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List of famous history books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular history books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best history novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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...the Heavens and the Earth: ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Walter A. McDougall ...the Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Ageis a book written by Walter A. McDougall.

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100 Tons of Gold is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
100 Tons of Gold is a non-fiction book written by David Leon Chandler and published by Doubleday in 1978. It chronicles the search for gold treasure inside the Victorio Peak, New Mexico.

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11th Virginia Cavalry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous History Books and Novels

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1421: The Year China Discovere... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous History Books and Novels

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1491: New Revelations of the A... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Charles C. Mann 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus is a 2005 non-fiction book by American author and science writer Charles C. Mann about the pre-Columbian Americas. The book argues that a ...more

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1493: Uncovering the New World... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Charles C. Mann 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created is a nonfiction book by Charles C. Mann first published in 2011. It covers the global effects of the Columbian Exchange, following Columbus' first ...more

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173 Hours in Captivity is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
173 Hours In Captivity: The Hijacking of IC 814 is a 2000 book written by Neelesh Misra, a New Delhi-based correspondent of the Associated Press. The book is about the hijacking of Indian ...more

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1822 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Laurentino Gomes 1822, subtitled Como um homem sábio, uma princesa triste e um escocês louco por dinheiro ajudaram D. Pedro a criar o Brasil, um país que tinha tudo para dar errado, is a ...more

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1876 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Gore Vidal 1876 is the third historical novel in Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire series. It was published in 1976 and details the events of a year described by Vidal himself as "probably the low ...more

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18th Virginia infantry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
James I. Robertson

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22nd Virginia Infantry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous History Books and Novels

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25th Virginia Infantry and 9th... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous History Books and Novels

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30th Virginia infantry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Robert K. Krick

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332nd Fighter Group - Tuskegee... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous History Books and Novels

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33rd Virginia Infantry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Lowell Reidenbaugh

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36th and 37th Battalions Virgi... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous History Books and Novels

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36th Virginia Infantry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous History Books and Novels

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45th Virginia Infantry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous History Books and Novels

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500 años fregados pero cristia... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Rius 500 años fregados pero cristianos is a 1992 illustrated book by Mexican cartoonist and writer Rius that was published by Grijalbo. The book is a sharp criticism of the Spanish conquest, ...more

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52nd Virginia Infantry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Robert Driver

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54th Virginia Infantry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Jeffrey Weaver

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58th Virginia Infantry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Robert Driver

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60th Virginia Infantry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous History Books and Novels

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61st Virginia Infantry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Benjamin Trask

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63rd Virginia Infantry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Jeffrey Weaver

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9th Virginia Cavalry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Robert K. Krick

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A Blank in the Weather Map is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Kunio Yanagita A Blank in the Weather Map is a non-fiction book written by Japanese author Kunio Yanagida, it was published in Japan in 1975. The book is about the Hiroshima Meteorological Observatory in 1945. ...more

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A Bright Shining Lie: John Pau... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Neil Sheehan A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam is a book by Neil Sheehan, a former New York Times reporter, about retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann and United ...more

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A Child's History of England is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Charles Dickens A Child's History of England is a book by Charles Dickens. It first appeared in serial form in Household Words, running from January 25, 1851 to December 10, 1853. Dickens also published the ...more

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A Compendium of the War of the... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous History Books and Novels

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A Court on Horseback is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Michael G. Chang

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A Cup of Coffee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous History Books and Novels

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A Division of the Spoils is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Paul Scott A Division of the Spoils is the 1975 novel by Paul Scott that concludes his Raj Quartet.

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A Dying Colonialism is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Frantz Fanon A Dying Colonialism, published in 1959, is an account of the Algerian War written by Frantz Fanon. The book details cultural and political changes that emerge due to the rejection of French ...more

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A History of Christianity is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Paul Johnson A History of Christianity is a study of the Christian religion written by British journalist, historian, and author Paul Johnson. The book was published in 1976 and aims to be a factual ...more

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A History of God is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Karen Armstrong A History of God is a book by Karen Armstrong. It details the history of the three major monotheistic traditions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, along with Buddhism and Hinduism. The evolution ...more

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A History of Histories: Epics,... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
J. W. Burrow A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century is a book by John Burrow.

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A History of Modern Indonesia ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous History Books and Novels

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A History of Negro Education i... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Henry Allen Bullock A History of Negro Education in the South from 1619 to the Present is a book by Henry Allen Bullock.

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A History of Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
A History of Philosophy is an eleven-volume history of Western philosophy written by English Jesuit priest Frederick Charles Copleston. Copleston's History provides extensive coverage of Western ...more

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A History of the English-Speak... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Winston Churchill A History of the English-Speaking Peoples is a four-volume history of Britain and its former colonies and possessions throughout the world, written by Winston Churchill, covering the period from ...more

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A Kingdom of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Judith McNaught A Kingdom of Dreams is a 1989 historical romance novel written by American author Judith McNaught. It is set during the time of the English invasion of Scotland.

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A Midwife's Tale is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich A Midwife's Tale is a book by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

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A Military History of China is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous History Books and Novels

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A Monetary History of the Unit... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Anna Schwartz, Milton Friedman A Monetary History of the United States, 1867–1960 is a book written in 1963 by Nobel Prize–winning economist Milton Friedman and Anna J. Schwartz. It uses historical time series and economic ...more

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A Nation Torn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
A Nation Torn, by Delia Ray, is a child-oriented history of how the American Civil War began. It is in the history series A Young Reader's History of the Civil War. A Nation Torn describes the ...more

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A Nation Under Our Feet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Steven Hahn A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book written in 2003 by Steven Hahn. The book is a history ...more

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A Night to Remember is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Walter Lord A Night to Remember is a 1955 non-fiction book by Walter Lord about the sinking of the RMS Titanic on 15 April 1912. The book was hugely successful, and is still considered a definitive resource ...more

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A Peace to End All Peace is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
David Fromkin A Peace to End All Peace, The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East is a history written by David Fromkin. The book, which was a Pulitzer prize finalist, ...more

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A People's History of the Unit... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous History Books and Novels
Howard Zinn A People's History of the United States is a 1980 non-fiction book by American historian and political scientist Howard Zinn. In the book, Zinn seeks to present American history through the eyes ...more