The Best History Books of April

Chris Schluep on April 25, 2019
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This month we have an esteemed historian's very personal look at his own work and process. We have a look at the ways human populations grow, prosper, and fall. There's also a book on Presidents of the United States who didn't get there via the normal election process (there are eight of them). And, rounding things out, there's a book illustrating all the ways that Calculus uncovers the secrets of the universe.

You can see all of our Best History Books of the Month here.


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Working by Robert A. Caro - From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon Johnson: an unprecedented gathering of vivid, candid, deeply revealing recollections about his experiences researching and writing his acclaimed books.


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The Human Swarm: How Our Societies Arise, Thrive, and Fall by Mark W. Moffett - The epic story and ultimate big history of how human society evolved from intimate chimp communities into the sprawling civilizations of a world-dominating species.


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Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America by Jared Cohen - The strength and prestige of the American presidency has waxed and waned since George Washington. Accidental Presidents looks at eight men who came to the office without being elected to it. It demonstrates how the character of the man in that powerful seat affects the nation and world.


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Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe by Steven Strogatz - From preeminent math personality and author of The Joy of x, a brilliant and endlessly appealing explanation of calculus – how it works and why it makes our lives immeasurably better. 


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