Once again, I am not including The Bible or any reference books. And although I have many non-fiction books on writing, religion, philosophy, politics, biography, and other topics, in my list here I am only including historical books that are written in a more narrative form.
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Here are five favorite books in the non-fiction category:
1. Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn
by Evan S Connell
"The full story of General Custer and the Battle of Little Big Horn as seen from all sides with the events that led up to the fateful event."
The story telling is vivid and comprehensive which really brings the story to life.
2. Five Points: The Nineteenth-Century New York City Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections, and Became the World's Most Notorious Slum by Tyler Anbinder
"An incredible recreation of everything the title describes."
Made curious after seeing the film Gangs of New York, this book really brought the setting of the story and the history around it to life for me.
3. Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
"Fascinating history and facts about the common substance we now mostly take for granted."
Fun trivia that you can use to amaze and amuse others is presented in a page turning epic about something we all use every day.
by Nelson Lankford
"Under siege and impending invasion by Union troops, the Capitol of the Confederacy collapses in chaos and flames."
Like a trip in a time machine, this book takes readers into the heart of the action and makes us feel like we are there.
5. Captured By The Indians: 15 Firsthand Accounts, 1750-1870 edited by Frederick Drimmer
"Incredible stories from pioneers and early settlers of the U.S. who were captured by indigenous tribes and lived to tell their stories."
The stories in this collection are told with detail and candor, painting a vivid picture of what life must have been like for these people.
Do you read non-fiction? What are some of your favorite non-fiction books? Have you read any of the books I have listed here?