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Can you name five history books people should read?

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Angela Smith answered

My personal favorites (I've read all but the last one):

1. A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway): A semi-autobiographical novel, this is guaranteed to make any person cry, one of the best works of Hemingway. Very beautifully written in telling sentences.

2. Slaughterhouse-5 (Kurt Vonnegut): A satire which mixes elements of science fiction with the bombing of Dresden in 1945. The author was there at the time, as a Prisoner of War. He actually survived the fire-storm by sheltering in a slaughterhouse himself, and hence the name.

3. The Face of Battle (John Keegan): This book dissects an ordinary soldier's experience in 3 battles - Agincourt, Waterloo and Somme. An absolute classic of its times.

4. Longitude (Dava Sobel): Describes 18th century British clock-maker John Harrison's invention of a timepiece accurate enough to measure longitude at sea.

5. Dispatches (Michael Herr): Haven't read this one, but have read rave reviews of the same.

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1. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln;

2. The Guns of August;

3. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany;

4. The Diary of a Young Girl;

5. A People's History of the United States: 1942 - Present.

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