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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The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World

Melissa Schilling

Public Affairs, 2018

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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Simon & Schuster, 2018

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The Uses of History for Decision Makers

Richard E. Neustadt et al.

Free Press, 1988

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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 Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

Adam Higginbotham

Simon & Schuster, 2019

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Milton Friedman et al.

Princeton UP, 2008

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A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

Erik Larson

Crown, 2020

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John Lewis Gaddis

Penguin Press, 2018

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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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An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World

Jennifer Palmieri

Grand Central, 2018

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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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Scene on Radio podcast: Season 2

John Biewen et al.

Scene on Radio, 2017

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Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Alfred Lansing

Basic Books, 2015

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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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A Vision for Change and the Future of America

John Lewis

Hachette Book Group USA, 2017

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The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

John Barry

Viking, 2004

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Yuval Noah Harari

Spiegel & Grau, 2018

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It’s the ultimate political weapon. But we’ve never agreed on what it’s for.

Jill Lepore

The New Yorker, 2019

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Niccolò Machiavelli

Oxford UP, 2008

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The Fates of Human Societies

Jared Diamond

W.W. Norton, 2005

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How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Jared Diamond

Penguin, 2005

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Lessons from Dealmaking at the Highest Level

James K. Sebenius et al.

Harper, 2018

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Thomas Hobbes

Oxford World’s Classics, 2011

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Myth and Reality

Stanley McChrystal et al.

Portfolio, 2018

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The Surprising History of New Ideas

Steven Poole

Scribner, 2018

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The Origins of Western Liberalism

Larry Siedentop

Belknap Press, 2014

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