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.
From biographies to a collection of Lincoln’s writings, there’s much more to the 16th president than you might think.
In David Blight's book, Wallace Turnage and John Washington recount their harrowing tales of escape from slavery.
Revisit 10 major American wars with an illuminating read about each one.
Muhammad Ali explores how the legendary boxer transcended the sport through politics, social activism, and his undeniable charm and charisma.
By John Freund
From darkly comic war fiction to astute historical analysis and devastating battlefield memoir.
George Washington relied on the secretive spy ring to win the American Revolution.
By Robert Walsh
It was one of the most dangerous missions ever undertaken.
From 1769 to 1993, the subjects of these biographies changed lives and the world.
War correspondent and bestselling author Damien Lewis reveals the best military books that evolved his thinking and writing on the subject of war.
By Damien Lewis
A surprisingly human history of corporations, a Korean War battle exploration, and more fascinating tales from the year that was.
Discover the history behind the religions that have shaped humanity.
Take a detailed look at the life of a ruler who inherited the throne when she was just six days old.
In the face of death, these ordinary citizens did extraordinary things.
Rivalries, triumphs, and heartbreaks make these narratives sing.
From stories of the Civil War to a history lover's guide to the Big Apple, these books will keep you captivated.
The famous female pilot describes her record-breaking westbound flight in her bestselling memoir.
Inspired by Peter Harmsen’s New York Times-bestselling book, the new documentary looks at the beginning of World War II in China.
The bestselling author tells the story of a deadly plot that was hatched against George Washington.
From a revealing biography of Joan of Arc to the harrowing account of America's worst naval disaster.
From the frozen expanse of the South Pole to the hot sands of the Sahara.