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Even more of a wonder is that beyond surviving, we came up with democracy and literature, sailed across thousands of miles of open ocean and into the unknown, underwent a Renaissance and an Enlightenment and a Jazz Age, and got guys on the moon. History is messy stuff, but much of it is, in fact, not ugly. The more you know about it, the more the messes makes sense, both historically speaking and in modern context. Here are 10 great history books that drop brilliant knowledge bombs page after page. Our top picks stretch across time and the globe, but you can see many of our favorites are about Western civilization, recent history, the United States.
You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent. Buy now. This covers years of civilization at a canter, and is hugely rewarding.
A World Lit Only by Fire by William Manchester
Choosing books to take abroad is agony, and futile, because as soon as I get through customs I'm in the airport bookshop buying something else. All too often it turns out to be an appealing volume of narrative history that looks just right for the trip
But those cheerful posters were definitely onto something—reading really can be world-expanding, as it broadens our perspectives of different societies, cultures, and more. The following top-notch world history books will give you a new view of important places, people, and objects of the past. From Ancient Greece to the Mongol Empire, they reveal a side to human history that you may have not considered Explore the intricate web of trade routes established by the Roman Empire to connect to other great civilizations. From the Ancient Persians to the Han Dynasty, Roman merchants crossed paths with rivals and allies alike, and spread their culture far and wide as a result. This is the first book to address these subjects in a single, comprehensive study.