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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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12 Baseball Books That Are Total Home Runs

Step up to the plate, and learn the history of America's favorite pastime.

Miracle at Dunkirk: 8 Things You Probably Don't Know About the Infamous Evacuation

Christopher Nolan’s film brought Dunkirk back to life; but there’s more to the story than survival.

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Official rules of the Big History Book Bundle sweepstakes 2018.

War Bonds: True Stories of Love and Marriage During World War II

As hate tore the world apart, love brought people together.

From Underdogs to Champions: Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers' Rise to Fame

"That First Season" explores how the legendary coach created one of the greatest teams in NFL history.

NASA, the "Challenger" Disaster, and How One Phone Call Could Have Saved the Crew

NASA veteran, Hugh Harris, examines the "Challenger" disaster that occurred on January 28, 1986, and what we’ve learned from it.

A Previously Untold Account of the Vietnam War

Lewis Sorley offers a shocking new perspective on the Vietnam War, through access to classified documents.

The Korean War Told From Both Sides 

Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Toland recounts the devastating conflict in his book “In Mortal Combat: Korea, 1950-1953.”

The Post Reporters Who Exposed the Truth About the Vietnam War

In 1971, the "Washington Post" risked everything to publish government secrets after their competitor was indicted for the same crime.

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The Guadalcanal Battle: An Eyewitness Account of One of the Most Pivotal Offensives of World War II

Combat correspondent Richard Tregaskis recounts what he saw when the Allies invaded the island of Guadalcanal in 1942.

Fidel Castro, the CIA, and John F. Kennedy’s Assassination

It’s been nearly 60 years since the assassination of JFK, and the mystery surrounding his death still haunts us.

New Documentary Naples '44 is a Devastating Portrait of the Tolls of War 

Based on Norman Lewis' acclaimed memoir, the film explores the aftermath of Germany's occupation of Naples.

7 Books to Read After Watching Thank You for Your Service

The new film, based on the book of the same name by Daniel Finkel, highlights the realities of soldiers returning home from war with PTSD.

Marita Lorenz: The Spy Who Loved Castro…and Almost Assassinated Him

In 1960, U.S. operatives recruited Lorenz to kill the communist party leader—but she couldn’t do it.

A Chilling Look Inside the Lindbergh Kidnapping

When a child's life is on the line, who do you believe?