Best history books chosen by critics

We list the best history books recommended by critics from Washington Post, NPR, New York Times and many more. All critics' recommendations are referenced with customer reviews. The rating you see is an aggregate from several platforms and is always higher than 4 out of 5 stars.

4.6 Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Time

“David Grann’s retelling of the systemic murder of the Osage tribe of Oklahoma—wealthy for their oil holdings, and wanted dead for the same— is a shameful story of the past that feels all too relevant still.”

Featured in Time’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017.

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4.6 What Happened

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Time

“Clinton offers one answer to the question that rang collectively from more than half the country on Nov. 9, 2016. The writing is frank, reflective and a piece of modern history.”

Featured in Time’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017.

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4.6 Blood of Emmett Till

The Blood of Emmett Till

LA Times

“Duke professor Tyson describes the 1955 death of 14-year-old Emmett Till at the hands of white Southerners, the bias involved in their trial and how these events set the modern civil rights movement into motion.”

Featured in LA Times’ Best Non-Fiction Books of 2017.

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4.4 Janesville

Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein

New York Times

“Moving and magnificently well-researched… Janesville joins a growing family of books about the evisceration of the working class in the United States. What sets it apart is the sophistication of its storytelling and analysis”

Featured in New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017.

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4.6 The Evangelicals

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America

Time

“FitzGerald illuminates how a decades-long relationship between the Christian right and the Republican Party (later joined by the Tea Party) coalesced into what looks like a mutually inextricable bloc.”

Featured in Time’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017.

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4.7 We Were Eight Years In Power

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Time

“Coates enhanced this collection of columns for The Atlantic with fresh material, both personal and historical, as he reexamines eight pieces of writing during the eight years of Obama’s presidency from the standpoint of living under the Trump presidency.”

Featured in Time’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017.

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