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Even more of a wonder is that beyond surviving, we came up with democracy and literature, sailed across thousands of miles of open ocean and into the unknown, underwent a Renaissance and an Enlightenment and a Jazz Age, and got guys on the moon. History is messy stuff, but much of it is, in fact, not ugly. The more you know about it, the more the messes makes sense, both historically speaking and in modern context. Here are 10 great history books that drop brilliant knowledge bombs page after page. Our top picks stretch across time and the globe, but you can see many of our favorites are about Western civilization, recent history, the United States. In A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Ag e, historian William Manchester humanizes many of our centuries-old forebears, bringing to life those people we know only from paintings wrought in odd profile with expressionless gaze, tapestries faded by the years, or from etched visages staring down sternly at us from stained glass windows.
To vote on existing books from the list, beside each book there is a link vote for this book clicking it will add that book to your votes. To vote on books not in the list or books you couldn't find in the list, you can click on the tab add books to this list and then choose from your books, or simply search. Discover new books on Goodreads. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. Proper nonfiction history books, not historical fiction, about any period, event, area or topic you like. Just well-written, well-researched, informative and interesting books for historians, history students and history enthusiasts.
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I have to be honest here: I'm a full-on history nerd. Anyone who's ever listened to me talk at length about the Heian Period of Japan can attest to that because it was a totally interesting period of time, when women blacked out their teeth and did the majority of the writing — but I digress.
You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent. Buy now. This covers years of civilization at a canter, and is hugely rewarding. Everyone has heard of Marie Curie, but here are dozens of impressive scientific pioneers who may have slipped under the radar over the years.