History tells and teaches about the past. History illuminates from the war, art, civilization, culture, conflicts, feminism, rise and collapse of the great kingdoms, revolutions, mutinies to modern industrialization, growth of science and economies. Beyond that history elaborates on the beautiful journey of human progress literature, democracy, the discovery of sea routes, revival, and enlightenment, etc.
History could be boring stuff for most people but the more you know about it, the more it becomes interesting stuff. Here we provide a list of 10 popular history books that can help to grasp a thorough understanding of the history.
1. The CRUSADES BY THOMAS ASBRIDGE
The Crusades illustrates the time spanning from the eleventh century to the thirteenth century. This book covers all the major clashes and attacks of the crusading age. Demonstrates all the eminent persons with portraits. This book makes clear what led to such big clashes and how their settlements made impacts on the world. The author represents both the outlooks of Muslims and Christians without discerning who was noble and wicked or right and wrong.
2. 1491 BY CHARLES C. MANN
1491 is all about pre-Columbian history. 1491: NEW REVOLUTION OF THE AMERICAS BEFORE COLUMBUS discloses about the civilizations of that era. According to the book, the civilizations were a lot more ahead in terms of development or progress, than those are described most. These civilizations were eradicated by the European crusaders or explorers. In this book, the author introduces to the world the Aztec city, the capital of Tenochtitlan. The city was larger than any city of Europe at the time when Europeans invaded it.
3. BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM BY JAMES McPHERSON
This book is all about the Civil War Era. It depicts all the major clashes and all the eminent or key officers of the battles on both sides. This book concludes all the directions pertaining to a particular war and the politics around the years of the war. The book goes through the previous events before the outburst of bitterness in 1861 and the consequences of America’s wrangle.
4. THE GUNS OF AUGUST BY BARBARA TUCHMAN
This book tells the whole story and the consequences of the horrific tragedy of World War 1. World War 1 was known as the Great War before World War 2. The Great War harmed some parts of the world so brutally even today the wounds are not healed. The hostility of the Great War was so heinous that it left approximately 17 million people dead. It drained and destroyed the nations and empires, crumbling the land. The title of the book pertains to August 1914, the month of the beginning of the war.
5. GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL BY JARED DIAMOND
History examines itself the way it happened. It is an inspection of hoe and what happened to the folks of a particular place and time based on civilization, agriculture, natural evaluation, catastrophe, epidemics, and other reforms in human societies. This book deals with the context of the emergence of the world whether what should have or what should not have happened the way it has happened. This book is about the survival and subjugation of civilizations. It tells why the gaps in power and technologies occurred between societies.
6. THE HISTORY OF THE ANCIENT WORLD BY SUSAN WISE BAUER
This book is a guideline for the readers. It leads to the paced but thorough track of the primitive worlds of India, China, Greece, Rome, Egypt, etc. It awakens the sense of how the former civilizations or kingdoms emerged, gained progresses, and eventually fell, and how they impacted each other. This book illustrates the methods of literature, monumental traditions, accounts, etc.
7. A WORLD LIT ONLY BY FIRE BY WILLIAM MANCHESTER
This book is a replica of old age. In this book, the author enlightens our ancestors reincarnates those people we know only from anecdote portraits shaped out in a specific way. The author criticizes those deserving of crude manner and brightens the cruel stupidity of torture and assassination in the name of religion. He shows the reality of the world that is tried to hide or represented with the wrong perspective. The book tells the brutality of medieval conflicts. The book starts from the slump of Rome and up to revival.
8. OVER THE EDGE OF THE WORLD BY LAURENCE BERGREEN
If you are interested to know something exciting about the world that is not told in other history books then Over the Edges of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the World, is a must-read a book. This book is a plethora of thrills. It is an anecdote of the unknown voyage through various parts of the globe that started off back in 1519. This is insane the way he died and this book tells the untold mysteries of his voyage. The story revolves around the age of investigation, that disclosed the new world across the Atlantic.
9. 1776 BY DAVID McCULLOUGH
This book is all about the emergence and development of the United States of America, a nation that is made by perfections. The events revolve around the American revolution. The book includes strong and eminent personalities such as George Washington, King George 3rd, General Howe, Henry Knox, Nathanael Greene. The Battle of Dorchester Heights, the Battle of Long Island and the Battle of Trenton are discussed in detail. The concentration is more on the military rather than politics. The book showcases historical battle maps designed by Britishers.
10. THE LIBERATION TRILOGY BY RICK ATKINSON
The Liberation Trilogy is a military history book. It tells the comprehensive involvement of America in World War 2. It is horrifying to learn that at the beginning of World War 2, America was not in a good condition or not well-prepared but up to the, it is surprising, that America concluded it in less than one decade. The scenario of the war totally turned from a distressing contest huge forces to a definite and complete triumph. It is all about the strength and war tactics of the American military that made it possible for America to emerge as the United States of America.
These are the top 10 popular history books in the world that are masterpieces in themselves.