European History

How the Idea of Religious Toleration Came to the West (2003) by Perez Zagorin

The Terror: The Merciless War for Freedom in Revolutionary France (2005) by David Andress

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa (1998) by Adam Hochschild

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (2010) by Timothy Snyder

Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe (2007) by Robert Gellately

Religious Liberty/First Amendment

Roger Williams and The Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty (2012) by John M. Barry

The Myth of American Religious Freedom (2011) by David Sehat

Wellspring of Liberty: How Virginia’s Religious Dissenters Helped Win the American Revolution & Secured Religious Liberty (2010) by John A. Ragosta.

The Constitution of Religious Freedom: God, Politics, and the First Amendment (2012) by Dennis J. Goldford.

Founding Faith: How Our Founding Fathers Forged a Radical New Approach to Religious Liberty (2008) by Steven Waldman.

The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children (2012) by Katherine Stewart.

The Second Disestablishment: Church and State in Nineteenth-Century America (2010) by Steven K. Green.

History of Science and Technology

Power Over Peoples: Technology, Environments, and Western Imperialism, 1400 to the Present (2010) by Daniel R. Headrick.

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (2007) by Dava Sobel

Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture (2000) by Ross King

Historical Fiction:

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet

Pachacuti: World Overturned by Lori Eshleman (see a talk by the author here)

Reviews of Pachacuti:

Pachacuti is a gloriously written book that brings the mix of cultures in a small city in the heart of South America alive. Marvelously detailed, with characters that are endlessly torn between their people, their pasts, and their obligations.” – Jason Lang San Francisco Book Review

From ASU Magazine: “It is an engaging read solidly grounded in historical authenticity and animated by expert storytelling.”




2 thoughts on “Books

  1. Thanks for a very interesting and readable site. Came across it by … serendipity, I guess, is the word… I appreciate the quality of your posts and the themes you cover. I’ll be looking for more!


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