The History Reading List


  1. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn (Shelved 4,571 times | Published in 1980)


2. 1776 by David McCullough (Shelved 4,363 times | Published in 2005)


3. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (Shelved 4,310 times | Published in 1947)


4. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (Shelved 3,236 times | Published in 2010)


5. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (Shelved 3,126 times | Published in 2003)


6. John Adams by David McCullough (Shelved 3,095 times | Published in 2001)


7. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Shelved 3,089 times | Published in 2005)


8. Night (The Night Trilogy #1) by Elie Wiesel (Shelved 2,914 times | Published in 1958)


9. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer (Shelved 2,757 times | Published in 1960)


10. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann (Shelved 2,752 times | Published in 2005)


11. The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman (Shelved 2,251 times | Published in 1962)


12. The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester (Shelved 2,104 times | Published in 1998)


13. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Shelved 1,966 times | Published in 2010)


14. A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman (Shelved 1,904 times | Published in 1978)


15. The Histories by Herodotus (Shelved 1,880 times | Published in -440)


16. Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose (Shelved 1,856 times | Published in 1992)


17. Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky (Shelved 1,833 times | Published in 2002)


18. At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson (Shelved 1,704 times | Published in 2010)


19. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis (Shelved 1,672 times | Published in 2000)


20. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond (Shelved 1,660 times | Published in 1997)


21. Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America’s Wild Frontier by Stephen E. Ambrose (Shelved 1,636 times | Published in 1996)


22. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick (Shelved 1,596 times | Published in 1999)


23. King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild (Shelved 1,595 times | Published in 1998)


24. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford (Shelved 1,591 times | Published in 2004)


25. How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill (Shelved 1,574 times | Published in 1995)


26. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard (Shelved 1,490 times | Published in 2011)


27. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan (Shelved 1,480 times | Published in 2006)


28. The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir (Shelved 1,450 times | Published in 1980)


29. The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic — and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson (Shelved 1,435 times | Published in 2006)


30. S.P.Q.R: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard (Shelved 1,432 times | Published in 2015)


31. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie (Shelved 1,421 times | Published in 2011)


32. Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick (Shelved 1,396 times | Published in 2006)


33. Hiroshima by John Hersey (Shelved 1,362 times | Published in 1946)


34. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed Americaby Erik Larson (Shelved 1,360 times | Published in 2003)


35. The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century by Ian Mortimer (Shelved 1,304 times | Published in 2008)


36. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown (Shelved 1,300 times | Published in 2013)


37. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (Shelved 1,300 times | Published in 2004)


38. The Art of War by Sun Tzu (Shelved 1,281 times | Published in -450)


39. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan (Shelved 1,252 times | Published in 2013)


40. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt (Shelved 1,225 times | Published in 2011)


41. The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (Shelved 1,222 times | Published in 1513)


42. One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson (Shelved 1,215 times | Published in 2013)


43. Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1) by Art Spiegelman (Shelved 1,193 times | Published in 1985)


44. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann (Shelved 1,178 times | Published in 2009)


45. Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland (Shelved 1,176 times | Published in 2003)


46. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (Shelved 1,174 times | Published in 1776)


47. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Shelved 1,114 times | Published in 2005)


48. Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942–1943 by Antony Beevor (Shelved 1,112 times | Published in 1998)


49. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann (Shelved 1,110 times | Published in 2011)


50. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough (Shelved 1,093 times | Published in 2015)


Source: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/history




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