List of Popular History Books

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Our world has a vast history. Including various moments of pride and war. The deep we go into the study of History, the clearer it gets both in modern and historical context. From the civil war, cold war, to the Vietnam war and the most famous world wars to great personalities like Genghis Khan or Ulysses Grant, history is all about unfolding the pages of the beautiful gone eras. We are often intrigued by the architectures, cultures, spies, murders whenever go learn about it through history books. Do you want to know about the intricacies of the long-gone centuries? If yes, here is a blog which aims to shed light on some popular books of history which are worth giving a read.

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Guns, Gems and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies by Jared Diamond 

If you want to know about how the journey of a man from a food hunter or gatherer to that of a producer, this book will solve your purpose best. Along with this interesting line, it also awakens us how the concept of religion originated in the past. Man has always been a conqueror, thus, through this book, you will know about how the potent weapons of war were crafted. (Buy here)

Grant by Ron Chernow 

Ron Chernow discovers interesting fact about the compelling president named Ulysses S. Grant and beautifully binds various incidents and stories of his life together in his book Grant. Being one of the well-written history books, this piece includes multiple incidents put together meticulously. (Buy here)

Leningrad: The Epic Siege of World War II, 1941- 1944 by Anna Reid 

Hitler’s barbaric surprise attack on the Soviet Union shook the world. Hence, the millions of Leningrad at that time died out of starvation. Leningrad is one grasping read which elaborates about this historic drama moment in the 20th century. The book is a sure shot grab for those wanting to know more about the deeds of Adolf Hitler. (Buy here)

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

Want to know about the cultural communication, rise in civilization as well as how the trade expanded over the period of Mongols? Out of all the history books, this one will enlighten you about how skillfully Genghis Khan abolished torture, provided cultural liberty and exempted feudal system of the aristocrats along with the aforementioned aspects. (Buy here

The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer 

An engaging narrative fo the history aiming to equip you with the insights about the cultural interconnections. Just as various maps provide us with an idea about the geography of the world, incidents and timelines give the reader a lively sense of the passage of the years. Numerous traditions, accounts, private letters come out to be as a connection between the rulers and their people. (Buy here)

Apart from the above mentioned, here are some other famous history books:

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  • Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age by Modris Eksteins by Modris Eksteins (Buy here)
  • Broken Lives: How the Ordinary Germans Experienced the 20th Century by Konrad H. Jarausch (Buy here)
  • Democracy: A Life by Paul Cartledge (Buy here)
  • The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff (Buy here)
  • A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell  (Buy here)
  • A World Lit Only by Fire by William Manchester  (Buy here)
  • Over the Edge of the World by Laurence Bergreen (Buy here
  • The Crusades by Thomas Asbridge  (Buy here)
  • The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America’s Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality by Anna-Lisa Cox  (Buy here)
  • The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman  (Buy here)
  • Battle of Cry of Freedom by James McPherson  (Buy here)
  • Frederick Douglas: Prophet of Freedom  by David W. Blight (Buy here)
  • 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann (Buy here)
  • Behold America: The Entangled History of ‘America First’ and ‘the American Dream’ by Saran  (Buy here

Hoping that our blog on best history books has filled you up with a long list of some interesting reads to catch on during this quarantine. Want to seek career guidance at the comfort of your home? Reach out to Leverage Edu and we will book a session of e-meeting with global mentors who will help you with expert advice on the lastest intakes abroad. 

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