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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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9 Thrilling Adventure Books for Intrepid Readers

From the frozen expanse of the South Pole to the hot sands of the Sahara.

Crazy Horse and Custer, A Dual Biography

The author of Band of Brothers explores the parallel lives of two formidable 19th-century warriors.

Triumphs and Tribulations: 7 Books About Military Intelligence

Exploring the ways in which military intelligence has prevailed…and failed. 

FBI Surveillance: Why the Bureau Investigated Famous Writers

James Baldwin, Ernest Hemingway, and other writers were investigated for everything from sympathy towards the Cuban Revolution to Communist Party ties. 

7 Transporting Ken Follett Books for Historical Fiction Lovers

From medieval England to Cold War Russia, Follett’s novels take you on a journey into the past. 

The 15 Most Fascinating Biographies of the Last 25 Years

Discover the unusual lives of leaders, revolutionaries, and eccentrics alike.

Escape from Holzminden: The Greatest POW Camp Break of WWI

Neal Bascomb tells the Allied pilots’ little-known story in his new book, The Escape Artists.

7 Fun and Informative History Books for Kids

Your tiny history buff will love these books about life in the past.

Fly Girls: The Daring Women Who Competed in Airplane Races During the Early 1900s 

Amelia Earhart, Ruth Elder, and Louise Thaden were among the incredible women who fought for a chance to race against men…and won. 

“The Banality of Evil”: The Take-Down of Holocaust Mastermind Adolf Eichmann

Secret agent Peter Malkin opens up about the capture that inspired the film Operation Finale.

[CLOSED] GIVEAWAY: Explore History Through the Ages with These Books!

Enter for your chance to win five nonfiction books that focus on different points in history. 

Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho—and That Famous Shower Scene

Screenwriter and journalist Stephen Rebello unpacks the controversies surrounding the iconic film.

The Forgotten Treasure: 7 Books by Emily Hahn

The little-known author and journalist captured England and China like few others have.

The Deadly Collision Between SS Andrea Doria and MS Stockholm

Like the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the 1956 shipwreck was one of the worst maritime disasters of the 20th century. 

Ulysses S. Grant: The Man Who Secured the Union’s Victory in the Civil War

Grant Moves South explores the legendary general’s pivotal successes and military strategies.

Charlie Wilson's War: The Man Behind the CIA's Biggest Covert Operation

Congressman Charlie Wilson was a champion for the covert op that affected the outcome of the Soviet-Afghan War.

7 of the Best American History Books

Celebrate the red, white, and blue by remembering the history of those who came before us.