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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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8 Panoramic Books About Empires

From the ancient world to the 20th century.

17 Books That Offer Perspectives on the Presidents

Get a fresh take on the men who led—and currently lead—our country.

25 Books to Read for Black History Month

From great triumphs to continuing struggles, learn more about African American history with these books.

Slavery’s Exiles: The American Maroons and How They Survived

Sylviane A. Diouf shares how slaves escaped and survived in the Southern wilderness. 

10 Reference Books You’ll Actually Want to Read

Read all the books on our list and your rivals for any trivia game will be few and far between.

20 Fascinating Books About the Founding Fathers of America

They were more than a stuffy group of old men—in fact, many of them were young and rowdy.

8 New History Releases to Look Forward to

January, February, and March are full of promising new reads.

The “Bloody 100th” Was a Legendary WWII Unit

The regiment gained a reputation for courage in the face of heavy losses.

The Best Philosophy Books from Modern Library

These thought-provoking reads have influenced readers for centuries.

Case Closed: A Definitive Account of the John F. Kennedy Assassination

This work of investigative journalism by Gerald Posner is as relevant as ever.

10 Books to Read Before Watching Napoleon

The new Ridley Scott film charts the Frenchman's rise and fall.

7 Thrilling Books About Greed That We Think Martin Scorsese Should Adapt

True stories of power and corruption are waiting for the acclaimed filmmaker to bring them to the big screen.  

Journey into the Past with the Shortest History Series

Thousands of years of history are condensed into one gripping book apiece.

The History of Fashion in 10 Books

From corsets to women's military uniforms.