What are the best historical non-fiction books for boys?

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    #1The Guns of August

    The Guns of August
    The Guns of August is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by renowned historian Barbara Tuchman. It recounts the first month of World War I: the thirty days of August 1914.
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    Yang Lee
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is an nice book to read to interest "
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    #2Into Thin Air

    Into Thin Air

    Into Thin Air is Jon Krakauer's firsthand depiction of the May 1996 Mt. Everest disaster. With a balanced take on the characters and a colorful depiction of the weather that shaped the event, Krakauer won an Academy Award in Literature in 1999. 

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    Rakesh Gavde
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Into Thin Air was a fun read. It is such a thrill ride. You'll love the adventures of it."
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    #3Undaunted Courage

    Undaunted Courage

    Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier is a historical non-fiction book written by Stephen E. Ambrose. This was originally published in 2006.

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    Cynthia Howell
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "If you have an interest in American history then this is the book for you. Well written it manages to capture the reality of living in the 18th and early 19th century was like. It fills in the blanks of the Lewis and Clark expedition that wasn't taught to us in school."
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    #412 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave
    The book that inspired the popular film is the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man living in New York after the civil war. He was having a great and wealthy life until he got kidnapped and sold as a slave. Solomon uses this book to share its own adventures, giving detailed information about what he had to do and how he maintained his dignity during the 12 years he was forced to do everything. 




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    Michael Ryan
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This is truly one of the great true stories about slavery, and it is easy to see why it was turned into an award winning movie. The book captivates you from beginning to end and lets you fill in the blanks from your own imagination. I read the book and saw the movie and was impressed by both. "
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    #5The Right Stuff

    The Right Stuff
    The Right Stuff is a nonfiction book by Tom Wolfe detailing the lives of the men behind America's victory in the Space Race in the 1960s. This book is a second edition published on May 16, 2004, by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
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    Vibhore Gavde
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I love non fiction. It dives into many topics. The Right Stuff was a perfect story about the Space Race of the 1960s. This detailed what countrys were where and how far along they were. I would recommend this to anyone."
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    #6Nicholas and Alexandra

    Nicholas and Alexandra

    Nicholas and Alexandra: The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty is a biography written by Pulitzer Prize-winning Robert K. Massie. This book is published in 2000 by Random House Trade Paperbacks.

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    Kathryn Hart
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "If you've ever wondered what Russia was like in the Romanov Dynasty, or how everything fell apart, you will love this book. My 12 year old son loves history and just finished this book, he was very enthusiastic about it. Gives all details as if the author has been there and observed everything with his own eyes. It doesn't look like a historical book, but more like fiction. It was good, I highly recommend"
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    #7Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)

    Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)

    Angela's Ashes is a book written by Frank McCourt and is the first in the Frank McCourt Series. This classic book recounts the author's survival during poverty and cruelty. It is published in 1996.

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    Nancy Allen
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book is an absolute must-read for everyone. It's raw, gritty, and deals with heavy themes. But it's a necessary reminder of just how harmful poverty is to all of humanity. "
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    #8Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

    Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
    The Pulitzer-prize winning Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson is a 900-page narrative about the American Civil War. It encapsulates the woes of a divided society within two decades of conflict.

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    Félix Molina
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "McPherson's "Battle Cry" is arguably the best single-volume account of the Civil War. Nearly 30 years since its initial publication by Oxford, this book is still being used at the university level to educate students about the Civil War. McPherson not only wrote a masterful narrative, he also sourced the text impeccably. Further, I disagree with some previous reviews that the writer has a political bias or agenda, if you will. As a Civil War historian, I can confidently state that writing in a neutral voice about this period is one of the most difficult challenges an author faces. McPherson gives ample time to both "sides" of the cause and puts forth well-documented facts. Those who dispute his objectivity have ample resources, provided through detailed footnotes and an extensive bibliography, to research the author's claims."
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    #9The Last Lecture

    The Last Lecture
    The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow is a nonfiction self-help book originally published in April 2008. This is a New York Times best-selling book about life lessons taken straight from Pausch's private life.
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    Alan Guo
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I was deeply touched by this book. Great story of courage and determination in the face of death. Its lessons help me live a fuller life."
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    #10Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

    Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

    Mayflower, a 2006 history book by Nathaniel Philbrick, chronicles the story of the first Pilgrims from England to land in the New World. It tells of their transatlantic voyage and the following decades of colonization. 

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    Joan Weber
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Great book and interesting look at the "pg" story we are taught from a young age. This book is a real look at the trials and issues faced at the beginning of our country. Every teenager should read this to know the reality. "
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    #11Into the Wild

    Into the Wild

    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a non-fiction book about a young man named Christopher Johnson McCandless who left everything he had to start a new life. Months after, his body was found and his unforgettable death will be uncovered. This book was printed in 14 languages.

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    Russell Schmidt
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Best read with a grain of salt, this tale is about a man who decides to follow in the foot steps of two of his own personal heroes and leave the materialistic life behind. In doing so he disappears from the face of the modern world, leaving his family unawares and wandering into the wilderness in search of the freedom he desires. His journey eventually takes him north into Alaska where he would meet an untimely end in the wilds. A strong tale of self discovery, one would say this book acts as more of a warning. Self discovery is great, but trekking across Alaska with nothing to your name will almost always end with your body being discovered by a moose hunter."
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    #12A Walk in the Woods

    A Walk in the Woods

    A Walk in the Woods is an autobiographical novel by Bill Bryson, who wanted to rediscover his country upon his return from Britain. With his friend from college Stephen Katz, the two men hike the 2,100-mile long Appalachian Trail.

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    Sarah Hernandez
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I'm probably not the target audience for this book, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I decided to buy it after catching the movie during a flight. It's a lighthearted, fun read. The author has a way with words and really makes you feel like you're along for the hike. "
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    #13The History of the Standard Oil Company

    The History of the Standard Oil Company
    The History of the Standard Oil Company by is a nonfiction novel originally published in 1904 by the journalist Ida Tarbell. This book follows the story of John D. Rockefeller and the rise of his enterprise - Standard Oil Company.
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    Tom Jia
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The History of the Standard Oil Company was required reading for my son. At first, he complained and procrastinated, but after he read it he actually was intrigued. After listening to my son, I read and was fascinating by the journey of Rockefeller."
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    #14The History Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

    The History Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

    The History Book by R.G Grant is a history novel originally published in October 2008. This book belongs to the Big Ideas Simply Explained series published by the Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff.

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    Joshua Howard
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Topic works. This book is a wonderful way to learn the history of people and cultures going back to ancient history. Just enough information to be educated without having to read a bunch of histories about different times."
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    #15Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe

    Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe

    Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe is a non-fiction novel written by John Boswell that tells the story of the LGBT people who got married even before the legality of the ceremony in Europe.

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    Roy Williamson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe is a book that may not seem very controversial right now, but back in its time it same sex relationships were highly frowned upon. The author does a good job at transporting you to the setting and everything about the book is very descriptive. It sucked me in much more than I thought it would, I'm glad I gave this book a chance."
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    #16Goodbye To All That

    Goodbye To All That

    Goodbye to All That is an autobiography written by Robert Graves. First published in 1929, it focuses on the author's experience during World War One.

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    Mark Moore
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This is a tough topic but I think this book covers it well. It has good reviews and lots of them and worth the read."
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    #17The Great Chicago Fire And the Myth of Mrs. O'Leary's Cow

    The Great Chicago Fire And the Myth of Mrs. O'Leary's Cow

    The Great Chicago Fire And the Myth of Mrs. O'Leary's Cow is a North American History Non-fiction book written by Richard F. Bales. It was published April 18, 2005 by McFarland & Company, Inc.

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    #18Black Greek 101

    Black Greek 101

    Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities is a historical non-fiction book written by Walter M. Kimbrough. It is published in 2003. 

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    Joe Miller
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I am considering joining a Black Greek Fraternal Organization, so I thought it would behoove me to do a little research on these entities. I like the fact, that it was coming from someone who was part of the BGLOs(Black Greek Lettered Organizations). And, he didn't seem to pull any punches, summarizing his experiences both positive and negative. Noting that the BGLO's have a lot to offer, but also a lot to work on. So, I did appreciate that, since I am a little older and would be joining a Alumni chapter of a BGLO some of the experiences of an undergrad will be missed. But, in the end, an experience it will be."
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    #19We Got the Neutron Bomb

    We Got the Neutron Bomb

    We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk is a historical non-fiction book about music written by Brendan Mullen and Marc Spitz. It is published in 2001. 

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    Philip Palmer
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is a very unusual genre in my opinion. But the book was quite entertaining. It was a very creative story and it encouraged me to start tapping into my creative side."
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    #20Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America

    Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America

    on being gay and Christians.Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America is non-fiction book written by Mel White that tells the story of queer people in America during 1991. This books shared their struggle  

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    Tiffany Burke
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "VERY GOOD book if you or a loved one is gay and the church at large is beating them up. This book had great insight for those who dont know better. Personally I have purchased this book many times to give to those struggling and for those who do the beating on gays. This book will help free you from guilt and shame. Mel White is am excellent writer and speaks from experience. I recommend everyone who is a believer or church goer to read this book even if it does not effect them because someday down the road they will encounter someone who is gay dealing with depression and suicide, this book will give them great insight"
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    #21Artist Blacksmith Sculpture

    Artist Blacksmith Sculpture

    Artist Blacksmith Sculpture: The Art of Natural Metalwork is a non-fiction book written by David Freedman. It is published in 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform.

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    Laura Rice
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Artist Blacksmith Sculpture: The Art of Natural Metalwork is a novel that you can currently buy. This is a non fiction book that was authored by David Freedman. This book comes highly recommended and was first published in 2016."
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    #22The Power of Myth

    The Power of Myth

    The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell is a historical nonfiction novel originally published in June 1988 by the Anchor Doubleday. This book explores a wide range of concepts from marriage to chilbirth to artists and more.

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    Jonathan Richardson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I love this book. I read it from time to time just to ground myself and really catch things missed in past readings. It's truly inspiring in every way and will not be forgotten when you read that final page. One of the better books I can't recommend enough for reading. "
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    #23The Art of Blacksmithing

    The Art of Blacksmithing

    The Art of Blacksmithing is a non-fiction reference book written by Alex W. Bealer. This historical craft book was first published in 1996. 

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    Larry Sims
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book, The Art of Blacksmithing, is an absolute must-own for anyone interested in learning more about blacksmithing. With illustrative pictures and a lot of in-depth knowledge, this title will teach the ways of building and forging with metal and would make a great gift for anyone interested in the craft."
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    #24Dear People: Remembering Jonestown

    Dear People: Remembering Jonestown
    Dear People: Remembering Jonestown is a historical non-fiction book compiled and edited by Denice Stephenson. Dear People: Remembering Jonestown was published on January 1, 2005 by Heyday Books. 
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    Brian Watson
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is an incredible and mysterious read because I am familiar with the Jonestown story. The tragedy that happened there was very heartbreaking and this book embodies the memories and loss that this town suffered. I recommend this book to anyone who does not know and for those who do know the story of Jonestown. "
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    #25Pocahontas and the Strangers

    Pocahontas and the Strangers
    Pocahontas and the Strangers is a biography for young readers written by Clyde Robert Bulla and illustrated by Peter Burchard. It tells the historically accurate story of Pocahontas and her role during the early colonization period.
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    Sara Powell
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Pocahontas and the Strangers is a really good book, but not really suitable for boys. It is more for a young girl and/or Pocahontas enthusiasts. "

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Best What are the best historical non-fiction books for boys
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Guns of AugustBooks 28 Paid
2Into Thin AirBooks 27 Paid
3Undaunted CourageBooks 26 Paid
412 Years a SlaveBooks 22 Paid
5The Right StuffBooks 19 Paid
6Nicholas and AlexandraBooks 17 Paid
7Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)Books 15 Paid
8Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War EraBooks 15 Paid
9The Last LectureBooks 12 Paid
10Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and WarBooks 9 Paid
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