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.

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1066: The Year of the Conquest
by David Howarth
from Penguin Putnam
for 9th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$16.00 $8.00 (1 in stock)
1776
by David McCullough
from Simon and Schuster
for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$18.00 $8.00 (1 in stock)
1776
by David McCullough
1st edition from Simon and Schuster
for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$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
African Kingdoms
Great Ages of Man
by Basil Davidson
from Time-Life Books
for 9th-Adult
in Great Ages of Man (Location: ZCLE-HISTL)
Age of Enlightenment
Great Ages of Man
by Peter Gay
from Time-Life Books
for 9th-Adult
in Great Ages of Man (Location: ZCLE-HISTL)
Age of Exploration
Great Ages of Man
by John R. Hale
from Time-Life Books
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in Great Ages of Man (Location: ZCLE-HISTL)
Age of Faith
Great Ages of Man
from Time-Life Books
for 9th-Adult
in Great Ages of Man (Location: ZCLE-HISTL)
Age of Kings
Great Ages of Man
by Charles Blitzer
from Time-Life Books
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in Great Ages of Man (Location: ZCLE-HISTL)
Age of Progress
from Time-Life Books
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in Great Ages of Man (Location: ZCLE-HISTL)
Age of Religious Wars
by Richard S. Dunn
2nd edition from W. W. Norton and Co.
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in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Age of Voltaire
Story of Civilization IX
by Will & Ariel Durant
from Simon and Schuster
for Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
Album of Memories
by Tom Brokaw
from Random House
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in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
America's Longest War
by George C. Herring
2nd edition from McGraw-Hill
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$4.00 (1 in stock)
American Civil War
by John Keegan
from Vintage Books
for Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$18.95
Ancient America
Great Ages of Man
by Jonathan Norton Leonard
from Time-Life Books
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Ancient China
Great Ages of Man
by Edward H. Schafer
from Time-Life Books
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in Great Ages of Man (Location: ZCLE-HISTL)
Ancient Egypt
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Antebellum America: 1784-1850
American History by Era Volume 4
by William Dudley (book editor)
from Greenhaven Press
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in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Archko Volume
by Drs. McIntosh and Twyman, translators
Reprint Edition from Keats Publishing, Inc
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$6.00 (1 in stock)
Arguing about Slavery
by William Lee Miller
from Vintage Books
for Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$17.95
Army of the Potomac - 3 Volumes
by Bruce Catton
from Doubleday & Company
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in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
Army Under Pope
by John C. Ropes
Facsimile Edition from The Archive Society
for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Band of Brothers
by Stephen Ambrose, Foreword by Tom Hanks
25th anniversary from Simon and Schuster
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in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$18.99
Band of Brothers
by Stephen Ambrose
from Simon and Schuster
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in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Barbarian Europe
for 9th-Adult
in Great Ages of Man (Location: ZCLE-HISTL)
Battle Cry of Freedom
Oxford History of the United States
by James M. McPherson
from Oxford University
for 11th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$24.95
Battle for the Falklands
by Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins
from W. W. Norton and Co.
for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Birth of the Modern
by Paul Johnson
from HarperCollins
Social Commentary for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$12.00
Brave Men
by Ernie Pyle
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 10th-Adult
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Byzantium
for 9th-Adult
in Great Ages of Man (Location: ZCLE-HISTL)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Carolingian Chronicles
by Bernhard Walter Scholz (translator) with Barbara Rogers
2000 Printing from University of Michigan Press
for Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Centennial History of the Civil War - 3 Volumes
by Bruce Catton
from Doubleday & Company
for 10th-Adult
in American Civil War (1860-1865) (Location: HISA-19CW)
Chivalry
by Maurice Keen
from Yale University Press
for 6th-12th grade
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Christopher Columbus and His Legacy
Opposing Viewpoints Series
by Mary Ellen Jones, Editor
from Greenhaven Press
for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Citizen Soldiers
by Stephen Ambrose
from Simon and Schuster
Historical Non-Fiction for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$20.99
Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality?
by Thomas Sowell
from Quill
for Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Civil War: 1850-1895
American History by Era Volume 5
by Auriana Ojeda, book editor
from Greenhaven Press
for 9th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$14.00 (1 in stock)
Civil War: A History
by Harry Hansen, Introduction by Richard S. Wheeler, Foreword by Gary Gallagher
from New American Library
for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance
by John R. Hale
from HarperCollins
for 9th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Classical Greece
for 9th-Adult
in Great Ages of Man (Location: ZCLE-HISTL)
Colonial Period: 1607-1750
American History by Era Volume 2
by Brenda Stalcup (editor)
from Greenhaven Press
for 9th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$11.00 (1 in stock)
Cradle of Civilization
by Samuel Noah Kramer
from Time-Life Books
for 9th-Adult
in Great Ages of Man (Location: ZCLE-HISTL)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Czech Reader
by Jan Bazant, Nina Bazantova, and Frances Starn, editors
from Duke University Press
for 11th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Day of Battle
Liberation Trilogy #2
by Rick Atkinson
from Henry Holt and Company
for Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Day of the Panzer
by Jeff Danby
from Casemate
for Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Devil in Massachusetts
by Marion L. Starkey
from Anchor Books
for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Discoverers
by Daniel J. Boorstin
from Vintage Classics
for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$22.00
Distant Mirror
by Barbara W. Tuchman
from Ballantine Books
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$20.00
Early Islam
Great Ages of Man
by Desmond Stewart
from Time-Life Books
for 9th-Adult
in Great Ages of Man (Location: ZCLE-HISTL)
Early Japan
Great Ages of Man
from Time-Life Books
for 9th-Adult
in Great Ages of Man (Location: ZCLE-HISTL)
Earth is Weeping
by Peter Cozzens
from Vintage Books
for Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Easy Company Soldier
by Sgt. Don Malarkey
from St. Martin's Press
for 11th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$17.50
Eighteenth Century Europe
by Isser Woloch
from W. W. Norton and Co.
for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps
by Peter Galison
from W. W. Norton and Co.
for Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men
by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
1st edition from Open Court Publishing
for 9th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$6.00 (2 in stock)
English Channel
by J. A. Williamson
from Readers Union
for Adult
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Fight for Jerusalem
by Dore Gold
from Regnery Publishing, Inc.
for Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Fighting for Liberty and Virtue
by Marvin Olasky
from Crossway Books
for Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$5.00 (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)
Folk Arts and Crafts of New England
by Priscilla Sawyer Lord & Daniel J. Foley
Updated from Chilton Book Company
for Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Forever Free
by Eric Foner, illustrations edited with commentary by Joshua Brown
from Vintage Classics
for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
Founding Brothers
by Joseph J. Ellis
from Vintage Classics
for 11th-Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
From Distant Days
by Benjamin R. Foster
from CDL Press
for 4th-8th grade
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Gilded Age: A History in Documents
by Janette Thomas Greenwood
from Oxford University
for 9th-12th grade
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Girl in the Picture
by Denise Chong
from Charles Scribner's Sons
for 10th-Adult
in Vietnam War (1957-1975) (Location: HISA-20VIE)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
God's Battalions
by Rodney Stark
Reprint from HarperOne
for 11th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$17.99
Grant Moves South
by Bruce Catton
from Back Bay Books
for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
Great Bridge
by David McCullough
from Simon and Schuster
for 11th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$20.00 $9.00 (1 in stock)
Great Britain to 1688 / Great Britain Since 1688
by Maurice Ashley and K.B. Smellie
from University of Michigan Press
for Adult
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
$16.00 (1 in stock)
Great Crash: 1929
by John Kenneth Galbraith
from Mariner Books
for 10th-Adult
in Great Depression (1929-1939) (Location: HISA-20GD)
$16.99
Great Revival in the Southern Armies
by W.W. Bennett
from Sprinkle Publications
for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$9.50 (1 in stock)
Greater Journey
by David McCullough
1st edition from Simon and Schuster
for 11th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Greatest Generation
by Tom Brokaw
1st edition from Random House
for Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$5.00 (2 in stock)
Greatest Generation Speaks
by Tom Brokaw
1st edition from Random House
for Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Heyday
by Ben Wilson
from Weidenfeld & Nicolson
for 8th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Historic India
Great Ages of Man
from Time-Life Books
for 9th-Adult
in Great Ages of Man (Location: ZCLE-HISTL)
History of England
by David H. Willson
2nd ed. from Dryden Press Inc.
for Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
History of the American People
by Paul Johnson
from HarperCollins
for 11th-Adult
in American History Reference (Location: HISA-REF)
$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 Twentieth Century
by Martin Gilbert
Reprint from William Morrow & Company
for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$23.99 $13.00 (1 in stock)
History of the World in 6 Glasses
by Tom Standage
from Bloomsbury Publishing
for 10th-Adult
in History Spines & Surveys (Location: HISRF-SPINE)
Hubbell Trading Post
by Erica Cottam
from University of Oklahoma Press
for Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Imperial Rome
Great Ages of Man
from Time-Life Books
for 9th-Adult
in Great Ages of Man (Location: ZCLE-HISTL)
In Search of the Dark Ages
by Michael Wood
from Facts On File
for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Johnstown Flood
by David McCullough
from Simon and Schuster
for 10th-Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
Justinian & Theodora
by Robert Browning
from Thames and Hudson
for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$5.00 (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 (3 in stock)
Last Men Out
by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin
1st Printing from Free Press
for 10th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Lessons of History
by Ariel Durant, Will Durant
from MJF Books
for Adult
in Philosophy (Location: XWV-PHI)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Lexington Goes Down
by A. A. Hoehling
from Prentice Hall
for 9th-Adult
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Lies My Teacher Told Me
by James W. Loewen
2nd edition from Touchstone
for 10th-Adult
in American History Reference (Location: HISA-REF)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Life in Medieval Times
by Marjorie Rowling
Reissue from Perigee Books
for 8th-12th grade
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Life in the Age of Charlemagne
by Peter Munz
from Capricorn Books
for Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$6.00 (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)
$20.50
Lost Peace
by Robert Dallek
from HarperCollins
for Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Mathew Brady
by James D. Horan
from Bonanza Books
for 8th-Adult
in Vintage History & Biographies (Location: VIN-HIS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Miracle at Philadelphia
by Catherine Drinker Bowen
from Little, Brown & Company
for 4th-6th grade
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$9.00 (3 in stock)
Mosby's Rangers
by Jeffry D. Wert
from Simon and Schuster
for 11th-Adult
in History for Adults (Location: ADU-HIS)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
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