Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Study Reference - August 2021

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

1. Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Study Reference - August 2021

The hidden history of the haunted and beloved city of New Orleans, told through the intersecting lives of nine remarkable characters. “ Nine Lives  is stunning work. Dan Baum has immersed himself in New Orleans, the most fascinating city in the United States, and illuminated it in a way that is as innovative as Tom Wolfe on hot rods and Truman Capote on a pair of murderers. Full of stylistic brilliance and deep insight and an overriding compassion,  Nine Lives  is an instant classic of creative nonfiction.”  —Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of  A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain   Nine Lives is a multivoiced biography of a dazzling, surreal, and imperiled city, told through the lives of night unforgettable characters and bracketed by two epic storms: Hurricane Betsy, which transformed New Orleans in the 1960s, and Hurricane Katrina, which nearly destroyed it. Dan Baum brings the kaleidoscopic portrait to life, showing us what was lost in the storm and what remains to be saved. BONUS: This edition contains a  Nine Lives  discussion guide.

  • Author: Dan Baum
  • Publisher: Random House; Reprint edition (February 6, 2009)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, History


2. History of the World Map by Map

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Study Reference - 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


3. The Guns of August

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Study Reference - August 2021

Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman here brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, The Guns of August will not be forgotten.

  • Author: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, History, Military, Individual Wars, World War I


4. Timeline of World History

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Study Reference - August 2021

Chart the course of history through the ages with this collection of oversize foldout charts and timelines.   Timeline of World History  is a unique work of visual reference from the founders of the Useful Charts website that puts the world's kingdoms, empires, and civilizations in context with one another. A giant wall chart shows the timelines and key events for each region of the world, and four additional foldout charts display the history of the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, and Africa and the Middle East. Packed with maps, diagrams, and images, this book captures the very essence of our shared history.

  • Author: Matt Baker
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (October 20, 2020)
  • Genre: History, Historical Study & Educational Resources
  • ISBN: 978-1645174172
  • Dimensions: 9.25 x 0.8 x 12.25 inches


5. Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Study Reference - August 2021

For too long we’ve lacked a compact, inexpensive, authoritative, and compulsively readable book that offers American readers a clear, informative, and inspiring narrative account of their country. Such a fresh retelling of the American story is especially needed today, to shape and deepen young Americans’ sense of the land they inhabit, help them to understand its roots and share in its memories, all the while equipping them for the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship in American society The existing texts simply fail to tell that story with energy and conviction. Too often they reflect a fragmented outlook that fails to convey to American readers the grand trajectory of their own history. This state of affairs cannot continue for long without producing serious consequences. A great nation needs and deserves a great and coherent narrative, as an expression of its own self-understanding and its aspirations; and it needs to be able to convey that narrative to its young effectively. Of course, it goes without saying that such a narrative cannot be a fairy tale of the past. It will not be convincing if it is not truthful. But as Land of Hope brilliantly shows, there is no contradiction between a truthful account of the American past and an inspiring one. Readers of Land of Hope will find both in its pages.

  • Author: Wilfred M. McClay
  • Publisher: Encounter Books (November 24, 2020)
  • Genre: History, Americas
  • ISBN: 978-1641771399
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 10.3 inches


6. History: From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Study Reference - August 2021

This comprehensive and compelling visual encyclopedia tells the story of our world in true depth and detail, from the origins of life on Earth right up until the 21st century.  Human endeavor and achievement are charted and celebrated from every angle, alongside key events, groundbreaking ideas, political forces, and technological advances that have shaped our planet’s progress.

 More than 600 pages chronicle global history in the most informative, illuminating, and inspiring way. Stunning images and illustrations bring the authoritative text to life, so each historical episode is explored and explained for easy reference and understanding. Important points in history, from the Battle of Hastings and the storming of the Bastille to D-day and 9/11, are given clear but concise coverage, together with profiles of influential figures, such as Rameses II, Julius Caesar, and Nelson Mandela. As each moment in history is defined and detailed, the causes and consequences are provided in supporting panels to provide a wider context and broaden our horizons. Contemporary issues, including climate change and the rise of social media, bring us out of the past and firmly into the present.

 Recently updated and expanded, History is the story of humankind in which we all have a part to play. This classic compendium is a worthy addition to any bookshelf or library for generations of readers to look back in wonder at the world.

  • Author: Smithsonian Institution
  • Publisher: DK; Revised, Updated edition (September 1, 2015)
  • Genre: History, Historical Study & Educational Resources
  • ISBN: 978-1465437976
  • Dimensions: 10.12 x 1.75 x 12.19 inches


7. Rainbow® FOOT Reflexology/ Acupressure Massage CHART in the Inner Light Resources Rainbow® Cards & Charts Series. 8.5 x 11 in; 2-sided (Small Poster/ Large Card)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Study Reference - August 2021

This chart is thorough and precise for professionals yet clear and easy to use by new-comers, this is the only Reflexology Chart (and Card) available that is truly color-coded by the Chakras (body-mind emotion correlation centers of the body). This special brilliant coding system illustrates the well-organized patterns of pressure points in our Feet/ Hands, making them quick and easy to learn (and teach). Great nutshell guides to stress-relief, healing and natural health. Used internationally by massage schools and other professionals as well as by thousands for personal use. (For Spanish see below). Chart size has all info. on wallet-card-size Ft, plus special vivid color pictoral guides on both sides of special pressure point patterns used for key concerns, including: Stress, Headaches, PMS/ Cramps/nausea, Arthritis, Colds... A top seller!

  • Author: Yshkeyna Hamilla M.A
  • Publisher: Inner Light Resources, Inc. (January 1, 2011)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Antiques & Collectibles
  • ISBN: 978-1589243071
  • Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches


8. The Book of Extraordinary Facts

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Study Reference - August 2021

This gargantuan, 704-page hardcover book is chock-full of that information and more, covering pop culture, nature, technology, food, sports, art, history, religion, crime, and tales of the just plain weird . Prepared to get lost perusing page after page of unusual facts, enthralling stories, and amusing anecdotes because The Book of Extraordinary Facts will keep you busy for hours! Learn about the strange collaboration between surrealist painter Salvador Dalí and comedy icon Harpo Marx. Read about what it was like to live during the London Blitz, and debunk popular urban legends. Get lassoed into facts about fascinating wedding customs around the world, and discover the reason behind one of the deadliest fires in American history. What Hollywood star used her twin sister as her body double in a film? How do card sharks mark a deck? Where in California can you find the world s oldest living tree? Which U.S. president spent some pre-politics time as a male model?

  • Author: Publications International Ltd.
  • Publisher: Publications International, Ltd.; Illustrated edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Puzzles & Games
  • ISBN: 978-1450853958
  • Dimensions: 6.19 x 2.13 x 9.19 inches


9. Battles that Changed History

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Study Reference - August 2021

Discover the stories behind more than 90 of the world’s most significant battles in this lavishly illustrated history book. The most important battles ever to take place are brought to life in the most spectacular way. From the brutal battle of Gettysburg to the epic air-sea battle of Midway, find out how fateful decisions led to glorious victories and crushing defeats. Journey through the battlefields of history and follow the key developments of World War I, World War II, the Cold War and more in unprecedented visual detail. Using maps, paintings, artifacts and photographs, Battles That Changed History is a guided tour of every major conflict in history. Explore the stories behind more than 90 important battles and discover how pivotal moments and tactical decisions have altered the course of history. From medieval clashes and great naval conflicts to the era of high-tech air battles, key campaigns are illustrated and analyzed in detail. Learn incredible facts about the weapons, armor, soldiers and military strategies behind some of the greatest battles ever.  This reference book includes profiles of famous military leaders like Alexander the Great, Napoleon and Rommel. See how kingdoms and empires have been won and lost on the battlefield. Go into the thick of combat at the Great Siege of Malta, the Battle of Stalingrad and the icy waters of Dunkirk. It is the ultimate guide to the history of military conflict. Relive 3,000 Years of World-Changing Combat This stunning coffee table book from DK Books is a visual treat for history buffs, old and young. It includes a foreword from award-winning writer, TV presenter and historian Sir Tony Robinson whose TV credits include Time Team, Blackadder and The Worst Jobs in History.  From the ancient world to the nuclear war, each chapter of this military history book brings the key battles of the era to life:    • Before 1000CE: Includes Thermopylae and the Battle of Red Cliffs.    • 1000 – 1500: Includes the Battle of Agincourt and Fall of Constantinople.    • 1500 – 1700: Includes the Battle of Breitenfeld and Siege of Vienna.    • 1700 – 1900: Includes the Battle Waterloo and Gettysburg.    • 1900 – Present: Includes Dunkirk and Operation Desert Storm.

  • Author: DK
  • Publisher: DK; Illustrated edition (September 11, 2018)
  • Genre: History, Historical Study & Educational Resources
  • ISBN: 978-1465473844
  • Dimensions: 10.25 x 0.98 x 12.18 inches


10. Classical Mythology A to Z: An Encyclopedia of Gods & Goddesses, Heroes & Heroines, Nymphs, Spirits, Monsters, and Places

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Study Reference - August 2021

An encyclopedic A-to-Z guide, this beautifully illustrated volume offers hundreds of rich, fascinating definitions of 700 major and minor characters, creatures, and places of classical mythology. Classical Mythology A-to-Z is a comprehensive and engrossing guide to Greek and Roman mythology. Written by Annette Giesecke, PhD, Professor of Classics and Chair of Ancient Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Delaware, this brilliant reference offers clear explanations of every character and locale, and captures the essence of these timeless tales. From the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus and the heroes of the Trojan War to the nymphs, monsters, and other mythical creatures that populate these ancient stories, Giesecke recounts, with clarity and energy, the details of more than 700 characters and places. Each definition includes cross-references to related characters, locations, and myths, as well their equivalent in Roman mythology and cult. In addition to being an important standalone work, Classical Mythology A-to-Z is also written, designed, and illustrated to serve as an essential companion to the bestselling illustrated 75th-anniversary edition of Mythology by Edith Hamilton, including 10 full-color plates and 2-color illustrations throughout by artist Jim Tierney.

  • Author: Annette Giesecke
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2020)
  • Genre: History, World
  • ISBN: 978-0762470013
  • Dimensions: 8 x 1.65 x 9.75 inches