Top Books on Reddit AskHistorians

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  1. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann (3)⬆
  2. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 11 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher R. Browning (2) = (same)
  3. The Inheritance of Rome by Chris Wickham ✘
  4. Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II by Belton Y. Cooper ✘
  5. The Wages of Destruction by Adam Tooze ✘
  6. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow ✘
  7. Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower (60) ⬆
  8. The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes (23) ⬆
  9. Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow ✘
  10. Japan at War: An Oral History by Haruko Taya Cook, Theodore F. Cook ✘
  11. The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories by Robert B. Strassler, Herodotus ✘
  12. The Viking World by Stefan Brink ✘
  13. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline (103)⬆
  14. Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England by William Cronon ✘
  15. Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr ✘
  16. A History of God : The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Karen Armstrong ✘
  17. The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding by Robert Hughes (51)⬆
  18. American Colonies : The Settlement of North America to 1800: The Settlement of North America to 1800by Alan Taylor ✘
  19. Why the West Rules-for Now: The Patterns of History and what they reveal about the Future by Ian Morris (38)⬆
  20. A Medieval Life: Cecilia Penifader of Brigstock, c. 1295–1344 : by Judith Bennett ✘
  21. The Complete Roman Army by Adrian Goldsworthy ✘
  22. Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World by Matthew Bennett ✘
  23. Command and Control by Eric Schlosser ✘
  24. The Fall of Carthage The Punic Wars 265–146B by Adrian Goldsworthy ✘
  25. Guns, Germs, and Steel : The Fates of Human Societies: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond (1)⬇
  26. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebag Montefiore
  27. Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner ✘
  28. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson ✘
  29. Six Frigates: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England by Ian W. Toll ✘
  30. The Thirty Years War: Europe’s Tragedy by Peter H. Wilson ✘
  31. The Sagas of Icelanders
  32. Waterloo The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell
  33. Taming Democracy: “The People”, The Founders, and the Troubled Ending of the American Revolution by Terry Bouton
  34. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard (116)⬆
  35. Armour from the Battle of Wisby by Bengt Thordeman
  36. The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land by Thomas Asbridge ✘
  37. Facing East from Indian Country : A Native History of Early Americav by Daniel K. Richter ✘
  38. History of the Byzantine State by George Ostrogorsky ✘
  39. Swords Around A Throne : Napoleon’s Grande Armée by John R. Elting ✘
  40. Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton by Martin van Creveld ✘
  41. 3: The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker ✘
  42. A Poisonous Affair : America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja by Hiltermann J.R. ✘
  43. The Travels of Ibn Battutah by Ibn Battutah ✘
  44. Aztec Warfare: Imperial Expansion and Political Control by Ross Hassig ✘
  45. God’s Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan by Jonathan D. Spence (22)⬇
  46. Peasants into Frenchmen by Eugen Weber ✘
  47. Lying About Hitler by Richard J. Evans ✘
  48. The Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain by Stephen Bungay ✘
  49. The Invisible Hook : The Hidden Economics of Pirates by Peter T. Leeson ✘
  50. Medieval Warfare: History of the Art of War, Volume III by Hans Delbrück ✘
  51. The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir (64)⬆
  52. The Lost City of Z: A Legendary British Explorer’s Deadly Quest to Uncover the Secrets of the Amazon by David Grann ✘
  53. Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower ✘
  54. Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863–1877 by Eric Foner ✘
  55. The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James D. Hornfischer ✘
  56. Montaillou: The Promised Land of Error by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie ✘
  57. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Bernard Bailyn ✘
  58. Empires of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by Roger Crowley ✘
  59. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff ✘
  60. The Rising Sun : The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936–1945 by John Toland ✘
  61. The Battle that Shook Europe by Peter Englund ✘
  62. The Third Reich at War: How the Nazis Led Germany from Conquest to Disaster by Richard J. Evans ✘
  63. The Great Divergence : China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy by Kenneth Pomeranz (75)⬆
  64. The Middle Ground : Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650–1815 by Richard White ✘
  65. Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliott Friedman ✘
  66. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick ✘
  67. Black against Empire : The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom ✘
  68. A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939–1940 by William Trotter ✘
  69. Slavery by Another Name : The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War IIby Douglas A. Blackmon ✘
  70. The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter ✘
  71. Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew by Bart D. Ehrman ✘
  72. Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire by Richard B. Frank
  73. The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M. Barry ✘
  74. Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan (109)⬆
  75. Soviet Casualties and Combat Losses in the Twentieth Century by Colonel-General G.F. Krivosheev
  76. A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East by David Fromkin (25)⬇
  77. Bomber Command by Max Hastings ✘
  78. Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754–1766 by Fred Anderson ✘
  79. The Rommel Papers by B. H. Liddell-Hart ✘
  80. The World of Late Antiquity by Peter Brown ✘
  81. What Went Wrong ? : The Clash between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis ✘
  82. The Sword and the Shield by Christopher Andrew, Vasili Mitrokhin ✘
  83. 1776 by David McCullough (28) ⬇
  84. Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault On Truth And Memory by Deborah E. Lipstadt ✘
  85. A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage (62)⬇
  86. The First World War by John Keegan (37)⬇
  87. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford (5)⬇
  88. Agincourt: The King; the Campaign; the Battle by Juliet Barker ✘
  89. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist ✘
  90. All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer ✘
  91. Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky (9)⬇
  92. State of War: The Violent Order of Fourteenth-Century Japan by Thomas Donald Conlan ✘
  93. Stalin in Power: The Revolution from Above, 1928–1941 by Robert C. Tucker ✘
  94. Inferno: The World at War, 1939–1945 by Sir Max Hastings ✘
  95. Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox ✘
  96. A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861–1865 by Russell F. Weigley ✘
  97. The Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Scienceby Richard Holmes ✘
  98. The Hidden Treasures of Timbuktu: Rediscovering Africa’s Literary Culture by Alida Jay Boye ✘
  99. Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot by Antonia Fraser ✘
  100. Introduction to Folklore: Traditional Studies in Europe and Elsewhere by Ronald M. James ✘
  101. Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance by George Saliba ✘
  102. Weapons and Tactics of the Soviet Army by David C. Isby ✘
  103. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer (14)⬇
  104. An Empire of Memory: The Legend of Charlemagne, the Franks, and Jerusalem before the First Crusade by Matthew Gabriele ✘
  105. The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi by William Scott Wilson ✘
  106. The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language by Melvyn Bragg ✘
  107. Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution by A.J. Langguth ✘
  108. The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House by Jesse J. Holland ✘
  109. Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan by Tsuyoshi Hasegawa ✘
  110. How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee by Bart D. Ehrman ✘
  111. AMERICAN LION: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham ✘
  112. King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild (72) ⬇
  113. The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis: Castro, Mikoyan, Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Missiles of November by Sergo Mikoyan ✘
  114. Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between the World’s Greatest Chocolate Makers by Deborah Cadbury ✘
  115. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism by Benedict Anderson ✘
  116. A Heart for Europe — The Lives of Emperor Charles and Empress Zita of Austria-Hungary by Joanna Bogle ✘
  117. The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy. by Kenneth Pomeranz ✘


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