The Best History Books of November

Chris Schluep on November 06, 2018
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Today is election day, and voting is one of the few ways that we normal Americans can help to make history. One way or another, or maybe somewhere in between, history will be made today. In honor of this moment, here are some of the Best History Books of November. There's some very serious history in this list, along with a dose of the lighter stuff. And there's lots of variety--so enjoy!


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Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of World War II by James Holland - Months prior to D-Day, the Allies engaged in the biggest air offensive of WWII in an effort to weaken Germany's Luftwaffe. This is a detailed and engaging look at the planning and the people involved in the aerial fighting that became known as the "Big Week."

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Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny by Edward J. Watts - The death of Rome's Republic was not inevitable. In Mortal Republic, Edward J. Watts illustrates that it died because it was allowed to, from thousands of small wounds inflicted by Romans who assumed that it would last forever.

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The Allies: Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II by Winston Groom - From National Geographic, best-selling author Winston Groom tells the complex story of how Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin--the three iconic and vastly different Allied leaders--aligned to win World War II and created a new world order.

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Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood by Karina Longworth -  Here is a timely popular history that examines Hollywood’s glamorous golden age through the stories of some of the dozens of actresses pursued by Howard Hughes, to reveal how the millionaire mogul’s obsessions with sex, power and publicity trapped, abused, or benefitted women who dreamt of screen stardom.

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Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila by James M. Scott -At the outbreak of WWII, General MacArthur hoped to protect Manila, the capital of the Philippines. He declared it an open city, but in early 1942 the Japanese seized Manila, rounding up thousands of Americans. MacArthur vowed to return, and three years later he did--but the twenty-nine day battle that ensued was destructive and devastating. James M. Scott's Rampage recounts one of the most heartbreaking chapters of Pacific War history.

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