Best Historical Books

Excellent fiction books that not only capture you with an interesting story, but also immerse you in the past with historical accuracy.

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On this page you’ll find the best historical fiction I’ve read. In other words, these are books about real historical figures or events.

Reading such books is useful for several reasons. They broaden your horizons, inspire you with real historical examples, and allow you to draw parallels between the past and the present. This leads to useful insights and trains your critical thinking.

Best Historical Books

All Quiet on the Western Front

Erich Maria Remarque

eBook Print | Audiobook

The Gadfly

Ethel Lilian Voynich

eBook Print 

All the King’s Men

Robert Penn Warren

eBook Print 

More Historical Books

A Chronicle of the Reign of Charles IX

Prosper Mérimée

eBook Print 

Decisive Moments in History

Stefan Zweig

eBook Print 


Raffaello Giovagnoli

«Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life»

— Helen Exley

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