The Best History Books of the Month

Chris Schluep on January 31, 2018

I like to think of this blog as a place where, for the most part, you can get away from politics. Conversations about government are ok, but conversations about politics... there's enough of that going on elsewhere on the internet.

This month, however, there were some books that it would have seemed silly to ignore. They were going to be huge. People were going to want to read them. To leave them off the category list because they were overtly political would have been a notable omission.

That said, I'm omitting them from this roundup. Instead, here are three relatively non-political history books. If you want to see the full list of books in the history category for January, go here (but it changes tomorrow when the February list comes out).

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The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro - In 1928, a New York teenager named Billy Gawronski snuck onto a ship bound for Antarctica and became an unexpected part of the expedition. This is a true life adventure that reads like something out of a novel.

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1917: War, Peace, and Revolution by David Stevenson - 100 years later, historian and WWI expert David Stevenson looks at one important year in the war, 1917.

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The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World by Charles C. Mann - While this book could be construed as political (it's about how we view environmental policy), it presents two of the country's greatest twentieth-century thinkers on the environment--two men who had opposing views on how to approach the environment--and Mann works very hard to be even-handed.

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