This month's featured trove of history books is all about taking you places. You'll take a pilgrimage to Rome. You'll go to Jeffersonian Virginia. You'll head out west. And you'll even be able to travel, Fantastic Voyage-style, into your own body. Be sure to check out our full list of the Best History Books of October, where you'll also find books on the Beatles, the Crusades, two biographies of Hitler, and more.
Moved by his mother's death and his Irish Catholic family's complicated history with the church, Timothy Egan decided to follow in the footsteps of centuries of seekers to force a reckoning with his own beliefs. He embarked on a thousand-mile pilgrimage through the theological cradle of Christianity, exploring one of the biggest stories of our time: the collapse of religion in the world that it created.
Thomas Jefferson's Education by Alan Taylor
Alan Taylor, a Pulitzer Prize-winner, explores Thomas Jefferson's efforts to bring education to Virginians—a move that started broadly, eventually narrowing to his decision to design and build a world class university.
Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West by H.W. Brands
The West was where riches would reward the miner's persistence, the cattleman's courage, the railroad man's enterprise; but El Dorado was at least as elusive in the West as it ever was in the East. In Dreams of El Dorado, H. W. Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the settling of the American West.
The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson
It might be a stretch to count The Body as a history book, but Bryson, the author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, is basically giving the body the short-history-of-nearly-everything treatment. He takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body, and he does it with voice, character, humor, and lots and lots of knowledge.
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