History, Historical Fiction

The Accidental Empress

The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki is a historical fiction romance novel set in the 1850s, following a fifteen year-old duchess from Bavaria who wins over the heart of her older sister's groom, a prince of a powerful family, and now has to navigate the complex world of the treacherous imperial court on a quest for love.

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Red Notice

Red Notice by Bill Browder is an autobiographical work in which the author recounts his experience being pitted face-to-face with Vladimir Putin's corrupt methods, and amongst many other things the murder of his attorney, Sergei Magnitsky, who after being tortured for more than a year was beaten to death while handcuffed to a bed railing.

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Lusitania

Lusitania by Greg King and Penny Wilson is an in-depth examination of a specific part of World War One history, the one where an American ship named the Lusitania was sunk by a torpedo, prompting the country to enter the conflict. This is the story of the ship and those who had found themselves on-board when it all happened.

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Chasing Gold

Chasing Gold by George M. Taber delves deep into the economic dynamics behind the Second World War, most notably focusing on the immense role played by gold in how things eventually unfolded, how it dictated everything from the rise of the Axis to the fall of the Third Reich

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13 Hours

13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff is a great effort in investigative journalism, being a completely factual (but still written with the purpose to entertain) account of what took place during the infamous attack in Benghazi on a diplomatic American outpost, as recounted by the brave ones who were at the heart of it all and risked their lives in an unforgettable act of heroism.

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A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James is a vast and sprawling exploration of life in Jamaica during a very turbulent period of time, the 1970s to the 1990s, delving deep into the struggles faced daily by the regular people, starting with the infamous assassination attempt on Bob Marley in 1976.

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Empire of Sin

Empire of Sin by Gary Kurst details criminal life in the city of New Orleans during the 1890s to the 1920s, focusing on the many cases which fell under the jurisdiction of the infamous chief of police Tom Anderson, and how he only got himself and his colleagues deeper and deeper into corruption in a city that seemed to thrive on it.

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The Luminaries

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton is a rather vast story, and it begins with a fellow by the name of Walter Moody who, upon arriving in 1866 New Zealand to take part in the booming gold rush, finds himself embroiled in a series of mysterious events, eventually leading him down a very surrealistic part where certainty is the last thing to be found.

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Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott tells the rather unknown (to most people anyways) story of four women who, during the Civil War, ended up becoming spies (or a soldier, as the case may be), making very silent history with adventures not soon to be repeated by anyone.

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Seven Locks

Seven Locks by Christine Wade is, to a certain extent, the retelling of Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle story, following a woman who desperately struggles to find a home for her children in pre-revolutionary America following the disappearance of her husband, and her neighbor's incessant gossiping about her being the one to blame, either having driven him away with her nagging or, the only other alternative, killed him and ground him up into sausage meat.

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A Christmas Hope

A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry tells the story of Claudine Burroughs, who is essentially an aristocrat bored of her wealth and riches. Though she generally dreads the holidays for they remind her of the emptiness within, this time around she is provided with an opportunity for some excitement in the form of a murder for which an obviously-innocent poet has been passed off as the scapegoat.

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The Confabulist

The Confabulist by Steven Galloway is, primarily at least, a recounting of Houdini's story from the viewpoint of Martin Strauss, a man who can no longer tell which of his memories are real or false. Facts and fiction are seamlessly interwoven making for a rather unusual and intriguing narrative.

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Wayfaring Stranger

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke tells the story of a man named Weldon Holland, whose life is nothing short of an extraordinary journey, beginning with a run-in with the infamous Bonnie and Clyde, going through the Second World War, and then becoming a powerful businessman in Louisiana's cruel and unforgiving oil industry.

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The Most Dangerous Book

The Most Dangerous Book by Kevin Birmingham is a detailed account of a decade-long period during which James Joyce's literary classic Ulysses was illegal to own, buy and sell, delving deep into not only the many perils Joyce had to traverse, but also the legal battle in which he took part alongside the publisher Bennett Cerf and the attorney Morris Ernst.

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Five Came Back

Five Came Back by Mark Harris is a nonfictional narrative in which the author explores five film directors from Hollywood who were deeply involved in the Second World War, discussing how not only that contributed to pushing Hollywood to evolve, but also how Hollywood played a role in shaping that great event.

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The Anatomy Lesson

The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal is a historical fiction based on the painting by Rembrandt, named the same as the book. In this story the author explores the scene itself from the perspective of its numerous characters as well as a restoration expert, their lives and how it all ended up culminating in the painting virtually everyone knows.

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The Aviator’s Wife

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin is a historical fiction story centered on a very famous marriage between Charles Lindbergh and Anne Marrow Lindbergh, from the moment they met to how much they inspired and changed each other’s lives.

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The Auschwitz Escape

The Auschwitz Escape by Joel Rosenberg follows the story of Jacob Weisz, a German who sees the Nazis as the corruption they really are to his country. Not long after joining up with the resistance, Weisz finds himself in the middle of a bad raid and ends up getting sent to Auschwitz, from which he must now escape to tell the world about the atrocities happening within.

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Outlaw Platoon

Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell and John Bruning is the former’s account of how he, as part of the U.S. Army Airborne 10th Mountain Division, spent around sixteen months with his team entrenched in the mountains of Afghanistan, being subjected to virtually continuous fighting throughout all of them.

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Fatherland

Fatherland by Robert Harris is a novel set in an alternate timeline where Hitler is celebrating his 75th birthday, long after having won the Second World War. In this story, we follow Xavier March, a murder detective whose recent case, starting with a seemingly random dead body in a lake, takes him on a wild ride through a conspiracy that goes all the way to the top.

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The Bully Pulpit

The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin is an exploration of the happenings of the strange transition period at the beginning of the 20th century taking place in the United States, as seen through the relationship between Teddy Roosevelt and William Taft, whose friendship was torn apart when they competed against each other for the title of President.

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Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre is a novelized and factual account of true events which transpired in 1943, right in the midst of the Second World War. We follow two spies who played a rather pivotal role in it, as they devise and execute the ruse which allowed the Allies to successfully deceive the Nazis, and ultimately, be victorious.

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An Officer and a Spy

An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris is best-described as a partly-fictional account and exploration of the events which surrounded the Dreyfus affair, a shining example of corruption, racism, and lack of justice in France at the turn of the 20th century.

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The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter tells a criminally-undiscussed and forgotten part of Second World War, focusing on six “monuments men” and their seemingly-impossible mission to save the world’s greatest art pieces from the destructive hands of the Nazis.

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One Summer

One Summer by Bill Bryson is one large book composed of a large collection of stories. More precisely, Bryson takes us back to the summer of 1927 in the United States, a rather bizarre time during which an unprecedented amount of ground-breaking and captivating events took place

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My Promised Land

My Promised Land by Ari Shavit is a long, detailed and fact-based narrative in which the author explores the history of Israel and the events which have occurred from its foundation to this very day though historical documents, interviews, letters, private diaries and even orally-communicated stories.

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Vanished

Vanished by Wil S.Hylton chronicles a rather mysterious event during WWII and its aftermath; the disappearance of a huge American bomber and the eleven men who were on board.

Despite available evidence and witness reports, neither the bomber nor the crew were ever found. This book is the story told through a narrative, cultivated from decades of research and interpretations.

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Double Cross

Double Cross by Ben Macintyre is basically the full account of what happened on June 6th 1944 as the Allies took to the beaches of Normandy from the perspective of members involved in the Double Cross team, charged with turning Nazi spies into double agents and responsible for allowing the whole operation to take place with such resounding success.

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Miracles and Massacres

Miracles and Massacres by Glenn Beck takes on many of the erroneous beliefs that people hold about various events in history, presenting us with the true and thrilling accounts, teaching us how things really went down. This is not a history book, but rather, historical entertainment.

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Killing Jesus

Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard tells the story of Jesus, the historical human being detailed in numerous ancient records. In this book, we learn as much as is possible today about the kind of life he led, and what happened in the years leading up to his crucifiction.

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Once We Were Brothers

Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson is a rather dark and tragic story about the lives of two young boys, one of them raised by the other one’s family after being abandoned. Following an insufferable betrayal, sixty years pass and the boys, now old men of course, meet once again for a harrowing confrontation.

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Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose is an in-depth and fact-based exploration of the men who fought and died for the 506th Airborne Division in the United States Army, always being handed the riskiest and most dangerous of assignments.

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Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

Endurance by Alfred Lansing is an accurate chronicling of Shackleton’s expedition to the Antarctic, where he and his crew braved all odds to survive for more than a year in a freezing and desolate wasteland. All the information is obtained from interviews with the surviving members, personal accounts and diaries.

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Detroit: An American Autopsy

Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff is quite literally a dissection of Detroit’s history via sorting through its ruins, making for a very real autopsy of a city that was not long ago the shining jewel of America where everyone went for new opportunities.

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The White Queen

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory is a historical novel following the life and hurdles of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of King Edward IV, who must put all of her resources to use to ensure the safety and dominance of her family.

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Queen’s Gambit

Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle tells the story of the recently widowed Katherine Parr who, upon returning to the court, catches the fancy of the ailing king Henry VIII, who dispatches her true love halfway across the world, consequently forcing her to use all her wits and charm to navigate the unforgiving world of the court.

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