What are the best microhistory books?

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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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    Martha Scott
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I love WWI history! I've read a lot about it...but this book looks at a very small time period of it, and offers a lot of details I didn't know already. Very interesting!"
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    #2The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    The Emperor of All Maladies is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddharta Mukherjee. It chronicles the advent of the disease from its first appearance five thousand years ago, up to modern medicine's ongoing battle to cure it.

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    Rakesh Venkatesan
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I really enjoyed reading The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. This book was written very passionately with great emotion and knowledge of cancer. It is one of the best books for all, especially those who have experienced this terrible disease."
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    #3Gulag: A History

    Gulag: A History
    Gulag: A History is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by acclaimed journalist, Anne Applebaum. It is an account and history of the Gulag labor camps in the Soviet Union, which held hundreds of millions of prisoners in the span of 60 years.
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    Johnny Griffin
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This book consists of several interesting histories. "
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    #41491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

    1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

    This book is about the Native American condition prior to the arrival of the Europeans in 1492. Charles C. Mann uses science and archaeology to paint a radically different picture of pre-Columbian America from what we know, or what we think we know. 

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    Kimberly Howell
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Well written and very informative. I learned a lot from this book. I knew I had received some misinformation when learning this stuff in school and this book finally set me straight. It gave me the clarity I've been wanting on this subject."
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    #5Into 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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    Tejas Patil
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I wanted to read a good microhistory book and found Into the Wild. This is a really interesting story and has good writing. I also felt very informed about the era after I was done reading it. I recommend this book looking for this genre. "
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    #6The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a non-fiction book by Rebecca Skloot. It tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were unknowingly taken from her and used in medical research. These cells have outlived her for 60 years.
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    Jessica Santos
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I loved The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks! This story is riveting and shocking and certainly something interesting to talk about. Rebecca Skloot is a great story teller and this is amazing as non-fiction. "
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    #7The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
    The Omnivores Dilemma is a book by Michael Pollan that tells the story about food.  It is sometimes, one of the factors of politics, culture and history. Learning what we eat even of the simplest everyday meals is one of the best ways to know what we are, and where are we heading to.

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    Joshua Watkins
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "I love how this award winning book breaks down eating well to its most simple and elegant form. I have a new perspective on something we take for granted everyday. I'm hungry just writing about it. Bon appetit!"
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    #8In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives is a book written by Steven Levy. With the help of Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Levy chronicles the rise of Google and how it developed into what it is today.

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    Ethan Pena
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "It is nice this book because we can understand how google uses our data."
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    #9Harry, A History

    Harry, A History
    Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon by Melissa Anelli provides remembrances from J. K. Rowling's editors, agents, publicists, fans, and Rowling herself. The author takes you on a personal journey through every aspect of the Harry Potter phenomenon -- from his very first spell to his lasting impact on the way we live and dream.
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    Kathy Mitchell
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "This is a really interesting book about the microhistory of Harry Potter. I studied history in college so it was really interesting to me to see how everything came together. It does get a bit boring in parts, but overall I enjoyed it."
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    #10Under The Banner of Heaven

    Under The Banner of Heaven

    This bestseller book by Jon Krakauer is a lucid and even funny book that is a fresh view on the Mormon fundamentalism and the history of Ron and Dan Lafferty, who were convinced that they were commanded to kill in the name of God. 

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    Huang Cai
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is an interesting book, that describes an interesting story with unique characters. I suggest reading this book during vacations, and i am sure that you will have a very good time with it, like i did"
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    #11In the Heart of the Sea

    In the Heart of the Sea
    In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex is a book written by Nathaniel Philbrick, a National Book Award winner. This tells the maritime disaster of the whaleship Essex. This book is published in 2001 by Penguin Books.
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    Beverly Contreras
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I think I can really sink my teeth into this book. The true story behind the "Moby Dick," sound exciting. I have a good sense of reading a portion of a book and deciding whether it is good or not. This one peaks my "Spidey" senses!"
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    #12The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

    The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

    The The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague In History is a non-fiction book by John M. Barry. First published in 2004 by Penguin Books under ISBN 0143036491, it focuses on the 1918 flu pandemic.

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    Abhinav Trivedi
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "mesmerizing story of smallpox"
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    #13Isaac's Storm

    Isaac's Storm
    Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History is a narrative history book written by Erik Larson. It was released in 2000 and became a National Bestseller. It is about Isaac Cline and the storm that hit Galveston, Texas. 

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    Claudia Leal
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is an easy to read book that gives interesting history and very descriptive scenes. You can tell a lot of research was done. I would read it again."
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    #14The Botany of Desire

    The Botany of Desire
    The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan is an extraordinary tale of the relationship between human and plans. This full of humour book brings us a different perspective of nature.


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    Louis Lewis
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "study of science it would keep us learning process"
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    #15The Ghost Map

    The Ghost Map

    The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World is a nonfiction history book written by Steven Johnson. Published in 2006 by Riverhead Books.

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    Christopher Cole
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Ghost Map is the history London compressed into a bite sized read that'll keep your mind entertained for hours. "
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    #16Metadata (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

    Metadata (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

    Metadata (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series) is a social science reference book written by Jeffrey Pomerantz. It was published November 6, 2015 by The MIT Press.

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    Steven Reid
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Metadata goes into the depths of our data and data privacy in the real world. I got good ideas of what is happening and it's awfully entertaining the idea of how governments keep their hands in a lot of people's business. I got enough out of this with clarity so that is good. "
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    #17Vanishing Cornwall

    Vanishing Cornwall

    Vanishing Cornwall: The Spirit and History of Cornwall is a classic historical nonfiction written by Daphne du Maurier and photographed by Christian Browning. With over 200 pages, this book was published in 1972 by Penguin Books, Ltd.
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    Donna Tucker
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I think they printed this book in size two font, it was so hard to read I needed a magnifying glass. At $141.99 for the hardcover you would think they could have included a few extra pages to accomodate a larger print size. Anyway, I tried to read it but the words didn't really stick or make an impression since they were microscopic. I had my granddaughter read it and tell me about it and she said she learned a lot of history, so there is that."
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    #18Route 66: The Highway and Its People

    Route 66: The Highway and Its People

    Route 66: The Highway and Its People is a non-fiction book written by Susan Croce Kelly, with accompanying photos by Quinta Scott. First published in 1988, it is a history of the famous highway and the people who built it.

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    Jessica Jackson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Route 66 is a road of legend. When you visit it these days, it's a mere shadow of its former glory days. This book examines the history and lore of The Mother Road. The authors went all out in their research, going door to door to interviews the denizens of the area. These oral histories are juxtaposed with incredible historical photographs to give a rich picture of Route 66."
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    #19The Discovery of France

    The Discovery of France

    The Discovery of France is a book by Graham Robb that tells the story how France was discovered geographically and historically. This book has all the information a reader has to know about France. 

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    Vincent Henry
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book offered a new perspective on the founding of France based upon the overall geographic area. The author presented the history in a very interesting fashion and I loved learning something new about the founding of this country."
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    #20The Wonder That Was India

    The Wonder That Was India

    The Wonder That Was India is a non-fiction book written by A.L. Basham. It narrates the history of the Indus Valley civilization during the Bronze Age. It includes discussions on aspects of the civilization such as government and religion.

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