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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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This Astonishing Book Makes Jane Austen’s World Come to Life

Voices from the World of Jane Austen will transport you to the turn of the nineteenth century.

10 Illuminating Andy Warhol Books

These books shine a radiant light on the Pop art superstar.

"Villainous Perfidy": Benedict Arnold's Betrayal of George Washington

James Thomas Flexner examines how Benedict Arnold's defection shaped George Washington's future.

11 Books About Abraham Lincoln

From biographies to a collection of Lincoln’s writings, there’s much more to the 16th president than you might think.

A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom

In David Blight's book, Wallace Turnage and John Washington recount their harrowing tales of escape from slavery.

10 American Wars, One Book Each

Revisit 10 major American wars with an illuminating read about each one.

How Muhammad Ali Became The Greatest: The Rise of a Legend

Muhammad Ali explores how the legendary boxer transcended the sport through politics, social activism, and his undeniable charm and charisma.

The Culper Ring: The Revolutionary Spies Who Helped Win the War

George Washington relied on the secretive spy ring to win the American Revolution.

The Best Biographies of 2018: Redefining Modern and Historical Lives

From 1769 to 1993, the subjects of these biographies changed lives and the world.

10 Best Military Books, According to War Correspondent and Bestselling Author Damien Lewis

War correspondent and bestselling author Damien Lewis reveals the best military books that evolved his thinking and writing on the subject of war.

10 Best History Books of 2018

A surprisingly human history of corporations, a Korean War battle exploration, and more fascinating tales from the year that was. 

13 Books That Explore the History of World Religions

Discover the history behind the religions that have shaped humanity.

The Tumultuous Life of Mary, Queen of Scots

Take a detailed look at the life of a ruler who inherited the throne when she was just six days old.

10 Survival Stories That Reveal the Power of the Human Spirit

In the face of death, these ordinary citizens did extraordinary things.

Game On: 10 Best Sports Books Ever Written

Rivalries, triumphs, and heartbreaks make these narratives sing.

[CLOSED] GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win a U.S. History Book Bundle 

From stories of the Civil War to a history lover's guide to the Big Apple, these books will keep you captivated.

Pioneering Aviatrix Beryl Markham Flies "West with the Night"

The famous female pilot describes her record-breaking westbound flight in her bestselling memoir.

Shanghai 1937: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the New Documentary

Inspired by Peter Harmsen’s New York Times-bestselling book, the new documentary looks at the beginning of World War II in China.