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December 14, 2017

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These nonfiction history books - ranging in topic from the very particular (London fog) to the sweeping general (world history) - are all written in a compelling narrative style that reads "like a story." Scroll down to the bottom for links to works by other recommended narrative-history authors.

 

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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Gates, Henry Louis

A companion book to the PBS documentary of the same name, this comprehensive but readable account surveys the diversity of 500 years of Black experience in what is now the United States.


Format: Book
Holds: 2 on 4 copies

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The Rival Queens: Catherine De' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite De Valois, and the Betrayal That Ignited A Kingdom

The Rival Queens: Catherine De' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite De Valois, and the Betrayal That Ignited A Kingdom
Goldstone, Nancy Bazelon

Goldstone chronicles the tumultuous relationship between Catherine de' Medici and her daughter in 16th-century France. This scholarly page-turner is packed with royal intrigue, passion and crime.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 7 copies

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War and Gold: A 500-year History of Empires, Adventures, and Debt

War and Gold: A 500-year History of Empires, Adventures, and Debt
Kwarteng, Kwasi

A British historian and member of Parliament traces the history of money, focusing on the interrelated forces of finance, war and empire.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 4 copies

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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History
Kilmeade, Brian

This slim volume recounts the often forgotten war that ensued after newly-elected President Thomas Jefferson refused to pay bribes to the pirates off the northern coast of Africa.


Format: Book
Holds: 2 on 13 copies

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Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest

Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest
Nisbet, Jack

Nisbet looks at history in terms of geological time and reveals some fascinating facts about our region in these essays. For example, did you know that camels used to roam the Pacific Northwest?


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 12 copies

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The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe

The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe
Pye, Michael

Pye brings the lyrical writing style of a novelist to this refreshing look at the intersection of cultures around the North Sea during the “Dark Ages” and the effect this had on modern civilization.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 8 copies

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Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868

Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868
Roberts, Cokie

Roberts draws on many primary sources to reveal the experiences of 27 women during the Civil War, and their influence on the nation.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 9 copies

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The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East

The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East
Rogan, Eugene L.

A well-researched and compelling account examines the role of the Ottoman Empire during World War I and how the postwar division of its lands contributed to enduring conflicts in the Middle East.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 11 copies

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West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776

West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776
Saunt, Claudio

Looking at American history from a fresh angle, Saunt focuses on what was happening on the rest of the continent while the colonies were revolting.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 16 copies

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The Witches: Salem, 1692

The Witches: Salem, 1692
Schiff, Stacy

Schiff, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her biography of Cleopatra, provides a detailed depiction of the Salem witch hysteria, as well as a creative analysis of its causes and impact.


Format: Book
Holds: 3 on 28 copies

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