Books to Inspire the History Buff

Article by Jeremy

There’s a whole subset of our customers who consistently make a beeline straight from our front door to the history and biography nook. If you’ve got someone on your list whose bedside table is stacked with thick biographies of statesmen, postmortems of famous battles, and historical epics, we can recommend a few recent releases that are sure to surprise and delight.

 

One Summer: America, 1927 Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780767919401
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday Books - October 1st, 2013

One of America’s best-loved nonfiction writers investigates the tumultuous year of 1927, which he defines as the year America truly entered the modern world, and breathes new life into its key players, including Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, Al Jolson, Al Capone, Herbert Hoover and Calvin Coolidge.


Nostalgia Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780307908346
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Pantheon Books - October 1st, 2013

In this gripping work of historical fiction, a young Brooklyn man leaves his quiet life behind to join the Union Army in 1864 and takes part in some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. When he is hospitalized for what we today would call PTSD, he forges unlikely bonds, both with his fellow soldiers and with an unlikely advocate for his recovery, poet Walt Whitman.


The Daylight Gate Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780802121639
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Grove Press - October 1st, 2013

Alice Nutter, a wealthy and respected Englishwoman who has dabbled in magick, attempts to save the lives of a group of women accused of witchcraft by a local magistrate. Set during the decidedly paranoid reign of James I, Winterson’s perceptive and gripping historical novel brings the 1612 Pendle witch trials to life.


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The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393088809
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 4th, 2013

Just in time for the centennial of the First World War, acclaimed graphic novelist Joe Sacco illustrates the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest clashes in world history, in one 24-foot long, astonishingly detailed panel. A short booklet is included that situates this remarkable work of art in its historical context.


The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9781594205293
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Penguin Press - October 29th, 2013

This fascinating book examines 101 objects--old and new, large and small--that are part of the Smithsonian’s extensive collection of American artifacts. The book contains full-color photos throughout, but what sets this book apart is its text by Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian’s most sought-after tour guide.


The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Goring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781610391566
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: PublicAffairs - September 10th, 2013

Capt. Douglas M. Kelley, an ambitious Army psychiatrist, was chosen to monitor the mental health of a group of prominent Nazis, including Hermann Göring, during their imprisonment in Luxembourg after World War II. This book details Kelley’s attempts to find common traits in the imprisoned men that would explain what enabled them to perform such horrific crimes against humanity.


Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780385495578
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Nan A. Talese - October 29th, 2013

Cahill’s ambitious book, part of his sprawling Hinges of History series, takes readers through the story of Europe from the Black Death, through the scientific and artistic innovations of the Renaissance, all the way to the religious and cultural upheaval of the Protestant Reformation of the early seventeenth century.


The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780393081633
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 4th, 2013

This groundbreaking history of ancient Europe revives the forgotten world of the Celts, whose culture was almost completely annihilated by the Romans. Robb expertly explores the complex sacred geography the Celts used to situate their settlements and holy places.


Alternate Histories of the World Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780399162947
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Perigee Books - October 1st, 2013

This beautiful volume brings together myriad paintings, engravings, maps and photographs that explore humans’ evolving relationship with the idea of monsters and the supernatural. This is a perfect gift for history buffs and science fiction fans alike!


Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385532921
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday Books - August 6th, 2013

The Arab Revolt against the Turks went largely unnoticed by Westerners caught up in the chaos of World War I, so European efforts to control the Arab world during that time were largely the work of a few adventurous souls, each with his own agenda. This book outlines the fortunes of four such men--including Lawrence of Arabia--and sheds new light on our current stake in the Middle East.


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