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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 decade ago

Can anyone recommend some good non-fiction history books?

I have two requirements: they must be both scholarly and readable. The following list will give you some idea of my tastes. Thanks, fellow history buffs!

David McCullough--The Great Bridge, A Path Between the Seas, Truman, 1776, etc.

Stephen Ambrose--Band of Brothers, etc.

Joseph Ellis--Founding Brothers, American Sphinx, etc.

Antonia Fraser--Cromwell; Mary Queen of Scots, etc.

H.W. Brands--bios of FDR, Franklin, Jackson, etc.

Alison Weir--Queen Elizabeth I; Eleanor of Aquitaine, etc.

Will and Ariel Durant--History of Western Civilization Series, 11 vols.

Thomas Costain--History of the Plantagenets, 4 vols.

John Toland--The Rising Sun, The Last Hundred Days, etc.

Cornelius Ryan--Longest Day; A Bridge Too Far

John Keegan--Face of Battle, Mask of Command, etc.

Martin Gilbert--Churchill; The Holocaust, etc.

Robert Remini--Andrew Jackson, 3 vols,; Henry Clay; Daniel Webster, etc.

Shelby Foote--The Civil War, 3 vols.

Bruce Catton--Army of the Potomac, 3 vols; Centennial History of the Civil War, 3 vols.

Douglas Southall Freeman--R.E. Lee, 4 vols.; Lee's Lieutenants, 3 vols; Geroge Washington, 7 vols.

Dumas Malone--Jefferson and His Time, 6 vols.

W. Bruce Lincoln--The Romanovs

Robert K. Massie--Peter the Great; Nicholas and Alexandria

Simon Sebag-Montefiore--Prince of Princes: Potemkin; Stalin: Court of the Red Tsar

Robert Aspery--Frederick the Great

C.V. Wedgwood--The Thirty Years War; The King's Peace, The King's War, A Coffin for King Charles

Thomas Pakenham--The Boer War; The Scramble for Africa

Martin Meredith--The Fate of Africa; Diamonds, Guns & War

John Julius Norwich--The Normans in Sicily; A History of Byzantium, 3 vols.

Lord Kinross--The Ottoman Centuries; Ataturk

John Glubb--The Great Arab Conquests, etc.

New Cambridge Modern History, 11 vols.

David chandler--Campaigns of Napoleon

Frank McLynn--Villa and Zapata; Richard and John: Kings at War

W.L. Warren--Henry II

Allan Nevins--Ordeal of the Union, Emergence of Lincoln, etc.

JB Wolf--Louis XIV

Jared Diamond--Guns, Germs & Steel

Christopher Hibbert--The Borgias and Their Enemies, etc.

Ross King--Michelangelo & The Pope's Ceiling

John Rewald--History of impressionism

Eamon Duffy--Saints & Sinners: History of the Popes

John Hemming--Conquest of the Incas

R.J. Knecht--Renaissance Warrior and Patron: Francis I

Howard Zinn--A People's History of the United States

English Historical Documents Series

Michael Grant--The Rise of the Greeks, etc.

Of course I've read the primary materials such as Herodotus, Thucydides, Polybius, Livy, Tacitus, Suetonius, Dio Cassius, Procopius, Eusebius, Ssu-ma Ch'ien, Pan Ku, Froissart, Saint-Simon, etc. etc. I'm looking here for recommendations of secondary source histories and biographies that you have enjoyed and profited from. I may have already read it, but I appreciate any sharing of the love of history.

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  • Chris
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    1 decade ago
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    "That Dark and Bloody River" by Allen Eckert. It chronicles the American Revolution and Indian Wars in the Ohio River Valley. The struggle between Whites and Indians and the atrocities that both side committed.

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  • 1 decade ago

    On Killing--- By David Grossman he is a retired full bird and he talks about the psychologically effect on killing through the different wars we have fought in. He talks about the change from WWII where soldiers didn't want to shoot their weapon to Now in the OIF where close to like 95% have used there weapon. It has alot of info about what is going on in the minds of the soldiers

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    "Day of Infamy" by Walter Lord.

    It details the Japanese "sneak" attack on Pearl Harbor, and all of the events which led up to Pearl Harbor.

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