What is the best history book you have read?

deaf tuner

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Oct 2013
14,659
Europix
(more likely not the best I've red, but) the book that marked me : "A bridge too far"
 

Louise C

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Jan 2011
7,239
Southeast England
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.
 
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Kevinmeath

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May 2011
14,078
Navan, Ireland
Depends what you want but I have read lots on the Zulu war and this was by far the best

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Mike McClure

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Nov 2010
6,232
Indiana
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cachibatches

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Mar 2012
2,355
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.
 
Oct 2013
4
United States
The book that fired my never ending interest in the American Civil War and history in general... Bruce Catton's "This Hallowed Ground".
 
Aug 2012
804
Washington State, USA.
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.
 
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Vintersorg

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Jul 2011
5,938
Belgium
Didn't have to think about that one:

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Sep 2012
932
Prague, Czech Republic
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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