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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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17 Remarkable Books About the Great Depression

Fascinating stories of courage, corruption, and change emerged from the darkest period of the 20th century.

Explore the 20th Century Through Martin Gilbert's Best Books

The prolific author and historian was a leading expert on Nazi Germany and other momentous events.

Rediscover the World Around You With 7 Accessible Ethnographies

These eye-opening books shed light on other cultures and communities.

The Historical Origins of the Wizard Merlin

The legendary wizard in King Arthur's court has a surprisingly complex backstory.

5 Books That Humanize the 1947 Partition of India

When British India was dissolved, the territory was divided along religious lines.

7 Essential Books About Afghanistan

As news about the Taliban continues to unfold, satisfy your curiosity about instability in the region.

Battle of Ia Drang: The United States Army’s Brutal Entry into the Vietnam War

In the wake of Joseph L. Galloway’s death, we’re revisiting his iconic book on the conflict, We Were Soldiers Once...and Young.

Moonshiners and Bootleggers: 8 Books About the Prohibition Era

Discover the historical effects of the nationwide ban on alcohol.

13 Eye-Opening Books About the Mafia

Get an insider’s look at La Cosa Nostra.

10 Incredible Books About the Ocean

Dive into the unknown with these books about marine life.

8 Gripping Books About the Fight for Irish Independence

What caused the bitter divide within Ireland—and how did it shape the country we know today?

10 Railroad History Books That Shed Light on the Industry

This innovative mode of travel allowed people to make cross-country journeys in days rather than weeks or months. 

9 Epistolary Books That Reveal History Through Letters

There's so much to learn from correspondence that has survived the passage of time.

10 Fascinating Books About Immigration

Delve into the social phenomenon that’s enriched America.

10 Illuminating Books About the Victorian Era

From crime and punishment to technological advancements and beyond.

8 Eye-Opening Books About the Underground Railroad

Discover in-depth accounts about the escape routes taken by enslaved African Americans.

10 Books About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Discover in-depth accounts of a conflict that’s been raging since World War II.

7 Awe-Inspiring Books about the Prehistoric Era

What were early humans like before the invention of writing?