What is the best history book you have read?

Louise C

Ad Honorem
Jan 2011
7,239
Southeast England
#3
My favourites are a trilogy of books by Frances and Joseph Gies - Life in a Medieval City, Life in a Medieval Castle, Life in a Medieval Village. They are packed with fascinating information about everyday life which is what I find most interesting.
 
May 2011
13,688
Navan, Ireland
#4
Depends what you want but I have read lots on the Zulu war and this was by far the best

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Nov 2010
6,210
Indiana
#5
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Mar 2012
2,319
#6
My favorite is THE JEWISH WAR by Josephus.

My favorite historical novel is I, CLAUDIUS

My favorite that came out in the last few years was SHADOWS IN THE DESERT, though a few people have bashed it on this site.
 
Aug 2012
801
Washington State, USA.
#8
Peter Heather's The Fall of the Roman Empire. I actually haven't read a great many history books from cover to cover. I learn a lot by nibbling at what I find interesting.
 
Jul 2011
5,932
Belgium
#9
Didn't have to think about that one:

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Sep 2012
907
Prague, Czech Republic
#10
History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon. Historiographically a bit dated, but the language is beautiful, and the scathing and sardonic way he discusses the religious controversies of the early church is entertaining

From more recent books, The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor. It's impressively comprehensive, and I enjoy reading the way he weaves little vignettes based on people's personal accounts into his descriptions of the grand scope of a battle.
 

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