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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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Discover 9 Books by Acclaimed Author Mark Bowden

His accounts delve into moments that redefined America.

5 Thought-Provoking Books Similar to Guns, Germs, and Steel

Taking a broad look at the development of civilizations.

11 Fascinating Books About the Gilded Age

Mark Twain coined "the Gilded Age" to mean this period of time was “glittering on the surface, but corrupt underneath.”

7 Must-Read Books by Renowned Biographer Marion Meade

"I am perfect for what biography has become today because there is nothing I wouldn't investigate."

The Best Biographies of 2022

Take a closer look at history's most influential figures.

8 Eye-Opening Books About Colonialism

European empires once controlled most of the globe—what's their legacy?

These Oral History Books Share Firsthand Perspectives

Hear directly from people who lived through historical events.

The Greatest History (and Beyond) Books for Dads of All Types

Dad's always gifted three copies of the latest history bestseller? Try these recommendations to find him something new.

17 Eye-Opening Books About John F. Kennedy

Closing the gap between fact and fiction.

The 10 Best Books By and About Winston Churchill

The prime minister was also a prolific writer and historian.