200 Book Recommendation by AskHistory


AskHistorians is reddit’s most trafficked history subreddit, and one of the most trafficked historical forums on the Internet. We maintain a list of recommended books, curated by our panel of historians, and we have made a browseable copy on Goodreads for your reading pleasure! (source)

  1. Things Fall Apart by Achebe, Chinua
  2. The Story of Art by Gombrich, E.H.
  3. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Philbrick, Nathaniel
  4. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Mann, Charles C.
  5. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Demick, Barbara
  6. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Sobel, Dava
  7. Salt: A World History by Kurlansky, Mark
  8. Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Philbrick, Nathaniel
  9. King Leopold’s Ghost by Hochschild, Adam
  10. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Weatherford, Jack
  11. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Alexander, Michelle
  12. Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942–1943 by Beevor, Antony
  13. Battle Cry of Freedom by McPherson, James M.
  14. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families by Gourevitch, Philip
  15. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Kuhn, Thomas S.
  16. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Wright, Lawrence
  17. Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Kurlansky, Mark
  18. The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Rhodes, Richard
  19. In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors by Stanton, Doug
  20. An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942–1943 by Atkinson, Rick
  21. Seven Years in Tibet by Harrer, Heinrich
  22. A Little History of the World by Gombrich, E.H.
  23. India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy by Guha, Ramachandra
  24. The Good Soldier Švejk by Hašek, Jaroslav
  25. The First World War by Keegan, John
  26. Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe by Bergreen, Laurence
  27. The Fall of Berlin 1945 by Beevor, Antony
  28. The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943–1944 by Atkinson, Rick
  29. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Arendt, Hannah
  30. Goodbye to All That by Graves, Robert
  31. The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding by Hughes, Robert
  32. A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World by Horwitz, Tony
  33. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Browning, Christopher R.
  34. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Judt, Tony
  35. The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag by Chol-Hwan, Kang
  36. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Snyder, Timothy
  37. Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954–63 by Branch, Taylor
  38. Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates by Cordingly, David
  39. The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power by Yergin, Daniel
  40. The Island at the Centre of the World by Shorto, Russell
  41. Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Okrent, Daniel
  42. To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914–1918 by Hochschild, Adam
  43. Gulag: A History by Applebaum, Anne
  44. The Civil War: A Narrative by Foote, Shelby
  45. What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848 by Howe, Daniel Walker
  46. The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War by Nicholas, Lynn H.
  47. The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763–1789 by Middlekauff, Robert
  48. The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944–1945 by Atkinson, Rick
  49. Storm of Steel by Jünger, Ernst
  50. The Coming of the Third Reich by Evans, Richard J.
  51. The Glorious Cause by Shaara, Jeff
  52. Inferno: The World at War, 1939–1945 by Hastings, Max
  53. All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Kinzer, Stephen
  54. Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944–1945 by Hastings, Max
  55. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Clark, Christopher Munro
  56. 1861: The Civil War Awakening by Goodheart, Adam
  57. The Worst Journey in the World by Cherry-Garrard, Apsley
  58. A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785–1812 by Thatcher Ulrich, Laurel
  59. The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence by Meredith, Martin
  60. The Great War and Modern Memory by Fussell, Paul
  61. Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929–1945 by Kennedy, David M.
  62. The Second World War by Keegan, John
  63. Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 by Wood, Gordon S.
  64. Hitler: 1936–1945 Nemesis by Kershaw, Ian
  65. Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust by Goldhagen, Daniel Jonah
  66. The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Wood, Gordon S.
  67. From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present by Barzun, Jacques
  68. Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy by Hastings, Max
  69. The Peloponnesian War by Kagan, Donald
  70. The Third Reich in Power by Evans, Richard J.
  71. The Cold War: A New History by Gaddis, John Lewis
  72. Plagues and Peoples by McNeill, William Hardy
  73. Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution 1863–1877 by Foner, Eric
  74. The Third Reich At War by Evans, Richard J.
  75. Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Oren, Michael B.
  76. The Midwife Trilogy by Worth, Jennifer
  77. Hitler, Vol 1: 1889–1936 Hubris by Kershaw, Ian
  78. Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms & a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories by Winchester, Simon
  79. Why the West Rules — for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future by Morris, Ian
  80. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Bailyn, Bernard
  81. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Takaki, Ronald
  82. A History of the Arab Peoples by Hourani, Albert
  83. Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War by Hastings, Max
  84. Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944–45 by Hastings, Max
  85. Panzer Leader by Guderian, Heinz
  86. The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad by Salisbury, Harrison E.
  87. Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire by Remnick, David
  88. The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Woodard, Colin
  89. Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by Dower, John W.
  90. The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller by Ginzburg, Carlo
  91. An Actor Prepares by Stanislavski, Konstantin
  92. The Making of the English Working Class by Thompson, E.P.
  93. Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation by Ehle, John
  94. The Return of Martin Guerre by Zemon Davis, Natalie
  95. The Autumn of the Middle Ages by Huizinga, Johan
  96. George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I by Carter, Miranda
  97. Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754–1766 by Anderson, Fred
  98. A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891–1924 by Figes, Orlando
  99. The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany 1944–45 by Kershaw, Ian
  100. Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600–1947 by Clark, Christopher Munro
  101. Ivan’s War: The Red Army, 1939–45 by Merridale, Catherine
  102. American Slavery, American Freedom by Morgan, Edmund S.
  103. Eiffel’s Tower: And the World’s Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count by Jonnes, Jill
  104. Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto by Deloria Jr., Vine
  105. Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World 1890–1940 by Chauncey, George
  106. A Writer at War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army by Grossman, Vasily
  107. Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West by Cronon, William
  108. Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England by Cronon, William
  109. In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu’s Congo by Wrong, Michela
  110. The Strange Career of Jim Crow by Woodward, C. Vann
  111. The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King — the Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea by Borneman, Walter R.
  112. Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan’s Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws’ Bloody Reign by Talty, Stephan
  113. Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Boyle, Kevin G.
  114. What Is History? by Carr, Edward Hallett
  115. Reformation: Europe’s House Divided, 1490–1700 by MacCulloch, Diarmaid
  116. The Search For Modern China by Spence, Jonathan D.
  117. Batavia’s Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny by Dash, Mike
  118. The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land by Asbridge, Thomas
  119. Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World by Ostler, Nicholas
  120. The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 by Horne, Alistair
  121. The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts by Finkelstein, Israel
  122. Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age by Eksteins, Modris
  123. A History of Western Music by Grout, Donald Jay
  124. The Conquest of New Spain by Díaz del Castillo, Bernal
  125. Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty by Martin, Bradley K.
  126. The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers by McGregor, Richard
  127. Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory by Blight, David W.
  128. The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class by Roediger, David R.
  129. The First World War: A Complete History by Gilbert, Martin
  130. The Holocaust by Gilbert, Martin
  131. Hitler’s Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe by Mazower, Mark
  132. The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico by León-Portilla, Miguel
  133. Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made by Genovese, Eugene D.
  134. A Savage War of Peace: Algeria, 1954–1962 by Horne, Alistair
  135. Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Bix, Herbert P.
  136. Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb by Rhodes, Richard
  137. Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century by Mazower, Mark
  138. The Scramble for Africa: The White Man’s Conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876 to 1912 by Pakenham, Thomas
  139. The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters by Myers, B.R.
  140. The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant by Crossan, John Dominic
  141. The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt: The History of a Civilisation from 3000 BC to Cleopatra by Wilkinson, Toby A.H.
  142. The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years by lewis, bernard
  143. The Age of Reform by Hofstadter, Richard
  144. Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway by Parshall, Jonathan
  145. Pompeii : The Life of a Roman Town by Beard, Mary
  146. The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Menocal, María Rosa
  147. How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower by Goldsworthy, Adrian
  148. The Creation of the American Republic, 1776–1787 by Wood, Gordon S.
  149. The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War by Englund, Peter
  150. Russia’s War: A History of the Soviet Effort: 1941–1945 by Overy, Richard
  151. The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit by Sugrue, Thomas J.
  152. The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln by Wilentz, Sean
  153. The First World War by Strachan, Hew
  154. Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market by Johnson, Walter
  155. Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States by Jackson, Kenneth T.
  156. Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America by Chasteen, John Charles
  157. Why the Allies Won by Overy, Richard
  158. The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity by Lepore, Jill
  159. Montaillou: The Promised Land of Error by Le Roy Ladurie, Emmanuel
  160. The Impending Crisis: America Before the Civil War, 1848–1861 by Potter, David M.
  161. War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War by Dower, John W.
  162. Byzantium: The Early Centuries by Norwich, John Julius
  163. Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Herrin, Judith
  164. The Days of the French Revolution by Hibbert, Christopher
  165. The Horse, the Wheel and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World by Anthony, David W.
  166. Homeward Bound: American Families In The Cold War Era by May, Elaine Tyler
  167. The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America by Demos, John Putnam
  168. The Boer War by Pakenham, Thomas
  169. The Historian’s Craft: Reflections on the Nature and Uses of History and the Techniques and Methods of Those Who Write It. by Bloch, Marc
  170. The Destruction of the European Jews by Hilberg, Raul
  171. Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate by Ahmed, Leila
  172. I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle by Payne, Charles M.
  173. Under Fire by Barbusse, Henri
  174. Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century England by Thomas, Keith
  175. America’s Constitution: A Biography by Amar, Akhil Reed
  176. Hippie by Miles, Barry
  177. A General History of the Pyrates by Defoe, Daniel
  178. Memoirs of an Infantry Officer by Sassoon, Siegfried
  179. The Fall of Rome And the End of Civilization by Ward-Perkins, Bryan
  180. The Russian Revolution 1917–1932 by Fitzpatrick, Sheila
  181. Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party Before the Civil War by Foner, Eric
  182. A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II by Weinberg, Gerhard L.
  183. Campaigns of Napoleon: The Mind and Method of History’s Greatest Soldier by Chandler, David G.
  184. Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900–1900 by Crosby, Alfred W.
  185. The Balkans: A Short History by Mazower, Mark
  186. The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past by Gaddis, John Lewis
  187. The Middle Parts of Fortune by Manning, Frederic
  188. History: A Very Short Introduction by Arnold, John H.
  189. War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust by Bergen, Doris L.
  190. The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt by Shaw, Ian
  191. The Penguin History of New Zealand by King, Michael
  192. Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919–1939 by Cohen, Lizabeth
  193. The Thirty Years War: Europe’s Tragedy by Wilson, Peter H.
  194. Empire of the Mind: A History of Iran by Axworthy, Michael
  195. Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945–1974 by Patterson, James T.
  196. The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650–1815 by White, Richard
  197. Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity by Pomeroy, Sarah B.
  198. The Maya by Coe, Michael D.
  199. The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II, Volume I by Braudel, Fernand
  200. Byzantium: The Apogee by Norwich, John Julius

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