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The Best History Books of October

We have entered the season when big books are being released every week. There's a winning crop of history books this month, five examples of which are below. You can see the full list of our Best History Books of the Month here.



American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White - U.S. Grant used to have his spot in the pantheon of American leadership, but in the Twentieth Century he fell out of grace. Ronald C. White seeks to raise him back to his rightful place among American leaders.


City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York by Tyler Anbinder - All the great cities are open cities, and more immigrants have come through New York than through all other U.S. entry points combined. City of Dreams is a celebration of a rich and vibrant city and of the people who made New York what it is, the dreamers and the doers.


Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South by Beth Macy - Here is Macy's thoroughly-researched history of the Muse brothers, young albino boys who were taken from their sharecropper home and placed in the circus.


Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation by Anne Sebba - When the Nazis occupied Paris during WWII, many French men were either fighting or forced to work in factories for the Germans. But what of the women of Paris? Author Sebba brings to life the experience of sharing a city with occupying Nazis, showing how women survived, confronted, and sometimes conformed to Nazi occupation.


Indestructible: One Man's Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WWII by John R Bruning - Taking readers from the skies of the Pacific, to the jungles of New Guinea and the Philippines, to one of the the war's most notorious prison camps, Indestructible traces Pappy Gunn's journey to free his family from a Japanese imprisonment. In the process, he sparked an aerial revolution that helped to win the war.






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