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 write about. 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.


Escape in Iraq: The Thomas Hamill Story by Thomas Hamill

Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the US Navy SEALS by “Johnny Walker” with Jim DeFelice


Rambles by Land and Water: Or, Notes of Travel in Cuba and Mexico by Benjamin Moore Norman

Photographing the Mexican Revolution: Commitments, Testimonies, Icons by John Mraz

Mexico and its Religion with Incidents in Travel in That Country During Parts of the Years 1851-1854 by Robert Anderson Wilson


Modern Mongolia: From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists by Morris Rossabi

The Lost Country: Mongolia Revealed by Jasper Becker

The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World by Marie Faverau


From the Other Shore & the Russian People and Socialism by Alexander Herzen

Lenin and the Making of the Soviet State: A Brief History by Jeffrey Brooks & Georgiy Chernyavskiy

Siberian Dawn: A Journey Across the New Russia by Jeffrey Tayler

A Russian Journal by John Steinbeck; Photographer Robert Capa

Vaslav Nijinsky: A Leap Into Madness by Peter Ostwald

Journal of a Voyage with Bering, 1741-1742 by George Wilhelm Steller Edited by O.W. Frost

Stalin’s Instruments of Terror by Rupert Butler

Stalin and the Shaping of the Soviet Union by Alex de Jonge

The Military Uses of Literature: Fiction and the Armed Forces in the Soviet Union by Mark Hooker


With Stevenson in Samoa by Harry Jay Moors

United States

So Far From God: The US War With Mexico, 1846-1848 by John S.D. Eisenhower

The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 by Robert Middlekauff

Time and Chance: Gerald Ford’s Appointment with History by James M. Cannon

The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter’s Journey to the Nobel Peace Prize by Douglas Brinkely

Robert E. Lee: A Biography by Emory M. Thomas

Little Brown Brother: How the United States Purchased and Pacified the Philippines by Leon Wolff

With Reagan: The Inside Story by Edwin Meese III

Crusade: The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War by Rick Atkinson

The Rise and Fall of the American Left by John Patrick Diggins


Xin Loi, Vietnam: Thirty One Months of War by Al Sever

Vietnam: Revolution in Transition by William J. Duiker

Vietnam by Spencer C. Tucker

The Birth of Vietnam by Keith Weller Taylor


From the Old Diplomacy to the New, 1865-1900 by Robert L. Beisner

Debating the Origins of the Cold War: American and Russian Perspectives by Ralph B. Levering et. al.

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman

King Arthur: The Truth Behind the Legend by Rodney Castleden

The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect Storm by Robert F. Bruner and Sean D. Carr

Here’s Johnny!: My Memories of Johnny Carson by Ed McMahon

Colonel Tom Parker: The Curious Life of Elvis Presley’s Eccentric Manager by James L. Dickerson

Thalberg: The Last Tycoon and the World of MGM by Roland Flamini

Painters of the Ashcan School: The Immortal Eight by Bennard B. Perlman

A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

The Story of Camaro by John Gunnell & Jerry Heasley

Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World by David T. Courtwright

El Libertador: Writings of Simon Bolivar by Simon Bolivar