Comments: 23
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Another great post! I was hoping there would be one on non-fiction and now there is. Thanks for this.
...Bookfanatic 2 years ago
Wonderful post. I have to admit I'm not a big reader of non-fiction but in high school history was one of my favorite classes and a lot of my favorite teachers were my history teachers. I do on occasion delve into magazine articles and have been known to marathon the history channel on occasion.

I always thought my grade 8 history teacher summed it up very nicely when a fellow student told her that he didn't see the point of studying history and she turned to him and asked him....
"How can you really know where you're going to, if you don't know where you came from?"
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Such a great quote. I love history, always have, but I don't read as much historical non-fiction as I should.
...Bookfanatic 2 years ago
Thanks. My grade 8 history teacher was one of those teachers who the memory of them stays with you your entire life. I'm 57 years old and I would honestly say that of all my teachers she made the strongest impression on me.
2 years ago
I loved this. I've been meaning to read more non fiction and this gave me great suggestions on where to start. Great post! :)
meeplemaiden 2 years ago
I love history. Let's face it, the subject is so vast that there should be something for everyone! I like stories about ordinary people who get caught up in major events, it makes me take a good look at myself. What would I have done in that situation? Would I have been as brave as these people?

Great post, thanks!
I learned to love history when I got out of school and started reading more about cultures instead of just wars.
Murder by Death 2 years ago
^THIS! I don't know why school history is (was) so defined by the battles that have been fought, but it's a surefire way of boring kids out of any interest in history.

I didn't become interested in history until University, where history classes were much more focused on what caused the wars in the first place. I didn't start reading history until I found books that hooked cultures into history. The British Museum's "100 Objects that Changed the World" was a bit of a gateway book for me. :)
I was lucky; I had a history teacher in high school who was fabulous.
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Same here - all my history teachers (except one) were fantastic. I loved history despite and outside of school, tho. One of the first adult books I read was a biography of Heinrich Schliemann and his re-discovery of Troy.
Murder by Death 2 years ago
Outside of school I was fascinated with the archaeology going on at Knossos, and that's history, of course. But in school, it was year after year of always starting with the American Revolution and never getting past the Civil War and it was ALWAYS about the battles. Except for freshman year in high school, when we had to take "world cultures" - which should have been really interesting, but it was taught by our football coach. A nice man, but not academically bent (although he had a great 'current events' quiz-game every Friday that we LOVED!)
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Ah, yeah, I can see why that my not have sparked that much interest. We started with the stone age in 5th grade and worked our way through the ancient world (Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Rome) through to European history in 7th or 8th grade and finally settling on German history in 9th with more world history thrown in from 10th onwards as no regional history exists in isolation.
charlton 2 years ago
This is a great post and you're right not enough people know any history anymore.
Nice job, Mark!

And every one of those is a damned good read. (Haven't read Hamilton, but Chernow is good in everything of his that I've read.)
Murder by Death 2 years ago
Great post! Like BT, I'd been hoping for some non-fiction love too! :)
Book Thoughts 2 years ago
Thank you all for the kind comments! I am glad to see so much interest in reading about history. There are countless great books out there for just about any topic you can think of.

I really enjoy the community here at BookLikes. I am glad to see things ramping up!
Midu Reads 2 years ago
I am having so much fun reading the posts in this series. Thanks for getting this started! Of the few non-fiction that I have read, I loved The Lady & Her Monsters and The Drunk Botanist.
BrokenTune 2 years ago
"The Drunk Botanist" - The title alone holds a lot of promise.
Murder by Death 2 years ago
The Drunken Botanist was excellent! :)
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Midu Reads 2 years ago
And I am a botanist who doesn't drink but enjoyed the book hehehe
Mathilda 2 years ago
For non fiction lovers....Here are some titles I highly recommend...
.Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission by Bob Drury
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Bike Path Rapist by Jeff Schober
Lost in Libraries 2 years ago
Nice nice. Nonfiction is my favorite genre. Though I admit almost half of my nonfiction books are textbooks from my university classes (got a BA in History).