History

How did society arrive at where it stands today? To learn about the politicians, scientists, innovators, leaders and rulers whose actions shaped the present, peruse these summaries.
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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Simon & Schuster, 2018

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A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari

Vintage, 2015

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John Maynard Keynes

Prometheus Books, 1997

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The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History

David Enrich

Custom House, 2017

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A History of the United States

Jill Lepore

W.W. Norton, 2018

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Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

George Packer

Knopf, 2019

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The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West

David McCullough

Simon & Schuster, 2019

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The Battle for Our Better Angels

Jon Meacham

Random House, 2018

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Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom

Ariel Burger

Houghton Mifflin, 2018

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Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Alfred Lansing

Basic Books, 2015

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