A People’s History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium, Chris Harman
Most people throughout time have not been kings, queens, or social elites. Recommended by fellow ‘history from below’ historian Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the World gives a counter-history to the usual ‘battles and dates’ history that has long dominated popular history. The book examines the rise and fall of different societies across the world dating back to pre-written history. Indispensable reading for those who want to know about world history and those with an interest in societal change.
Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town, Mary Beard
In Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town, Britain’s best known classicist Mary Beard uses ancient relics and archaeological evidence to bring life to the long-buried Roman town. The history of the city has long interested scholars and the public, but for obvious reasons has often eluded deep investigation and knowledge. Covering everything from market stalls to government, the humdrum to the thrilling, Beard gives an immersive account of life in a lost city.
The Story of Art, E.H. Gombrich
The Story of Art is one of the most famous and best selling books on the history of art, and continues to be a bible within the art world some 50 years after its first publication. Gombrich‘s clear writing style and intelligent discussions on art coupled with the new edition’s redesign with 376 colour and 64 black and white illustrations makes this one of the most attractive art books available. It is sure to inspire and educate even those with just a passing interest in art history.
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany, William L. Shirer
Winner of a National Book Award and a bestseller in the US and Europe, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich tells the history of Nazi Germany like no other book before it. Shirer gained access to secret and previously unseen documents and diaries to comprehensively tell the story of Hitler’s regime from 1920 to 1945. Having provoked much scholarly and popular debate, the book continues to enlighten readers about one of the most provocative periods in world history.