Choose your own adventure, from prehistoric to present day.
While it is (still) impossible to travel through time, reading historical books is the best way to get a sense for how others lived in generations past. Whether you have a favorite time period you’re fascinated by, or want to learn about a new culture, there’s no shortage of popular books that are both rooted in history and highly entertaining.
Some of the best-received historical books range from biographies that further popularized famous figures, such as Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton, to surprisingly true tales that resemble novels, like Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City. Another important category of historical books are those that highlight the experiences of disenfranchised communities, such as Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow or An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Once you’ve finished reading some of these historical introductions, you can also dive deeper into books about racism, LGBT-focused books, or books by Hispanic authors to learn even more about these underrepresented but undoubtedly vital communities.