What are the best history books?

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    #1The Blood Never Dried

    The Blood Never Dried

    The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empire is a book by Jon Newslinger recounting particular events in British Imperial History, including the Opium Wars, the slave trade, and the Indian rebellion.

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    Saúl Meléndez
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "The Blood Never Dried, coupled with being one of the greatest names to a book I've ever heard, is one of the best historical books I've ever seen as well. It's crazy to think human beings were capable of such things at one point."
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    #2Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    Bury My Heart in Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West unflinchingly narrates the plight of the Native American Indians during the development of American expansionism in the Western frontier.
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    Brandon Valdez
    Written on February 7, 2018
    "This book was very interesting. I really didn't know much about the history of the Native Americans and this really opened my eyes. I enjoyed the stories and it really made me think."
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    #3A Short History of Nearly Everything

    A Short History of Nearly Everything
    A Short History of Nearly Everything is a popular science book chronicling events from the nothingness before the Big Bang to the present. Complicated concepts are explained in uncomplicated terms, making it suitable for all ages.
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    Daniel Hughes
    Written on February 11, 2018
    "This was such a cool read and I liked that they made it for anyone to understand so you aren't confused by anything! Good for any ages and I might even reread it again!"
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    #4The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is a comprehensive account of Hitler's Nazi empire, starting with his rise to power and ending with their loss in the second World War.
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    Edison Meng
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is one of the most important books ever written. I found it to be a fascinating account of Nazi Germany spanning from it's rise to power to it's fall. If you're a history buff like I am, then you should give it a read."
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    #5Hiroshima

    Hiroshima
    John Hersey's heart-wrenching book Hiroshima recounts what happened on the day the first ever atomic bomb was dropped on a city. It includes narratives by eyewitnesses who survived the bombing. 
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    Megan Martin
    Written on February 20, 2018
    "A truly epic tale of the worst moment in history. So many details I didn't even know kept me locked into it till the end."
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    #6The 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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    Bertha Cano
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "Great book. Really goes into depth about the first 30 days of the war. I recommend it"
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    #7Battle 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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    Judy Schmidt
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "I read this amazing book not too long ago and it is the best history book out there. I'm not a fan of history in general but with this book you will learn to love it. Not only do you enjoy the Civil War Era but you engage in every word that you read. I recommend it!"
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    #8A People’s History of the United States

    A People’s History of the United States

    A People's History of the United States is 1980 bestseller by American historian and political scientist Howard Zinn. The book reviews and analyzes important facts and events in the history of America.

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    Kathryn Gardner
    Written on February 9, 2018
    "A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn covers American history from the people who lived it, Native Americans, immigrants, factory workers, American Women. The book written in 1980's, is still relevant in today's society. This books tells the real story of history of America. "
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    #91776

    1776
    Written by the well-known historian David McCullough, 1776 recounts the birth of America as a free and independent nation. It chronicles the American Revolution until the Declaration of Independence.
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    Linda Brewer
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "This was definitely an interesting read and taught me things that I didn't know about American History. I would recommend this book for anyone who loves to learn about history and how we got to where we are now."
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    #10John Adams

    John Adams
    As told by the multi-awarded historian David McCullough, this Pulitzer Prize-winning book is the story of John Adams, founding father and second president of the United States. 

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    Tang Guo
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "Trying to make sense of one of the founding fathers in an appealing story. "
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    #11Truman

    Truman
    Truman by David McCullough is a biography of Harry S. Truman, who was the president of the United States during the historic events of World War II and the Cold War.
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    Heather Gibson
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "I won't say this is a history book. Instead, it belongs to the genre of biographies or memoirs. But you can find many historic events in it."
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    #12The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon is a non-fiction novel published in 1776. This book follows the history of the Western Civilization during the peak of the Roman Empire's power and influence.
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    Johnny Stanley
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "Now we're talking. This book is required reading for any lover of history or politics. Purchase two - one for you and one for the lover of history in your life."
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    #13Undaunted 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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    Crystal Myers
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "What an incredible story! The perspective of Meriwether Lewis from childhood to death is extremely well told and honestly, I heard the first half of this story in school but never considered what happened to him after the successful expedition. It was really well written but seemed to drag on needlessly in some sections. Overall, it was a great read"
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    #14History of the Peloponnesian War

    History of the Peloponnesian War

    History of the Peloponnesian War is a nonfiction classic military history book written by Thucydides, translated by Rex Warner, and with an introduction by Moses I. Finley. Published in 1972 by Penguio.

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    Brian Shaw
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I've taken an interest in old history, mostly around the time of the Peloponnesian war, something this book covers very well. Everything in this book is factual and provides a lot of information for those looking to brush up on the subject. I couldn't be happier with this, it's really solid."
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    #15Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival

    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival
    'Unbroken' is the true and incredible story of Louis Zamperini, a lieutenant that survives a plane crash during the Pacific War in 1943. This is one of the most incredible odysseys of the 20th century and the inspiration for a motion picture, directed by Angelina Jolie.
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    Edward Washington
    Written on February 18, 2018
    "I love History so I was real excited to read Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival. I usually read about the eastern front but the war in the pacific is interesting also. I thought the telling of the story was very engaging and different than some of the european recollections I read. I am happy I read it and that it kind of had a happy ending. "
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    #16A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

    A Distant Mirror:  The Calamitous 14th Century
    Barbara W. Tuchman—the acclaimed author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning classic The Guns of August—once again marshals her gift for character, history, and sparkling prose to compose an astonishing portrait of medieval Europe.
     
    The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering age of crusades, cathedrals, and chivalry; on the other, a world plunged into chaos and spiritual agony. In this revelatory work, Barbara W. Tuchman examines not only the great rhythms of history but the grain and texture of domestic life: what childhood was like; what marriage meant; how money, taxes, and war dominated the lives of serf, noble, and clergy alike. Granting her subjects their loyalties, treacheries, and guilty passions, Tuchman re-creates the lives of proud cardinals, university scholars, grocers and clerks, saints and mystics, lawyers and mercenaries, and, dominating all, the knight—in all his valor and “furious follies,” a “terrible worm in an iron cocoon.”
     


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    Chirag Pawar
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century is a look at the similarites between the 14th medieval europe and 20th century. It's an interesting look at the reflection there. A good read."
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    #17Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    In this book, popular historian Doris Kearns Goodwin explains what made Abraham Lincoln such a political genius: the 16th president of the United States, had the ability to put himself in the place of other men, something that allowed him to lead the United States through the Civil War. 

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    George Greene
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book was a nice history lesson for me. I did not know much about Abraham Lincoln background, but I was able to find out more through this book. I borrowed this book from a friend and read it when I would travel. It showed Lincoln was not only a great president, but also a great tactician. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in history, especially U.S. history."
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    #18Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency (The Killing Series)

    Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency (The Killing Series)
    Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency by Bill O'Reilly is a page-turning account of the career of President Ronald Reagan. Part of The Killing Series, it tells the vivid story of his rise to power, taking readers behind the scene.
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    Martha Obrien
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "I didn't really end up liking this book because it had some opinions that I generally disagree with. The author of this book also has a writing style that I'm less interested in."
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    #19The Damned Balkans

    The Damned Balkans

    The Damned Balkans - a refugee road trip by John Farebrother is an inside story of part of the refugee crisis in the Balkans 20 years ago. The crisis became one of the greatest refugee crises since WWII.

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    Anna Snyder
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "The Damned Balkans - a refugee road trip is a great history book about the events that occurred in the Balkans some decades ago. I really enjoyed this read and thought it was a great portrayal of how life was for refugees during that time. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the topic. "
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    #20Killing Jesus: A History (The Killing Series)

    Killing Jesus: A History (The Killing Series)
    Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O'Reilly, a blockbuster selling author, takes readers inside Jesus' life. It recounts the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable, which changed the world forever.
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    Joel Álvarez
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Christian or not, this book is a must read for those interested in the history of Jesus. Goes into detail about the events leading up to the chrucifiction, "
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    #21The Life & Legend Of Lucrezia Borgia

    The Life & Legend Of Lucrezia Borgia
    The Life & Legend of Lucrezia Borgia is a biography book written by M. G. Scarsbrook about one of the most iconic figures in Italian and medieval history. It was published in 2011. 
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    Brian Nelson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Life and times of Lucretia Borgia. 3 of 5 rating by oeioople who read. I guiess if oner is into this genre and time frame-middler asges ' would find it to be interesting and informative. I wiuld read it"
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    #22Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa

    Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa

    Fasting Girls by Joan Jacobs Brumberg has won four major awards. It tells how women from the 16th century refuse food. It also tells the history of Anorexia Nervosa and how starvation became part of religious devotion.

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    Gary Daniels
    Written on February 9, 2018
    "Another book that I stumbled upon in the bowels of Powell's City of Books. This is a fascinating study on the history of anorexia and some of the social myths surrounding female self induced starvation that were prevalent long ago. Times have changed, but the it seems to me that some of the same fallacies drive this disease today. A good solid informative read. "
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    #23Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts

    Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts

    Penny Colman's Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts is a book about the history of cemeteries based on extensive anthropological and historical research on the culture behind burials. The book was published on  December 15th, 1997 by Henry Holt and Co.

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    Tyler Contreras
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This may not be so much of a history book but more of a genre examining personal accounts, and interviews with people who work in the funeral industry. It deals with subjects of death and burial across cultures and societies. "
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    #24Stories of the Prophets

    Stories of the Prophets
    Stories of the Prophets is a historically researched book written by Hafiz Ibn Kathir as part of the classic works of the Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah. It is a narration of the lives of the Prophets of Islam.
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    Antonio Solano
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "World literature and history is always a fascinating read. My brother got me this book since he knew I was a history buff, especially when it comes to religion and art. While the book can be a little lean, the subject matter and accounts from famous Islamic figures is a great book overall. I am going to pass this book along once I go through it a few more times!!!"
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    #25Sky Burial

    Sky Burial

    Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet is a nonfiction Chinese book written by Xinran and translated by Julia Lovell and Esther Tyldesley. Sky Burial was published by Serambi.

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    Pamela Riley
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I love Chinese stories and movies and this is extremely interesting to me. It's not really just history it's very rich. I would probably recommend this to other people who like the same Chinese books and films that I do."
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    #26The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

    The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
    The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe refers to the 1948 ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians that has been erased from global public memory. In this. Pappe offers an investigation into this mystery.
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    Diana Green
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "If you're interested in Middle Eastern history, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine is a fantastic read. It clears up many misconceptions that people may have of the Middle East. This book is very educational and interesting to read."
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    #27Out of Nowhere

    Out of Nowhere

    Out of Nowhere: A History of the Military Sniper is an introductory guidebook to American Snipers, from World War Two to the latest battles in the 21st century. Harry Furness, a British Sniper Sergeant, wrote the foreword.

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    Tammy Wheeler
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a must read if you are into military history. It is well researched and the details of the information is just astonishing. If you want to know more about the history of sharp shooters and snipers don't miss out on reading this book. "
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    #28The 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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    Lin Hao
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Most history books are geared toward a certain era or geographical location, so it is difficult to find one definitive book that covers as much of world history as possible. The History Book attempts to subvert the assumption that all of human history cannot be contained in one book. Starting from the beginning of civilization and going all the way to present day, The History Book gives a breakdown of important historical events using accessible language."
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    #29Anime: A History

    Anime: A History

    Anime: A History is a non-fiction book by Jonathan Clemens. First published in 2013 by the British Film Institute, it provides a comprehensive history of Japanese animations.

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    Matthew Henderson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book is a nice history on Anime, including it's start and the many changes it went through as years pass. I liked how it touched on major milestones (Akira and Macross) but doesn't really go too in depth on why these giants changed the culture. Good book though."
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    #30The Persian Expedition

    The Persian Expedition

    The Persian Expedition (Penguin Classics) is a nonfiction book written by Xenophon and translated by Rex Warner and H.G. Dakyns. The Persian Expedition was published on June 30, 1950 by Penguin Books.

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    Gregory Franklin
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Now this is something I can get behind. Historical translations offer a fascinating look into real life, as experienced by ancient people. This one in particular is really interesting, and reads like a real-life adventure. "
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    #31Fast Times in Palestine

    Fast Times in Palestine
    Fast Times in Palestine: A Love Affair with a Homeless Homeland by Pamela J. Olson is her account for how most of her life, most of what she knew about the Middle East was from headlines and stereotypes.
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    Joshua Lopez
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Pal Olson visited Palestine about the time I visited Israel in 2003. However, she feel in love with the whole of the Middle East as stated about her travels. I, however, stayed in Israel as it would have been unsafe for me to travel about with a passport such as it was. I have nothing personal against her claim of a love affair but I found not one reason to want to wrap my arms around what the leaders of Palestine wanted to do to Israel. Best for her to take a good look at her own homeland and love it first and most."
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    #32The Jews and the Crusaders

    The Jews and the Crusaders

    The Jews and the Crusaders: The Hebrew Chronicles of the First and Second Crusades is a book translating the Hebrew records detailing the Jews' struggle for survival against the first and second wave of crusaders in the Middle East.

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    Andrea Murray
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "I love this book because I'm a huge Holocaust buff and like to learn everything I can about it. This book was super educational to me in a way that not many other books have been. A great read!"
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    #33Crusades

    Crusades

    Crusades is a book by Terry Jones and Alan Ereira that examines the history of the crusades, from the motivations and political manipulations that initiated the Holy Wars to their impact on history and the present.

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    Gerald Robinson
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "Terry Jones And Alan Ereira offer up a very insightful yet entertaining view of the Crusades in this book. There is a lot of humor in the presentations as could be expected from Jones but there is quite a bit of fascinating information as well. There is a sheer absurdity to many of the events that took place and Jones does a good job of revealing that."
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    #34The Lemon Tree

    The Lemon Tree

    Sandy Tolan 's The Lemon Tree brought the Israeli-Palestinian conflict down to the most human level. It demonstrated that even during the bleakest political realities, hope and transformation still exist.

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    Heather Flores
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "If you have a love for reading like I do, you will not want to put this book down. It grips your attention from start to finish!"
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    #35The Crusades

    The Crusades

    The Crusades is a book by Zoe Oldenbourg that examines the deep history and philosophy of the Crusades, which the author says is not only a war to spread faith but a product of centuries of warfare that cultivated a mindset of violence.

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    Doris Gao
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "The Crusades written by Zoe Oldenbourg brings a fresh eye to this subject, with scholarly insights that others may have missed, by gender alone. This book is an comprehensive academic book that dives deep into the Crusades. It covers the First, Second and Third Crusades, the Frankish States and the Kingdom of Jerusalem. "
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    #36Killing Kennedy

    Killing Kennedy

    Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O'Reilly is a narrative of the shocking events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. One of the books in The Killing Series, it chronicles the heroism and deceit of Camelot - JFK's presidency.

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    Daniel Rodriguez
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "seems good, not a interesting topic to me though"
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    #37God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades

    God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades

    God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades is a book by Rodney Stark justifying the seven major Crusades from 1095-129, painting them as fighting the rise of Muslim aggression and terrorism in the East.

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    Ling Chang
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I just finished reading God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades, and I highly recommend it. If you like history, you will enjoy reading this book. I read the entire book within a week as I couldn't seem to put it down. It's glory if you don't like reading that type of graphic information."
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    #38Bound By a Mighty Vow

    Bound By a Mighty Vow

    Bound By a Mighty Vow: Sisterhood and Women's Fraternities, 1870-1920 is a historical non-fiction book written by Diana B. Turk. It is first published in 2004 by New York University Press. 

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    Frances Cox
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Overall I found this personally fascinating and professionally enlightening. It did much to alter my understanding of sororities and early college experiences for women in this country"
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    #39The Sandcastle Girls

    The Sandcastle Girls

    The Sandcastle Girls is a historical fiction novel by Chirs Bohjalian. The Sandcastle Girls was published on July 17, 2012 by Doubleday. The Sandcastle Girls follows the life of Elizabeth Endicott.

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    Bryan Andrews
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This book is very intense with a lot of graphic depictions of the Armenian genocide in WWII. It's a deeply moving book based on a lot of facts, which brings to light some of the horrors of the war. Definitely worth the read if you like historical fiction."
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    #40The Trigger

    The Trigger

    In The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War, Tim Butcher is part travelogue, reportage, and history. It's the story of a young man who changed the world forever.

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    Juan Schultz
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This is very intriguing and well written book about an assassination that triggered events leading to World War I. This is a story that is not told in the classrooms today, a story that weaves the events of history in that part of the world that eventually lead to the Bosnian War. Although the author's sympathies towards the Serbs show through, nevertheless, the book does not hold back on telling the overall tragedy of what happened to both sides. It is an interesting read of the author's search to provide an insight that is well hidden from the textbooks of today."
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    #41London's Cemeteries

    London's Cemeteries
    London's Cemeteries by Darren Beach is a pocket guide about all 50 cemeteries around London, including the graves of famous people like Karl Marx. The book was published on July 1st, 2006 by Metro Publications. 
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    Jose Obrien
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I like history a lot, documentaries and books about the past really spark my interest like nothing else. Decided to try this book out, it was strange and I just had to have it. There is some pretty interesting facts in here though it could have done without talking about that idiot Karl Marx. Overall the book is real solid."
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    #42Color

    Color

    Color: A Natural History of the Palette is an art history book written by Victoria Finlay.  It is first published in 2003 by Random House Trade Paperbacks. 

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    Wu Xiao
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book does not really focus on history. It focuses a bit more on the cultural aspects of colors used around the world and at specific points in time. It can be interesting subject to read about, but if you want a history book this is not it. "
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    #43Aviation Disasters

    Aviation Disasters
    Aviation Disasters: The World's Major Civil Airliner Crashes Since 1950 is a non-fiction history book on aviation accidents written by David Gero. With over 300 pages, this book is published by The History Press.

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    Frances Watson
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I am a fan of history since a show and Aviation Disasters is a great addition to my crave. I agree that Aviation Disasters is the best budget Yulong smartphone. I consider Aviation Disasters a page turner and a must-read."
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    #44The First Crusade: A New History

    The First Crusade: A New History
    The First Crusade: A New History is a book by Thomas Asbridge detailing the events of the First Crusade, from Pope Urban II's cry of war that mobilized 100,000 men to the savage acts committed by Christians after breaching Jerusalem.
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    Ashley Miller
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "This isn't very well reviewed for it to be called one of the "best". "
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    #45The Divine Nine

    The Divine Nine
    The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities is a historical non-fiction book written by Lawrence C. Ross. It is first published in 2000. 
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    Jonathan Walker
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities is an interesting book covering an overlooked part of American history. It is a deep dive into the formation and running of African American Fraternities and Sororities and offers some instructional life lessons along the way."
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    #46God and the State

    God and the State
    God and the State is Michael Bakunin's unfinished work posthumously published in 1882. It is about how people can only attain self-determination by renouncing religion, which is a weapon used by the state to enslave the minds of the people
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    Guillermo Vargas
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "I read through about half of Bakunin's God and the State, and I didn't find much to recommend. The concepts are clear but Bakunin's world view and politics were never particularly interesting to me. This really only belongs in the library of polisci majors."
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    #47Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin

    Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin

    Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade is a book by James Reston Jr. narrating the Third Crusade. It is centered on the two icons of the age: English king Richard and Muslim king Saladin.

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    Carl Murray
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "I didn't go into this expecting very much, but I was genuinely impressed before long. The author takes a subject I had considered dull and brings it to life. While I'm no expert, of course, he still seems to stay true to the historical facts as well, even as he makes the story anything but dull. "
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    #48Knights Templar

    Knights Templar

    Knights Templar is a book by Stephen Howarth examining the history of the Knights Templar, from the founding and philosophies of the holy order to their roles in the Crusades and to their disappearance.

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    Lori Johnson
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "I love to read about history. My favorite history book right now is Knights Templar. It's a book by Stephen Howarth. It examines the history of the Knights Templar. It goes really in-depth and is extremely fascinating. I love the critical thinking the author does in this book. It's really a great perspective on this unique group of people. Definitely check it out!"
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    #49The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody

    The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody

    The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody: Great Figures of History Hilariously Humbled is a non-fiction comedic biography written by Will Cuppy. It is published in 1950. 

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    Emma Baker
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "In times like this, we could all use a laugh. This book deliveries! "
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    #50The Romanovs: The Final Chapter

    The Romanovs: The Final Chapter

    The Romanovs: The Final Chapter is written by Robert K. Massie as an account on the Romanov family's alleged remains found near Ekaterinburg, Siberia. This book is published in 1996 by Random House Trade Paperbacks.

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    Ronald Kennedy
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This is an ok history book and tells a compelling and interesting story. I have read this and really enjoyed it. What might turn some people off is the obscure nature of this story. I imagine most people would rather read a story about a better known history event that they could learn more about. It is worth a read though."
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    #51The Girl in the Picture: The Story of Kim Phuc

    The Girl in the Picture: The Story of Kim Phuc

    The Girl in the Picture: The Story of Kim Phuc, the Photograph, and the Vietnam War is a book by Denise Chong detailing the events that shaped one of the most memorable photos that came out of the Vietnam War.

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    Maria Aguilar
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "I remember this picture very well and wanted very much to read what happened to her. She did survive, but the book failed to mention that others in the picture did not and were killed. This book was kind of disappointing and superficial . She doesn't talk much about her life and only tries to retell history according to how she saw it. "
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    #52Catherine the Great

    Catherine the Great

    Catherine the Great is a book by John Alexander that tells the story of Catherine, who was born a German princess but soon after moved to Russia. She became great because of her kindness towards her servants.

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    Muhammad Jaiteley
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "For those learning history, Catherine the Great is a wonderful read by John Alexander. It is the story of a German princess who leaves for Russia and becomes known as great because of how she treated her servants. Quite the kind individual and a good read overall."
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    #53Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880

    Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880

    Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880 is a non-fiction book written by W.E.B. Du Bois which is the introduction into the study of the role of Black Americans during the reconstruction after the Civil War. 

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    Donald Burke
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "A fascinating look into reconstruction from someone who not only lived it but was one of the pre-eminent scholars of the day. Second best thing to doing primary source research."
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    #541066 And All That

    1066 And All That

    1066 And All That: A Memorable History of England is a non-fiction humorous book written by W.C Sellar. It was first published in 1930. 

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    #55Orientalism

    Orientalism

    Orientalism by Edward W. Said is a modern classic that was first published in 1979. It's a groundbreaking critique of the West's historical, cultural and political perceptions of the East. 

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    Patrick Crawford
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "A modern classic. Insightful and interesting book covering lots of interesting details about a forgotten era . "
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    #56The American Resting Place

    The American Resting Place
    The American Resting Place is a retelling of 400 years of America's history in tombs, gravestones and various burial practices. The book was published on May 15th, 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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    Emily Lynch
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The cover is very subtle but grabs your attention. The title is perfect for this book. The price is great. Seems to be a great book for anyone interested in this type of history. "
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    #57The Condition of the Working Class in England

    The Condition of the Working Class in England

    The Condition of the Working Class in England is a book by Friedrich Engels detailing the lives of workers during the Industrial Revolution. It depicts the poor working conditions of miners, factory workers, prostitutes, and child laborers.

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    Bruce Qiu
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "The Condition of the Working Class in England is a fascinating take on the industrial revolution and the toll it took on England of the 1800's. He shows the lives of the poor workers and what their day to day lives were like. I found the story to be extremely compelling and well worth the read."
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    #58India After Gandhi

    India After Gandhi

    India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy is a non-fiction book by Ramachandra Guha. It chronicles the history of democracy in India and the challenges that the country is facing to maintain political freedom.

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    Frank Vasquez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is a good history book but I wouldnt classify it as one of the best ever. I think one needs to have an interest in India and/or Gandhi to really enjoy it. None the less it is well written and rather interesting. Worth a read if you cant find anything else to spark your interest!"
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    #59The Spanish Holocaust

    The Spanish Holocaust

    The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain is a non-fiction book written by Paul Preston which gives an insight into one of the most unexamined era of the modern European history. 

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    Timothy Phillips
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is far from the best history book. If you for some reason however need a history book on the spanish holocaust this should be okay."
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    #60The Romanov Sisters

    The Romanov Sisters

    The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra is written by Helen Rappaport as an account on the lives of the Romanov sisters. This biography is published in 2014 by St. Martin's Press.

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    Kevin Stone
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "It depends on what type of history book you are after; if you want a variety of topics in a history book then this is not for you. If you want a book with a lot of history in it about a certain topic then this is the book for you, maybe. You see, I thought the book was a tad bit boring. A lot of words use to not say much. It's just meh. I'd not consider it one of the best history books. "
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    #61Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy

    Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy

    Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy is a book by Douglas Smith that tells the story of the people who experienced the Russian Aristocrasy. All the bloody executions and impresonments and more other stories. 

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    Justin Cunningham
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "This looks like a pretty good history book if you are into Russian history"
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    #62A History of Russia: Combined Volume

    A History of Russia: Combined Volume

    A History of Russia is a book by Nicholas Riasanovsky and Mark Steinberg that tells the story of Russia in the past centuries. All the importnat things that happened in Russia is combine in this book.

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    Rocío Soriano
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "Interesting take on Russian history. Can be boring at some points but is does capture the history quite well. I just think it is the rigid structure that leads to boredom. "
  60. 0

    #63Every Man a Tiger

    Every Man a Tiger

    Every Man a Tiger by Tom Clancy And Chuck Horner is a nonfiction historical book. This war and military-themed book was published on May 10, 1999 by Putnam Adult. It follows the story of General Chuck Horner.

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    Christine Anderson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "One of the best history books out there is Every Man a Tiger by Tom Clancy and Chuck Horner. It is a non-fiction, historical book that has a military them and follows the story of General Chuck Horner. It has a high rating of 4 stars on Amazon. You can also purchase the book or learn more about it on Amazon."
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    #64The Great Terror: A Reassessment

    The Great Terror: A Reassessment

    The Great Terror: A Reassessment is a book by Robert Conquest that tells the story of tragedy in old Russia. Compiled are informataions from valid resources.

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    Ronald Meyer
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "The Great Terror: A Reassessment is a great history book. If you are looking to learn more about the history of Russia it is a must read, very informative!"
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    #65The Last Days of the Romanovs

    The Last Days of the Romanovs

    The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg is written by Helen Rappaport as an account of the tragedy that happened on the Romanov Family. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2009 by St. Martin's Press.

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    Bruce McDonald
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "A very interesting book that will grasp your attention and hold it there. The characters are well developed and good to follow with the book all the way though"
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    #66Black Life in Old New Orleans

    Black Life in Old New Orleans

    Black Life in Old New Orleans is a non-fiction historical book written by Keith Medley. This book is about Africans in New Orleans and published in 2014 by Pelican Publishing Company.

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    Samuel Collins
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This covers 300 years of history, which seems like a lot to digest, but it goes by fairly quickly. It is an absorbing story, and anyone interested in African-American culture or New Orleans specifically should check this out. This is an important book which recognizes the sacrifices many generations made to create the New Orleans of today. "
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    #67The Monuments Men

    The Monuments Men
    The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History is a historical nonfiction book written by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2009 by Center Street.
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    Jacob Palmer
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is a great story of human history. The true events that inspired this book are truely captivating and the author does a wonderful job of weaving it all together to create a wonderful book. Once I started reading it I just couldnt put it down! Highly recommended!"
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    #681000 Years of Annoying the French

    1000 Years of Annoying the French

    1000 Years of Annoying the French is a comedic non-fiction historical book written by Stephen Clarke. This European history book is first published in 2010 by Bantam Press. 

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    Thomas Cox
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Looks like an uplifting comical read. Probably some history lessons and stereotypes to be enjoyed within this one. "
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    #69Lexicon Devil

    Lexicon Devil

    Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and the Germs is a historical non-fiction biography written by Brendan Mullen. It is first published in 2002 by Feral House. 

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    Gerald Hunt
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "It's a good quality book with overall good reviews. I like the book and would consider buying it."
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    #70Gumbo Tales

    Gumbo Tales

    Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table a non-fiction memoir about New Orleans' cuisine written by Sara Roahen. It is published in 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company.

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    Tiffany Chen
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I love to read history books. My favorite right now is Gumbo Tales, which is about New Orleans' cuisine. It's by Sara Roahen. It's a really interesting book and tells so much about the history of New Orleans food, which I have always loved. Really recommended!"
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    #71Sarajevo: A War Journal

    Sarajevo: A War Journal
    Sarajevo: A War Journal by Zlatko Dizdarević was written originally as columns for a Croatian newspaper. These articles described vividly a life in which unspeakable horrors are daily occurrences.
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    Marcos Sierra
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Pure terror. Dizdarevic did an incredible job of portraying the grim reality of life in Sarajevo, with tales of death and fire rendered in stark prose. It's haunting reading it with the knowledge that the siege could continue for 2 years afterward."
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    #72Soul in the Stone

    Soul in the Stone

    John Gary Brown's Soul in the Stone is a photography book featuring the stone sculptures and tombs in graveyards. The book was published on October 31st, 1994 by University Press of Kansas.

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    Kyle Cook
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I really enjoyed looking through this book over the past couple of weeks. The photography was excellent and was so clear it made me feel like I was looking at the tombs and sculpture in person. I learned a lot about these sculptures and tombs and their origins. The photographer traveled all over the country to capture these photos and it was definitely worth it."
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    #73Dressing Up: Transvestism and Drag

    Dressing Up: Transvestism and Drag

    Dressing Up: Transvestism and Drag - The History of an Obsession is a nonfiction book by Peter Ackroyd which presents the reader with information regarding the history of drag and transvestism. It was published in 1979 by Thames and London.

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    Carolyn Salazar
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I knew drag became popular in the 70s but it's interesting to learn the history of how it started"
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    #74The Making of Salem: The Witch Trials in History, Fiction and Tourism

    The Making of Salem: The Witch Trials in History, Fiction and Tourism

    The Making of Salem by Robin Derosa is about the Salem witch trials of 1962, which were a case study in hysteria and group psychology. The with trials cultural effects still linger centuries later.

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    Joshua Ramos
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "For those interested in the Salem Witch Trials, this book is really fascinating. It has many details and stories about what went on during the time. It even has a psychology analysis, I found it to be very a very good read."
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    #75Terry Jones' Medieval Lives

    Terry Jones' Medieval Lives
    Terry Jones' Medieval Lives is a medieval historical non-fiction book written by Terry Jones. This comedic historical book is first published in 2004. 
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    Aarav Banerjee
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If you want a introduction to the Medieval period of history this is not a bad book to start with. It is written by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame who gives a light hearted look of this period of time. However because it is light hearted, it is not going to be best book for a in depth looking to the medieval period. I enjoyed the book overall and learned a few things."
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    #76In Search of Dracula

    In Search of Dracula
    In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires is a historical non-fiction paranormal book written by Raymond T. McNally and Radu Florescu. It is published in 1972. 
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    Madison Perry
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I liked that the author referenced many different sources of information in this book so that I was able to research more on my own about Dracula. I don't usually enjoy historical books but this was a pleasure to read and learn from."
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    #77India's Struggle for Independence

    India's Struggle for Independence
    India's Struggle for Independence is a history book written by Bipan Chandra, Mridula Mukherjee, Sucheta Mahajan, and others. It provides an overview of the Indian movement for independence from colonial powers.
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    Zachary Rodriguez
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I was looking for a nice book about history. Someone suggested that I read India's Struggle for Independence. Well, it's definitely historical. This is why I don't read history books more often. The writing was okay, but I'm just not a fan of history."
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    #78Spirits of New Orleans

    Spirits of New Orleans
    Spirits of New Orleans: Voodoo Curses, Vampire Legends and Cities of the Dead is a paranormal non-fiction book written by Kala Ambrose. It is published in 2012 by Clerisy Press. 
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    May Ren
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I was pretty enamored with this book. I'm interested in New Orleans culture, to begin with, and this tells of the history of some of its more subversive details. I'm sure there are more important history books out there, however. But I enjoyed this one."
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    #79Creole

    Creole

    Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana's Free People of Color is a historical non-fiction book written by Sybil Kein. It is first published in 2000 by LSU Press. 

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    Timothy Palmer
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I enjoy reading about all history. I recently had the opportunity to read Creole. I found it very interesting. I was a hopeful book but showed how cruel humanity can be at the same time. It is good food for thought. I am glad I came across this book and learned something."
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    #80Che

    Che

    Che: A Graphic Biography is a graphic biography written by the best-selling duo Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon. It was first published on October 27, 2009. It is a compact and concise timeline of the life of Che Guevara.

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    #81Ready, Steady, Go!

    Ready, Steady, Go!
    Ready, Steady, Go!: The Smashing Rise and Giddy Fall of Swinging London is a historical non-fiction book written by Shawn Levy. It is first published in 2002. 
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    #82The Accidental City

    The Accidental City

    The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans is a historical non-fiction book written by Lawrence N. Powell. It is first published in 2012 by Harvard University Press.

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    Jessica Kelly
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "New Orleans is one of my favorite cities and this book is a fantastic and thorough exploration of the city's history, significance, and future. It truly is one of the best American history books. I was captivated."
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    #83The Last Tsar

    The Last Tsar

    The Last Tsar: The Life and Death of Nicholas II is written by Edvard Radzinsky as an account of the life of Nicholas II of Romanov. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 1993 by Anchor.

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    Nancy Rios
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This is a very interesting story that is a little difficult to read, but too fascinating to put down. You can tell a lot of research has been done by all the details provided. It is worthwhile to read this bit of history."
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    #84Edie: An American Biography

    Edie: An American Biography

    Edie: An American Biography is a historical non-fiction biography written by Jean Stein. This pop culture book is first published in 1982 by Knopf. 

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    Trishla Jaiteley
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "In reading history, it's important for me that the text be lively and not a dry recantation of dates and names. Books such as Edie, written as a biography, help fill the need for understanding history without intense boredom."
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    #85The Victorian Cemetery

    The Victorian Cemetery

    Sarah Rutherford's The Victorian Cemetery is a book that recounts the rituals and customs involving death and burial in the Victorian period. The book was published on May 19th, 2009 by Shire Publications.

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    Wei Hu
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I thought Sarah Rutherford's The Victorian Cemetery was a very interesting read. The book covers the formation of the modern cemetery in England, and how the traditions of the modern funeral developed."
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    #86The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide

    The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide

    The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide is Gerard Prunier's account of the 1994 crisis in the small African nation Rwanda, particularly the role of European colonialists in feeding hatred among the different tribes in the nation.

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    Peter Wood
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "its an interesting book containing historical data on Rwanda"