10 History Books You Must Read
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
A Pulitzer Prize winning novel that fictionalizes four days of the Battle of Gettysburg in such astonishingly rich detail that every well known and much beloved character is brought instantly from the pages into startlingly emotional reality.
Roma – The Epic Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor
A fictional history of the great city of Rome that follows the fortunes of a mystical golden necklace from the city’s initial conception in pre-history to the assassination of Julius Caesar. The historical facts linking this story together are very real but Saylor populates Rome with fictional and desperately flawed characters the reader simply aches to meet.
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
A romantic and idealistic interpretation of the legend and myth surrounding King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. A beautifully crafted story that pulls together all the threads of history and fiction into one well balanced fable. Perfect for anyone who wants to learn about King Arthur from one single source.
The Making of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr
A lively and engaging read for anyone wanting to understand British society. This book details everything that has contributed to making the Britain modern, following the death of Queen Victoria to the end of World War 2.
The Last Fighting Tommy – The Life of Harry Patch by Richard Van Emden
Dying at the age of 110 Harry Patch left behind a unique and lasting legacy as the final witness to the horrors of trench warfare during World War 1. This is the emotional story of a long, extraordinary life.
Grant & Sherman – The Friendship that Won the Civil War by Charles Bracelen Flood
An unusual and refreshingly honest joint biography, exploring the unusual relationship between Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman that underscores how their actions together contributed to Union victory in the American Civil War.
On the Trail of the Assassins by Jim Garrison
Detailing his role in the indictment of Clay Shaw for conspiring to kill President Kennedy, this is the story of the only man to ever bring a trial in the murder of John F. Kennedy. It is a gripping, breath-holding story of determination and obsession that sheds clear and interesting light on the confusion and rumor that still surrounds the infamous shooting.
Stalingrad by Antony Beevor
A superbly crafted analysis of the brutal fight for Stalingrad as Hitler pushed in Russia during the Second World War, this book stands as a lasting testament to everything the Russian people endured in their fight against Nazi Germany.
The New Penguin History of the Word by J.M Roberts
Absolutely the best most definitive guide to world history that effectively puts world events into complete perspective, from those that never seemed important before, to occurrences of mammoth proportions. The scope of this book is truly vast but each synopsis is just enough to bring the history of world events into full focus and inspire further reading.