As said in past, books are the best friends. Within their pages, you can feel emotions and feelings, within their lines, you can feel their truth. For historical books, they are very telling of the historical events we have lived. They can make you plunge into them and be at the edge of you seat reading them. You can feel as if you are set in a time machine to salute a specific era of history. Thus, here are the top 10 historical books.
10 Memoirs of a Geisha:
It is a historical novel, written by the American author Arthur Golden, and was published in 1997. The book is told using the first personna technique, it deals with the fictional story of a geisha, that is working in Japan, before and after World War II. It is adapted to film in 2005.
9 The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire:
It is a historical book written by the Edward Gibbon, which tracks the course of Western civilization from the very glory of the Roman Empire till the plunge of Byzantium. The book was published in six volumes. The first one was published in 1776 and went through six printings, ending with the sixth volume in 1788.
8 Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era:
It is a book of history that deals with the American Civil War and its reasons. It won the Pulitzer Prize, and was published in 1988 by James M. McPherson. It may in fact be the best ever published, according to some critics. Battle Cry of Freedom is volume six inside the Oxford History of the United States.
7 The Guns of August:
It is a book of history, written by Barbara Tuchman. The book deals with the first month of World War I. The author detailed the beginning events of the disagreement. The Guns of August revolves around he first stages of World War I, starting with the announcing of war, up till the start of the Franco-British attack that banned the German from proceeding into France.
It is a historical book that was written by David McCullough, and published in 2005. It highlights the events caused the American Revolution. It focuses mainly on the administration of George Washington, King George III, Henry Knox and Nathanael Greene. This amazing book was picked to be a part of the 2005 and 2006 CSAF Professional Reading Program.
5 Gone with the Wind:
It is a novel written by Margaret Mitchell and published in 1936. It revolves around Clayton County, Georgia, together with Atlanta through the American Civil War. The author was creative as she employed the color symbolism, in particular both red and green. The main theme of the book is survival.
4 The Other Boleyn Girl:
It is a historical fiction novel by Philipp Gregory, which is based on the biography of Mary Boleyn, an aristocrat, who lived in 1950s. Gregory describes the termination of one of the most momentous royal marriages in the English history and suggests the necessity of the need for a male heir.
3 War and Peace:
It is a novel, written by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, it was published in 1869. The work is epic and is deemed one of the most imperative works of the global literature. It is Tolstoy’s best literary work. Actually, the novel has made great success and according to Ivan Goncharov, Leo Tolstoy has been the “true lion of the Russian literature”.
2 The Book Thief:
It is a novel written by Markus Zusak, and first published in 2005. The book is set in Nazi Germany. It revolves around a young girl’s rapport with her foster parents, and a young Jewish man who is put out of sights in her home all through the escalation of World War II.
1 The Pillars of the Earth:
This historical novel was written by Ken Follett and published in 1989, it focuses on the building of a cathedral in Kingsbridge, England, in the mid of the 12th century, chiefly during the Anarchy, flanked by the time of the plummeting of the White Ship and the assassination of Thomas Becket. In 2007, this eye catching book was selected in the US for Oprah’s Book Club.