A Little History to Improve Your Brain

A Little History to Improve Your Brain

A little history on a topic is all you need to give you a broad idea of what happened. You dont always need to read about something in depth. WhyToRead believes a broad knowledge base is a great help to a great brain.

The series A Little History books do just that.  Give you a little history summary on a wide range of topics. Perfect.

1. A Little History of the World – E.H. Gombrich

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A Little History of the World, written by Gombrich who has a doctorate in history, is focused on the human experience and not on the little events that a young mind might forget. From the Stone Age until the World War Two, he presents how humanity has changed and developed.

This book shows a simplified history and it is full of charm and humor, so it is not a book that only presents the dates, but is focused on the facts that changed history. In only 40 chapters, the author shows us what humanity has achieved and where it stalled. This is a great book to read if you want a little history to know how the world became as we know it today.

Read a bit more in depth with the general world history books.

2. A Little History of Philosophy – Nigel Warburton

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Nigel Warburton makes philosophy accessible to everyone with A Little History of Philosophy. He talks about all the major philosophers and their take on the world, from the metaphysics of Socrates to the realist Peter Singer. The author makes note of all the major philosophical currents and figures.

Warburton doesn’t write a history of philosophy with dates and a sterile presentation of the major trends. No, he relates little stories about the philosophers that sustain their thesis, giving them a little bit of life. This is a great book for everyone interested in philosophy and how the ideas changed in time.

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3. A Little History of the United States – James West Davidson

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James West Davidson takes to a journey of struggle and success of a country in A Little History of United States. He begins with the pre-Columbus era and walks us through all the major figures that dominated US history along with the struggles the society had at different times, until the current ones.

This is a fast paced book about the development of small communities, the struggle for freedom and equality and the threats the country had to face and overcome in order to become a world power. A Little History of the United States follows the social and political struggle that come from different ages.

Read more books about modern history.

4. A Little History of Economics – Niall Kishtainy

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Economics is a subject with difficult to understand words and concepts when is taught in schools. But A Little History of Economics is fortunately different. The author presents economics as the world progresses with fun and relate-able stories that will help you understand the concepts.

He also talks about the big changes that different economics figures brought to the world. The book covers subjects from barter to world economics while teaching us those hard to gasp concepts that make the world run. The light and humorous tone makes this little history book an enjoyable read.

5. A Little History of Literature – John Sutherland

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A Little History of Literature is a course taught by a chatty, funny and colloquial literature professor, or this is how we felt reading this book. John Sutherland talks about the importance of literature, the influences it has had, and how it reflects society. He also reviews the major currents from myths to contemporary fiction and the industry that literature sustains.

A Little History of Literature is the perfect book for everyone looking for a next educational read, for literature lovers and all history buffs. It is full of little tidbits about authors and their stories. The take on literature as a way of life makes this book an amazing read beyond its little history book scope.

6. A Little History of Science – William F. Bynum

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A Little History of Science is, as you would expect from this series, a book about important inventions and how they changed the world. The book is written in a colloquial style and focuses on facts rather than heavy technical terms and dull dates. The author makes note of the major influences in the science community and how their ideas changed the way people looked at the world we live in. The medical field is vastly developed and all its paradigms are discussed.

William Bynum writes a compelling page turner book about the biggest world changing subject: science. The light tone makes this book easy to read.

For more great reading about science try this list.

7. A Little History of Religion – Richard Holloway

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Like all the books in this Little History series, the title describes what this book is about – it is about history of religion. It is written by a former bishop of the Anglican Church in Scotland. A man who stopped believed in God and became popular broadcaster and writer.

In A Little History of Religion Holloway paints a linear history of world’s religions. He writes about its growth and in some cases decline. At the same time he tries to answer why it is in human nature to seek religion and where the religion comes from. Why is religion so often associated with violence and intolerance. This is very interesting book that will make reader think. It is an easy read (being a little history book) so it can be read by anyone who is interested in an overview on the history of religion.

Easter Books for Adults – a bit of history

Easter Books for Adults – a bit of history

There are a few times a year that we should stop and reflect on life a little. Or a lot.  Today we present some Easter Books for Adults for reflection. From devotional reading to more historical books. Some short stories by classical authors consider the deeper meaning of Easter.  We hope these  Easter Books will add some inspiration to your personal reflections.

1. Killing Jesus: A History – Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard

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Martin Dugard & Bill O’Rilley are authors of The Killing of Historical Figures series. This is the fourth book in the series. Dugard and O’Rilley rewrite the well known story of death of Jesus, by also putting it into a historical context. The reader will learn many details that are not covered in the Bible. You will find out more about the politics of Jews and Romans, about their religious leaders, about who Herod was, and more.

This book deals more with the history surrounding Jesus death than with religious aspects of his teaching. It is well written and very interesting Easter Book that should be read by all who want to find out more about history of time in which Jesus lived and died.

2. The Cross and the Lynching Tree – James H Cone

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Both the cross and the lynching tree are symbols connected with history of African Americans. The lynching tree represents their suffering through the history. The cross represents divine power and salvation and God’s victory over sin and death. The image of Jesus dying on the cross for African Americans is powerful one, and in a way help them overcome hard times and keep the faith in Jesus Christ during the lynching era.

Cone’s book is interesting one. It combines social history, theology and cultural studies and it features many prominent African Americans who fight for justice and their rights. But this book is mostly about victims i.e. people who perished during lynching period. This is not an easy read, but it should be read because it tries to answer difficult questions on how life can be meaningful when so much death and injustice is happening.

3. The Women of Easter – Liz Curtis Higgs

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This is a book about biblical women whose name was Mary. It tells the story of the three Marys: Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene. These three played crucial roles before Jesus’s death. Each of these three women encountered Jesus and that changed their lives forever. Mary of Bethany prepares the way for Jesus burial when she anoints his feet. Mary of Nazareth – Jesus mother – was with him throughout his life and death. And Mary Magdalene supports Jesus during his dark hours but she also tells the news about his resurrection.

The author knows Bible well and that is very obvious from this book. She tells the story about three Marys by analyzing, studying, explaining and illustrating roles of them verse-by –verse. This is one very interesting book.

4. Bread & Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter – CS Lewis, CK Chesterton

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Lent is a time before Easter. Lent is a time in which Christians are preparing for Easter, a time for contemplation about Jesus sacrifice, death, resurrection. Bread & Wine is a perfect collection of short stories for Lent and Easter. It has 72 stories/ poems/ writings divided into 6 sections: Invitation, Temptation, Passion, Crucifixion, Resurrection and New Life.

Many different authors are featured here from Oscar Wilde, John Donne, Mother Therese, Dylan Thomas, C.S. Lewis etc. There is a variety of writing so each reader will find something for themselves. This is a perfect collection for Lent and Easter time.

5. Easter is Coming: A Devotional Journey with Jesus – Christopher Greer


For Christians, Easter is very important time of the year. It is a time when Christians celebrate what Jesus has done for them. It is a time for contemplation, thinking and prayer. During this time the book Easter Is Coming will be of great help.  This book is a daily study guide that will help Christians to remember the cross and resurrection. During forty seven days a reader can prepare themselves for Easter by reflecting on the importance of Jesus’s death and resurrection. It combines Bible passages with questions for reflection on each passage read. This is a great book  for your for spiritual journey toward Easter.

6. Easter Stories – C.S. Lewis and more

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There are 27 stories written by classical authors like C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Selma Lagerlof, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, Maxim Gorky, Ruth Sawyer, and Walter Wangerin and they are all on the topic of Easter. These stories show that Easter is much more than bunnies and eggs and they show the reader a deeper meaning of this religious holiday. But like all collections the quality of the stories does vary a little. The stories also vary in genre; from Biblical fiction to historical fiction. But what all the stories have in common is that they capture spirit of Easter perfectly. Guaranteed to please and add value to your Easter books collection.
This is a nice and inspirational collection that will show Easter in different light and it will be read and reread many times in years to come.

Middle East History – 5 Books You Must Read

Middle East History – 5 Books You Must Read

Studying history or reading the history of other people’s, such as Middle East history books, can make us wiser in our public choices and more richly human in our private lives.

Why?

Because reading history books helps us understand people and societies.  Studying history is essential for good citizenship and moral understanding.

So, reading or studying these middle eastern history books will help us in many ways, and perhaps help a little with world peace.

1. A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East – David Fromkin

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The Ottoman Empire is considered one of the greatest regimes in history, spanning over 600 years. Fromkin examines in great depth how events that led to the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the early 1900s and formation of the modern Middle East impacted the entire world. Insightful, thorough and dense in detail, this book is not light reading material. For history buffs with patience, this volume will make you somewhat of an expert on Middle East history.

“Wonderful…No book published in recent years has more lasting relevance to our understanding of the Middle East.” ―Jack Miles, Los Angeles Book Review

2. A History of the Arab Peoples – Albert Hourani

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As the title implies, Hourani’s book is a comprehensive history of the Arab people as a society. There is no focus on wars and mythologized heroes. The book covers developments in economy, arts, literature, urbanization, politics and the various Islamic schools of thought. If you want a better and in depth understanding of Arab identity that transcends media portrayals, A History of Arab People is a wonderful source to get started.

3. From Beirut to Jerusalem – Thomas L Friedman

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Friedman is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for the New York Times.  He spent 10 years in Beirut and Jerusalem, reporting firsthand the conflict that has been going on in the region. His book offers a detailed look at the various political decisions that influenced the Arab-Israeli conflict. Insightful, enlightening and engaging, Friedman offers a broader explanation and understanding of the sources of conflict and antagonism in the Arab world.

4. Lawrence in Arabia – Scott Anderson

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British Lieutenant T. E. Lawrence was a legend for his liaison role in the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule. Anderson gives a detailed account of Lawrence’s efforts, from when he arrived in the Middle East, his involvement in war efforts, and what he actually contributed. This volume de-mythologizes a historical figure with an objective exploration of his actual accomplishments. The author also examines the lives and careers of other less famous historical figures who had a hand in the outcome of the war.

ED: yes, this is the same individual made famous in the movie Lawrence of Arabia.

5. A Concise History of the Middle East – Arthur Goldschmidt Jr.

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For the uninitiated, Middle East history is long-spanning and complicated.  The authors of A Concise History of the Middle East have done a fantastic job in putting together this easy to read and follow volume. The book traces Middle East history from before the advent of Islam during the medieval era, all the way to turbulent modern times. It is a valuable resource for those seeking to increase their knowledge and understanding of the Middle East.

Best Selling Non-Fiction Graphic Novel 2016

Best Selling Non-Fiction Graphic Novel 2016

No longer just comics for kids, a non-fiction graphic novel can contain a world of interesting information for anyone.

Have you ever wondered if you could learn a difficult subject like economics?  Or have an interest in history, but unable to bare the dry tomes of history text books? What about the history of beer?  In a comic?

Then you will love the non-fiction graphic novels.  The format forces the author to be clear  with their ideas, in a simple format will appeal to many adults who are interested in a subject but not willing to read pages of dry non-fiction.  From beer to economics, history to your favorite new age texts, pick up a comic non-fiction graphic novel and learn something new this year.

5 Best Selling Non-Fiction Graphic Novel in 2015

1. The Comic Book Story of Beer: The World’s Favorite Beverage from 7000 BC to Today’s Craft Brewing Revolution – Mike Smith & Jonathan Hennessey

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If you enjoy the regular weekend beer at the pub, then you will enjoy the stories your favorite beverage has to tell. The Comic Book Story of Beer is an exciting tour of human history, told from the perspective of beer. It is an interesting and accessible look at the history of beer that will make you want to re-read it for better appreciation of the beverage. Beautiful pictures, interesting text – perfect excuse for a beer!

2. Economix: How Our Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work), in Words and Pictures – Michael Goodwin

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If economic theory sounds dry and boring, think again. Economix is the graphical crash course to give you a firm grasp of the basics with no effort on your part. This book is a creative concept that makes a complicated subject accessible to everyone. There is also a sense of humor and self-awareness on the author’s part that made the book enjoyable to read and feels nothing like a textbook.

3. Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb – Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

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To cram the intricate history of the atomic bomb into the graphic format seems like an ambitious attempt. Yet, Trinity defies expectations for being able to pack in so much detail, from nuclear science to the political motivation behind the development of the atomic bomb. Far from a boring historical lesson told in illustrations, the book is an interesting look at the human aspect and historical factors which brought into being a powerful weapon of mass destruction.

4. The Complete Maus – Art Spiegelman

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It may seem unconceivable and even laughable to depict the atrocities of the Holocaust through anthropomorphic cats and mice. Read the Maus collection, and see if you are able to resist not being drawn into the world of the Speigelman family. Entertaining, yet surprisingly moving and believable, Maus gives the reader a real sense of the horrors of the Holocaust through a family of mice.

5. The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel – Paulo Coelho

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The graphical adaptation of Coelho’s bestselling novel retains everything that is inspiring about its source material and makes it even more accessible. The novel about realizing one’s destiny has gained worldwide acclaim for being sort of a self-help book in the guise of a novel. If you are not into instructional guides and lengthy wordy books, this graphic novel is the best pick-me-up book for a motivation boost.

 

History Books: 15 Must Read Modern History Books

History Books: 15 Must Read Modern History Books

The history books on this list are a comprehensive study of modern history beginning with the 19th century globalization. They cover East Asia, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, and the Middle East. For general history books, check out a previous post here.

15 Must Read Modern History Books

East Asia History Books

1. A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present, 2nd Edition –  Andrew Gordon

History Books Andrew Gordon covers the important aspects of Japanese history. He starts off by dealing with the Tokugawa and ends with the current political situation at the turn of the century.

2. War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War – John W. Dower

History Books This is the best comparative look at race and ideology in the Pacific War.

3. Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty – Bradley K. Martin

History Books This book gives a great explanation of Japanese occupation, revolution and Kim Il-Sung’s rise to power in north Korea.

Western Europe History Books

4. Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World – Mark Kurlansky

History Books This book uses a somewhat obscure but still fascinating subject matter to narrate the rise of America (among other things). His work is very readable.

5. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 – Tony Judt

History Books This is a very detailed and good overview of Europe’s post war history.

6. The Balkans: A Short History – Mark Mazower

History Books A brief Summary of Balkan history to the present day. A great starting point to see why people tend to have been wrong about the Balkans.

Eastern Europe History Books

7. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin – Timothy Snyder

History Books A very readable account of the events in the countries caught between the Soviet Union and Hitler’s Germany at the beginning of WWII, starting with Ukraine’s Holodomor and the political tensions that rose from Stalin’s paranoia of outside influence during those events.

8. Darkness at Dawn: The Rise of the Russian Criminal State – David Satter

A very readable book covering the rise of the criminal influence in Russian government following the downfall of the Soviet Union. Really uses his understanding of Russian psychology gained by years as the Moscow correspondent for the WSJ to give insight into what happened and why.

9. The Russian Revolution – Sheila Fitzpatrick

History Books This is a short summary of the Revolution which is extremely readable.

North American History Books

10. 1861: The Civil War Awakening – Adam Goodheart

History Books A popular history book that discusses the mood of the nation in the lead-up to the Civil War.

11. Parting the Waters : America in the King Years 1954-63 – Taylor Branch

History Books A Pulitzer Prize winning book detailing the civil rights movement in the United States.

Middle East History Books

12. Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A History with Documents – Charles D. Smith

History Books This is a concise history of the conflict that contains readable documents which are very relevant. It is largely low-bias and perfectly captures both sides of the debate.

13. Turkey: A Modern History – Erik J. Zurcher

History Books This book is one of the most expansive modern history books bout Turkey. It manages the events in a clear way, and connects the important events to the overall history of the middle east.

14. A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind – Michael Axworthy

History Books Although it is often vilified, Iran is a nation of great intellectual variety and depth, and one of the oldest continuing civilizations in the world. This books gives a great account of its history.

15. Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity – Timothy Mitchell

History Books An innovative account of the history of the modern world in eight interlocking essays about Egypt in the 20th century which deal with everything from land surveys to the plagiarisms of mid-century anthropology to a history of the Aswan Dam from the perspective of a mosquito.


For more history books, go to our History page.

What Is ISIS? – 3 Must Read Guides About ISIS

What Is ISIS? – 3 Must Read Guides About ISIS

What Is ISIS?

The self proclaimed Islamic State (IS),otherwise know as ISIS (Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) have been wreaking havoc in the middle east for a number of years but they have been getting much more attention in 2014 due to their rapid expansion across Iraq and Syria. They are now in control of vast sections of northern Iraq and eastern Syria. They have seized sophisticated weaponry and hundreds of millions of dollars in their rampage across Iraq, making them the richest terrorist organization in the world.

In our search to find out more about ISIS, we set out to find the best books to explain exactly who and what is ISIS.

What is ISIS? 3 Must Read Books ABout ISIS

1. Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore – Jay Sekulow and Jordan Sekulow

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Jay Sekulow is an influencial attorney who has been following the rise of ISIS closely. This book is a riveting narrative by qualified experts. This is the definitive work on the subject of ISIS and the threat it poses to civilized society.

2. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria: The History of ISIS/ISIL – Charles River Editors

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This book is a fast read about the rise of ISIS and exactly who they are. It will give you a good basic understanding of the terrorist group.

3. Radical Islam In The House: The Plan to Take America for the Global Islamic State – Michael S. Coffman Ph.D.

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“The American mediocre mind is no match to 14 centuries of Islamic deception … “.

This quote from the author illustrates the theme of this introduction into Islam’s design on infiltrating the United States. Written in 2013, it gives an interesting explanation for the motives behind the radical elements of the so called Islamic State leaders.

For more books on Politics, check our Politics and Social Science section. What is isis?

4 Books That Will Make You A Smart-Arse

4 Books That Will Make You A Smart-Arse

These books will make you see everyday subjects and issues in a whole new light, so you can go on and share them with your friends and become the insufferable smart-arse of the group. You’re welcome.

4 Books That Will Make You A Smart-Arse

1. Should You Judge This Book By Its Cover? – Julian Baggini

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Another rapid-fire selection of short, stimulating and entertaining capsules of philosophy from the master of the genre. Baggini analyses old truisms, first telling you where they come from, and then deciding whether they are even true or not.

2. Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors – Nicholas Wade

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Nicholas Wade’s articles are a major reason why the science section has become the most popular, nationwide, in the New York Times. Before the dawn takes our understanding of prehistoric humans and uses the human genome to separate fact from guessing.

3. What a Wonderful World: One Man’s Attempt to Explain the Big Stuff – Marcus Chown

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Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why did life invent sex? Does time really exist? How do computers work? How did humans get to dominate the Earth? Why is theresomething rather than nothing? Tackle the big-stuff and learn how to shut down any incoherent debate in seconds, with the knowledge in this book.

4. How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking –  Jordan Ellenberg

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The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. Let acclaimed mathematician Ellenburg show you how math touches everything you do, and how you can use the rules to your advantage.

5 General World History Books Everyone Must Read

5 General World History Books Everyone Must Read

These  world history books will give you a good general understanding of world history.  Compiled by history teachers and professors, you can be sure they are comprehensive and well researched. So, without further ado;

5 General World History Books Everyone Must Read

1. Why the West Rules–for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future  Ian Morris

World History Books This book encompasses  the dawn of the first homonids (or ape-men as the author put it) to present day, with a chapter conjecturing about the future. Describing the patterns of human history, the archaeologist and historian Ian Morris offers surprising new answers to the questions, Why has the West dominated the globe for the past two hundred years, and will its power last?

2. A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

World History Books Bryson is not a scientist, but rather a curious and observant writer who, several years ago, realized that he couldn’t tell a quark from a quasar, or a proton from a protein. Bryson set out to cure his ignorance of things scientific, and the result was “A Short History of Nearly Everything“.

3. The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II, Vol. 1 – Fernand Braudel

World History Books In the 1500s, billions in gold and silver poured into Spanish coffers from the new world; yet, a century later Spain was bankrupt. What happened? Fernand Braudel has woven together a fascinating tour around the Mediterranean of the 1500s, explaining the rise of the Ottoman Empire, how Egyptians made iced drinks, why Algiers became the capital of piracy, how the banking system created the first transcontinental roads, and much more. This book immerses the reader in a new world full of rich details and surprising connections.

4. The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power  Daniel Yergin

World History BooksThe Prize” 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. Rockefeller, to the breakup of Standard Oil, and through the discovery of oil in the farthest flung corners of the globe.

5. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies – Jared M. Diamond

World History Books No list of world history books would be complete without this one. In one compelling volume, the famous biologist Jared Diamond tackles the most important question of global history: Why did Europeans come to dominate the New World? Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world.

4 Compelling Non-Fiction War Books

4 Compelling Non-Fiction War Books

What follows is the 4 best non-fiction books about war, many of which have been turned into movies and TV shows. These war books are the most compelling that have ever been written. If you think we missed any, be sure to let us know in the comments.

4 Compelling Non-Fiction War Books 

1. Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest – Stephen E. Ambrose

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Band of Brothers, by Stephen Ambrose, is the story of E (Easy) Company of the 101st Airborne Division in World War II. It’s a very personal account, as Ambrose conducted numerous interviews with the surviving members of the company and uses those interviews to instill a sense of closeness to the action.

2. Black Hawk Down – Mark Bowden

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The heroic tale of a group of just over 100 U.S. Rangers, DELTA operators, and SEALs in the 15+ hour non-stop battle of their lives against thousands of aggressive, armed Somali militia is near impossible for anyone to put down. However, the main strength of the book is delivered by the author Mark Bowden. As an investigative reporter, he takes pains to  simply report the facts surrounding the October 3-4, 1993 “Battle of the Black Sea” in Mogadishu.

3. Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 – Marcus Luttrell

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This book is a compelling, easy read that you will find hard to put down. The first part takes you through SEAL training in Coronado, CA and gives you a deep appreciation for just how hard it is to become a SEAL. The second half takes you through a harrowing battle that in many ways validates just why the SEAL selection and training process is so difficult and so effective.

The battle sequence in Afghanistan and its aftermath is incredibly intense, moving, and awe inspiring. Lone Survivor is an incredibly compelling war book that had to make it on this list.

4. Flags of Our Fathers – James D. Bradley

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FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS is a brilliant work for so many reasons: it pays homage to the six men who raised the flag on Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima during WWII, it is a testimonial to the USMC and its fighting men; it portrays a graphic and at times unimaginable description of the horrors of war; and, it depicts not only the indignities that we humans can suffer upon one another, but also the moments when common men are moved to perform acts of uncommon valor and courage.

When reading this book, you will feel pride, grief, anger, sadness, and dismay. Its words will make you laugh, cry, mourn, and think hard.

5 Non-Fiction Pulitzer Prize Winning Must Read Books

5 Non-Fiction Pulitzer Prize Winning Must Read Books

Pulitzer Prize Winners

The Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction is one of the seven Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded. They have been awarding the prize since 1917, and below we have compiled the best of the non-fiction winners that we believe are a must read for anyone who is interested in politcal science and the current affairs of the world.

These books are about our history, both as humans and as civilizations, as well as charting some of the most serious issues that we have had to deal with as a global society in the previous 50 years.

5 Pulitzer Prize Winning Books To Read Before You Die

1. 1998 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Jared Diamond

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Jared Diamonds book on the history of the worlds civilizations is not an easy read, but for such a vast subject matter, it takes time and a lot of detail to show how the world became the way it is now, and how certain civilizations thrived while others were destroyed by either guns, germs or steel.

2. 1992 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

The Prize: The Epic Quest For Oil, Money & Power – Daniel Yergin

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Deemed “the best history of oil ever written” by Business Week, Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power has been extensively updated to address the current energy crisis.

3. 1978 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence – Carl Sagan

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Carl Sagan really does a great job of going step by step, through the brain, explaining the processes, and giving a clear understanding to the reader of how we can see the evolution of our brains from those of lowly worms, to fish, reptiles, mammals, and eventually us.

4. 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer – Siddhartha Mukherjee

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This is a very interesting study of the history of cancer treatment and research.

5. 2007 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 – Lawrence Wright

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A gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center.