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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1776
by David McCullough
from Simon and Schuster
for 10th-Adult
in American Revolution (1765-1783) (Location: HISA-18REV)
$14.00
1776
by David McCullough
1st edition from Simon and Schuster
for 10th-Adult
in American Revolution (1765-1783) (Location: HISA-18REV)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
5 Cities That Ruled the World
by Douglas Wilson
from Thomas Nelson Publishers
in Art & Culture (Location: XCU-ART)
$13.50
America's Longest War
by George C. Herring
2nd edition from McGraw-Hill
for 11th-Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Andersonville
by MacKinlay Kantor
from World Publishing Company
for 9th-Adult
1955 Pulitzer Prize Winner
in Clearance: Literature (Location: ZCLE-LIT)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Band of Brothers
by Stephen Ambrose
from Simon and Schuster
for 10th-Adult
in WWII: European Theater (Location: HISA-20WW2E)
$17.00
Birth of the Modern
by Paul Johnson
from HarperCollins
Social Commentary for 10th-Adult
in Modern History (Location: HISW-MOD)
$10.00
Chronicles of the Barbarians
by David Willis McCullough
from History Book Club
for 6th-10th grade
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: LIT3-REN)
$6.80 (1 in stock)
Citizen Soldiers
by Stephen Ambrose
from Simon and Schuster
Historical Non-Fiction for 10th-Adult
in WWII: European Theater (Location: HISA-20WW2E)
$20.00
Crusade
by Rick Atkinson
1st edition from Houghton Mifflin
for Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Distant Mirror
by Barbara W. Tuchman
from Ballantine Books
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$17.00
Easy Company Soldier
by Sgt. Don Malarkey
from St. Martin's Press
for 11th-Adult
in WWII: European Theater (Location: HISA-20WW2E)
$17.50
Edward VIII
by Frances Lonsdale, Lady Donaldson
Abridged from Lippincott
for 8th-Adult
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$3.00 (1 in stock)
Fiasco
by Thomas E. Ricks
First Edition from Penguin Press
for Adult
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$2.00 (1 in stock)
Flags of Our Fathers
by James Bradley & Ron Powers
from Bantam Books
for 11th-Adult
in WWII: Pacific Theater (Location: HISA-20WW2P)
Flyboys
by James Bradley
2nd edition from Back Bay Books
for 10th grade-adult
in World War II (1939-1945) (Location: HISA-20WW2)
General's War
by Bernard E. Trainor, Michael R. Gordon
1st edition from Little, Brown & Company
for Adult
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$2.00 (1 in stock)
Girl in the Picture
by Denise Chong
from Charles Scribner's Sons
for 10th-Adult
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$3.00 (1 in stock)
Great Bridge
by David McCullough
from Simon and Schuster
for 11th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$17.00 $7.65 (1 in stock)
Great Crash: 1929
by John Kenneth Galbraith
from Mariner Books
for 10th-Adult
in Great Depression (1929-1939) (Location: HISA-20GD)
$14.95
History of the American People
by Paul Johnson
from HarperCollins
for 11th-Adult
in American History Reference (Location: HISRF-US)
$22.99
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: HISCUR-SoW)
$35.00
History of the World in 6 Glasses
by Tom Standage
from Bloomsbury Publishing
for 10th-Adult
in History Spines & Surveys (Location: HISRF-SPINE)
$18.00
Kennedy Presidency
by Deborah Hart Strober, Gerald S. Strober
Revised from Potomac Books
for 11th-Adult
in Clearance: Biographies (Location: ZCLE-BIO)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
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: HISA-19IND)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning
by Jonathan Mahler
Reprint from Picador
for 11th-Adult
in Clearance: Literature (Location: ZCLE-LIT)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Last Men Out
by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin
1st Printing from Free Press
for 10th-Adult
in Vietnam War (1957-1975) (Location: HISA-20VIE)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Lies My Teacher Told Me
by James W. Loewen
2nd edition from Touchstone
for 10th-Adult
in American History Reference (Location: HISRF-US)
$13.50 $9.00 (2 in stock)
Life, Times & Treacherous Death of Jesse James
by Frank Triplett
2nd edition from Longmeadow Press
for Adult
in Clearance: Literature (Location: ZCLE-LIT)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Lost Executioner
by Nic Dunlop
1st edition from Walker and Company
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$20.40
Mathew Brady
by James D. Horan
from Bonanza Books
for 8th-Adult
in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VIN-COL)
$3.40 (1 in stock)
Modern Times
by Paul Johnson
from HarperCollins
Social Commentary for 10th-Adult
in Modern History (Location: HISW-MOD)
$14.00 $8.00 (1 in stock)
Once Upon a Distant War
by William Prochnau
from Vintage Classics
for Adult
in Clearance: Literature (Location: ZCLE-LIT)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Original Story
by Mr. John Barton
from Eerdmans
for 10th-Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Oxford History of the American People
by Samuel Eliot Morison
from Unknown Publisher
for 10th-Adult
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Patriot's History of the United States
by Larry Schweikart & Michael Allen
from Sentinel
for 10th-Adult
in American History Reference (Location: HISRF-US)
$27.00
Patriot's History of the United States
by Larry Schweikart & Michael Allen
from Sentinel
for 10th-Adult
in American History Reference (Location: HISRF-US)
Power of Gold
by Peter L. Bernstein
from John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Professor and the Madman
by Simon Winchester
from Harper Perennial
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$6.80 (1 in stock)
Protestant Reformation
by Lewis W. Spitz
from Concordia Publishing House
Biographies for 10th-Adult
Renaissance
by Paul Johnson
from Modern Library
for 10th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation (Location: HISW-REN)
$15.00
Roll, Jordan, Roll
by Eugene D. Genovese
from Vintage Classics
for 11th-Adult
in Slavery & the Underground Railroad (Location: HISA-19SL)
Saviors and Survivors
from Doubleday & Company
in Clearance: Literature (Location: ZCLE-LIT)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Silent Night
by Stanley Weintraub
from Plume Books
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$12.75
Undaunted Courage
by Stephen Ambrose
from Simon and Schuster
for 9th-Adult
in Lewis & Clark (Location: HISA-19L&C)
$12.00 $9.00 (1 in stock)
Valiant Ambition
1st edition from Viking Studio Books
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
Vietnam and America
by Marvin E. Gettleman
2nd edition from Grove Publishing
for 10th-Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
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: HISA-20VIE)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
War Diaries
by Irene Taylor, Alan Taylor
from Canongate Books
for 10th-Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
War That Killed Achilles
by Caroline Alexander
Reprint from Penguin Putnam
for Adult
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