Best Books: His (and Her) Story

Another Best Books list, this time for the best history books of all time. This is one my husband and father-in-law would really enjoy. Personally, the titles are about to put me to sleep, so I think I’ll keep this list tucked away for when I need to do some research or am traveling somewhere. There are even some historical novels in there, near the end. (Most of these titles are from The List Muse (www.listmuse.com.)

  • HISTORIESThe Histories, Herodotus
  • The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon
  • The History of England, Thomas Babington Macaulay
  • Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt
  • The Making of the English Working Class, E. P. Thompson
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown
  • Hard Times: an Oral History of the Great Depression, Studs Terkel
  • Shah of Shahs, Ryszard Kapuściński
  • The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991, Eric Hobsbawm
  • We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Familes, Philip Gourevitch
  • BURY MY HEARTPostwar, Tony Judt
  • A Study of History, Arnold J. Toynbee
  • The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II, Fernand Braudel
  • The Age of Revolution: 1789-1848, four volumes, Eric Hobsbawm
  • The Radicalism of the American Revolution, Gordon S. Wood
  • The Rise of the West, William H. McNeill
  • The Sources of Social Power, Michael Mann
  • What Is History?, E. H. Carr
  • The World of Late Antiquity: AD 150-750, Peter Brown
  • PEOPLE'S HISTORYThe Contours of American History, William Appleman Williams
  • The Origins of the Second World War, A. J. P. Taylor
  • The Peloponnesian War, Thucydides
  • A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn
  • The Black Jacobins, C. L. R. James
  • The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time, Karl Polanyi
  • Liberty Before Liberalism, Quentin Skinner
  • Gender and the Politics of History, Joan Scott
  • Search for Modern China, Jonathan Spence
  • Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, James M. McPherson
  • The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World, Kenneth Pomeranz
  • GUNS OF AUGUSTNature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West, William Cronon
  • The Strange Death of Liberal England: 1910-1914, George Dangerfield
  • Religion and the Decline of Magic, Keith Thomas
  • Greece, Michael Rostovtzeff
  • Rome, Michael Rostovtzeff
  • The Guns of August, Barbara Tuchman
  • Hidden From History: 300 Years of Women’s Oppression and the Fight Against It, Sheila Rowbotham
  • The Century of Revolution, Christopher Hill
  • Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, Tony Judt
  • A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration, and the Cold War, Melvyn Leffler
  • The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History, Ibn Khaldun
  • SINEWS OF POWERThe Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English States, 1688-1783, John Brewer
  • Coercion, Capital and European States: AD 990-1992, Charles Tilly
  • The American Political Tradition: And the Men Who Made It, Richard Hofstadter
  • A History of the Arab Peoples, Albert Hourani
  • Commoners: Common Right, Enclosure and Social Change in England, J. M. Neeson
  • Quicksand: America’s Pursuit of Power in the Middle East, Geoffrey Wawro
  • The Annals: The Reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero, Cornelius Tacitus
  • Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens: Rhetoric, Ideology, and the Power of the People, Josiah Ober
  • The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, Jacob Burckhardt
  • American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World, David E. Stannard
  • GUNS GERMS AND STEELThe Great Chain of Being, Arthur O. Lovejoy
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond
  • The American Age: United States Foreign Policy at Home and Abroad 1750 to Present, Walter LaFeber
  • The Blood Never Dried: A People’s History of the British Empire, John Newsinger
  • Reflections on the Cuban Missile Crisis, Raymond Garthoff
  • That Landscape of History, John Lewis Gaddis
  • Imagined Communities, Benedict Anderson
  • The Destruction of the European Jews, Raul Hilberg
  • The First Emperor: Selections from the Historical Records, Sima Qian
  • Imperial China 990-1800, F. W. Mote
  • The Historian’s Craft, Marc Bloch
  • HISTORY OF RUSSIAHow Europe Underdeveloped Africa, Walter Rodney
  • African Perspectives on Colonialism, Albert Adu Boahen
  • A History of Russia, Nicholas Roasanovsky and Mark Steinberg
  • The Discovery of India, Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Jefferson and Civil Liberaties: The Darker Side, Leonard W. Levy
  • The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization, Bryan Ward-Perkins
  • The City in History, Lewis Mumford
  • The Revolution and the Civil War in Spain, Pierre Broue and Emile Temime
  • The French Revolutions: From Its Origins to 1793, Georges Lefebvre
  • The Political Economy of Merchant Empires: State Power and World Trade, 1350-1750, James D. Tracy
  • The Great War and Modern Memory, Paul Fussell
  • The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller, Carlo Ginzburg
  • CONQUEST OF THE INCASThe Korean War: A History, Bruce Cumings
  • The Idea of History, R. G. Collingwood
  • History of the Byzantine State, George Ostrogorsky
  • Age of the Democratic Revolution, R. R. Palmer
  • The Crowd in History, George Rude
  • History of the Russian Revolution, Leon Trotsky
  • British Counterinsurgency: From Palestine to Northern Ireland, John Newsinger
  • A History of Sub-Saharan Africa, James M. Burns and Robert O. Collins
  • The Conquest of the Incas, John Hemming
  • Hiroshima, John Hershey
  • American Slavery: 1619-1877, Peter Kolchin
  • ZAPATA AND THE MEXICANThe Battle for Homestead, 1880-1892: Politics, Culture, and Steel, Paul Krausse
  • Zapata and the Mexican Revolution, John Womack
  • Reformation, Diarmaid MacCulloch
  • The Politics of War: The World and United States Foreign Policy, 1943-1945, Gabriel Kolko
  • Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America, Edmund S. Morgan
  • The Great War: 1914-1918, Marc Ferro
  • Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity 1650-1750, Jonathan I. Israel
  • Europe and the People Without History, Eric R. Wolf
  • Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution, Eric Hobsbawm
  • ETHNIC CLEANSING OF PALESTINEKingdoms and Communities in Western Europe 900-1300, Susan Reynolds
  • Europe: Hierarchy and Revolt: 1320-1450, George Holmes
  • Medieval Cities: Their Origins and the Revival of Trade, Henri Pirenne
  • The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Ilan Pappe
  • The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World, Avi Shlaim
  • Last Reflections on a War, Bernard B. Fall
  • Bond Men Made Free: Medieval Peasant Movements and the English Rising of 1381, Rodney Hilton
  • Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, Eduardo Galeano
  • Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilisation, Barry J. Kemp
  • PEOPLES TRAGEDYA People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924, Orlando Figes
  • The Brenner Debate: Agrarian Class Structure and Economic Development in Pre-Industrial Europe, T. H. Alston, Robert Brenner, and C. H. E. Philpin
  • Society and Culture in Early Modern France, Natalie Zemon Davis
  • The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition, J. G. A. Pocock
  • Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830, John H. Elliott
  • Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, Eric Metaxas
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L. Shirer
  • Battle Cry of Freedom, James McPherson
  • The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
  • DISTANT MIRRORThe Guns of August, Barbara Tuchman
  • A Distant Mirror, Barbara W. Tuchman
  • 1776, David McCullough
  • War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
  • The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
  • 1491, Charles C. Mann
  • American History, Alan Brinkley
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  • All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
  • Night, Elie Weisel
  • NIGHTA Bright Shining Lie, Neil Sheehan
  • Ornamentalism, David Cannadine
  • The Best War Ever, Michael C. C. Adams
  • A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Winston Churchill
  • The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gerrtude Stein
  • Founding Brothers, Joseph B. Ellis
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me, James W. Louwen
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Franklin
  • Undaunted Courage, Stephen B. Ambrose
  • The Rise and Fall of the West, William H. McNeil
  • SALTDream of the Red Chamber, Cao Xueqin
  • Salt, Mark Kurlansky
  • The Rape of Nanking, Iris Chang
  • The Civil War, Shelby Foote
  • With the Old Breed, Eugene Sledge
  • Ghengis Khan and the Modern World, Jack Weatherford
  • Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
  • A Tales of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  • 1493, Charles C. Mann
  • Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
  • KITE RUNNERThe Prize, Daniel Yergin
  • The Kite Runner, Khaled Housseni
  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
  • The Pillars of the Earth, Kenneth Follett
  • The Alchemist, Paulo Coehlo
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