Must-Read Fascinating History Books to Enjoy in 2021

Must-Read History Books

to Enjoy in 2021

“History is merely a list of surprises. 

It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again” 

Kurt Vonnegut

The history of our world is vast and diversified. Revolutions, wars, collapses of various civilizations, mighty public figures, and remarkable scientific achievements — there is so much to discover in this world!

If you are going to scratch the surface of world history or just want to spend a pleasant evening with an action-packed book that perfectly combines facts with a well-written story, some of the top history books are perfect to start with. 

To assist you with your choice, we’ve made a list of the best-selling history books of all time so you can learn more about the past and gain some insights into the future.

The history of our world is vast and diversified. Revolutions, wars, collapses of various civilizations, mighty public figures, and remarkable scientific achievements — there is so much to discover in this world!

To assist you with your choice, we’ve made a list of the best-selling history books of all time so you can learn more about the past and gain some insights into the future.

The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer

 

If you are a fan of the old civilizations and want to dive deep into the history of their cultures to find out how the ancient worlds affect our lives today, this book is a perfect choice for you!

The author tells us about such old civilizations as Egypt, China, India, and Greece and gives readers a detailed description of every country, its local communities, traditions, and culture. This book is not a collection of tedious historical abstracts but vivid stories of real people, a bunch of maps, and private letters that make history come alive. 

This nearly 900-page volume will definitely impress you — you won’t tear yourself away from the book until you finish it!

Ancient World | MER

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank 

 

This book contains a diary of a 14-year-old girl from the Netherlands. This country was occupied by the Nazis in the middle of the 20th century. It is a sincere and painful story of a young girl Anne Frank and her family. They were hiding in the attic of an abandoned office building for 2 years where Anne spent the last years of her life. 

You won’t find lots of dramatic plot twists in this book as it’s a diary of a girl that was completely cut off from the world for several years. The characters of this tragic story faced horrors of war, hunger, apathy, betrayal, loneliness, and death. But at the same time, these people were full of persistence, humor, and a spirit of freedom. 

The book has been translated into 60+ languages and became one of the best-selling history books. If you are a fan of epistolary novels and heartbreaking stories, you’ll definitely like this one!

The attic of an abandoned office building

The Story of China by Michael Wood

 

Did you know that China was the first country that started using paper money in the XI century? The Chinese also invented alcoholic beverages, silk, and even football! Want to explore the oldest living civilization in the world? This book will guide you through a fascinating history of this country from ancient times to modern-day China.

Apart from the engaging history of China, the author masterly inserted a number of artifacts in his book such as letters from soldiers, women, monks, and slaves. The Story of China is a must-read for those who want to immerse themselves in the history of this mysterious land and find out how China became one of the most powerful and dominating countries in the world.

More than 4000 years of history in the 600-page book — this astonishing journey is definitely worth your time! 

The Story of China | MER

Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the XX century by Konrad H. Jarausch

 

It’s a set of real stories about Germans who survived the horrors of World War II. Some of them participated in the postwar reconstruction, while others’ lives of the other people were destroyed by their own ruthless deeds. The sorrowful voices of these traumatized people allow us to see the historical events from a brand-new perspective. 

This book clearly allows us to see the price Germany had to pay to go through the way from a fierce aggressor to a democratic republic. The stories of men, women, and kids of that time reveal the truth about the inner struggle they experienced and how hard it was to find their place in this new world. 

More than 70 real stories are worth reading to know a bit more about ordinary Germans whose lives were devastated during the Nazi regime. 

How Ordinary Germans Experienced the XX century

Grant by Ron Chernow

 

This biography of Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the US, is written by an American writer and historian Ron Chernow. The author won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for his biography of George Washington.

It’s important to have a complete understanding of this politician as he has a controversial reputation. Sometimes he is even characterized as an incapable businessman and alcoholic. Other people consider him a furious leader of the Civil War. Ron Chernow put together the pieces of Grant’s life and created the full portrait of this remarkable person. 

In total, there are 8 biographies of Grant but this one is the longest (nearly 1000 pages), the fullest, and the most captivating for readers. The author keeps a perfect balance between a story of a real person and a gripping narrative which makes this biography one of the top-rated history books ever. 

Ulysses S. Grant

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari 

 

It’s probably the most popular book on our list as it gives simple answers to our questions about the history of humanity. How did the very first humans appear and survive on Earth? How were the ancient cities and countries created? How and why did science and religion come from? 

The author explains how the societies and our personalities were shaped by history, and these simple facts call into question everything we knew about ourselves. The book isn’t stuffed with complex terminology. On the contrary, it is easy to read and understand so that you can enjoy the story and gain a better understanding of humankind.

So if you want to discover the past and wonder at the possible future of humankind, don’t miss out on the chance to read this book!

A Brief History of Humankind | MER

Your Breathtaking Journey Is Waiting for You! 

 

Great history books can be a perfect means of time travel ― take a peek at your favorite epochs, explore the old civilizations and learn more about the ups and downs of the most significant figures in history. So it’s time to choose a perfect book, make some tea, wrap yourself in a cozy blanket and enjoy the most stunning and incredible adventures in history! 

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