Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Atlases & Maps - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Historical Atlases & Maps. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. History of the World Map by Map

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Atlases & Maps - August 2021

Maps don't just show us where to go, but also where we've been. A stunning overview of all human history, side by side with 140 custom maps. Learn how something like the printing press can define a time, or how the Allies in Europe could defeat the Nazis. There is so much to read about in this remarkable history book, and just as much to look at. Maps are more than the topography of the Earth or the borders of countries. Maps can represent the movement of people and ideas, and they provide a unique way to explain historical themes and explore sweeping periods of time. This stunning visual reference book starts with the evolution and migration of our oldest ancestors out of Africa. You can then look up maps about the Greece and Persian War, the Mongol Conquests, Medieval Europe's trade routes, and the rise of the Ottomans. There are maps about the colonization of North America, the scientific revolution, Napoleon's advances, and Britain's control of India. There's more in later centuries, like the Age of Imperialism, the American Civil War, industrialized Europe, and the transformation of Japan. This history book reaching across millennia gives you a broad view of the pivotal events in our past. With 140 maps, complimented with pictures, info boxes, and timelines, there's so much to enjoy and learn about. You will gain a strong understanding of some of the forces and movements across continents that have shaped our world. A Map Guided Tour of World History Inside this beautiful cover are concise and fascinating historical information, 140 custom maps, and many ways to engage in history that will interest many readers, from students wanting additional resources for school to history buffs that love a good book and cartography. Go on a guided tour through time:    •   Prehistory 7 MYA-3000 BCE    •   The Ancient World 3000 BCE-500 CE    •   Middle Ages 500-1450 CE    •   The Early Modern World 1450-1700    •   Revolution and Industry 1700-1850    •   Progress and Empire 1850-1914    •   The Modern World 1914-Present

  • Author: DK
  • Publisher: DK; Illustrated edition (October 23, 2018)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Earth Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1465475855
  • Dimensions: 10.19 x 1.5 x 12.19 inches


2. Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Atlases & Maps - August 2021

Discover wonder. “A wanderlust-whetting cabinet of curiosities on paper.”— New York Times Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura is a phenomenon of a travel book that shot to the top of bestseller lists when it was first published and changed the way we think about the world, expanding our sense of how strange and marvelous it really is. This second edition takes readers to even more curious and unusual destinations, with more than 100 new places, dozens and dozens of new photographs, and two very special features: twelve city guides, covering Berlin, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Moscow, New York City, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Plus a foldout map with a dream itinerary for the ultimate around-the-world road trip. More a cabinet of curiosities than traditional guidebook, Atlas Obscura revels in the unexpected, the overlooked, the bizarre, and the mysterious. Here are natural wonders, like the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can sit and drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M. C. Escher–like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby-Jumping Festival in Spain—and no, it’s not the babies doing the jumping, but masked men dressed as devils who vault over rows of squirming infants. Every page gets to the very core of why humans want to travel in the first place: to be delighted and disoriented, uprooted from the familiar and amazed by the new. With its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, and new city guides, it is a book you can open anywhere and be transported. But proceed with caution: It’s almost impossible not to turn to the next entry, and the next, and the next.

  • Author: Joshua Foer
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Second Edition, Revised (October 15, 2019)
  • Genre: Travel, Europe
  • ISBN: 978-1523506484
  • Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.5 x 10.4 inches


3. National Geographic Atlas of the National Parks

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Atlases & Maps - August 2021

The first book of its kind, this stunning atlas showcases America's spectacular park system from coast to coast, richly illustrated with an inspiring and informative collection of maps, graphics, and photographs. From the white sand beaches of Dry Tortugas to the snowy peaks of Denali, this captivating book combines authoritative park maps with hundreds of graphics and photographs to tell the stories of America's sixty one beloved national parks. Former ranger and author Jonathan Waterman introduces readers to the country's scenic reserves and highlights the extraordinary features that distinguish each: magnificent landmarks, thriving ecosystems, representative wildlife, fascinating histories, and more. With striking imagery and state-of-the-art graphics reflecting details of wildlife, climate, culture, archaeology, recreation, and more, this lush reference provides an up-close look at what makes these lands so special--and so uniquely American. A heartfelt foreword from National Geographic CEO Gary Knell reminds us how important these lands are to our lives and our national pride.

  • Author: Jon Waterman
  • Publisher: National Geographic (November 19, 2019)
  • Genre: Travel, United States
  • ISBN: 978-1426220579
  • Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.4 x 13.8 inches


4. The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Atlases & Maps - August 2021

Thucydides called his account of two decades of war between Athens and Sparta “a possssion for all time,” and indeed it is the first and still most famous work in the Western historical tradition. Considered essential reading for generals, statesmen, and liberally educated citizens for more than 2,000 years, The Peloponnesian War is a mine of military, moral, political, and philosophical wisdom. Thucydides called his account of two decades of war between Athens and Sparta “a possssion for all time,” and indeed it is the first and still most famous work in the Western historical tradition. Considered essential reading for generals, statesmen, and liberally educated citizens for more than 2,000 years, The Peloponnesian War is a mine of military, moral, political, and philosophical wisdom. However, this classic book has long presented obstacles to the uninitiated reader. Robert Strassler's new edition removes these obstacles by providing a new coherence to the narrative overall, and by effectively reconstructing the lost cultural context that Thucydides shared with his original audience. Based on the venerable Richard Crawley translation, updated and revised for modern readers. The Landmark Thucydides includes a vast array of superbly designed and presented maps, brief informative appendices by outstanding classical scholars on subjects of special relevance to the text, explanatory marginal notes on each page, an index of unprecedented subtlety, and numerous other useful features. In any list of the Great Books of Western Civilization, The Peloponnesian War stands near the top. This authoritative new edition will ensure that its greatness is appreciated by future generations.

  • Author: Thucydides
  • Publisher: Free Press; Touchstone ed. edition (September 10, 1998)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0684827902
  • Dimensions: 7.37 x 1.6 x 9.25 inches


5. The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing -- Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Atlases & Maps - August 2021

The bestselling reference updated and expanded with seven new coffee-growing countries. Praise for the first edition: "Fills a gap in the popular reference literature. Recommended." -- Booklist "The definitive guide.... Well-written, informative, and a must-have for general readers who want to know more about their favorite morning brew." -- Publishers Weekly "Educational, thought-provoking, and substantial. I've already recommended this book to (our) readers countless times." -- Barista Magazine The World Atlas of Coffee takes readers on a global tour of coffee-growing countries, presenting the bean in full-color photographs and concise, informative text. It covers where coffee is grown, the people who grow it and the cultures in which it is a way of life. It also covers the world of consumption -- processing, grades, the consumer and the modern culture of coffee. For this new edition, the author expanded his research travels over the last several years to include seven additional coffee-growing regions: Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, China, Philippines, Thailand, Haiti and Puerto Rico. These are covered in 16 additional pages. As well, all of the book's maps have been updated to show greater detail, and all statistics and data have been updated to the most recent available. Organized by continent and then country or region, The World Atlas of Coffee presents the world's favorite brew in color spreads packed with information. The coverage in The World Atlas of Coffee is wide and deep. The book is used by barista and coffee-tasting instructors in North America and overseas and has been welcomed by enthusiastic coffee drinkers everywhere. Appropriate for special and general collections alike, it is an essential selection.

  • Author: James Hoffmann
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; Second Edition, Revised, Updated and Expanded (October 10, 2018)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Beverages & Wine
  • ISBN: 978-0228100942
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 10 inches


6. Battles Map by Map

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Atlases & Maps - August 2021

Explore the world’s most famous battles via their geography with this one-of-a-kind history title, which maps out ancient, medieval, and modern battles If you’re a keen history nut interested in wars fought through the ages, this book is for you. Wars and engagements like the Battle of Alesia, the Napoleonic Wars, and World War II are mapped out, major battle by major battle, so that readers can follow the geography of these epic battles. SI Battles Map by Map puts you in the seat of famous generals and commanders such as Ramess II, Napoleon, and Alexander the Great who expertly planned their attacks by studying the plains on which they would take place. Inside this book you’ll find:     • Around 80 specially made, easy-to-follow main maps clearly show the course of famous battles throughout history    • Fascinating contemporary maps that illustrate battles    • Timelines that show the chronology of events to enhance readers’ understanding    • Stunning historic images bring history to life on the page    • Easy-to-read text that explains the events of the battles     • Additional contextual information on key technologies, leaders, armies, and more History's most famous battles, told one by one Broadcasting journalist and historian, Peter Snow, provides a foreword for this marvelous military book. From ancient to modern battles, he provides context for the world’s most famous wars, both won and lost. See for yourself how tactics, technology, vision, and luck have all played a part in the outcome of wars throughout history.   Bursting with lavish illustrations and full of fascinating detail, this book is the ultimate book for map lovers, military history enthusiasts, and armchair generals everywhere. SI Battles Map by Map takes you right to the heart of the action. Famous commanders and military leaders are profiled, and the impact of groundbreaking weapons and battlefield innovations is revealed.   Other titles in the Map by Map series   The Map by Map series includes other titles such as History of the World Map by Map  and World War II Map by Map , each detailing historical events and placing them in the context of geography. These books include fascinating facts, high-quality photography, and detailed profiles and descriptions of people and events.

  • Author: DK
  • Publisher: DK; Illustrated edition (May 4, 2021)
  • Genre: History, Military
  • ISBN: 978-0744029970
  • Dimensions: 10.31 x 0.99 x 12.13 inches


7. Rand McNally Historical Atlas of the World

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Atlases & Maps - August 2021

The Historical Atlas of the World presents important periods and turning points in 5,000 years of world history in over 100 pages of thematic maps. Atlas features: 2015 copyright updated to include recent world events like the Arab Spring & changes in U.S. relations with Cuba Presents major periods of world history through more than 100 bold, colorful maps Thematic maps include literacy, languages, religions, and more Includes a section on benefits of using the atlas 112 pages, paperback, 8" x 10"

  • Author: Rand McNally
  • Publisher: Rand McNally; 6th edition (July 31, 2015)
  • Genre: Reference, Atlases & Maps
  • ISBN: 978-0528014475
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.25 x 10 inches


8. Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds: 100 New Ways to See the World

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Atlases & Maps - August 2021

A singular atlas of 100 infographic maps from thought-provoking to flat-out fun Publisher's note: Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds was published in the UK under the title Brilliant Maps. Which countries don’t have rivers? Which ones have North Korean embassies? Who drives on the “wrong” side of the road? How many national economies are bigger than California’s? And where can you still find lions in the wild? You’ll learn answers to these questions and many more in Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds. This one-of-a-kind atlas is packed with eye-opening analysis (Which nations have had female leaders?), whimsical insight (Where can’t you find a McDonald’s?), and surprising connections that illuminate the contours of culture, history, and politics. Each of these 100 maps will change the way you see the world—and your place in it.

  • Author: Ian Wright
  • Publisher: The Experiment (November 5, 2019)
  • Genre: Reference, Atlases & Maps
  • ISBN: 978-1615196258
  • Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9 inches


9. The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign: An Atlas of Mounted Operations from Brandy Station Through Falling Waters, June 9 – July 14, 1863 (Savas Beatie Military Atlas Series)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Atlases & Maps - August 2021

The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign: An Atlas of Mounted Operations from Brandy Station Through Falling Waters, June 9 - July 14, 1863 continues Bradley M. Gottfried’s efforts to study and illustrate the major campaigns of the Civil War’s Eastern Theater. This is his seventh book in the ongoing Savas Beatie Military Atlas Series. The Maps of Gettysburg , Gottfried’s inaugural and groundbreaking atlas published in 2007, covered only a small portion of the cavalry’s actions during the seminal campaign. This book addresses that topic in-depth in a way that no other study has ever achieved. Gottfried covers the opening battle of the campaign at Brandy Station in detail, followed by the actions at Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville, where Jeb Stuart’s cavalry successfully halted Alfred Pleasonton’s probes toward the Blue Mountain passes in an effort to determine the location of Robert E. Lee’s army. The movements toward Gettysburg are covered in a series of maps, including the actions at Westminister, Hanover, and Hunterstown. The five major actions on July 2-3 at Gettysburg take up a considerable portion of the book and include the fight at Brinkerhoff Ridge, and four more on July 3 (Stuart against David Gregg northeast of the town, Wesley Merritt’s fight along Emmitsburg Road, Judson Kilpatrick’s actions near the base of Big Round Top, and Grumble Jones’s near-destruction of the 6th U.S. Cavalry near Fairfield). The cavalry also played a vital role during Lee’s retreat to the Potomac River. The numerous fights at Monterrey Pass, Smithfield, Boonsboro, Funkstown, and Hagerstown were of critical importance to both sides and are covered in detail. The book concludes with the fight at Falling Waters and ends with an epilogue recounting events occurring in Virginia through the end of July. The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign plows new ground by breaking down the entire campaign into sixteen map sets or “action sections,” enriched with 82 detailed full-page color maps. These cartographic originals bore down to the regimental and battery level, and include the march to and from the battlefield and virtually every significant event in between. At least two—and as many as ten—maps accompany each map set. Keyed to each piece of cartography is a full-facing page of detailed text describing the units, personalities, movements, and combat (including quotes from eyewitnesses) depicted on the accompanying map, all of which make the cavalry actions come alive. This presentation allows readers to easily and quickly find a map and text on virtually any portion of the campaign. Serious students will appreciate the extensive and authoritative endnotes and complete order of battle, and take it with them on trips to the battlefields. A final bonus is that the maps unlock every other book or article written on any aspect of the cavalry’s actions during this important campaign. Perfect for the easy chair or for stomping the hallowed grounds, The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign is a seminal work that belongs on the bookshelf of every serious and casual student of the battle.

  • Author: Bradley M. Gottfried
  • Publisher: Savas Beatie (September 3, 2020)
  • Genre: History, Americas
  • ISBN: 978-1611214796
  • Dimensions: 7.75 x 0.75 x 10.75 inches


10. The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps (Historical Map and Mythology Book, Geography Book of Ancient and Antique Maps)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Atlases & Maps - August 2021

Discover the mysteries within ancient maps - Where exploration and mythology meet This richly illustrated book collects and explores the colorful histories behind a striking range of real antique maps that are all in some way a little too good to be true. Mysteries within ancient maps: The Phantom Atlas is a guide to the world not as it is, but as it was imagined to be. It's a world of ghost islands, invisible mountain ranges, mythical civilizations, ship-wrecking beasts, and other fictitious features introduced on maps and atlases through mistakes, misunderstanding, fantasies, and outright lies. Where exploration and mythology meet: Author Edward Brooke-Hitching is a map collector, author, writer for the popular BBC Television program QI and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He lives in a dusty heap of old maps and books in London investigating the places where exploration and mythology meet. Cartography's greatest phantoms: The Phantom Atlas uses gorgeous atlas images as springboards for tales of deranged buccaneers, seafaring monks, heroes, swindlers, and other amazing stories behind cartography's greatest phantoms. If you are a fan of this popular genre and a reader of books such as Prisoners of Geography, Atlas of Ancient Rome, Atlas Obscura, What If, Book of General Ignorance, or Thing Explainer, your will love The Phantom Atlas

  • Author: Edward Brooke-Hitching
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Illustrated edition (April 3, 2018)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Earth Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1452168401
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.2 x 9.95 inches