History is full of noble tales of victory and defeat and always teaches us something new about the past. And as they say, history has a habit of repeating itself, then it might be a good idea to have a jump start, don’t you think? We’re just kidding. Though history always does teach us some core values and that is something to be a part of.
Today we’re compiling a list of some of the best history books published in 2021 so far. The list was comprised on the basis of the book’s popularity, its content, the number of copies sold and more.
Hope you enjoy reading the rest of the article while also gathering some valuable information.
A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Four Hundred Souls tells the epic story of the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present. It is a vital addition to the curriculum on race in America. Four Hundred Souls is a unique one-volume history of African Americans. Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, the editors of the book, chose and assembled ninety brilliant writers, each who works on a five-year period of that four-hundred-year span.
The writers explore their periods through historical essays, personal vignettes, and fiery polemics. They approach history from various perspectives: through places, laws, and objects. This collection of diverse pieces fundamentally deconstructs the idea that Africans in America are a monolith. This history illuminates our past and gives us new ways of thinking about the future, written by the most vital and essential voices of the present.
Battles Map By Map covers battlefields of the ancient world to the bomb-scarred landscapes of World War II and more. This book is packed with maps telling the story of history’s most famous battles fought. Using new, in-depth maps and expert analysis, see how legendary military milestones were won and lost and how tactics, technology, vision, and luck have all played a part in the wars throughout history.
Additionally, historical maps, paintings, photographs, and objects take you to the heart of the action; famous commanders and military leaders are profiled, and the impact of groundbreaking weapons and battlefield innovations is revealed. Bursting with lavish illustrations and full of fascinating detail, Battles Map by Map is the ultimate history book for map lovers, military history enthusiasts, and armchair generals everywhere.
Stalin’s War is a prize-winning historian book that reveals how Stalin was the animating force of World War II in this major new history instead of Hitler. World War II showcases imagination as a heroic struggle between good and evil. But Hitler was not in power, and the Second World War was not Hitler’s war; it was Stalin’s war.
McMeekin reveals how Soviet Communism was rescued by the US and Britain’s self-defeating strategic moves, beginning with Lend-Lease aid. A groundbreaking re-evaluation of the Second World War, Stalin’s War is essential reading for anyone looking to understand the current world order.
Madhouse at the End of the Earth is the harrowing true survival story of an early polar expedition that went terribly awry—with the ship frozen in ice and the crew trapped inside for the entire sunless, Antarctic winter; it is a riveting tale, splendidly told that deserves a place beside Alfred Lansing’s immortal classic Endurance.
In this epic tale, Julian Sancton unfolds a story of adventure and horror for the ages. A tale of two young officers, a friendship blossomed in captivity: the expedition’s lone American, a half genius, half con man and the ship’s first mate, soon-to-be-legendary leader. Together, they would plan a last near fail escape from the ice.
Niall Ferguson explains why we are getting worse, not better, at handling disasters in Doom. As disasters are hard to predict, we ought to be better prepared than the ones who perished in history. We have science on our side, after all.
While leaders performed poorly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Niall Ferguson argues that more pathologies were at work in our responses to earlier disasters. Drawing from multiple disciplines, Doom offers not a history but a general theory of disasters, but how our bureaucratic systems are getting worse at handling them. Doom is the lesson of history everyone urgently needs to learn if we want to handle the next crisis and to avoid the ultimate doom of irreversible decline.
This is the story of one of the most controversial conflicts in US history. This book examines both the conflict and its lasting impact in detail. Combining text with maps and archive photography, A Short History of the Vietnam War showcases every aspect of the fighting on a wider political landscape.
Eyewitness accounts and iconic photographs bring events to life. Collections of armoured vehicles, weapons and aircraft are presented on gallery pages, while diagrams and maps show exactly how decisive moment’s unfolded. The perfect read for the military history enthusiast, this book is a visual record of the suffering and heroism that occurred in America’s bloodiest conflict ever.
A fascinating tour inside the mind and the heart of Abraham Lincoln, this book turned out to be an important and timeless work. This book gives a revelatory glimpse into the intellectual journey of America’s sixteenth president through his private notes to himself, explored for the first time.
A deeply private man, Abraham Lincoln often captured “his best thoughts” in short notes to himself. The importance of these notes has been overlooked because the originals have never before been brought together and examined as a whole. Walkthrough twelve of Lincoln’s most important private notes, showcasing his brilliance and empathy, but also his very human anxieties and ambitions.
A little Devil In America is a stirring meditation on Black performance in America. HanifAbdurraqib weaves together essays that reveal the resilience, heartbreak, and joy within the Black performance. Abdurraqib writes prose with care and generosity. He explains the poignancy of performances, each one feeling intensely familiar and vital.
A Little Devil in America is filled with sharp insight, humour, and heart, that unfolds specific moments in time and space—from midcentury Paris to the moon and back down again to a cramped living room in Columbus, Ohio.
An economic historian traces the evolution of American capitalism and argues that we’ve reached a turning point that will define the era ahead. It is impossible to understand the United States without its economic history. This book is from one of the nation’s foremost historians of capitalism, which brings an important and endlessly fascinating story to life.
Ages of American Capitalism proves that, contrary to political dogma, capitalism in the United States has never been just one thing. Instead, it has morphed throughout the country’s history—and it’s likely changing again right now.