The best 78 European History books

European History offers a rich tapestry of events and cultures that have shaped the modern world. Our carefully curated book list delves into the intricacies of European history, illuminating key moments and figures that have influenced our world today.

Explore these insightful reads to deepen your knowledge and gain a fresh perspective on the complex tapestry of European history. Ready to uncover the fascinating twists and turns that have shaped the continent we know today? Start your journey now with our engaging selection of titles.

The best 78 European History books
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European History Books: The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James

The Black Jacobins

C.L.R. James
Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution
4.5 (84 ratings)
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What's The Black Jacobins about?

The Black Jacobins (1938) traces the remarkable history of the revolution in the French colony of San Domingo (modern day Haiti). It describes the events that helped the revolution become the first successful slave rebellion in history.

In particular, The Black Jacobins views the events through the prism of the revolution’s greatest figure, Toussaint L’Ouverture. It shows how he, a former slave who was inspired by the ideals of the French Revolution, successfully defeated the European empires and helped to destroy the brutal practice of slavery in San Domingo.

Who should read The Black Jacobins?

  • Students of history and postcolonial studies
  • Anyone who wants to understand why people revolt
  • Anyone interested in how political ideas can change the world

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European History Books: The Sleepwalkers by Christopher Clark

The Sleepwalkers

Christopher Clark
How Europe Went To War in 1914
4.5 (233 ratings)
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What's The Sleepwalkers about?

Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers takes a fresh look at the outbreak of the First World War, focusing on the alliances established among Europe’s nations in the years leading up to 1914. In his compelling and masterful account, Clark examines the decisions, both big and small, that led to the outbreak, and investigates the common belief that the war was an inevitability.

Who should read The Sleepwalkers?

  • Anyone who wants to learn more about the outbreak of the First World War
  • Anyone interested in European history and international relations
  • Anyone interested in how wars can start

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European History Books: Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder

Bloodlands

Timothy Snyder
Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
4.4 (161 ratings)
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What's Bloodlands about?

In Bloodlands (2010), author Timothy Snyder tells the tragic story of the people caught in the crossfire between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II. The victims of the “bloodlands,” or territories that after the war became the Eastern Bloc, were pushed and pulled by two ruthless powers and treated like pawns both before the conflict and afterward.

Who should read Bloodlands?

  • Historians with a particular interest in World War II
  • People interested in the modern history of Eastern Europe
  • Students of German or Russian history

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European History Books: One of Us by Åsne Seierstad

One of Us

Åsne Seierstad
The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway
4.4 (16 ratings)
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What's One of Us about?

One of Us (2015) tells the story of Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian terrorist who killed 77 people on July 22, 2011. Beginning with Breivik’s personal life and detailing the development of his extremist political views and his planning of the massacre, these blinks give you an unflinching look into the mind of the man who carried out this devastating and senseless attack.

Who should read One of Us?

  • Those curious about the most tragic day in recent Norwegian history
  • People hoping to gain insight into the mind of a terrorist
  • Anyone interested in how dangerous poor police work can be

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European History Books: World Order by Henry Kissinger

World Order

Henry Kissinger
Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History
4.2 (158 ratings)
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What's World Order about?

World Order (2014) is a guide to the complex mechanisms that have governed international relations throughout history. These blinks explain how different countries conceive of different world orders and how they are held in balance or brought into conflict.

Who should read World Order?

  • Anyone who wants to learn more about the intricacies of global politics
  • Students of political science, governance and international relations
  • Everyone with an interest in globalization and clashes of cultures

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European History Books: Ukraine Crisis by Andrew Wilson

Ukraine Crisis

Andrew Wilson
What It Means for the West
4.3 (706 ratings)
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What's Ukraine Crisis about?

Ukraine Crisis (2014) addresses the peaceful protests and violent conflicts that have rocked Ukraine in recent years. This book take a look at the events surrounding the Maidan uprising, the Russian annexation of Crimea and the ongoing conflict in the Donbas. Importantly, the crisis is put into context not just for the future of Ukraine but also how it affects Russia, the European Union and the world.

Who should read Ukraine Crisis?

  • Students and professors of history or politics
  • People interested in contemporary history
  • Anyone curious about the power play between Russia and the West

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European History Books: A Peace to End All Peace by David Fromkin

A Peace to End All Peace

David Fromkin
The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and Creation of the Modern Middle East
4.5 (275 ratings)
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What's A Peace to End All Peace about?

The Middle East today is a hotbed of violence and war. Whether the civil war in Syria or the intractable Arab-Israeli conflict, peace in the region seems a far-off dream. Yet how did the Middle East become so unstable? In A Peace to End All Peace (1989), you’ll learn that European colonial ambitions during World War I were the catalyst that led to today’s modern crises.

Who should read A Peace to End All Peace?

  • Anyone interested in understanding the Middle East
  • Political junkies
  • Students of history or international relations

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European History Books: Jerusalem by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Jerusalem

Simon Sebag Montefiore
The Biography
4.1 (144 ratings)
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What's Jerusalem about?

Jerusalem (2011) tells the story of a city considered holy by three of the world’s major religions, and which is central to some of the greatest conflicts in human history. These blinks detail the history of Jerusalem, the near-constant battles it has inspired and the fundamental role it has played in shaping humankind over the course of millennia.

Who should read Jerusalem?

  • Anyone interested in theology, history and war
  • Jews, Christians and Muslims
  • Anyone interested in the crucial precursors to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East

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European History Books: This Blessed Plot by Hugo Young

This Blessed Plot

Hugo Young
Britain and Europe From Churchill to Blair
4.1 (41 ratings)
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What's This Blessed Plot about?

Nowadays, it’s common knowledge that Britain sees itself as distinct from the rest of Europe. For instance, they use the pound instead of the euro and do not take part in the EU free travel zone. But how did Britain’s relationship with Europe end up like this? That’s what This Blessed Plot (1998) is all about. It explains that, since WWII, Britain has had a conflicted relationship with the European project, filled with negotiations and exemptions. With the “Brexit” now on everyone’s mind, find out more about this complicated history and what it might be able to tell us about Britain’s future.

Who should read This Blessed Plot?

  • Anyone interested in the “Brexit” referendum
  • Political junkies
  • Students of modern European history

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European History Books: Russian Roulette by Michael Isikoff and David Corn

Russian Roulette

Michael Isikoff and David Corn
The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump
4.0 (56 ratings)
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What's Russian Roulette about?

Russian Roulette (2018) relates the results of an investigation by two journalists into the Russian interference in the 2016 American presidential election. These include details on Trump’s business ties to Russia, the Russian connections of his campaign team, the Russian hacking of Democratic institutions, the disinformation campaigns on social media and what Russian intelligence might have gathered to compromise Trump. The blinks also tell how the American intelligence community and the Obama administration reacted to the Russian hacking.

Who should read Russian Roulette?

  • News junkies interested in the 2016 US presidential election
  • Concerned citizens who want to know more about Trump’s ties to Russia
  • Students of politics seeking an explanation for why Trump won

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European History Books: Killing the Rising Sun by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Killing the Rising Sun

Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
How America Vanquished World War II Japan
4.3 (81 ratings)
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What's Killing the Rising Sun about?

Killing the Rising Sun (2016) tells the story of the Pacific War, which took place between 1941 and 1945, and its main belligerents, the United States and Japan. From the attack on Pearl Harbor to bloody invasions of Japan to the development of the world’s first atomic bomb, the book portrays the brutality of World War II from a US perspective, and describes how the war was eventually won.

Who should read Killing the Rising Sun?

  • Fans of world history and politics
  • Military enthusiasts
  • Anyone obsessed with or fascinated by the story of World War II

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European History Books: Why The West Rules – For Now by Ian Morris

Why The West Rules – For Now

Ian Morris
The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future
4.3 (85 ratings)
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What's Why The West Rules – For Now about?

Why The West Rules – For Now (2010) is a treatise on Western rule. It examines what “the West” is and how its current dominance came about. Starting with the earliest development of humankind, it rules out racist genetic beliefs and theories of cultural superiority. It describes how East and West have been locked neck and neck in a race for advancement up to the present day. And, of course, it goes on to address the question: will the West’s dominance last?

Who should read Why The West Rules – For Now?

  • Anyone wondering why or if the West rules – and what “the West” is
  • Historians and archaeologists
  • Politicians and those interested in politics

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European History Books: Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary

Destiny Disrupted

Tamim Ansary
A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes
4.4 (122 ratings)
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What's Destiny Disrupted about?

Destiny Disrupted (2009) tells history from an Islamic perspective. It begins before the emergence of Muhammad and Islam in the seventh century CE and ends with the decline of the Islamic empires in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. On this epic journey, Tamim Ansary describes the fascinating stories of great Muslim states, scholars and leaders – a perspective on history that is, unfortunately, widely unknown to most Westerners.

Who should read Destiny Disrupted?

  • Historians and students of religion
  • Westerners curious about the Islamic perspective on world history
  • Readers eager to learn more about Islamic culture and religion

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European History Books: A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre

A Spy Among Friends

Ben Macintyre
Philby and the Great Betrayal
4.2 (51 ratings)
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What's A Spy Among Friends about?

A Spy Among Friends (2014) details the life of Kim Philby, a highly respected operative who rose through the ranks of the British secret services during World War II and the Cold War. Though a seeming paragon of British values, he actually spent his career working as a double agent for the Russians.

Who should read A Spy Among Friends?

  • Fans of John Le Carré and other spy novelists
  • People interested in the history of the Cold War
  • Espionage enthusiasts and would-be spies

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European History Books: The Square and the Tower by Niall Ferguson

The Square and the Tower

Niall Ferguson
Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook
4.3 (70 ratings)
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What's The Square and the Tower about?

Our networked lives are often seen as a product of the recent past. After all, didn’t the internet, social media, globalized trade and international terrorist networks first emerge in the late twentieth century? Renowned historian Niall Ferguson begs to differ. Providing a sweeping overview of Western history, from the birth of the printing press to the election of Donald Trump, The Square and the Tower (2018) offers a compelling argument that networks have been a key driver of historical change for a very long time and will only become more important in the future.

Who should read The Square and the Tower?

  • History buffs who love grand theories about the past
  • Anyone who’s befuddled by recent political events
  • Social media professionals keen to learn how networks can change the world

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European History Books: Say Nothing by Patrick Keefe

Say Nothing

Patrick Keefe
A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
4.2 (45 ratings)
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What's Say Nothing about?

Say Nothing (2018) explores a shocking true story of murder during the Northern Ireland Conflict. These blinks are a compelling meditation on one of the darkest chapters of Irish history, and shine a light on some of the key figures in the conflict as well as the period’s most notorious atrocities.

Who should read Say Nothing?

  • History buffs looking for fresh insights
  • True crime enthusiasts
  • Avid news readers interested in international relations

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European History Books: The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt

The Origins of Totalitarianism

Hannah Arendt
4.6 (422 ratings)
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What's The Origins of Totalitarianism about?

The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) is a landmark work by Hannah Arendt, in which she traces the anti-Semitic and imperialist roots of modern-day totalitarianism in Europe. Starting with the rise of the nation-state in the seventeenth century, Arendt reveals the prejudices and myths that empowered the Nazism and Stalinism of the early twentieth century, and that can lead to the erosion of free-thinking democracy. She also gives clear warning on how to avoid predatory totalitarian movements in the future.

Who should read The Origins of Totalitarianism?

  • Students of philosophy and political science
  • Anyone interested in how history can teach us about the present
  • People concerned about human rights

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European History Books: The Congo from Leopold to Kabila by Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja

The Congo from Leopold to Kabila

Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja
A People’s History
4.3 (79 ratings)
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What's The Congo from Leopold to Kabila about?

The Congo from Leopold to Kabila (2002) is the history of the Congolese democratic movement in the twentieth century. The history begins with Belgian colonial rule, working its way through Mobutu’s reign of terror, before looking at the Congo Wars and concluding with the prolific unrest still rampant at the turn of the century. This survey illuminates how exploitative external interests and internal weaknesses have hampered the Congolese democratic movement and proposes how it might still advance.

Who should read The Congo from Leopold to Kabila?

  • Curious minds interested in Congolese history and its democracy movement
  • Students of colonial and postcolonial history
  • Africans and non-Africans seeking African history as told from an insider perspective

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European History Books: The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre

The Spy and the Traitor

Ben Macintyre
The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
4.6 (101 ratings)
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What's The Spy and the Traitor about?

The Spy and the Traitor (2018) details the real-life spy story of Oleg Gordievsky, the Soviet double-agent whose efforts contributed to the end of the Cold War. These blinks trace Gordievsky’s progress through the KGB and his years spying for MI6, the British secret service, before his final daring escape to the West.

Who should read The Spy and the Traitor?

  • Fans of espionage and spy stories
  • History buffs looking for a fresh perspective on the Cold War
  • Political science nerds who want to see realpolitik in action

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European History Books: Upheaval by Jared Diamond

Upheaval

Jared Diamond
Turning Points for Nations in Crisis
4.3 (377 ratings)
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What's Upheaval about?

Upheaval (2019) takes us through some of modern history’s biggest national crises to find out how each nation ended up in such trouble, and how they managed to get out of it. Looking at seven different nations, author Jared Diamond reveals how some of the same problems and solutions have emerged time and again, whether we’re looking at Chile and Indonesia in the 1970s, or Australia and Germany after WWII.

Who should read Upheaval?

  • History buffs
  • Students of political science
  • Globally minded individuals interested in world affairs

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European History Books: A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell

A Woman of No Importance

Sonia Purnell
The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
4.7 (91 ratings)
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What's A Woman of No Importance about?

A Woman of No Importance (2019) sheds light on the shadowy world of wartime espionage and the career of one of the Allies’ most effective spies in the battle against Nazi Germany – Virginia Hall. In these blinks, we’ll follow Virginia from her Maryland home to the jazz clubs of interwar Paris and the warren-like streets of Lyon, the city in which she learned her trade. Along the way, you’ll discover how the “limping lady” dodged Gestapo agents, martialled the French resistance and revolutionized spycraft.

Who should read A Woman of No Importance?

  • Adventure addicts 
  • History buffs 
  • Francophiles 

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European History Books: The Secret Barrister by The Secret Barrister

The Secret Barrister

The Secret Barrister
Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken
4.1 (27 ratings)
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What's The Secret Barrister about?

The Secret Barrister (2019) takes a behind-the-scenes look at the often chaotic and frighteningly disorganized world of England and Wales’ criminal justice system. As revealed by an experienced criminal barrister, the current system is woefully underfunded and suffering from a lack of resources, yet is also under threat from proposed reforms that would impose further cuts. However, there are some reasonable ways for the system to improve.

Who should read The Secret Barrister?

  • Students of law and ethics
  • Fans of true crime
  • Advocates for prison reform

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European History Books: Nine Pints by Rose George

Nine Pints

Rose George
A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood
4.5 (49 ratings)
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What's Nine Pints about?

Nine Pints (2018) explores the rich but neglected story of blood. Taking a panoramic view and approaching the subject from multiple angles, Rose George looks into the science of blood and details some of the institutions, businesses and taboos that have arisen around this vital fluid.

Who should read Nine Pints?

  • Armchair doctors fascinated by medical science
  • Anyone not clued up on the brilliance of blood
  • Squeamish souls who need to face their fears

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European History Books: Dark Towers by David Enrich

Dark Towers

David Enrich
Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction
4.4 (92 ratings)
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What's Dark Towers about?

Dark Towers (2020) is a heavily researched look into the ignominious rise and devastating fall of Deutsche Bank. Over the course of 150 years, the bank helped build the American railroad system, funded Nazi genocide, schmoozed Russian oligarchs, and had a hand in the election of President Donald Trump. When Deutsche executive Bill Broeksmit killed himself in 2014, he came to symbolize the destructive power of the bank’s institutional greed.

Who should read Dark Towers?

  • People who work in finance
  • Anyone still mad about the government’s Wall Street bailout
  • Stock market watchers

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European History Books: Figuring by Maria Popova

Figuring

Maria Popova
4.2 (78 ratings)
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What's Figuring about?

Figuring (2019) traces the intricate web that connects important figures from human history, from German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and inventor Nikola Tesla to America’s first female astronomer Maria Mitchell and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. These blinks pick up the tapestry of these different lives, trace the impact that they had on the course of history, and reveal the secret driving force that unites them all.

Who should read Figuring?

  • Voracious readers across all genres
  • Poets who love science
  • Scientists who love poetry

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European History Books: Bedtime Biography: Queen of Fashion by Caroline Weber

Bedtime Biography: Queen of Fashion

Caroline Weber
What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution
4.6 (67 ratings)
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What's Bedtime Biography: Queen of Fashion about?

Narrated by Marston York

Music by Federico Coderoni

Queen of Fashion (2006) unveils the untold ways in which Marie Antoinette, with her iconoclastic sense of fashion and rebellious nature, challenged the status quo of 18th century French court. Expressing herself through daring originality, her story reveals a great deal about the revolutionary politics that make up the history of both fashion and France.

Who should read Bedtime Biography: Queen of Fashion?

  • Fashionistas wanting to know more about the link between power and clothing
  • Francophiles obsessed with Marie Antoinette
  • History students interested in the French Revolution

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European History Books: Fake Law by The Secret Barrister

Fake Law

The Secret Barrister
The Truth About Justice in an Age of Lies
4.7 (32 ratings)
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What's Fake Law about?

Fake Law (2020) examines the truth behind some of Britain’s most infamous crimes and criminal trials. Packed with insights into how the law really works, these blinks explore the disconnect between the reality of the justice system, and how it’s portrayed in the media.

Who should read Fake Law?

  • True crime fans
  • Law students looking for a fresh perspective
  • Anyone interested in current affairs

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European History Books: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank
4.8 (177 ratings)
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What's The Diary of a Young Girl about?

The Diary of a Young Girl (first published 1952; this edition 1977) tells the story of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl who went into hiding with her family during the Second World War. It offers a remarkable portrait of a maturing young woman forced into an unbelievable situation but rising to the occasion. In her diary, Anne shares her thoughts and dreams, revealing a remarkable talent that was tragically taken from the world, along with millions of other lives during the Holocaust.

Who should read The Diary of a Young Girl?

  • People interested in stories of life during wartime
  • Anyone who likes true stories of resilience and survival
  • Young women looking for inspirational figures

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European History Books: Empire by Niall Ferguson

Empire

Niall Ferguson
How Britain Made the Modern World
4.6 (324 ratings)
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What's Empire about?

Empire (2003) offers a compelling overview of the highs and lows of the British Empire, from its late-to-the-game beginnings in the seventeenth century to its ultimate collapse in the twentieth century. Through the many disgraces and unparalleled achievements, you’ll learn how Great Britain came to control close to a quarter of the world, and how we’re still coming to terms with this legacy.

Who should read Empire?

  • History buffs
  • Anyone interested in the legacy of colonialism
  • People curious about the world economy

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European History Books: Wagnerism by Alex Ross

Wagnerism

Alex Ross
Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music
4.5 (65 ratings)
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What's Wagnerism about?

Wagnerism (2020) chronicles how the works of Richard Wagner have influenced thinkers in the years since his death. Exploring the multitude of ways in which people have interpreted his music, it looks beyond his artistic legacy to his political influence – most of all on the Nazi party.

Who should read Wagnerism?

  • Classical music fans who want to broaden their knowledge
  • Historians interested in the role of music and culture
  • Politics enthusiasts who want to explore the history of ideas

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European History Books: Agent Sonya by Ben Macintyre

Agent Sonya

Ben Macintyre
Moscow’s Most Daring Wartime Spy
4.5 (60 ratings)
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What's Agent Sonya about?

Agent Sonya (2020) is the biography of a respectable housewife, who also just happened to be one of Soviet intelligence’s most intrepid and high-ranking spies. The book traces the life of Ursula Kuczynski, code-name Sonya, from her birth in Berlin, through her radicalization as a communist and her career as a spy who both foiled the Nazis and arguably kicked off the Cold War.

Who should read Agent Sonya?

  • World War II history buffs
  • Espionage enthusiasts
  • Anyone who loves the thrill and suspense of a good spy story

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European History Books: The Light of Days by Judy Batalion

The Light of Days

Judy Batalion
The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos
4.7 (77 ratings)
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What's The Light of Days about?

The Light of Days (2021) tells the thrilling and harrowing story of the Jewish women in Nazi-occupied Poland who served as resistance fighters during World War II. These women took up arms in ghetto uprisings and served as important couriers on dangerous missions to transport guns and supplies across a hostile territory.

Who should read The Light of Days?

  • History buffs
  • Anyone interested in forgotten World War II stories
  • People who are inspired by fearless women

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European History Books: Flash Crash by Liam Vaughan

Flash Crash

Liam Vaughan
A Trading Savant, a Global Manhunt, and the Most Mysterious Market Crash in History
4.5 (77 ratings)
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What's Flash Crash about?

Flash Crash (2020) tells the story of the “Hound of Hounslow,” Navinder Singh Sarao, a British man accused of triggering the sudden and dramatic stock market crash of 2010. This is a detailed and fast-paced tale of global fraud and quixotic dreams.

Who should read Flash Crash?

  • Those with an interest in financial fraud and daring swindles 
  • Fans of gripping investigative journalism
  • Anyone who follows global finance

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European History Books: The Plantagenets by Dan Jones

The Plantagenets

Dan Jones
The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England
4.5 (192 ratings)
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What's The Plantagenets about?

The Plantagenets (2012) is a rollicking history of eight generations of English royal rule. From the Crusades through the signing of Magna Carta and up to the start of the Hundred Years’ War, the House of Plantagenet ruled during some of the most thrilling times of English history.

Who should read The Plantagenets?

  • Lovers of high drama and intrigue
  • Game of Thrones fans
  • Medieval history fanatics

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European History Books: The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius

The Twelve Caesars

Suetonius
A look into the triumphs and tragedies of the Roman Empire's first twelve emperors
4.5 (256 ratings)
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What's The Twelve Caesars about?

The Twelve Caesars (121 CE) is one of the most colorful biographical works ever written. By turns opinionated, sensational, and dramatic, it documents the lives of the men who wielded absolute power in Rome after its transformation from a republic into an empire in 27 BCE. A one-time private secretary to one of those emperors, Hadrian, Suetonius was intimately familiar with court life. In the Twelve Caesars, he uses that knowledge to shed light on the highs and lows of the empire’s early years, as well as on the virtues and all-too-human failings of its supposedly divine rulers. 

Who should read The Twelve Caesars?

  • History buffs
  • Classicists
  • Fans of drama and intrigue

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European History Books: All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days by Rebecca Donner

All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days

Rebecca Donner
The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler
4.5 (157 ratings)
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What's All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days about?

All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days (2021) offers a deeply intimate look at individuals who risked their lives by establishing an anti-Nazi resistance movement in Germany. With years of research, and access to letters and declassified documents, this is a detailed story about people who have often been overlooked in the fight against fascism.

Who should read All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days?

  • Fans of real-world espionage stories
  • People curious about life in WWII-era Germany
  • History buffs

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European History Books: Bedtime Biography: Stasiland by Anna Funder

Bedtime Biography: Stasiland

Anna Funder
Scenes From Behind the Berlin Wall
4.6 (288 ratings)
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What's Bedtime Biography: Stasiland about?

Read to you by Karen Cass.

In East Germany, a spy agency called the Stasi built the most sophisticated surveillance network the world has ever seen. For almost 30 years, East Germans were confined physically by the Berlin Wall, but the Stasi’s network of spies and informers was responsible for keeping them in check mentally. It’s hard to imagine what everyday life is like for victims of a surveillance state. Stasiland is their story.

Who should read Bedtime Biography: Stasiland?

  • Cold War buffs
  • People interested in true-life espionage
  • History fans

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European History Books: The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku

The Happiest Man on Earth

Eddie Jaku
The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor
4.7 (431 ratings)
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What's The Happiest Man on Earth about?

The Happiest Man on Earth (2020) is the true story of one man, who survived inconceivable horrors during the Holocaust, and afterward made it his mission to change the world for the better. Eddie Jaku saw first-hand how a Fascist regime could spark anti-Semitic hatred, and turn former friends and neighbors into killers. In talking about what happened, he shares how love and kindness helped him to survive one of the worst atrocities in human history.

Who should read The Happiest Man on Earth?

  • History buffs interested in the Holocaust and fascism
  • Memoir-lovers excited to hear the story of an extraordinary man
  • People who want to learn more about surviving complex trauma

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European History Books: Powers and Thrones by Dan Jones

Powers and Thrones

Dan Jones
A New History of the Middle Ages
4.6 (335 ratings)
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What's Powers and Thrones about?

Powers and Thrones (2021) is a comprehensive history of the Middle Ages. Tracing time from the fall of the western Roman Empire to the Protestant Reformation, these blinks reveal how forces such as global networks, climate change, mass migration, pandemics, and technological innovation, as well as political leaders, the clergy, and knights, shaped the medieval world.

Who should read Powers and Thrones?

  • History nerds fascinated by the Middle Ages
  • Anyone curious about the history of pandemics
  • Sociologists, archeologists, and political scientists

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European History Books: The Gates of Europe by Serhii Plokhy

The Gates of Europe

Serhii Plokhy
A History of Ukraine
4.3 (281 ratings)
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What's The Gates of Europe about?

The Gates of Europe (2015) offers a compelling overview of the history of Ukraine, a nation which lies between the East and the West. Due to this unique geographic position, Ukraine has been fought over and subjugated by a long line of imperial forces throughout history. Indeed, the history of Ukraine is one of the most important facets in the history of Europe.

Who should read The Gates of Europe?

  • History buffs
  • People curious about Russian-Ukrainian relations
  • Anyone interested in democracy

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European History Books: Dominion by Tom Holland

Dominion

Tom Holland
How the Christian Revolution Remade the World
4.2 (104 ratings)
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What's Dominion about?

Dominion (2021) is a grandiose look at the impact Christianity has had on the development of the Western mind. From its roots in antiquity to the pop singles of the twentieth century, the story follows the dramatic development of Christian thought over three thousand years.

Who should read Dominion?

  • Lovers of broad-sweep history
  • Those looking for an insouciant take on European history
  • Anyone who thinks they know what Christianity is all about

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European History Books: The Forgotten 500 by Gregory A. Freeman

The Forgotten 500

Gregory A. Freeman
The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II
4.6 (199 ratings)
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What's The Forgotten 500 about?

The Forgotten 500 (2007) tells the story of Allied airmen who were trapped behind enemy lines in World War II and the courageous citizens of Yugoslavia who risked everything to help them get home. For political reasons, the story remained classified for decades until the 1980s. But now, the events leading to the largest rescue operation of the war are available to us all.

Who should read The Forgotten 500?

  • Any and all who are interested in the Balkans or World War II history
  • Serbians and Americans looking to learn more about their nations’ past
  • Everyone who enjoys a riveting story about people overcoming overwhelming odds

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European History Books: Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith

Elizabeth the Queen

Sally Bedell Smith
The Life of a Modern Monarch
3.9 (215 ratings)
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What's Elizabeth the Queen about?

Elizabeth the Queen (2012) is a brisk yet in-depth exposé of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Tracing key moments in her life, big and small, lighthearted and tragic, it pulls back the curtain on a most singular figure. Elizabeth II was at once a woman who struggled to balance her roles as both mother and monarch; a leader who learned to embody dignity and diplomacy; and the calm epicenter of the drama that ever swirled around her closest relations.

Who should read Elizabeth the Queen?

  • Royal watchers and anglophiles
  • Americans interested in British politics
  • Biography lovers

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European History Books: The Anglo-Saxons by Marc Morris

The Anglo-Saxons

Marc Morris
The Roots of England
4.7 (218 ratings)
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What's The Anglo-Saxons about?

The Anglo-Saxons (2021) is a history of the Germanic warriors and settlers whose arrival in Britain in the sixth century changed the course of the island’s history. Beginning with the collapse of Roman rule, it charts the rise of Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, their conversion to Christianity, and the gradual unification of the country that became known as England. Along the way, it sheds light on the development of England’s language, culture, cities, and political and religious institutions. 

Who should read The Anglo-Saxons?

  • History buffs 
  • Anglophiles 
  • Medievalists

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European History Books: The Nazi Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch

The Nazi Conspiracy

Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch
The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill
4.6 (296 ratings)
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What's The Nazi Conspiracy about?

The Nazi Conspiracy (2023) tells the thrilling true story of the first meeting between the leaders of the Allied forces during the height of World War II – and the top-secret Nazi plot that almost changed the course of history. Full of drama, twists, and political intrigue stretching all over the world, it shows how the three leaders – Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin – defied all odds, and arranged one of the most pivotal events in the entire war.

Who should read The Nazi Conspiracy?

  • World War II buffs looking for a deep exploration of one of the lesser-known developments of the war 
  • Armchair historians interested in the small events that changed the world
  • Anyone who loves political drama, intrigue, and a good spy story

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European History Books: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

Kristin Hannah
A Novel
4.8 (31 ratings)
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What's The Nightingale about?

The Nightingale (2015) is a historical novel telling the often-neglected story of those left behind when soldiers go off to war. Set in northwestern France during World War II and told through the eyes of two sisters, this sweeping saga reveals the hidden horrors, and heroism, of the survivors.

Who should read The Nightingale?

  • Historical fiction buffs looking for a well-told tale from a new angle
  • Literature lovers craving epic stories of survival
  • Anyone interested in the true costs of war on all fronts

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European History Books: The Cold War by Robert J. McMahon

The Cold War

Robert J. McMahon
A Very Short Introduction
4.5 (228 ratings)
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What's The Cold War about?

The Cold War (2003) provides an overview of the conflict that defined the second half of the twentieth century. Beginning in the immediate aftermath of World War Two, it traces the Cold War’s development through the rest of the century, laying out its underlying causes and overall contours.

Who should read The Cold War?

  • History buffs
  • Students of military strategy and foreign relations 
  • Those who want to understand one of the twentieth century’s defining conflicts

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European History Books: Letter to the American Church  by Eric Metaxas

Letter to the American Church

Eric Metaxas
4.0 (33 ratings)
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What's Letter to the American Church about?

Letter to the American Church (2022) is part cautionary tale, part call-to-action to churches in America. It challenges Christians to speak up and be more involved in shaping the state of the country, even if that means getting political.

Who should read Letter to the American Church ?

  • Christians interested in politics
  • Lutheran scholars
  • Church leaders

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European History Books: River of the Gods by Candice Millard

River of the Gods

Candice Millard
Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile
4.2 (30 ratings)
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What's River of the Gods about?

River of the Gods (2022) follows two audacious individuals as they search for the source of the world’s longest river. At the time, this was a question of mythical proportions, and one which would consume and break the men sent to answer it.

Who should read River of the Gods?

  • History buffs
  • Travel lovers
  • Anyone who grew up with navigation apps on their smartphone

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European History Books: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë
4.7 (42 ratings)
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What's Jane Eyre about?

Jane Eyre (1874) is an intense, intimate portrait of a young woman’s search to find her place in Victorian society without compromising her passionate ideals. It follows her as she navigates life’s obstacles – and her developing love for the mysterious Edward Rochester.

Who should read Jane Eyre?

  • Hopeless romantics who crave plot twists and turns
  • History lovers keen to get a window into life as a nineteenth-century governess
  • Fans of period dramas like Outlander and Bridgerton

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European History Books: Ordinary Men by Christopher R. Browning

Ordinary Men

Christopher R. Browning
Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
4.6 (28 ratings)
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What's Ordinary Men about?

Ordinary Men (1992) tells the disturbing tale of how a group of men went from “ordinary” to brutal, hardened killers executing the Nazi mission during the Holocaust. It examines in detail the evolution of these men’s attitudes, from the beginning when most experienced disgust at the gruesome tasks they were asked to carry out, through to the end when almost all had become accustomed to the cruelty and some even came to delight in it. Above all, it is a warning and a reminder of what humanity is capable of in its darkest moments.

Who should read Ordinary Men?

  • World War II and Holocaust historians
  • Survivors of the Holocaust and their relatives and ancestors
  • Anyone who thinks themselves incapable of acts of cruelty

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European History Books: Endurance by Alfred Lansing

Endurance

Alfred Lansing
Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
4.7 (272 ratings)
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What's Endurance about?

Endurance (1959) is the epic saga of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s expedition across the Antarctic continent on foot – a journey that became a race against time, the elements, and the harshest climate on earth to rescue his crew.

Who should read Endurance?

  • Leaders longing for real-world examples of extraordinary ability
  • History buffs craving a front-row seat to the action
  • Adventure lovers seeking their next armchair thrill ride

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European History Books: The WEIRDest People in the World by Joseph Henrich

The WEIRDest People in the World

Joseph Henrich
How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous
4.1 (147 ratings)
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What's The WEIRDest People in the World about?

The WEIRDest People in the World (2020) describes why Westerners think and behave so differently from most other people. It also explains how the policies of the Western Church in the realms of marriage and kinship have helped cultivate these odd cultural attributes, transforming the world and helping the West flourish in the process. 

Who should read The WEIRDest People in the World?

  • Anyone interested in the confluence of history, anthropology, culture, and economics
  • Westerners seeking a greater understanding of cross-cultural differences
  • Fans of experimental psychology

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European History Books: The Mosquito Bowl by Buzz Bissinger

The Mosquito Bowl

Buzz Bissinger
A Game of Life and Death in World War II
4.3 (11 ratings)
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What's The Mosquito Bowl about?

The Mosquito Bowl (2022) tells the story of American football stars going to war and playing one more game when they get there. It details a nation divided by bigotry but united by sport and a common enemy.

Who should read The Mosquito Bowl?

  • History buffs
  • World War II aficionados
  • College football fans

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European History Books: The Pope at War by David I. Kertzer

The Pope at War

David I. Kertzer
The Secret History of Pius XII, Mussolini, and Hitler
4.4 (224 ratings)
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What's The Pope at War about?

The Pope at War (2022) follows the first years of Eugenio Pacelli’s papacy. Based on documents released by the Vatican in 2020, the book reveals the never-before-told story of the pope’s secret negotiations with Hitler.

Who should read The Pope at War?

  • World War II history buffs
  • Students of Catholic history
  • Anyone interested in why good people do bad things

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European History Books: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy
4.2 (182 ratings)
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What's War and Peace about?

War and Peace (1869) is a novel that follows the lives of several aristocratic families during the French invasion of Russia and the Napoleonic Wars. It explores themes of love, war, politics, and the human condition, and is considered one of the great works of literature.

Who should read War and Peace?

  • Curious minds craving timeless wisdom
  • Eager explorers of Russia’s literary landscapes
  • Time travelers fond of the Napoleonic era

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European History Books: The Things We Make by Bill Hammack

The Things We Make

Bill Hammack
The Unknown History of Invention from Cathedrals to Soda Cans
4.3 (198 ratings)
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What's The Things We Make about?

The Things We Make (2023) dispels the myth around some of the greatest and most ordinary inventions. It retells their making as a creative application of the engineering method, a principle that explains how people in ancient times built some of the marvels that still capture our imagination today.

Who should read The Things We Make?

  • Anyone fascinated about how things of beauty and utility are made
  • Engineering history buffs
  • Curious minds trying to apply the engineering method to their own lives

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European History Books: The Song of Roland by Anonymous

The Song of Roland

Anonymous
4.8 (6 ratings)
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What's The Song of Roland about?

The Song of Roland (ca. the eleventh century) is an anonymous epic poem that tells the heroic deeds of Frankish king Charlemagne’s knights in their battle against Muslim Saracens in Spain. One of them, military leader Roland, bravely leads his men against the enemy – risking death to defend chivalry, honor, and the Christian religion. 

Who should read The Song of Roland?

  • Fans of epic poetry and ancient literature
  • History buffs interested in medieval Europe and early French culture
  • Military history enthusiasts wanting to read early accounts of battles

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What's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism about?

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1905) argues that the work ethic and values of early Protestant sects like Calvinism strongly influenced the development of capitalism in Western Europe. Weber's classic text traces these cultural origins, exploring how religious changes catalyzed the rise of modern economic systems by reshaping mindsets surrounding work, enterprise, and the accumulation of wealth.

Who should read The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism?

  • History buffs craving works that explore important cultural trends
  • Political minds seeking the foundations of contemporary social divides
  • Anyone curious about the roots of modern work culture – and how to change it

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European History Books: The Trial by Franz Kafka

The Trial

Franz Kafka
4.3 (16 ratings)
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What's The Trial about?

The Trial ( 1925 ) tells the distressing story of Josef K. who wakes up one morning to find he’s under arrest for an unnamed offense. As cryptic legal proceedings unfold around him, K. struggles to make sense of his predicament or convince others of his innocence. It’s a  disturbing parable that raises philosophical questions about personal dignity and free will when pitted against entrenched bureaucracies.

Who should read The Trial?

  • People who appreciate surreal, disorienting stories
  • Readers and listeners grappling with existential questions
  • Anyone who feels alienated from bureaucracy

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European History Books: The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov

The Cherry Orchard

Anton Chekhov
4.2 (6 ratings)
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What's The Cherry Orchard about?

The Cherry Orchard (1904) is a poignant reflection on the fading influence of Russia’s nobility at the dawn of a new age of industry and materialism. The play centers on an aristocratic family returning to its ancestral estate, shortly before the property’s sale. Despite proposals to rescue the estate, the family’s impractical and nostalgic romanticism leads to disaster; the family home is sold to a plebeian millionaire intent on cutting down its titular cherry orchard. 

Who should read The Cherry Orchard?

  • Fans of classic Russian literature and drama
  • History buffs
  • Theater lovers unfamiliar with – but curious about – Chekov’s work

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European History Books: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens
4.4 (119 ratings)
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What's A Tale of Two Cities about?

A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a historical novel set against the backdrop of the tumultuous times of the French Revolution and London in the late eighteenth century. The story revolves around the lives of Charles Darnay, a French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a dissolute English lawyer, who share a striking physical resemblance. As the novel unfolds, it explores themes of sacrifice, resurrection, and the stark contrast between the two cities of Paris and London, ultimately culminating in a powerful and emotionally charged climax.

Who should read A Tale of Two Cities?

  • History enthusiasts
  • Literature lovers
  • Students of social justice

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European History Books: The Odyssey by Homer

The Odyssey

Homer
4.6 (69 ratings)
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What's The Odyssey about?

The Odyssey (c. eighth century BC) is one of the foundational works of Western literature. The ancient Greek epic chronicles the arduous 10-year journey of hero Odysseus as he strives to return home from the Trojan War. Battling vengeful gods, mythical monsters, and the siren call of temptation, Odysseus's quest is not just for Ithaca, but for identity and meaning in a turbulent world.

Who should read The Odyssey?

  • Adventurers who love an epic travel story
  • Fans of fairy tales, fantasy, and mythology
  • Students of classic literature

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European History Books: The Art Thief by Michael Finkel

The Art Thief

Michael Finkel
A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession
4.6 (154 ratings)
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What's The Art Thief about?

The Art Thief (2023) is the remarkable true story of a Europe-wide crime spree that lasted over a decade and netted almost two billion in stolen art. Along the way exposing how an enabling family, and international rules of criminal investigation, led to many of the most important works being destroyed.

Who should read The Art Thief?

  • True crime lovers looking for an unusual tale 
  • Psychology buffs curious about intimate portraits of narcissistic personalities in action
  • Anyone curious about how important works of art disappear, and why they are so often never recovered

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European History Books: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Milan Kundera
4.2 (52 ratings)
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What's The Unbearable Lightness of Being about?

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984) tells the story of the intertwined lives of two couples navigating love, politics, and existential dilemmas in Soviet-era Czechoslovakia. By exploring the concepts of “lightness” and “weight” it offers reflections on fate, the choices we make in life, and the very nature of existence.

Who should read The Unbearable Lightness of Being?

  • Philosophers looking to explore the nature of existence through a classic narrative
  • History buffs interested in personal lives amid the politics of Soviet-era Czechoslovakia
  • Artists curious about the interplay between personal freedom and societal constraints

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European History Books: Poor Things by Alasdair Gray

Poor Things

Alasdair Gray
A Novel
4.2 (64 ratings)
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What's Poor Things about?

Poor Things (1992) is an award-winning postmodern novel that takes readers on a whirlwind tour through the monstrous and gothic world of late-Victorian Glasgow. A Frankenstein-esque tale of a dubious scientific experiment, it playfully subverts genre conventions to provide a fresh perspective on the representation of women in literature.

Who should read Poor Things?

  • Fans of satirical postmodern literature
  • History buffs who love all things Victorian 
  • Sci-fi enthusiasts interested in a modern take on Frankenstein

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European History Books: Ulysses by James Joyce

Ulysses

James Joyce
4.4 (73 ratings)
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What's Ulysses about?

Ulysses (1922) is a modernist novel that unfolds over the course of a single day in Dublin on June 16, 1904. The narrative follows two young men as they navigate the city and encounter a diverse array of characters and situations. Through its intricate narrative structures and literary styles, the novel explores themes of identity, consciousness, and the complexities of the human experience.

Who should read Ulysses?

  • Fans of classic literature
  • Those interested in the origins of modernism
  • Anyone curious about a reimagining of The Odyssey

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European History Books: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Remains of the Day

Kazuo Ishiguro
4.0 (101 ratings)
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What's The Remains of the Day about?

The Remains of the Day (1989) features one of contemporary literature’s most unforgettable narrators, Stevens, a butler who reminisces on his life in service at one of England’s stately homes in the years leading up to World War II. 

Who should read The Remains of the Day?

  • Fans of contemporary literature
  • History lovers interested in a literary take on the interwar years in England
  • Period drama devotees seeking a look at life in a stately home

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European History Books: Material World by Ed Conway

Material World

Ed Conway
The Six Raw Materials That Shape Modern Civilization
3.8 (53 ratings)
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What's Material World about?

Material World (2023) delves into the profound influence of six fundamental materials on the course of human civilization: sand, salt, iron, copper, oil, and lithium. You'll explore how these elements have not only built and destroyed empires, but are also crucial to shaping our present existence and future. It's a captivating journey revealing the largely unseen impact of everyday materials on our lives, from ancient times to the digital age.

Who should read Material World?

  • History enthusiasts intrigued by how materials have impacted civilizations
  • Environmentalists interested in sustainable resource management
  • Technology buffs fascinated by material innovation and usage

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European History Books: Endgame by Omid Scobie

Endgame

Omid Scobie
Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy's Fight for Survival
3.5 (131 ratings)
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What's Endgame about?

Endgame (2023) is a penetrating investigation into the British monarchy's current state, grappling with challenges such as an unpopular king and a power-hungry heir. It examines the monarchy's struggles in a rapidly modernizing world, especially following Queen Elizabeth II's death, and the institution's conflicts with antiquated views on race, class, and money.

Who should read Endgame?

  • Royal family enthusiasts and history buffs
  • Followers of British politics and governance
  • Fans of biographies and investigative journalism

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European History Books: The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

The War of the Worlds

H.G. Wells
4.5 (85 ratings)
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What's The War of the Worlds about?

The War of the Worlds (1898) tells the classic story of what happened when a series of mysterious cylinders landed in rural English villages at the end of the nineteenth century. What starts as a curious anomaly becomes a horrific tale of intergalactic invasion that has thrilled readers for over a hundred years.

Who should read The War of the Worlds?

  • Fans of classic sci-fi
  • Anyone interested in literary history
  • Visitors from Mars

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European History Books: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen
4.2 (14 ratings)
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What's Pride and Prejudice about?

Pride and Prejudice (1813) is the classic story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, a couple who must overcome all manner of social and financial obstacles – including their own initial dislike of each other – to find lasting love.

Who should read Pride and Prejudice?

  • True romantics seeking an all-time classic love story
  • History buffs curious about class life in Regency-era England
  • Lovers of classic literature and period dramas

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European History Books: The Maniac by Benjamín Labatut

The Maniac

Benjamín Labatut
4.3 (11 ratings)
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What's The Maniac about?

The Maniac (2023) traces Hungarian polymath John von Neumann’s singular legacy on the dreams and nightmares of the twentieth century and our current age of artificial intelligence. A foray that spans the nuclear age and showcases the brilliant minds who helped define it.

Who should read The Maniac?

  • Technology enthusiasts interested in the impact it has on humanity
  • Those fascinated by mathematicians and scientists who transformed scientific thinking
  • Seekers of answers to moral questions surrounding innovation and discovery

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European History Books: The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine

The Age of Reason

Thomas Paine
4.5 (6 ratings)
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What's The Age of Reason about?

The Age of Reason (1794) fiercely critiques organized religion and challenges the legitimacy of the Bible, promoting deism, reason, and free thought over blind faith and dogmatic beliefs. It remains one of the most influential books of all time.

Who should read The Age of Reason?

  • Advocates of secularism
  • Critics of organized religion
  • Students of Enlightenment thought

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European History Books: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne
4.2 (10 ratings)
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What's The Scarlet Letter about?

The Scarlet Letter (1850) delves into the repercussions of sin, societal judgment, and the pathway to personal redemption, journeying through the life of Hester Prynne, an adulteress in a Puritan society.

Who should read The Scarlet Letter?

  • Fans of historical fiction
  • Readers interested in morality tales
  • Feminist literature enthusiasts

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European History Books: Aftermath by Annette Libeskind Berkovits

Aftermath

Annette Libeskind Berkovits
Coming of Age on Three Continents.

What's Aftermath about?

Aftermath is a powerful memoir by Annette Libeskind Berkovits that chronicles her family's journey through the Holocaust and their struggle to rebuild their lives in the aftermath. Through vivid storytelling, Berkovits explores themes of resilience, survival, and the enduring impact of trauma. This book offers a deeply personal account of one family's experience, while also shedding light on the broader historical and human implications of the Holocaust.

Who should read Aftermath?


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European History Books: In My Hands by Irene Opdyke

In My Hands

Irene Opdyke

What's In My Hands about?

In this gripping memoir, Irene Opdyke recounts her experiences as a young Polish woman who becomes a housekeeper for a high-ranking Nazi officer during World War II. Risking her own life, she uses her position to secretly aid Jewish prisoners, ultimately saving the lives of many. "In My Hands" is a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit and the extraordinary acts of bravery in the face of unimaginable evil.

Who should read In My Hands?

  • Individuals who are interested in World War II history
  • Readers who enjoy inspiring true stories of resilience and heroism
  • People who want to learn about the power of kindness and compassion in the face of adversity

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European History Books: The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

The Hiding Place

Corrie ten Boom
The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

What's The Hiding Place about?

The Hiding Place is a memoir by Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch woman who, along with her family, helped hide Jews during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The book recounts their courageous acts of resistance and the harrowing experiences they faced in a concentration camp. It is a powerful story of faith, hope, and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Who should read The Hiding Place?

  • Anyone seeking inspiration from a true story of courage and resilience
  • Readers interested in learning about history and the impact of World War II
  • Individuals looking to gain insights on forgiveness, faith, and the power of hope

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