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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 Books About the History of Space Exploration

The triumphant, the tragic, and everything in between.

Portraits in History: The Best David McCullough Books

Rediscover America through McCullough's most beloved works.

36 Eye-Opening Books About the Holocaust

From firsthand accounts to comprehensive studies, these books examine the tragedies of the Holocaust.

14 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.

10 Political Scandal Books That Read Like Thrillers

Sometimes the truth is stranger—and more alarming—than fiction.

8 Gripping New History Books

Check out the recent breaks in historical discovery that everyone's been raving about.

Victory at Sea: The Dramatic Rise and Fall of Naval Powers During World War II

Historian Paul Kennedy chronicles the emergence of a new world order.

8 Organized Crime Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

Shedding light on the shadowy criminal underworld.

Remembering Legendary Sports Writer Roger Angell

The late author was known for his essays on baseball, reflections on aging, and so much more.

20 Travel Books That Will Feed Your Wanderlust

Explore the world on foot—or from the comfort of your reading chair.

Blind Ambition: 9 Books About the Watergate Scandal

Discover new perspectives on the scandal that caused Nixon to resign.

8 Eye-Opening Books About Modern History

These captivating reads explore rapid change and monumental shifts.

15 Books About Fascinating First Ladies

The new Showtime series The First Lady has piqued our interest in the lives of these remarkable women.

Feast Your Eyes on 8 Travel Coffee Table Books

You can live vicariously through these gorgeously illustrated travel books.

6 Books Written by Holocaust Survivors 

Their reflections on the tragedy are indispensable.