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English Historical Documents Series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.
- ChrisLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
"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.
- 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
- Anonymous1 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.