Books – General History

I read so many great books, that I decided to keep a list that goes beyond women’s history. I have certainly read more, but these come to mind. I will add them as I remember or come across them on my shelf.


Boss Tweed by Kenneth D. Ackerman
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard
Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield by Kenneth D. Ackerman
Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
Henry Ward Beecher: The Most Famous Man in America by Debby Applegate
John Adams by David McCollough
Lawrence and Oppenheimer by Nuel Pharr Davis
Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro
Mornings on Horseback by David McCollough
The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro
The President is a Sick Man by Mathew Algeo
Truman by David McCollough
TR: The Last Romantic by H. W. Brands

General – American

1776 by David McCollough
Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood by Donald Bogle
City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago by Gary Krist
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
by Joseph J. Ellis
Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer
Parting the Waters: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement 1954-64 by Taylor Branch
The Path Between the Seas by David McCollough
A Patriot’s History of the United States
by Larry Schweikart
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century by Scott Miller
The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream by Patrick Radden Keefe

General – World

1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West by Roger Crowley
All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer
Descent Into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid
Guns, Germs, and Steel
by Jared Diamond
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larsen
The Siege of Mecca: The 1979 Uprising at Islam’s Holiest Shrine
by Yaroslav Trofimov
Thunderstruck by Erik Larsen

History of Religion

Her Share of the Blessings by Ross Shepard Kraemer
How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee by Bart D. Ehrman
Lost Christianities: The Battle for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew by Bart D. Ehrman
The Other Bible: Ancient Alternative Scriptures
ed. William Barnstone
The Religious History of America
by Edwin Gaustad and Leigh Schmidt
Strange Sects and Curious Cults
by Marcus Bach

Mathematics, Science and Medical History

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy
The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History
by Molly Caldwell Crosby
The Emperor of All Maladies
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Great Influenza
by John Barry
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston
Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky
POX: An American History
by Michael Willrich
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson


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