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December 18, 2017

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History

 

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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Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire : A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival

Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire : A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
Stark, Peter

Outdoor adventure writer Stark delivers a riveting account of the ambitious Astor Expedition in the early 1800s, during which explorers laid the foundation for the Oregon Trail and future settlement of the Pacific Northwest.


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Holds: 22 on 26 copies

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Tony Horwitz

Tony Horwitz

His history books have a pleasantly rambling tone, with vast amounts of interesting facts and humorous asides thrown into the narrative. Whether he is writing about Captain Cook, the Vikings or the American Civil War, he is sure to shed new light on his subject.


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Erik Larson

Erik Larson

This best-selling writer provides page-turning accounts of exciting, often violent, turning points in American history.


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Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore

This Harvard historian and New Yorker staffer writes elegantly about U.S. history and ideas. Her recent books focus on Ben Franklin’s sister and the cultural history of Wonder Woman.


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David McCullough

David McCullough

This Pulitzer Prize-winning author has penned numerous popular books about U.S. history.


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Nell Irvin Painter

Nell Irvin Painter

Painter is a renowned scholar who has written extensively about U.S. history and western civilization. Her most recent title, "The History of White People," traces the concept of race over two millennia.


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New Press People's History series

New Press People's History series

All of the titles in this readable series provide a compelling look at historical events via first-person accounts by traditionally underrepresented “common” individuals, including women and people of color.


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Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick

This scholar uses his meticulous research to illuminate American history in a new light.


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Ronald Takaki

Ronald Takaki

A leading scholar and pioneer in the field of ethnic studies, Takaki has written extensively about the United States’ multiracial past and the history of racist attitudes


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Barbara Tuchman

Barbara Tuchman

A two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Tuchman wrote numerous popular history accounts that brought to life periods ranging from medieval Europe to the Vietnam War.


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