Books by: History


Night

Night

by Elie WieselMarion Wiesel
669,766 voters
Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translat...
The Red Tent

The Red Tent

by Anita Diamant
419,667 voters
Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are about her father, Jacob,...
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

by Erik LarsonTony Goldwyn
300,902 voters
Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book's categorization to be ...
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

by Jon Krakauer
287,120 voters
A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a mu...
John Adams

John Adams

by David McCullough
207,725 voters
In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life-journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee pa...
A Short History of Nearly Everything

A Short History of Nearly Everything

by Bill Bryson
186,438 voters
In Bryson's biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. ...
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History

Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History

by Art Spiegelman
178,262 voters
A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father's story and history itself.
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

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

by Jared Diamond
167,192 voters
A global account of the rise of civilization that is also a stunning refutation of ideas of human development based on race.
Until around 11,000 b.c., all peoples were still St...
The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

by John SherrillElizabeth SherrillCorrie ten Boom
165,396 voters
At one time Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that there would ever be a story to tell. For the first fifty years of her life nothing at all out of the ordinary had ev...
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

by John Berendt
164,194 voters
Voodoo. Decadent socialites packing Lugars. Cotillions. With towns like Savannah, Georgia, who needs Fellini? Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil takes two narrative str...
Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning

by Viktor E. Frankl
161,302 voters
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 19...
The Art of War

The Art of War

by Sun TzuThomas Cleary
159,554 voters
Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to deal with conflict wisely, honorably, victoriously, is al...
A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time

by Stephen Hawking
157,330 voters
In the ten years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking's classic work has become a landmark volume in scientific writing, with more than nine million copies in forty langu...
Ways of Seeing

Ways of Seeing

by John Berger
155,134 voters
John Berger’s Classic Text on Art
John Berger's Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and the most influential books on art in any language. First publish...
The Story of Art

The Story of Art

by E.H. Gombrich
151,602 voters
This text is the 16th revised and updated edition of this introduction to art, from the earliest cave paintings to experimental art. Eight new artists from the modern period have b...
The Prince

The Prince

by Niccolò MachiavelliAdolph CasoRufus GoodwinBenjamin Martinez
147,777 voters
THE PRINCE was written by Niccolo' Machiavelli in the 1500s. It has continued to be a best seller in many languages. Presently, it is translated into modern English, with illustrat...
A People's History of the United States

A People's History of the United States

by Howard Zinn
131,199 voters
Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People's History of the United States is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of vie...
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

by Michael Pollan
130,582 voters
Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder. Will it be fast food tonight, or something organi...
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

by Barack Obama
125,024 voters
Nine years before the Senate campaign that made him one of the most influential and compelling voices in American politics, Barack Obama published this lyrical, unsentimental, and ...
1776

1776

by David McCullough
124,749 voters
In this masterful book, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence - when t...
The Autobiography of Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

by Alex HaleyMalcolm X
118,526 voters
Through a life of passion and struggle, Malcolm X became one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. In this riveting account, he tells of his journey from a prison ce...
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

by Marjane SatrapiMattias Ripa
113,798 voters
A New York Times Notable Book
A Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”
A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller

Wise...
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

by Jon Krakauer
109,555 voters
Jon Krakauer’s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. He now shifts his focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of...
Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Seabiscuit: An American Legend

by Laura Hillenbrand
109,068 voters
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Seabiscuit was one of the most electrif...
The Republic

The Republic

by PlatoDesmond Lee
107,674 voters
Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, this classic text is an enquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individ...
Schindler's List

Schindler's List

by Thomas Keneally
107,350 voters
During the Holocaust at the German concentration camp near Plaszow, thousands of Jews lost their lives at the hands of the Nazis. More than a thousand others would have been counte...
The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life

by Helen Keller
105,303 voters
An American classic rediscovered by each generation, The Story of My Life is Helen Keller’s account of her triumph over deafness and blindness. Popularized by the stage play...
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

by Doris Kearns Goodwin
98,947 voters
The life and times of Abraham Lincoln have been analyzed and dissected in countless books. Do we need another Lincoln biography? In Team of Rivals, esteemed historian Doris ...
The Art Book

The Art Book

by Phaidon Press
98,945 voters
An A to Z guide to 500 great painters and sculptors from medieval to modern times, it debunks art historical classifications by throwing together brilliant examples of all periods,...
A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

by Sylvia Nasar
95,045 voters
Stories of famously eccentric Princetonians abound--such as that of chemist Hubert Alyea, the model for The Absent-Minded Professor, or Ralph Nader, said to have had his own...
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

by Vincent BugliosiCurt Gentry
90,097 voters
A national bestseller—7 million copies sold.

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most bafflin...
Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began

Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began

by Art Spiegelman
86,743 voters
Acclaimed as a quiet triumph and a brutally moving work of art, the first volume of Art Spieglman's Maus introduced readers to Vladek Spiegleman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler...
A Breath of Snow and Ashes

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

by Diana Gabaldon
84,834 voters
A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the extraordinary story of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century wife, Claire.

The year is 1772, and on the e...
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

by Jim Fergus
81,549 voters
One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in ...
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

by Lynne Truss
77,878 voters
A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.

"Why?" asks the confused waiter, as the panda makes towards the ...
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

by Thomas L. Friedman
76,683 voters
This new edition of The World Is Flat is Friedman's account of the great changes taking place in our time, as lightning-swift advances in technology & communications put peo...
America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

by Jon StewartStephen ColbertTom JohnsonBen KarlinDavid JaverbaumJason RossScott JacobsonChris ReganJ.R. HavlanRob KutnerBrendan HaySteve BodowSamantha BeeEd HelmsTim CarvellRob CorddryJason ReichEric DrysdaleRich Bloomquist
73,543 voters
Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots, deliver a hilarious look at American government.

American-style democr...

The Complete Maus

The Complete Maus

by Art Spiegelman
73,507 voters
Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor's Tale and Maus II - the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler's Europe. By addre...
Cosmos

Cosmos

by Carl Sagan
73,323 voters
Cosmos has 13 heavily illustrated chapters, corresponding to the 13 episodes of the Cosmos television series. In the book, Sagan explores 15 billion years of cosmic evolution and t...
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

by Richard Preston
70,512 voters
The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus. A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the su...
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

by Simon Winchester
69,792 voters
Hidden within the rituals of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary is a fascinating mystery. Professor James Murray was the distinguished editor of the OED project.

...
Einstein: His Life and Universe

Einstein: His Life and Universe

by Walter Isaacson
69,039 voters
By the author of the acclaimed bestsellers Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs, this is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein.

How did his mind wo...
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

by Walter Isaacson
67,017 voters
Benjamin Franklin is the Founding Father who winks at us. An ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings, he se...
The Case for Christ

The Case for Christ

by Lee Strobel
64,841 voters
Using the dramatic scenario of an investigative journalist pursuing his story and leads, Lee Strobel uses his experience as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune to interview experts ...
Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

by Stephen E. Ambrose
64,037 voters
As good a rifle company as any, Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, US Army, kept getting tough assignments--responsible for everything from parachuting into France early DDay m...
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

by William L. Shirer
61,807 voters
Hitler boasted that The Third Reich would last a thousand years. It lasted only 12. But those 12 years contained some of the most catastrophic events Western civilization has ever ...
The Boleyn Inheritance

The Boleyn Inheritance

by Philippa Gregory
61,335 voters
Three Women Who Share One Fate: The Boleyn Inheritance

Anne of Cleves
She runs from her tiny country, her hateful mother, and her abusive brother to a t...
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

by Jung Chang
58,571 voters
The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages...
What Is the What

What Is the What

by Dave Eggers
58,439 voters
In a heartrending and astonishing novel, Eggers illuminates the history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee now living in the United State...
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

by Nathaniel Philbrick
55,483 voters
In the Heart of the Sea brings to new life the incredible story of the wreck of the whaleship Essex—an event as mythic in its own century as the Titanic disast...
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

by Tom Wolfe
53,877 voters
Tom Wolfe's much-discussed kaleidoscopic non-fiction novel chronicles the tale of novelist Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. In the 1960s, Kesey led a group of psychedeli...
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

by Frederick Douglass
53,749 voters
Born into a family of slaves, Frederick Douglass educated himself through sheer determination. His unconquered will to triumph over his circumstances makes his one of America’s bes...
Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family

Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family

by Alison Leslie GoldMiep Gies
50,233 voters
The reminiscences of Miep Gies, the woman who hid the Frank family in Amsterdam during the Second World War, presents a vivid story of life under Nazi occupation.
Truman

Truman

by David McCullough
49,039 voters
The Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Harry S. Truman, whose presidency included momentous events from the atomic bombing of Japan to the outbreak of the Cold War and the Korean ...
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

by Alfred Lansing
48,593 voters
The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as Time magazine put it, "defined heroism." Alfred Lansing's sc...
Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors

Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors

by Piers Paul Read
47,880 voters
On October 12, 1972, a plane carrying a team of young rugby players crashed into the remote, snow-peaked Andes. Out of the forty-five original passengers and crew, only sixteen mad...
The Six Wives of Henry VIII

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

by Alison Weir
46,561 voters
The tempestuous, bloody, and splendid reign of Henry VIII of England (1509-1547) is one of the most fascinating in all history, not least for his marriage to six extraordinary wome...
Black Like Me

Black Like Me

by John Howard Griffin
46,423 voters
In the Deep South of the 1950s, journalist John Howard Griffin decided to cross the color line. Using medication that darkened his skin to deep brown, he exchanged his privileged l...
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

by Patrick RobinsonMarcus Luttrell
45,659 voters
On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notori...
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

by Sebastian Junger
45,324 voters
It was the storm of the century—a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it "the perfect storm."

When it struck in October, 1991, t...
The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

by Vincent Van GoghRonald de LeeuwMark RoskillArnold J. Pomerans
44,128 voters
A new selection of post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gough's letters, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh put a human face on one of the most haunting figures in modern Wes...
Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo

Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo

by Hayden Herrera
43,740 voters

Hailed by readers and critics across the country, this engrossing biography of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo reveals a woman of extreme magnetism and originality, an artist whose...

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

by Jared Diamond
43,612 voters
From the author of Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond's Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive is a visionary study of the mysterious downfall of past...
The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

by John Grisham
43,081 voters
In the town of Ada, Oklahoma, Ron Williamson was going to be the next Mickey Mantle. But on his way to the big leagues, Ron stumbled, his dream broken by drinking, drugs, and women...
Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to Freedom

by Nelson Mandela
43,039 voters
The book that inspired the major new motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time...
Meditations

Meditations

by Marcus AureliusDiskin ClayMartin Hammond
42,074 voters
Written in Greek, without any intention of publication, by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) offer a remarka...
Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

by Ron Chernow
41,108 voters
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nat...
The Pianist: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939–45

The Pianist: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939–45

by Anthea BellWładysław Szpilman
40,707 voters
The last live broadcast on Polish Radio, on September 23, 1939, was Chopin's Nocturne in C# Minor, played by a young pianist named Wladyslaw Szpilman, until his playing was interru...
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

by Charles C. Mann
40,462 voters
In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.
 
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima

by John Hersey
39,844 voters
On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey's journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told t...
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

by Dee Brown
39,824 voters
Now a special 30th-anniversary edition in both hardcover and paperback, the classic bestselling history The New York Times called "Original, remarkable, and finally hea...
Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down

by Mark Bowden
39,538 voters
On October 3, 1993, about a hundred U.S. soldiers were dropped by helicopter into a teeming market in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia, to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali war...
Holy Bible: New International Version

Holy Bible: New International Version

by Anonymous
38,613 voters
The New International Version (NIV) is a completely original translation of the Bible developed by more than one hundred scholars working from the best available Hebrew, Aramaic, a...
Papillon

Papillon

by Henri Charrière
38,422 voters
Vzdevek Metulj se je avtorja te knjige prijel, ker se je pri dvajsetih nadvse rad potepal po zloglasnih pariških četrtih in ga ni bilo mogoče »pripeti na buciko«; naposled si je da...
Color: A Natural History of the Palette

Color: A Natural History of the Palette

by Victoria Finlay
38,384 voters
Discover the tantalizing true stories behind your favorite colors.
For example: Cleopatra used saffron—a source of the color yellow—for seduction. Extracted from an Afghan mine...
Salt: A World History

Salt: A World History

by Mark Kurlansky
38,168 voters
From the Bestselling Author of Cod and The Basque History of the World

In his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household ite...
Lies My Teacher Told Me

Lies My Teacher Told Me

by James W. Loewen
37,525 voters

Winner of the 1996 American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship

Americans have lost touch with their history, ...

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

by Dava SobelNeil Armstrong
37,370 voters
On its 10th anniversary, a gift edition of this classic book, with a forward by one of history's greatest explorers, and eight pages of color illustrations.

Anyone alive i...
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World

The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World

by Michael Pollan
36,610 voters
The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of Cooked and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, one of the most trusted food experts i...
Beyond Good and Evil

Beyond Good and Evil

by Friedrich NietzscheMichael TannerR.J. Hollingdale
36,554 voters
Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil is translated from the German by R.J. Hollingdale with an introduction by Michael Tanner in Penguin Classics.

Beyond G...
Flags of Our Fathers

Flags of Our Fathers

by Ron PowersJames D. Bradley
35,918 voters
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

THE TRUE STORY BEHIND THE IMMORTAL PHOTOGRAPH THAT HAS COME TO SYMBOLIZE THE COURAGE AND INDOMITABLE WILL OF AMERICA

In...
The 48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power

by Robert GreeneJoost Elffers
35,393 voters
This amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive book synthesizes the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz with the historical legacies of statesmen, warrio...
My Life

My Life

by Bill Clinton
35,102 voters
An exhaustive, soul-searching memoir, Bill Clinton's My Life is a refreshingly candid look at the former president as a son, brother, teacher, father, husband, and public fi...
Down and Out in Paris and London

Down and Out in Paris and London

by George Orwell
33,672 voters
This unusual fictional account - in good part autobiographical - narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out...
The Guns of August

The Guns of August

by Robert K. MassieBarbara W. Tuchman
33,604 voters
The Pulitzer Prize-winning classic about the outbreak of World War I

Historian & Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman has brought to life again the people and eve...
History of Beauty

History of Beauty

by Umberto EcoAlastair McEwenGirolamo De Michele
32,227 voters
Now in paperback, Umberto Eco’s groundbreaking and much-acclaimed first illustrated book has been a critical success since its first publication in 2004. What is beauty? Umberto Ec...
Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier

Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier

by Stephen E. Ambrose
31,967 voters
'This was much more than a bunch of guys out on an exploring and collecting expedition. This was a military expedition into hostile territory'. In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson s...
Assassination Vacation

Assassination Vacation

by Sarah Vowell
31,714 voters
Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us o...
A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

by Karen Armstrong
31,604 voters
Over 700,000 copies of the original hardcover and paperback editions of this stunningly popular book have been sold. Karen Armstrong's superbly readable exploration of how the thre...
The Power of Myth

The Power of Myth

by Joseph CampbellBill Moyers
31,555 voters
Campbell's most impressive gift was his ability to take a contemporary situation, such as the murder & funeral of President John F. Kennedy, & help us understand its impact in the ...
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

by Lewis LearyBenjamin Franklin
31,543 voters

"The first book to belong permanently to literature. It created a man."
-- From the Introduction

Few men could compare to Benjamin Franklin. Virtually self-taught...

The Qur'an / القرآن الكريم

The Qur'an / القرآن الكريم

by Anonymous
31,374 voters
The Quran (English pronunciation: /kɔrˈɑːn/; Arabic: القرآن‎ al-qurʾān, IPA: [qurˈʔaːn], literally meaning "the recitation"), also transliterated Qur'an, Koran, Al-Coran, Coran, Ku...
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

by Timothy Egan
31,324 voters
The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Timothy Egan’s critically acclaimed account resc...
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

by Joseph J. Ellis
30,763 voters
In retrospect, it seems as if the American Revolution was inevitable. But was it? In Founding Brothers, Joseph J. Ellis reveals that many of those truths we hold to be self-evident...
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

by Edith HamiltonSteele Savage
30,241 voters
The world-renowned classic that has enthralled and delighted millions of readers with its timeless tales of gods and heroes.

Edith Hamilton's Mythology succe...
The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff

by Tom Wolfe
30,234 voters
When the future began...

The men had it. Yeager. Conrad. Grissom. Glenn. Heroes ... the first Americans in space ... battling the Russians for control of the heavens ... p...
All the President's Men

All the President's Men

by Bob WoodwardCarl Bernstein
29,937 voters
This landmark book details all the events of the biggest political scandal in the history of this nation--Watergate. Woodward and Bernstein kept the headlines coming, delivering re...
The Bookseller of Kabul

The Bookseller of Kabul

by Åsne SeierstadIngrid Christopherson
29,917 voters
In spring 2002, following the fall of the Taliban, Åsne Seierstad spent four months living with a bookseller and his family in Kabul.

For more than twenty years Sultan Kha...
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

by Immaculée IlibagizaSteve Erwin
29,717 voters
Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide....
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

by Candice Millard
29,133 voters
At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one ...