Josh's Epic List of Books

By Talking Points Memo

By Talking Points Memo

Josh's Epic List of Books

Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World

Nicholas Ostler


The Book in the Renaissance

Andrew Pettegree


Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration

Felipe Fernández-Armesto


Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization

Paul Kriwaczek


City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas

Roger Crowley


The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean

David Abulafia


The Ottoman Age of Exploration

Giancarlo Casale


Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

Ross King


S.P.Q.R: A History of Ancient Rome

Mary Beard


Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic

Tom Holland


Caesar: Life of a Colossus

Adrian Goldsworthy


Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

Anthony Everitt


Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman (Revised)

William M Watt and W. Montgomery Prof Watt


The Reformation: A History

Diarmaid MacCulloch


Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

Diarmaid MacCulloch


A New History of Early Christianity

Charles Freeman


When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation

Paula Fredriksen


Reinventing Paul

John G Gager


The Conquest of New Spain

Bernal Diaz del Castillo


Poland: A History

Adam Zamoyski


Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War

Peter Maass


Napoleon: A Political Life

Steven Englund


China: A History

John Keay


The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

Lawrence Wright


Deng Xiaoping: A Revolutionary Life

Steven I. Levine and Alexander V Pantsov