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10 Iconic History Books Everyone Could Learn Something From

From educating yourself about the famed Spartan way of life in ancient times to the exposition on how an armed confrontation somewhere in the Horn of Africa in the 90’s inexorably overhauled US foreign policy; historical books unarguably enlightens its readers and these books are the trailblazers.

History divides opinions effortlessly. Either you are a fan of it or you find it boring. Regardless, on a micro-level most of us ideally prefer to retain connections to the past. It could be a photo album on your digital device or in print, a diary, or heirlooms stretching a few generations back.

History books serve the same purpose. Reading one is akin to peering into the events, thought processes, and eccentricities of an object of interest from yesteryears. Consequently, it becomes infinitely easier to connect the past to the present.

The best history books listed below aren’t solely about dates and verifiable accounts. They cover different timelines and are creatively written to offer you peculiar insights that are mentally stimulating, outline critical life lessons that’d be indelibly etched on your mind, and help you develop an analytical and nuanced view of the world.

#1 Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield

Gates of Fire is a historical fiction novel that recounts the Battle of Thermopylae. 

Why is it so important? The book gives a detailed account of the Spartan society, particularly the agoge, which is the military training program which all young Spartan boys must complete to become citizens of Sparta. 

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Contributor: Eric Sztanyo from We Buy NKY Houses

  1. Such a good book! 300, but much better. Pressfield is so talented.

#7 Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden paints a vivid picture from multiple viewpoints on the battlefield to unfold a brilliant description and explanation of The Battle of The Black Sea. Bowden calls the battle the most lopsided body count victory in American history, yet the fact that there was a body count at all changed the way America viewed foreign policy. This battle as Bowden describes it explains political positions of on foreign policy today, in a surprising and fascinating turn.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#8 War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

While War and Peace is a narrative story Tolstoy shares some fascinating insights about historical events that can be found nowhere else. Tolstoy shares his thoughts on the nature of power and the functions and movements of historical events. Tolstoy writes in a style that’s easy to apprehend and brilliant to consider.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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Written by Taegan Lion