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And the CIA was deeply involved in her murder. How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them by Jason Stanley—Donald Trump’s playbook revealed in a penetrating new book, “How Fascism Works”. A Man Called Intrepid. Love mysteries and thrillers? Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China by Jung Chang—They shaped twentieth-century Chinese history, A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power by Paul Fischer – Kim Jong Il’s North Korea from the inside out, Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel by Matti Friedman—An amazing true story of Israeli spies in the country’s War of Independence, Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden – A survivor’s eye-opening tale of life in the North Korean gulag, The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom by Blaine Harden – Blaine Harden: how North Korea came to be what it is today, A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa—Escape from North Korea: a first-person account, Incarnations: A History of India in Fifty Lives by Sunil Khilnani – Indian history portrayed through biography, A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949 by Kevin Peraino – Mao, Truman, and the birth of Modern China, The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom by John Pomfret – A revealing history of U.S.-China relations, China in World History by Paul S. Ropp – Chinese history in less than 200 pages. 167,860 ratings — Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer — How the Koch brothers are revolutionizing American politics, A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent by Robert W. Merry – The President who launched the Mexican-American War, Right Out of California: The 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism by Kathryn S. Olmsted – How today’s conservatism grew in the cotton fields of California, A Bright and Guilty Place: Murder, Corruption, and L.A.’s Scandalous Coming-of-Age by Richard Rayner – Murder and corruption under Hollywood’s bright lights, Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II by Richard Reeves – The shameful story of Japanese-American Internment in WWII, Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin — The shocking reality behind the secret US war on “terror”, Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power by Seth Rosenfeld – J. Edgar Hoover, Ronald Reagan, and the violence in 1960s Berkeley, Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda by Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker – Understanding the secret American campaign against Al Qaeda, Game Changers: Twelve Elections That Transformed California by Steve Swatt, with Susie Swatt, Jeff Raimundo, and Rebecca LaVally – 12 elections that were game changers, Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love by David Talbot – From the Summer of Love to the Jonestown massacre, The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government by David Talbot – When America’s secret government ran amok, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor by Jake Tapper – How the U.S. military wages war in Afghanistan, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United by Zephyr Teachout – Citizens United, bribery, and corruption in America, American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin – The kidnapping that shook America, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse – A wrenching view of how the U.S. military fought the Vietnam War, A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves by Walter Alvarez – The unlikely story of life on Earth, The Invention of Yesterday: A 50,000-Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, and Connection by Tamim Ansary—Understanding human history as an extraterrestrial might view it, Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert – Capitalism reexamined from an historical perspective, The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiser—We never think about it, but our civilization is built on sand, Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present by Cynthia Stokes Brown – A new approach to the past, Origin Story: A Big History of Everything by David Christian—A survey of Big History by the man who created the field. Many of those biographies might also be classified as history, as they cast light on the times in which their subjects lived. (This post contains affiliate links; please see disclosure for details.) 13,611 ratings — Each historical fiction book pairing includes one fiction book and one nonfiction book set in the same time period. Science fiction fan? Some revisit conflicts that have shaped the modern world, as … The World War I peace treaty that led to World War II, The political scandal that roiled the British Establishment, An outsider’s take on the Spanish Civil War, In a prelude to the Holocaust, the Kishinev pogrom shocked the world, The clashing personalities determined our economic history, Hernando de Soto on property rights, capitalism, and inequality, A human-centered history of the Digital Revolution, The mind-boggling story of America’s top-secret military research, Misunderstanding money helped cause the Great Recession, The story of the Amritsar Massacre that sped up the Indian independence movement, Jesus of Nazareth and the origins of anti-Semitism, Urbanization, globalization and the future of humanity. published 1999, avg rating 4.42 — Mary was the niece of Gifford Pinchot, a Teddy Roosevelt confidante, the first head of the U.S. Forest Service, and a former two-term Governor of Pennsylvania. To be honest, the book sounds intense and awesome. published 2010, avg rating 4.39 — American Heritage History of World War II by Steven E. Ambrose and C. L. Sulzberger—The best short history of World War II, The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-44 by Rick Atkinson – Friendly fire and bumbling generals in WWII, The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 by Rick Atkinson – “The greatest catastrophe in human history”, Year Zero: A History of 1945 by Ian Buruma – The fateful year when the world stepped back from war, Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science that Changed the Course of World War II by Jennet Conant—The amateur scientist who helped deliver radar and the atomic bomb. published 1999, avg rating 4.16 — Donald Trump’s playbook revealed in a penetrating new book, “How Fascism Works”, 12 good books about the Holocaust, including both fiction and nonfiction, 5 top nonfiction books about World War II (plus many runners-up), 20 most enlightening historical novels (plus dozens of runners-up), Top 10 historical mysteries and thrillers reviewed here (plus 100 others). Read the review. The facts, just the facts, about the world as it really is, The geopolitical reality behind the “pivot to Asia”, An intriguing murder mystery set in 18th century China. If you’ve wondered how anyone could insist that the United States is a “Christian nation” when so many other faiths are practiced within our borders—and so many Americans shun religion entirely—you should enjoy One Nation Under Gods: A New American History by Peter Manseau. In subject matter alone, these two books could not be more different. Amazon.co.uk: historical non fiction Select Your Cookie Preferences We use cookies and similar tools to enhance your shopping experience, to provide our services, understand how customers use our services so we can make improvements, and display ads. published 1995, avg rating 3.74 — Lucretius was an ardent follower of the 4th-Century Greek philosopher Epicurus, and his poem is an extraordinary expression of Epicurean philosophy on life, love, sex, the pursuit of happiness, and the nature of the universe. published 1946, avg rating 3.74 — 80,591 ratings — As Erik Christiansen ... Politicizing History in Postwar America, post-World War II Americans were drawn to historical nonfiction as a means of grappling with the horrors they'd just endured on the world stage. Within each of the several lists, titles are all arranged in alphabetical order by the authors’ last names. Picks The 50 Best Nonfiction Books of the Past 25 Years Slate’s books team selects the definitive works of reporting, memoir, and argument of the past quarter-century. The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World—and Globalization Began by Valerie Hansen—When did globalization begin? Frequency 1 post / week Since Apr 2012 Blog copperfieldreview.com Facebook fans 2.6K ⋅ Twitter followers 6.7K ⋅ Social Engagement 11 ⋅ Domain Authority 33 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact. Read the review. Nonfiction books are rooted in truth. Find our notable fiction books here and their complete list here. The list below begins with my 20 favorite nonfiction books about history (excluding biographies). More than two thousand years ago, some five decades before the year we give the number 1, an extraordinary Roman philosopher-poet named Lucretius wrote a 7,400-line masterpiece named De rerum natura (On the Nature of Things). Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The books listed here do not include My 10 favorite books about business history. There is leeway when writing memoir: that truth is yours. Take your pick of my four weekly newsletters. Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States by James C. Scott – This book will challenge everything you know about ancient history, The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel by Uri Bar-Joseph – An extraordinary episode in Israeli history, In the Enemy’s House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies by Howard Blum – How the Soviet atomic spies were caught, The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell: A Dyslexic Traitor, an Unbreakable Code, and the FBI’s Hunt for America’s Stolen Secrets by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee – Before Edward Snowden was “The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell”, The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée—How a novel helped speed the collapse of the Soviet Union, The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal by David E. Hoffman – A gripping true-life tale of Cold War spycraft, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War by Fred Kaplan — The secret history of cyber war, Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family’s Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Europe by Alex Kershaw – A revealing account of life under the Nazis in occupied Europe, Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet by Yasha Levine – Shocking revelations: the secret military history of the Internet, Patriotic Betrayal: The Inside Story of the CIA’s Secret Campaign to Enroll American Students in the Crusade Against Communism by Karen M. Paget – How the CIA infiltrated the National Student Association, Operation Shakespeare: The True Story of an Elite International Sting by John Shiffman – How Homeland Security went abroad to capture an Iranian arms dealer, Spies in Palestine: Love, Betrayal, and the Heroic Life of Sarah Aaronsohn by James Srodes—The female Jewish spy who helped pave the way to the State of Israel, Versailles: A History by Robert B. Abrams—History versus fiction: How Netflix’s Versailles distorts the facts, The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark – Does history repeat itself? Among those who have written two or more books here are historians Adam Hochschild, Rick Atkinson, and Ben MacIntyre; nonfiction author James Bradley; and journalists Charles C. Mann, David Grann, Erik Larson, and Blaine Harden. The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia by James Bradley – “Who lost China?” Nobody. Read the review. Prefer to read nonfiction? However, when the President was out of town for a week to meet with Winston Churchill early in 1941, future Secretary of State Dean Acheson and other powerful bureaucrats affiliated with the China Lobby contrived to put the embargo in place against Roosevelt’s express wishes. Now comes British journalist and historian Max Hastings with a revisionist view in The Secret War. The Emperor of All Maladies won the 2011 Pulitzer in General Nonfiction (the jury called it “An elegant inquiry, at once clinical and personal, into the long history of an insidious disease that, despite treatment breakthroughs, still bedevils medical science.”), the Guardian first book award, and the inaugural PEN/E. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari – Exploring the arc of history over 70,000 years, Paper: Paging Through History by Mark Kurlansky – More than you ever wanted to know about the history of paper, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann – Astonishing new evidence about the Americas before 1492, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann – After the Columbian Exchange, nothing was ever the same. Nonfiction books are rooted in truth. 47,292 ratings — published 2005, avg rating 4.41 — 10,854 ratings — 138,070 ratings — Double Cross. 1919 Versailles: The End of the War to End All Wars by Charles L. Mee, Jr.—The World War I peace treaty that led to World War II, A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies, and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment by John Preston – The political scandal that roiled the British Establishment, Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World It Made, by Richard Rhodes – An outsider’s take on the Spanish Civil War, Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History by Steven J. Zipperstein – In a prelude to the Holocaust, the Kishinev pogrom shocked the world, The Summit: Bretton Woods, 1944: J. M. Keynes and the Reshaping of the Global Economy by Ed Conway – The clashing personalities determined our economic history, The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else by Hernando de Soto – Hernando de Soto on property rights, capitalism, and inequality, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson – A human-centered history of the Digital Revolution, The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency by Annie Jacobsen – The mind-boggling story of America’s top-secret military research, Money: The Unauthorized Biography—From Coinage to Cryptocurrencies by Felix Martin – Misunderstanding money helped cause the Great Recession, The Money Makers: How Roosevelt and Keynes Ended the Depression, Defeated Fascism, and Secured a Prosperous Peace by Eric Rauchway – FDR, the gold standard, and the Great Depression, The Patient Assassin by Anita Anand – The story of the Amritsar Massacre that sped up the Indian independence movement, Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary – The Islamic perspective on history, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan – Jesus of Nazareth and the origins of anti-Semitism, A History of Future Cities by Daniel Brook—Urbanization, globalization and the future of humanity. published 1992, avg rating 3.81 — I’ll gladly take a kid who’s hooked on history and a series of books over the other options. She even has a podcast episode with the author coming up. Some nonfiction categories—like literary nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, and creative nonfiction—overlap with historical nonfiction, and many bestselling books can be categorized in two or more of these genres. That brief, inglorious conflict represented the advent of the U.S. as a world power. He invited colleagues on the Macquarie faculty to lecture on astronomy, physics, geology, biology, and other scientific disciplines to fill in the billions of years that transpired before any human set foot on our planet. Historical Fiction Reader Here, the best nonfiction books of 2020. A prominent Israeli columnist’s sober assessment: Will Israel survive? The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic by Benjamin Carter Hett – How democracy died in Germany: is there a lesson for America today? 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