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History Books

Why can’t schools teach history with these wonderful books in lieu of those dry textbooks?

Why the West Rules—for Now by Ian Morris
This book really puts the world and its main constituent conflict into perspective, by going to the root. It describes the patterns of human history in a mixed angle of archaeology and history. Why has the West dominated the world for the past 200 years, and will its power last? Is power just money alone?

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Bryson is no scientist, but rather a curious and observant writer who would dissect thing like proton and protein for you.

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power by Daniel Yergin
This book traces the history of oil from its humble, entrepreneurial beginnings in the hillsides of western Pennsylvania, to the shrewd domination of the industry by John D. Rockfeller, to the breakup of Standard Oil, and through the discovery of oil in the farthest flung corners of the globe.

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
It tackles the question why Europeans come to dominate the New World. Jared Diamond argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world.

The Lost City of Z by David Grann
This book tells the epic story of Percy Fawcett’s quest for a fabled civilization located deep in the deadly Amazonian wilderness.


4 Responses

  1. I really like reading Black Boy by Richard Wright followed by The Autobiography of Malcolm X. The time periods follow one another well.

    • Oh this is another one I have to read. Thanks for the reminder. During this holidays I have been browsing my local bookstores and they gave me great ideas of books I have long forgotten.

  2. I’ve read “Guns, Germs, and Steel” and LOVED it. Thanks for the other suggestions.

    • I am planning to start Guns, Germs, and Steel as well, glad you have enjoyed it. I read that the Bill Bryson book has garnered a lot of positive reviews, that one seems very easy and fun to read.

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