Tuesday 12 March 2019

Reading Recs: Nine Interesting Non-Fiction History Books

In today's infographic I highlight nine interesting non-fiction reads.

Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton is one of the best books of its kind I've ever read, and a great introduction to this fascinating figure.

Cruikshank's The Secret History of Georgian London is a brilliant study of life in Georgian England.

If you are looking for something more far-reaching, check out Peter Ackroyd's hugely readable The History of England.

Love London? Learn more about the history of this city in Ackroyd's London: The Biography.

O'Shaughnessy examines the reasons why the British lost the war in The Men Who Lost America.

Haslip offers a compelling portrait of Elisabeth (Sissi) of Austria in The Lonely Empress.

While Andress probes the darker side of the French Revolution in The Terror.

In Fatal Purity Scurr offers a fair biographical portrayal of Maximilien de Robespierre.

And finally, in Holy Madness, Zamoyski guides us through the age of revolutions, from the 18th into the 19th century.


  1. I love Peter Ackroyd's work! I began with Venice: Pure City and recently finished his Turner biography. I'm currently reading Queer City, but I want to read everything he's read.

    Have you read Miles J. Unger's Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces? If you love history and art, it's a must read. :)

    1. Thanks Kari. I will certainly check out your recommendation. Queer City is on my wish list already.