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History for Adults

This isn't some sketchy R-rated section for those 18 and over. The heading merely indicates that these aren't titles of a specifically "educational" nature, in the sense that they'd fit well into a K-8 curriculum. That said, you probably don't want your kiddos reading Intellectuals by Paul Johnson.

We believe it's important for parents to know at least as much history as their children, especially during a child's formative years, and especially especially if you're teaching him or her at home. This isn't just so you can answer questions more easily—how can we impart a sense of the trajectory of the human story to our kids if we have a truncated or incomplete view ourselves?

A lot of the books here aren't "comprehensive" in the sense that they span continents and epochs. Many of them are, but the point isn't to give you the whole picture, but to fill in gaps and make connections. Plus, history is just plain interesting, and while it's still beneficial, reading about the Chinese dynasties or the first overland railroad is as fun as it is instructive.

These aren't primarily "literary" histories. Many excellent writers are represented, but most of them are first and foremost professional historians, and they approach their subjects as academics and scholars rather than artists. Sadly, the two have grown increasingly apart since the days of men like Hakluyt and the Venerable Bede.

Have fun browsing our collection. Its construction has been less intentional on our part than that of many other categories, but we haven't chosen anything that looks boring, weighted too heavily against (at the least) a fairly conservative worldview, or treats topics best unconsidered. While we specifically designate "adults" as the prime beneficiaries of this section, many high schoolers would be just as comfortable and have just as much fun here. If you think learning shouldn't be fun, we could surely find you some really dreary titles if you ask nicely.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviews here.

 

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1421: The Year China Discovered America
by Gavin Menzies
1st edition from William Morrow & Company
for Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
1776
by David McCullough
from Simon and Schuster
for 10th-Adult
in American Revolution (1765-1783) (Location: B01-09C)
1776
by David McCullough
1st edition from Simon and Schuster
for 10th-Adult
in American Revolution (1765-1783) (Location: B01-09C)
5 Cities That Ruled the World
by Douglas Wilson
from Thomas Nelson Publishers
in Art & Culture (Location: C08-01B)
$13.50
Band of Brothers
by Stephen Ambrose
from Simon and Schuster
for 10th-Adult
in WWII: European Theater (Location: B01-25C)
Birth of the Modern
by Paul Johnson
from HarperCollins
Social Commentary for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: CLT-HIS)
Citizen Soldiers
by Stephen Ambrose
from Simon and Schuster
Historical Non-Fiction for 10th-Adult
in WWII: European Theater (Location: B01-25C)
Distant Mirror
by Barbara W. Tuchman
from Ballantine Books
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
Easy Company Soldier
by Sgt. Don Malarkey
from St. Martin's Press
for 11th-Adult
in WWII: European Theater (Location: B01-25C)
First World War
by A. J. P. Taylor
from Penguin Putnam
for 11th-Adult
in World War I (1914-1919) (Location: B01-23C)
Flags of Our Fathers
by James Bradley & Ron Powers
from Bantam Books
for 11th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: CLT-HIS)
Flyboys
by James Bradley
2nd edition from Back Bay Books
for 10th grade-adult
in History for Adults (Location: CLT-HIS)
God's Battalions
by Rodney Stark
Reprint from HarperOne
for 11th-Adult
in Middle Ages (Location: B02-04A)
Great Bridge
by David McCullough
from Simon and Schuster
for 11th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
Great Crash: 1929
by John Kenneth Galbraith
from Mariner Books
for 10th-Adult
in Great Depression (1929-1939) (Location: B01-24A)
History of the American People
by Paul Johnson
from HarperCollins
for 11th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: CLT-HIS)
History of the Medieval World
by Susan Wise Bauer
1st edition from W. W. Norton and Co.
for Adult
in Story of the World (Location: B03-03A)
History of the World in 6 Glasses
by Tom Standage
from Walker and Company
for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: CLT-HIS)
Labor's Untold Story
by Herbert M. Morais, Richard O. Boyer
3rd edition from United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of Amer
for 9th-Adult
in Industrialization & Organized Labor (Location: B01-22C)
Last Men Out
by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin
1st Printing from Free Press
for 10th-Adult
in Vietnam War (1957-1975) (Location: B01-26C)
Lies My Teacher Told Me
by James W. Loewen
2nd edition from Touchstone
for 10th-Adult
in American History Reference (Location: B04-03C)
Lost Executioner
by Nic Dunlop
1st edition from Walker and Company
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
Mathew Brady
by James D. Horan
from Bonanza Books
for 8th-Adult
in American Civil War (1860-1865) (Location: B01-18A)
Mayflower
by Nathaniel Philbrick
from Penguin Putnam
for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
Modern Times
by Paul Johnson
from HarperCollins
Social Commentary for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: CLT-HIS)
Patriot's History of the United States
by Larry Schweikart & Michael Allen
from Sentinel
for 10th-Adult
in American History Reference (Location: B04-03C)
Protestant Reformation
by Lewis W. Spitz
from Concordia Publishing House
Biographies for 10th-Adult
in Reformation (Location: C06-03D)
Protestant Reformation: Major Documents
by Lewis W. Spitz
from Concordia Publishing House
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C01-CHR)
Renaissance
by Paul Johnson
from Modern Library
for 10th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation (Location: B02-04D)
Roll, Jordan, Roll
by Eugene D. Genovese
from Vintage Classics
for 11th-Adult
in Slavery & the Underground Railroad (Location: B01-17D)
Silent Night
by Stanley Weintraub
from Plume Books
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
Undaunted Courage
by Stephen Ambrose
from Simon and Schuster
for 9th-Adult
in Lewis & Clark (Location: B01-12B)
Valiant Ambition
1st edition from Viking Studio Books
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
Vietnam and America
by Marvin Gettleman, Jane Franklin, Marilyn B. Young, H. Bruce Franklin
2nd edition from Hickory Grove Press
for 9th-Adult
in Vietnam War (1957-1975) (Location: B01-26C)