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Books

Discover the best history books, from biographies and military history to riveting accounts of the past’s most fascinating moments. War books, historical fiction, and more populate these pages.

Dante Books: Rediscovering the Medieval Poet and Philosopher

The Florentine author of the Divine Comedy was a forerunner of the Renaissance.

17 Books That Offer Perspectives on the Presidents

Get a fresh take on the men who led—and currently lead—our country.

25 Books to Read for Black History Month

From great triumphs to continuing struggles, learn more about African American history with these books.

Who Was Saint Valentine? 

The Christian martyr and symbol of love has a murky backstory.

The "Real" Witches of Macbeth

The Weird Sisters in the Scottish play may have been based on real people.

Slavery’s Exiles: The American Maroons and How They Survived

Sylviane A. Diouf shares how slaves escaped and survived in the Southern wilderness. 

The Germans Had Their Own "Mad General" Who Rode Into Combat in a Kilt

You may have heard of “Mad Jack” Churchill, but the Germans also had a fearsome kilt-wearing soldier.

Sir Walter Raleigh and the Search for El Dorado 

His fascinating life included two stints in the Tower of London.

10 Reference Books You’ll Actually Want to Read

Read all the books on our list and your rivals for any trivia game will be few and far between.

20 Fascinating Books About the Founding Fathers of America

They were more than a stuffy group of old men—in fact, many of them were young and rowdy.

8 New History Releases to Look Forward to

January, February, and March are full of promising new reads.

The Long and Bloody History of Čachtice Castle

The Slovakian castle was home to alleged serial killer Elizabeth Báthory.