500 Best Microhistory Books

Posted on July 23, 2018 By newsroom Topic: Best Books

Microhistory is the intensive historical investigation of a well defined smaller unit of research (most often a single event.Today, microhistory has been made popular by the success of books like Hilary Mantell's 'Wolf Hall'.

The Devil in the White City: Murder
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder
The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic — and How It Changed Science
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan
The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum (82
Isaac’s Storm: A Man
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry (72
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach
The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography by Simon Singh
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer (56
In the Garden of Beasts: Love
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach (53
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown (51
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan (51
Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
The Map That Changed the World by Simon Winchester
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester
Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King
Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World by Dan Koeppel
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
And the Band Played On: Politics
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger
The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife
Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World by Mark Pendergrast
Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan
The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession by Susan Orlean
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do by Tom Vanderbilt
Sin in the Second City: Madams
Tulipomania: The Story of the World’s Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused by Mike Dash
The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean by Trevor Corson
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
The Calendar by David Ewing Duncan
A Perfect Red by Amy Butler Greenfield
Spice: The History of a Temptation by Jack Turner
Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages by Anne Mendelson
The Potato: How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World by Larry Zuckerman
Coal: A Human History by Barbara Freese
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal
Seeds of Change: Six Plants That Transformed Mankind by Henry Hobhouse
The True History of Chocolate by Sophie D. Coe
The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery by D.T. Max
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz
Tea: The Drink that Changed the World by Laura C. Martin
How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer
London: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd
The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth
The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History by Katherine Ashenburg
The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell by Mark Kurlansky
Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson
Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It by Gina Kolata
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer
A History of the Wife by Marilyn Yalom
The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance by Henry Petroski
The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters by Rose George
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik
Fermat’s Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World’s Greatest Mathematical Problem by Simon Singh
Eiffel’s Tower: And the World’s Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris
Nathaniel’s Nutmeg: How One Man’s Courage Changed the Course of History by Giles Milton
Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World by Simon Garfield
The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson
The Victorian Internet by Tom Standage
The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting by Anne Macdonald
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann
Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex
E=mc²: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis
The Devil’s Cup by Stewart Lee Allen
1968: The Year That Rocked the World by Mark Kurlansky
History of the Breast by Marilyn Yalom
The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto
Uranium: War
Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates by David Cordingly
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown
The Return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis
Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook
A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash by Elizabeth Royte
The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever
The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA
Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison by Michel Foucault
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner
The Invention of Air by Steven Johnson
The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation by Mark Kurlansky
The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime by Miles Harvey
Gunpowder: Alchemy
The Story of Corn by Betty Fussell
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan
The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million by Daniel Mendelsohn
For All the Tea in China: Espionage
Hotel: An American History by Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz
Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775–82 by Elizabeth A. Fenn
The Coffee House: A Cultural History by Markman Ellis
Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier
The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius
The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War
Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History by Sidney W. Mintz
Cold: Adventures in the World’s Frozen Places by Bill Streever
Food in History by Reay Tannahill
Virgin: The Untouched History by Hanne Blank
Straight: The Surprisingly Short History Of Heterosexuality by Hanne Blank
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein
Jewels: A Secret History by Victoria Finlay
Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent
The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller by Carlo Ginzburg
Necropolis: London and Its Dead by Catharine Arnold
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould
Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce by Douglas Starr
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life
The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story by Richard Preston
Mayflower: A Story of Courage
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief
Batavia’s Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny by Mike Dash
Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey — The Sweet Liquid Gold that Seduced the World by Holley Bishop
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe
Potato: A History of the Propitious Esculent by John Reader
Hunger: An Unnatural History by Sharman Apt Russell
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan
Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster
The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars by Joël Glenn Brenner
Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky
Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America by Steve Almond
Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born by Tina Cassidy
The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett
Spoils of the Moon by Mark Shearman
Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation by Elissa Stein
Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit
The Literary Underground of the Old Regime by Robert Darnton
The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History by Robert Darnton
Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash by Susan Strasser
One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw by Witold Rybczynski
A Short History of Rudeness: Manners
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson
Thames: Sacred River by Peter Ackroyd
Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg
The Song Of The Dodo: Island Biogeography In An Age Of Extinctions by David Quammen
Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival
Wide as the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution it Inspired by Benson Bobrick
When the Mississippi Ran Backwards: Empire
Debt: The First 5
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America & the Great California Earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winchester
America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls
The Zen of Fish: The Story of Sushi
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
The Tiger in the House: A Cultural History of the Cat by Carl Van Vechten
The Fourth Part of the World: The Race to the Ends of the Earth
Beans: A History by Ken Albala
Stealing Lincoln’s Body by Thomas J. Craughwell
Among the Thugs by Bill Buford
Oranges by John McPhee
Ether Day: The Strange Tale of America’s Greatest Medical Discovery and The Haunted Men Who Made It by Julie M. Fenster
The Printing Press as an Agent of Change by Elizabeth L. Eisenstein
Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker
White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf by Aaron Bobrow-Strain
The Hive: The Story of the Honeybee and Us by Bee Wilson
The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai by John Tayman
Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster by Dana Thomas
Kepler’s Witch: An Astronomer’s Discovery of Cosmic Order Amid Religious War
The Ocean at Home: An Illustrated History of the Aquarium by Bernd Brunner
Moon: A Brief History by Bernd Brunner
Plagues and Peoples by William Hardy McNeill
Negro Family in the United States by E. Franklin Frazier
The City in History: Its Origins
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
Home: A Short History of an Idea by Witold Rybczynski
The Information: A History
The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime that Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins
Courtesans: Money
Four Queens: The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe by Nancy Goldstone
Flushed: How the Plumber Saved Civilization by W. Hodding Carter IV
The Search for the Giant Squid: The Biology and Mythology of the World’s Most Elusive Sea Creature by Richard Ellis
The Diligent: A Voyage Through the Worlds of the Slave Trade by Robert W. Harms
The Horologicon: A Day’s Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language by Mark Forsyth
A Mind of Its Own: A Cultural History of the Penis by David M. Friedman
Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad by Jacqueline L. Tobin
Trapped: The 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster by Karen Tintori
The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France by Robert Darnton
Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping
Champagne: How the World’s Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times by Don Kladstrup
Vanilla: Travels in Search of the Ice Cream Orchid by Tim Ecott
Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking by Kate Colquhoun
Descartes’ Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason by Russell Shorto
At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past by A. Roger Ekirch
Evening in the Palace of Reason by James Gaines
The Secret of Chanel №5: The Intimate History of the World’s Most Famous Perfume by Tilar J. Mazzeo
The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
The History of the Snowman: From the Ice Age to the Flea Market by Bob Eckstein
In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
Nonviolence: Twenty-Five Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Kurlansky
The Hour: A Cocktail Manifesto by Bernard DeVoto
Why Things Break: Understanding the World By the Way It Comes Apart by Mark Eberhart
A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains (The Western Frontier Library Series) by Isabella L. Bird
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival
Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 by Michael Capuzzo
Poseidon’s Steed: The Story of Seahorses
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer 8. Lee
The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games by Tony Perrottet
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant
The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs
Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-class Culture in America
Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany by Norman Ohler
Pox: Genius
Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens by James Davidson
The Great Pearl Heist: London’s Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard’s Hunt for the World’s Most Valuable Necklace by Molly Caldwell Crosby
London Under by Peter Ackroyd
On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks by Simon Garfield
Clean and Decent: The Fascinating History of the Bathroom and WC by Lawrence Wright
The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump: John Snow and the Mystery of Cholera by Sandra Hempel
Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28
When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning
The Naked Ape: A Zoologist’s Study of the Human Animal by Desmond Morris
Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier by Jeffrey A. Lockwood
Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert
The Secret Life of Sleep by Kat Duff
Sand: The Never-Ending Story by Michael Welland
The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman
Beauty Wealth Power: Jewels and Ornaments of Asia by Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Much Depends on Dinner: The Extraordinary History and Mythology
San Francisco Is Burning: The Untold Story of the 1906 Earthquake and Fires by Dennis Smith
The Book on the Bookshelf by Henry Petroski
Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller
Napoleon’s Buttons by Penny Le Couteur
Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams
The Cigarette Century: The Rise
Bears: A Brief History by Bernd Brunner
Scurvy: How a Surgeon
Sex in History by Reay Tannahill
Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy by Barbara Ehrenreich
Women of the Raj: The Mothers
Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution by Richard Fortey
Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation
In the Devil’s Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Food by Stewart Lee Allen
Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show by Rachel Shteir
Andre Zeiten
Contraception and Abortion in Nineteenth-Century America: A Critical Edition of the Symphonia Armonie Celestium Revelationum (Symphony of the Harmon by Janet Farrell Brodie
The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How it Changed America by David Hajdu
Never Satisfied : A Cultural History of Diets
Sacred Gifts
Pink Think: Becoming a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons by Lynn Peril
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy
A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor
Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo
The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes by Michel Pastoureau
Breakfast: A History by Heather Arndt Anderson
Empires of Light: Edison
The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil
Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Uncommon Carriers by John McPhee
Greek Fire
The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story by Janet Gleeson
The Zimmermann Telegram by Barbara W. Tuchman
Proof: The Science of Booze by Adam Rogers
The Devil’s Details: A History of Footnotes by Chuck Zerby
Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire by James Romm
The F-Word by Jesse Sheidlower
Breakthrough!: How the 10 Greatest Discoveries in Medicine Saved Millions and Changed Our View of the World
Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder
Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice by Alissa Hamilton
A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton
Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature by Susan E. Davis
Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II by Keith Lowe
Lord High Executioner: An Unashamed Look At Hangmen
The Cloudspotter’s Guide by Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot by Antonia Fraser
Pickett’s Charge by George R. Stewart
American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work by Nick Taylor
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues
Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig by Mark Essig
How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (but True) Stories of Common Vegetables by Rebecca Rupp
One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding by Rebecca Mead
Support and Seduction: The History of Corsets and Bras by Béatrice Fontanel
The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers
The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam by Barbara W. Tuchman
The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature
The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts-From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers-Came to be as They are. by Henry Petroski
The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by David J. Morris
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
Sugar: A Bittersweet History by Elizabeth Abbott
Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World’s Most Revered and Reviled Bird by Andrew D. Blechman
Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker
The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance by Laurie Garrett
Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders
The History of Underclothes by C. Willett Cunnington
Blame It on the Rain: How the Weather Has Changed History by Laura Lee
The Devil’s Gentleman: Privilege
Floating Gold: A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris by Christopher Kemp
A History Of Celibacy by Elizabeth Abbott
Europe’s Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914? by David Fromkin
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
Scotch Whisky: A Liquid History by Charles MacLean
The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide by Mary Lou Heiss
Stradivari’s Genius: Five Violins
Bedlam: London and its Mad by Catharine Arnold
Nature’s Perfect Food: How Milk Became America’s Drink by E. Melanie DuPuis
The Empire of Tea by Alan Macfarlane
The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow
An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage
Vagina: A New Biography by Naomi Wolf
Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit by Mort Rosenblum
Peppers: A Story of Hot Pursuits by Amal Naj
The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500
The Culture Code: An Ingenious Way to Understand Why People Around the World Live and Buy as They Do by Clotaire Rapaille
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman
The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us by Sheril Kirshenbaum
The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century by Steve Coll
The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare
London Under London: A Subterranean Guide by Richard Trench
The Great Crash of 1929 by John Kenneth Galbraith
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon
Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them by Nancy Marie Brown
Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Saval
A Social History of Tea by Jane Pettigrew
The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine by Benjamin Wallace
Blue: The History of a Color by Michel Pastoureau
Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation by Thomas W. Laqueur
The Library: A World History by James W.P. Campbell
Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth
Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by Vicki Constantine Croke
Rust: The Longest War by Jonathan Waldman
Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug by Diarmuid Jeffreys
Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz
The Pawprints of History: Dogs and the Course of Human Events by Stanley Coren
Curry: A Tale of Cooks And Conquerors by Lizzie Collingham
Hair: A Human History by Kurt Stenn
The Last Myth: What the Rise of Apocalyptic Thinking Tells Us about America by Mathew Barrett Gross
The Business of Enlightenment: Publishing History of the Encyclopédie
A Man of Misconceptions: The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change by John Glassie
The Evolution of Wealth: An Economic History of Innovation and Capitalism
Roy G Biv by Jude Stewart
Thugness is a Virtue by Hannah Wehr
Streaking for Mother by Mark Shearman
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf
Liquid Jade: The Story of Tea from East to West by Beatrice Hohenegger
Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter L. Bernstein
The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads by Ammon Shea
Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicine’s Greatest Mysteries by Molly Caldwell Crosby
North Star of Herschel Island — The Last Canadian Arctic Fur Trading Ship. by R. Bruce Macdonald
Temptation (Temptation
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis
Flower Confidential: The Good
Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It by Elizabeth Royte
97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Ziegelman
The Pine Barrens by John McPhee
College Girls: Bluestockings
Zarafa: A Giraffe’s True Story
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
No One Had a Tongue to Speak: The Untold Story of One of History’s Deadliest Floods by Utpal Sandesara
Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?: The Surprising Science of Pregnancy by Jena Pincott
Steak: One Man’s Search for the World’s Tastiest Piece of Beef by Mark Schatzker
The Crofter and the Laird: Life on an Hebridean Island by John McPhee
Black: The History of a Color by Michel Pastoureau
Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt
Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold by Tom Shachtman
The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death
Biting the Dust: The Joys of Housework by Margaret Horsfield
The Book of William: How Shakespeare’s First Folio Conquered the World by Paul Collins
Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express by Christopher Corbett
A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World from Prehistory to Today by William J. Bernstein
Doubting Jesus’ Resurrection: What Happened in the Black Box? by Kris D. Komarnitsky
Dragon Lady: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China by Sterling Seagrave
Compass: A Story of Exploration and Innovation by Alan Gurney
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer
This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson
Storming Caesar’s Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty by Annelise Orleck
The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America by John Putnam Demos
Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America by James Allen
A History of π by Petr Beckmann
A Fierce Radiance by Lauren Belfer
The Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance that Changed the World by Greg King
A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope
Disarmed: The Story of the Venus de Milo by Gregory Curtis
When the King Took Flight by Timothy Tackett
The Stone of Heaven: Unearthing the Secret History of Imperial Green Jade by Adrian Levy
Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City by Robin Nagle
God’s Secretaries : The Making of the King James Bible by Adam Nicolson
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston
The Devil’s Candy: The Anatomy Of A Hollywood Fiasco by Julie Salamon
The Pueblo Revolt: The Secret Rebellion that Drove the Spaniards Out of the Southwest by David Roberts
Prisoner’s Dilemma by William Poundstone
The Lobster Coast: Rebels
Gentlemen’s Blood: A History of Dueling from Swords at Dawn to Pistols at Dusk by Barbara Holland
Rebel Yell: The Violence
Bandits by Eric Hobsbawm
Four Days in November by Vincent Bugliosi
American Quaker War Tax Resistance by David M. Gross
Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block
A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth by Samantha Weinberg
How Shakespeare Changed Everything by Stephen Marche
Our Bones are Scattered: Cawnpore Massacres and the Indian Mutiny of 1857 by Andrew Ward
Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed by Philip Paul Hallie
The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet
The Fatal Impact by Alan Moorehead
Shrink: A Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in America by Lawrence R. Samuel
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi
The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs
K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude Starring Nikita Khrushchev
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles
All-American Girl: The Ideal of Real Womanhood in Mid-Nineteenth-Century America by Frances B. Cogan
Jack the Ripper and Black Magic: Victorian Conspiracy Theories
Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature’s Most Dangerous Creatures by Carl Zimmer
None of Us Were Like This Before: American Soldiers and Torture by Joshua E.S. Phillips
Advertising the American Dream: Making Way for Modernity
The Foie Gras Wars: How a 5
Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells by Helen Scales
A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women
The Story of the Titanic As Told by Its Survivors by Jack Winocour
e: the Story of a Number by Eli Maor
No Nettles Required: The Reassuring Truth About Wildlife Gardening by Ken Thompson
The Natural History of Unicorns by Chris Lavers
The Lost King of France: How DNA Solved the Mystery of the Murdered Son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette by Deborah Cadbury
City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America by Donald L. Miller
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