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.
- A Short History of Nearly Everything (2004)
- The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II (2008)
- The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl (2006)
- The Silk Roads: A New History of the World (2017)
- Salt: A World History (2003)
- Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film (1993)
- Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage (2016)
- Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission (2002)
- Fucking History: 52 Lessons You Should Have Learned in School. (2016)
- Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb (2013)
A Short History of Nearly Everything (2004)
In 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.
The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II (2008)
During 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 Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl (2006)
The 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.
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World (2017)
Far 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.
Salt: A World History (2003)
In 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.
Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film (1993)
Now 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.
Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage (2016)
Blind 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.
Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission (2002)
On 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.
Fucking History: 52 Lessons You Should Have Learned in School. (2016)
If 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.
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb (2013)
Trinity, 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.
Best Nonfiction History Books That Will Hook You
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Filming History from Below: Microhistorical Documentaries (Nonfictions)
Author(s): Efrén Cuevas
ID: 3153602, Publisher: WallFlower Press, Year: 2022, Size: 19 Mb, Format: epub
The only plane in the sky: an oral history of 9/11
Author(s): Graff, Garrett M
ID: 2570620, Publisher: Avid Reader Press;Simon & Schuster;Thorndike Press, Year: 2020;2019, Size: 150 Mb, Format: epub
How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor: A Smart, Irreverent Guide to Biography, History, Journalism, Blogs, and Everything in Between
Author(s): Thomas C. Foster
ID: 2527090, Publisher: HarperCollins, Year: 2020, Size: 867 Kb, Format: mobi
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.