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December 13, 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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SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
Beard, Mary

A classics scholar provides a detailed but easy to understand account of ancient Rome, including an examination of the often overlooked lives of women and slaves.


Format: Book
Holds: 2 on 27 copies

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Empire of Cotton: A Global History

Empire of Cotton: A Global History
Beckert, Sven

This in-depth and unsettling study examines the history of the cotton industry, revealing its basis in slavery and militarism, and its contribution to the structure of our world economy today.


Format: Book
Holds: 3 on 16 copies

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Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them

Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them
Brown, Nancy Marie

A scholar of Viking history investigates the origins of 93 intricately carved ivory chessmen found on a Scottish beach in the 19th century, and traces the set to a 12th-century Icelandic female artist.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 11 copies

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An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America

An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America
Bunker, Nick

This chronicle provides a fresh look at the causes of the American Revolution from a British perspective, focusing on the economic motivations of an overextended empire.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 6 copies

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1177 B.C: The Year Civilization Collapsed

1177 B.C: The Year Civilization Collapsed
Cline, Eric H.

An archaeologist examines the vibrant cultures of the ancient Near East, including the Babylonians, Mycenaeans and Trojans, and their demise at the hands of the “Sea Peoples.”


Format: Book
Holds: 4 on 5 copies

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London Fog: The Biography

London Fog: The Biography
Corton, Christine L.

In this engrossing cultural history, a Cambridge scholar explores the causes and the far-reaching impacts of London’s infamous “pea-souper” fogs of the 19th and early 20th centuries.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 11 copies

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The Hidden History of America at War: Untold Tales From Yorktown to Fallujah

The Hidden History of America at War: Untold Tales From Yorktown to Fallujah
Davis, Kenneth C.

Davis’ history offers an eye-opening consideration of six key battles in U.S. history, from the Revolutionary War to Iraq, and their effect on our nation.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 4 copies

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Indians of the Pacific Northwest: From the Coming of the White Man to the Present Day

Indians of the Pacific Northwest: From the Coming of the White Man to the Present Day
Deloria, Vine

Originally published in 1977, this volume was recently reissued with a foreword and afterword by leading Native scholars, and is still considered a definitive account of Native history in the Northwest.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 17 copies

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The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History

The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History
Fagan, Brian M.

An archaeologist explores how the changing relationship between humans and animals has affected history from prehistoric to modern times.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 6 copies

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Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad
Foner, Eric

A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian presents a captivating account of the Underground Railroad, focusing on the extreme dangers faced by escaped slaves and abolitionists in New York City.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 11 copies

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