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.
In 1852, at age 103, Revolutionary War veteran Conrad Heyer sat down to have his picture taken.
Goldman was a revolutionary from the start. Her work in the U.S. and Russia shook up governments and oligarchs.
As the Battle of Baltimore drew to a close, an American flag was raised—and the national anthem was born.
By Allison Wild
A book published by the Anne Frank House profiles the Secret Annex—the Frank family's two-year hideout—and the famous diarist's life inside.
Diseases, brutal weather, and enemy fire all failed to take him down.
The year 1968 was marked by turbulence in America.
Taking the post of Warden of His Majesty’s Mint in 17th-century London, Newton came face-to-face with seedy criminals.
The speechwriter and top presidential adviser was a driving political force during one of America's most turbulent eras.
From the mysterious to the unthinkable...
In Ahead of Time, Gruber reflects on the early years of her career, including the assignment that took her back to 1930s Germany.
The pair’s spectacular accomplishments and whirlwind romance will forever be marked by a shocking scandal.
Anthony Summers’ book, Goddess, sheds light on this starlet’s short-lived time in the spotlight.
John Franklin Cogburn’s great-grandson recounts the life of the man who inspired True Grit's "Rooster."
North and South Korea's recent agreement has us looking back at the past.
By Abbey White
Get an inside look at the family America will never stop talking about.
The Archive is giving away four exciting U.S. presidential books.
A Journey Through Tudor England explores the building's infamous executions and the "graffiti" left by doomed prisoners.
Though a popular children’s author and activist, Mrs. Wilde’s life eventually became one marked by scandal.
Gerald Posner examines that fateful day and the man responsible for King's murder in Killing the Dream.
Step up to the plate, and learn the history of America's favorite pastime.