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Nonfiction Book Recommendations

There’s one place where every history buff feels at home—with their nose buried in a compelling nonfiction book, of course. It’s the best resource to turn to when you want the most comprehensive account of the past possible.

As book lovers ourselves, we’ve curated a space to round up all the best nonfiction books out there. Searching for a biography of the Founding Fathers? We’ve got you covered. Want to learn what wartime was really like? Check out the best books by people who lived through various conflicts and experienced them firsthand. Craving an in-depth account of one of the many turbulent events of the 20th century, from the sinking of the Titanic to the rise of Nazi Germany? Peruse a book by esteemed historian Martin Gilbert, or try an accessible pop history book by Walter Lord on for size. Whenever your bookshelves are looking a little bare, you can trust us to have the best recommendations in store for you.

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The Best Philosophy Books from Modern Library

These thought-provoking reads have influenced readers for centuries.

Case Closed: A Definitive Account of the John F. Kennedy Assassination

This work of investigative journalism by Gerald Posner is as relevant as ever.

10 Books to Read Before Watching Napoleon

The new Ridley Scott film charts the Frenchman's rise and fall.

7 Thrilling Books About Greed That We Think Martin Scorsese Should Adapt

True stories of power and corruption are waiting for the acclaimed filmmaker to bring them to the big screen.  

Journey into the Past with the Shortest History Series

Thousands of years of history are condensed into one gripping book apiece.

The History of Fashion in 10 Books

From corsets to women's military uniforms.

11 Attention-Grabbing Microhistory Books

These highly focused books have a surprisingly large scope.

7 Books About Paganism to Shed Light on the Ancient World

Look beyond mainstream religion to find fascinating insights into our cultural past.

[CLOSED] GIVEAWAY: Win Two Intriguing Historical Crime Books

20 winners will receive In Search of the Blonde Tigress and Jukebox Empire.

Gain a New Perspective With These 8 Books to Read for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Learn about Native American tribes that have long been overlooked in history. 

[CLOSED] GIVEAWAY: Win Two Illuminating War History Books!

Enter for a chance to win two gripping books from Rowman & Littlefield.

8 Intriguing New History Books for Summer and Fall 2023

There’s no time like the present to dive into the past. 

8 Books About the Renaissance, From Art to Politics

A period of "rebirth" that continues to fascinate.