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Best World History Books You Should Enjoy

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best World History books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Everything You Need to Ace World History in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide (Big Fat Notebooks) (2016)

 Best World History Books You Should EnjoyIt’s the revolutionary world history study guide just for middle school students from the brains behind Brain Quest.     Everything You Need to Ace World History . . . kicks off with the Paleolithic Era and transports the reader to ancient civilizations—from Africa and beyond; the middle ages across the world; the Renaissance; the age of exploration and colonialism, revolutions, and the modern world and the wars and movements that shaped it. The BIG FAT NOTEBOOK™ series is built on a simple and irresistible conceit—borrowing the notes from the smartest kid in class. There are five books in all, and each…
Author(s): Workman Publishing , Michael Lindblad, et al.

2. Forging the Modern World: A History (2018)

 Best World History Books You Should EnjoyIn Forging the Modern World: A History, Second Edition, authors James Carter and Richard Warren offer an accessible explanation of key transformations in global economic, political, and ideological relationships since the sixteenth century. The book is distinct from most world history texts in three important ways. First, it explores the ways in which historians use and produce information. Each chapter delves deeply into one or two specific issues of historical inquiry related to the chapter theme, showing how new primary sources, methodologies, or intellectual trends have changed how we engage with the past….
Author(s): James Carter, Richard Warren

3. AP World History: An Essential Coursebook, 4th ed (2018)

 Best World History Books You Should EnjoyThe 4th edition is fully updated to address the new AP World History curriculum effective for the school year 2017-2018. What is AP World History: An Essential Coursebook? The Coursebook is more concise than most AP World History textbooks. The Coursebook is more comprehensive than most AP review books. The Coursebook thoroughly covers the topics from the AP World History curriculum, yet its clear concise style helps students to see and understand underlying World history themes without getting lost in a myriad of facts. The Coursebook includes narratives for all time periods of the…
Author(s): Ethel Wood

4. A People’s History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium (2017)

 Best World History Books You Should EnjoyIn this monumental book, Chris Harman achieves the impossible—a gripping history of the planet from the perspective of struggling peoples throughout the ages. From the earliest human societies to the Holy Roman Empire, from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, from the Industrial Revolution to the end of the twentieth century, Chris Harman provides a brilliant and comprehensive history of the human race. Eschewing the standard accounts of “Great Men,” of dates and kings, Harman offers a groundbreaking counter-history, a breathtaking sweep across the…
Author(s): Chris Harman

5. The Student’s Friend Concise World History: Parts 1 and 2 (2018)

 Best World History Books You Should EnjoyUNLIKE TRADITIONAL TEXTBOOKS that can overwhelm the reader with countless facts to absorb, the Student’s Friend Concise World History highlights the most important developments of world history in a clear and concise manner that is capable of being comprehended by the human mind. Teachers have successfully used The Student’s Friend in homeschool, middle school, high school, and college in the United States and abroad.Part 1 covers the period from prehistory to the year 1500; Part 2, the period from 1500 to the present. In contrast to other concise…
Author(s): Mike Maxwell

6. World History in Documents: A Comparative Reader (2008)

 Best World History Books You Should EnjoyWhile world history materials date back to prehistoric times, the field itself is relatively young. Indeed, when the first edition of Peter Stearns’s best-selling World History in Documents was published in 1998, world history was poised for explosive growth, with the College Board approving the AP world history curriculum in 2000, and the exam shortly thereafter. At the university level, survey world history courses are increasingly required for history majors, and graduate programs in world history are multiplying in the U.S. and overseas.World events have changed as rapidly as the field of world history…
Author(s): Peter N. Stearns

7. 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 World 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…
Author(s): The Princeton Review

8. A Little History of the World (Little Histories) (2008)

 Best World History Books You Should EnjoyE. H. Gombrich’s bestselling history of the world for young readers tells the story of mankind from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb, focusing not on small detail but on the sweep of human experience, the extent of human achievement, and the depth of its frailty. The product of a generous and humane sensibility, this timeless account makes intelligible the full span of human history. In forty concise chapters, Gombrich tells the story of man from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In between emerges a colorful picture of wars and conquests,…
Author(s): E. H. Gombrich, Clifford Harper

9. A History of the World in 100 Objects (2013)

 Best World History Books You Should EnjoyWhen did people first start to wear jewelry or play music? When were cows domesticated, and why do we feed their milk to our children? Where were the first cities, and what made them succeed? Who developed math–or invented money? The history of humanity is one of invention and innovation, as we have continually created new things to use, to admire, or leave our mark on the world. In this groundbreaking book, Neil MacGregor turns to objects that previous civilizations have left behind to paint a portrait of mankind’s evolution, focusing on unexpected turning…
Author(s): Neil MacGregor

10. Inquiry-Based Lessons in World History (Vol. 1): Early Humans to Global Expansion (2019)

 Best World History Books You Should EnjoySpanning the time period from 15,000 BCE to 1500 CE, Inquiry-Based Lessons in World History (Vol. 1) focuses on creating global connections between people and places using primary sources in standards-based lessons. With sections on early humans, the ancient world, classical antiquity, and the world in transition, this book provides teachers with inquiry-based, ready-to-use lessons that can be adapted to any classroom and that encourage students to take part in the learning process by reading and thinking like historians. Each section contains chapters that correspond to the scope and sequence of most world…
Author(s): Jana Kirchner, Andrew McMichael

11. AP World History: With Online Tests (Barron’s Test Prep) (2018)

 Best World History Books You Should EnjoyThis edition includes:…
Author(s): John McCannon

12. Advanced Placement World History: Modern (2019)

 Best World History Books You Should Enjoy2020 Student Edition…
Author(s): Editors

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

 Best World History Books You Should EnjoyFar 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

Best World 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 world 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.

History of the Second World War

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

The Hutchinson Dictionary of World History

Author(s): Helicon
ID: 2319363, Publisher: NetLibrary, Incorporated, Year: Jan. 2004, Size: 12 Mb, Format: pdf

Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

Author(s): Mark Pendergrast
ID: 2392179, Publisher: Basic Books, Year: 9 July 2019, Size: 30 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are drafted 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 resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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