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  1. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann (3)⬆
  2. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 11 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher R. Browning (2) =
  3. The Inheritance of Rome by Chris Wickham ✘
  4. Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II by Belton Y. Cooper ✘
  5. The Wages of Destruction by Adam Tooze ✘
  6. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow ✘
  7. Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower (60) ⬆
  8. The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes (23) ⬆
  9. Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow ✘
  10. Japan at War: An Oral History by Haruko Taya Cook, Theodore F. Cook ✘
  11. The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories by Robert B. Strassler, Herodotus ✘
  12. The Viking World by Stefan Brink ✘
  13. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline (103)⬆
  14. Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England by William Cronon ✘
  15. Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr ✘
  16. A History of God : The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Karen Armstrong ✘
  17. The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding by Robert Hughes (51)⬆
  18. American Colonies : The Settlement of North America to 1800: The Settlement of North America to 1800by Alan Taylor ✘
  19. Why the West Rules-for Now: The Patterns of History and what they reveal about the Future by Ian Morris (38)⬆
  20. A Medieval Life: Cecilia Penifader of Brigstock, c. 1295-1344 : by Judith Bennett ✘
  21. The Complete Roman Army by Adrian Goldsworthy ✘
  22. Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World by Matthew Bennett ✘
  23. Command and Control by Eric Schlosser ✘
  24. The Fall of Carthage The Punic Wars 265-146B by Adrian Goldsworthy ✘
  25. Guns, Germs, and Steel : The Fates of Human Societies: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond (1)⬇
  26. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebag Montefiore
  27. Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner ✘
  28. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson ✘
  29. Six Frigates: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England by Ian W. Toll ✘
  30. The Thirty Years War: Europe’s Tragedy by Peter H. Wilson ✘
  31. The Sagas of Icelanders
  32. Waterloo The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell
  33. Taming Democracy: “The People”, The Founders, and the Troubled Ending of the American Revolution by Terry Bouton
  34. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard (116)⬆
  35. Armour from the Battle of Wisby by Bengt Thordeman
  36. The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land by Thomas Asbridge ✘
  37. Facing East from Indian Country : A Native History of Early Americav by Daniel K. Richter ✘
  38. History of the Byzantine State by George Ostrogorsky ✘
  39. Swords Around A Throne : Napoleon’s Grande Armée by John R. Elting ✘
  40. Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton by Martin van Creveld ✘
  41. 3: The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker ✘
  42. A Poisonous Affair : America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja by Hiltermann J.R. ✘
  43. The Travels of Ibn Battutah by Ibn Battutah ✘
  44. Aztec Warfare: Imperial Expansion and Political Control by Ross Hassig ✘
  45. God’s Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan by Jonathan D. Spence (22)⬇
  46. Peasants into Frenchmen by Eugen Weber ✘
  47. Lying About Hitler by Richard J. Evans ✘
  48. The Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain by Stephen Bungay ✘
  49. The Invisible Hook : The Hidden Economics of Pirates by Peter T. Leeson ✘
  50. Medieval Warfare: History of the Art of War, Volume III by Hans Delbrück ✘
  51. The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir (64)⬆
  52. The Lost City of Z: A Legendary British Explorer’s Deadly Quest to Uncover the Secrets of the Amazon by David Grann ✘
  53. Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower ✘
  54. Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner ✘
  55. The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James D. Hornfischer ✘
  56. Montaillou: The Promised Land of Error by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie ✘
  57. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Bernard Bailyn ✘
  58. Empires of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by Roger Crowley ✘
  59. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff ✘
  60. The Rising Sun : The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945 by John Toland ✘
  61. The Battle that Shook Europe by Peter Englund ✘
  62. The Third Reich at War: How the Nazis Led Germany from Conquest to Disaster by Richard J. Evans ✘
  63. The Great Divergence : China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy by Kenneth Pomeranz (75)⬆
  64. The Middle Ground : Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 by Richard White ✘
  65. Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliott Friedman ✘
  66. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick ✘
  67. Black against Empire : The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom ✘
  68. A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940 by William Trotter ✘
  69. Slavery by Another Name : The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War IIby Douglas A. Blackmon ✘
  70. The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter ✘
  71. Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew by Bart D. Ehrman ✘
  72. Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire by Richard B. Frank
  73. The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M. Barry ✘
  74. Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan (109)⬆
  75. Soviet Casualties and Combat Losses in the Twentieth Century by Colonel-General G.F. Krivosheev
  76. A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East by David Fromkin (25)⬇
  77. Bomber Command by Max Hastings ✘
  78. Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 by Fred Anderson ✘
  79. The Rommel Papers by B. H. Liddell-Hart ✘
  80. The World of Late Antiquity by Peter Brown ✘
  81. What Went Wrong ? : The Clash between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis ✘
  82. The Sword and the Shield by Christopher Andrew, Vasili Mitrokhin ✘
  83. 1776 by David McCullough (28) ⬇
  84. Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault On Truth And Memory by Deborah E. Lipstadt ✘
  85. A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage (62)⬇
  86. The First World War by John Keegan (37)⬇
  87. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford (5)⬇
  88. Agincourt: The King; the Campaign; the Battle by Juliet Barker ✘
  89. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist ✘
  90. All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer ✘
  91. Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky (9)⬇
  92. State of War: The Violent Order of Fourteenth-Century Japan by Thomas Donald Conlan ✘
  93. Stalin in Power: The Revolution from Above, 1928-1941 by Robert C. Tucker ✘
  94. Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 by Sir Max Hastings ✘
  95. Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox ✘
  96. A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861-1865 by Russell F. Weigley ✘
  97. The Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Scienceby Richard Holmes ✘
  98. The Hidden Treasures of Timbuktu: Rediscovering Africa’s Literary Culture by Alida Jay Boye ✘
  99. Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot by Antonia Fraser ✘
  100. Introduction to Folklore: Traditional Studies in Europe and Elsewhere by Ronald M. James ✘
  101. Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance by George Saliba ✘
  102. Weapons and Tactics of the Soviet Army by David C. Isby ✘
  103. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer (14)⬇
  104. An Empire of Memory: The Legend of Charlemagne, the Franks, and Jerusalem before the First Crusade by Matthew Gabriele ✘
  105. The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi by William Scott Wilson ✘
  106. The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language by Melvyn Bragg  ✘
  107. Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution by A.J. Langguth ✘
  108. The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House by Jesse J. Holland ✘
  109. Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan by Tsuyoshi Hasegawa ✘
  110. How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee by Bart D. Ehrman ✘
  111. AMERICAN LION: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham ✘
  112. King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild (72) ⬇
  113. The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis: Castro, Mikoyan, Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Missiles of November by Sergo Mikoyan ✘
  114. Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between the World’s Greatest Chocolate Makers by Deborah Cadbury ✘
  115. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism by Benedict Anderson ✘
  116. A Heart for Europe – The Lives of Emperor Charles and Empress Zita of Austria-Hungary by Joanna Bogle ✘
  117. The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy. by Kenneth Pomeranz ✘

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1. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared M. Diamond (25)⬆
2. Ordinary Men by Christopher R. Browning (2) =
3. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann (1)⬇
4. Rubicon by Tom Holland ✘
5. Genghis Khan by Jack Weatherford (87)⬆
6. Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne ✘
7. A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman ✘
8. Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943 by Antony Beevor ✘
9. Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky ✘
10. The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer ✘
11. Cartoon History of the Universe Volumes 1-7 by Larry Gonick ✘
12. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark ✘
13. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson ✘
14. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer ✘
15. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann ✘
16. Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts ✘
17. A People’s History of The United States 1492- Present by Howard Zinn ✘
18. The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer ✘
19. The Penguin History of the World: Sixth Edition by J. M. Roberts ✘
20. Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing, and Dying, The Secret WWII… by Sonke Neitzel ✘
21. The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf ✘
22. God’s Chinese Son by Jonathan D. Spence (45) ⬆
23. The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes (8) ⬇
24. Under the Black Flag by David Cordingly ✘
25. A Peace to End All Peace by David Fromkin (76) ⬆
26. On Killing by Dave Grossman ✘
27. The Brothers by Stephen Kinzer ✘
28. 1776 by David McCullough (83) ⬆
29. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson ✘
30. The Great Game by Peter Hopkirk ✘ 31. The Face of Battle by John Keegan ✘
32. Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen ✘
33. A Struggle for Power: The American Revolution by Theodore Draper ✘
34. Alexander of Macedon 356-323 B.C. by Peter Green ✘
35. The Story of Civilization by Will Durant ✘
36. Lost to the West by Lars Brownworth ✘
37. The First World War by John Keegan (86) ⬆
38. Why the West Rules–for Now by Ian Morris (19) ⬇
39. Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger ✘
40. A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich ✘
41. The Black Count by Tom Reiss ✘
42. Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie ✘
43. The Second World War by Winston S. Churchill ✘
44. A World Undone by G. J. Meyer ✘
45. The Conquest of New Spain (Penguin Classics) by Bernal Diaz Del Castillo ✘
46. The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier by Jakob Walter ✘
47. Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert K. Massie ✘
48. Albion’s Seed by David Hackett Fischer ✘
49. Rise & Fall Of The Great Powers by Paul M. Kennedy ✘
50. The Year 1000 by Robert Lacey ✘
51. The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding by Robert Hughes (17) ⬇
52. The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro ✘
53. The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James D. Hornfischer ✘
54. Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary ✘
55. Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest by Matthew Restall ✘
56. A History of Warfare by John Keegan  ✘
57. Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor by Anthony Everitt ✘
58. A Sea of Words, Third Edition by Dean King ✘
59. Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution by Simon Schama ✘
60. Embracing Defeat by John W. Dower (7) ⬇
61. The Devil’s Chessboard by David Talbot ✘
62. A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage (85) ⬆
63. Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu ✘
64. The Wars of the Roses by Dan Jones (51) ⬇
65. The Search for Modern China by Jonathan D. Spence ✘
66. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt ✘
67. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volumes 1 to 6 by Edward Gibbon ✘
68. Europe: A History by Norman Davies ✘
69. The Plantagenets by Dan Jones ✘
70. Iron Kingdom by Christopher Clark ✘
71. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris ✘
72. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins ✘
73. King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild ✘
74. Dreadnought by Robert K. Massie ✘
75. The Great Divergence by Kenneth Pomeranz (63) ⬇
76. The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman ✘
77. A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome by Angela, Alberto by Alberto Angela ✘
78. A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes ✘
79. Hell In A Very Small Place by Bernard Fall ✘
80. Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides ✘
81. The Thirty Years War: Europe’s Tragedy by Peter H. Wilson (30) ⬇
82. Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949 by Siegfried Knappe ✘
83. Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto by Jr. Vine Deloria ✘
84. The American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood ✘
85. We, the Navigators by David Lewis ✘
86. Panzer Commander by Hans Von Luck ✘
87. Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson ✘
88. Livy: The Early History of Rome, Books I-V by Titus Livy ✘
89. The New Penguin History of the World by J. M. Roberts ✘
90. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond ✘
91. Achilles in Vietnam by Jonathan Shay ✘
92. How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman ✘
93. Cartoon History of the United States by Larry Gonick ✘
94. A Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich ✘
95. The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer ✘
96. The Dictator’s Handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita ✘
97. The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara ✘
98. The Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie ✘
99. The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller… by Marc Levinson ✘
100. The Poison King by Adrienne Mayor ✘
101. The Great Mortality by John Kelly ✘
102. Osman’s Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire by Caroline Finkel ✘
103. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline (13)⬇
104. The Campaigns of Napoleon by David G. Chandler ✘
105. Aztec by Gary Jennings ✘
106. Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945 by Max Hastings ✘
107. The Journeyer by Gary Jennings ✘
108. American Nations by Colin Woodard ✘
109. Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan (74) ⬇
110. Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson ✘
111. The Imjin War by Samuel Hawley ✘
112. Facing East from Indian Country by Daniel K. Richter ✘
113. The Code Book by Simon Singh ✘
114. Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography by John Toland ✘
115. Mao’s Great Famine by Frank Dikötter ✘
116. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard (34) ⬇
117. Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition by B. R. Burg ✘
118. A World Lit Only by Fire by William Manchester ✘
119. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing ✘
120. Man Called Intrepid by William Stevenson ✘

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