critically acclaimed account rescues this iconic chapter of American history from the shadows in a tour de force of historical reportage. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Brilliantly capturing the terrifying drama of catastrophe, Egan does equal justice to the human…
Author(s): Timothy Egan

4. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World (2017)

Best Nonfiction History Books That Will Hook YouFar more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. Frankopan teaches us that to understand what is at stake for the cities and nations built on these intricate trade routes, we must first…
Author(s): Peter Frankopan

5. Salt: A World History (2003)

Best Nonfiction History Books That Will Hook YouIn his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions.  Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, is a…
Author(s): Mark Kurlansky

6. Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film (1993)

Best Nonfiction History Books That Will Hook YouNow brought completely up to date, the new edition of this classic work on documentary films and filmmaking surveys the history of the genre from 1895 to the present day. With the myriad social upheavals over the past decade, documentaries have enjoyed an international renaissance; here Barnouw considers the medium in the light of an entirely new political and social climate. He examines as well the latest filmmaking technology, and the effects that video cassettes and cable television are having on the production of documentaries. And like the previous editions, Documentary is filled with photographs, many of them rare, collected during the…
Author(s): Erik Barnouw

7. Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage (2016)

Best Nonfiction History Books That Will Hook YouBlind Man’s Bluff is an exciting, epic story of adventure, ingenuity, courage, and disaster beneath the sea. This New York Times bestseller reveals previously unknown dramas, such as: A magnificent achievement in investigative reporting, Blind Man’s Bluff reads like a spy thriller, but with one important difference-everything in it is true….
Author(s): Sherry Sontag , Christopher Drew , et al.

8. Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission (2002)

Best Nonfiction History Books That Will Hook YouOn January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected U.S. troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty rugged miles to rescue 513 POWs languishing in a hellish camp, among them the last survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March. A recent prison massacre by Japanese soldiers elsewhere in the Philippines made the stakes impossibly high and left little time to plan the complex operation. In Hampton Sides vividly re-creates this daring raid, offering a minute-by-minute narration that unfolds alongside intimate portraits of the prisoners and their lives in the camp. Sides shows how the POWs banded together to survive,…
Author(s): Hampton Sides

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

Best Nonfiction History Books That Will Hook YouIf 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.” #21,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #92 in Dating (Books) #114 in Love, Sex & Marriage Humor #1724 in Parenting & Relationships (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would…
Author(s): The Captain

10. Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb (2013)

Best Nonfiction History Books That Will Hook YouTrinity, the debut graphic book by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, depicts the dramatic history of the race to build and the decision to drop the first atomic bomb in World War Two. This sweeping historical narrative traces the spark of invention from the laboratories of nineteenth-century Europe to the massive industrial and scientific efforts of the Manhattan Project, and even transports the reader into a nuclear reaction―into the splitting atoms themselves. The power of the atom was harnessed in a top-secret government compound in Los Alamos, New Mexico, by a group of brilliant scientists led…
Author(s): Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

The 100 greatest non-fiction books After keen debate at the Guardian’s books desk, this is our list of the very best factual writing, organised by category, and then by date. Looking for great Books shelved as non-fiction-history: The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson, In the Gar Similiar to our list of 100 (Fiction) Books to Read in a Lifetime, this list of 50 non-fiction books contains recommendations you might actually read (if you haven’t already). This curated list covers the gamut of non-fiction, from compelling war stories to key feminist texts, to unbelievable struggles for survival, to tales of life in the After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books of all time. Take a quick look back at five centuries of great writing Popular Historical Nonfiction Books Showing 1-50 of 11,707 The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America (Audio Cassette) by. Erik Larson (Goodreads Author)

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 nonfiction 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.

For the Love of Texas. Tell Me about the Revolution!

Author(s): Betsy Christian,George Christian,Chris A. Gruszka, et al.The History Press, INC|The History Press||Young Adult NonfictionHistoryLanguage(s): EnglishOn sale date: 05.08.2013Street date: 09.07.2013
Publisher: The History Press, INC;The History Press, Year: 2013, Size: 885 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 1342719

For the Love of Texas. Tell Me about the Colonists!

Author(s): Betsy Christian,George Christian,Chris A. Gruszka, et al.The History Press, INC|The History Press||Young Adult NonfictionHistoryLanguage(s): EnglishOn sale date: 25.07.2013Street date: 09.07.2013
Publisher: The History Press, INC;The History Press, Year: 2013, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1347732

Unsolved! History's Mysteries

Author(s): Dona Herweck Rice
Publisher: Shell Education;Teacher Created Materials, Year: 2012, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1347040

Account of the Fables and Rites of the Incas

Author(s): Cristóbal de Molina,Brian S. Bauer,Vania Smith-Oka, et al.University of Texas Press|University of Texas Press||Adult NonfictionNew Age, SociologyLanguage(s): EnglishOn sale date: 28.08.2012Street date: 28.08.2012
Publisher: University of Texas Press, Year: 2011, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1343856

Voice and Vision: A Guide to Writing History and Other Serious Nonfiction

Author(s): Stephen J. Pyne
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Year: 2009, Size: 676 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 683350

Nonfictional Romantic Prose: Expanding Borders (Comparative History of Literature in European Languages)

Author(s): Steven P. Sondrup
Publisher: , Year: 2004, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 441321

Projecting History: German Nonfiction Cinema, 1967-2000 (Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany)

Author(s): Nora M. Alter
Publisher: University of Michigan Press, Year: 2002, Size: 1014 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 578219

A Study Guide for Arnold Toynbee’s "A Study of History"

Author(s): Elizabeth Thomason
Publisher: Gale, Year: 2001, Size: 478 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2197128

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly record-breakers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are drafted 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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