The book list below contains much more than just what I’ve read for this month of this year. Rather, it is a loose collection of books I’ve either used for research on this site or books I’ve found interesting enough to mention. There are many more which cannot be included due to time and length which we may get to the in the future, but for now, there are a select number below. I’ll add that all are affiliate links which aid the growth of this channel at no cost to you.


The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones


A Record of Cambodia: The Land and Its People by Zhou Daguan


Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux

Swimming to Freedom: My Untold Story of Escaping the Cultural Revolution by Kent Wong


Mission to Tehran by Robert Huyser


Escape from Laos by Dieter Dengler


Radio in Revolution: Wireless Technology and State Power in Mexico, 1897-1938 by J. Justin Castro


The Sandinista Legacy: Lessons from a Political Economy in Transition by Ilja A. Luciak


The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport

Jews in the Russian Army, 1827-1917: Drafted into Modernity by Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? by Karen Dawisha

The Russian Revolution: A New History by Sean McMeekin

Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine, 1921-1933 by Anne Applebaum

Lenin the Dictator by Victor Sebestyen

Russia-EU Relations and the Common Neighborhood: Coercion vs. Authority by Irina Busygina

Russia’s Turn to the East: Domestic Policymaking and Regional Cooperation edited by Helge Blakkisrud & Elana Wilson Rowe

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham

Revolutionary War for Independence & the Russian Question: Czechoslovak Army in Russia, 1914-1918 by Victor M. Fic

Life and Death Under Stalin: Kalinin Province, 1945-1953 by Kees Boterbloem


Castilian Days by John Hay


The Unveiling of Lhasa by Edmund Candler

United States

Alfred Thayer Mahan: The Man and His Letters by Robert Seager II

Life in a Tank by Richard Haigh

Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam by Lewis Sorley

1775: A Good Year For Revolution by Kevin Phillips

Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief by James M. McPherson

Trumped Up: How Criminalization of Political Differences Endangers Democracy by Alan M. Dershowitz

Henry Clay: The Man Who Would Be President by James C. Klotter

Permanent Record by Edward Snowden

Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power by Lou Cannon

The Tormented President: Calvin Coolidge, Death, and Clinical Depression by Robert E. Gilbert

Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled his Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk


The Village by Francis J. West Jr.

Vietnam Style by Bertrand de Hartingh, Anna Craven-smith-Milnes & Luca Invernizzi Tettoni

Vietnam’s Economic Policy Since 1975 by Vo Nhan Tri


Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches edited by Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver

Throwback: A Big League Catcher Tells How the Game Is Really Played by Jason Kendall and Lee Judge

The Romance of Aircraft by Lawrence Yard Smith

Mr. Hockey by Gordie Howe

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson

The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution that Saved Virtual Reality by Blake J. Harris

Space 2.0: How Private Spaceflight, a Resurgent NASA, and International Partners and Creating a New Space Age by Rod Pyle

Unmasked: A Memoir by Andrew Lloyd Webber

A Season in the Sun: The Rise of Mickey Mantle by Randy W. Roberts & Johnny Smith

Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service by Gary Sinise

Baseball Goes West: The Dodgers, the Giants and the Shaping of the Major Leagues by Lincoln A. Mitchell