Nonfiction History Snapshot

Biographies

Caesar: Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy

De Gaulle by Julian T. Jackson

Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff 

Joan of Arc: A History by Helen Castor

Europe

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham

The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Mike Duncan

The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 by Antony Beevor

The Thirty Years War by C. V. Wedgwood

Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar by Tom Holland

Africa

Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization by Richard Miles

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild

The Boer War by Martin Bossenbroek

The Zulus at War: The History, Rise, and Fall of the Tribe That Washed Its Spears by Adrian Greaves, Xolani Mkhize

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa by Jason K. Stearns

Asia

Genghis Khan: His Conquests, His Empire, His Legacy by Frank McLynn

Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975 by Max Hastings

The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors by Dan Jones

The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China’s War on Foreigners that Shook the World in the Summer of 1900 by Diana Preston

Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great’s Empire by Robin Waterfield

The Americas

Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas by Laura Sook Duncombe

Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobsen

A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination by Philip Shenon

Warlords of Ancient Mexico: How the Mayans and Aztecs Ruled for More Than a Thousand Years by Peter G. Tsouras

The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodard

 

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