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 site at no cost to you.


Afghanistan: Soviet Vietnam by Vladislav Tamarov


The King’s Peace, 1637-1641 by C.V. Wedgewood

Big Chief Elizabeth: The Adventures and Fate of the First English Colonists in America by Giles Milton


Bread and Democracy in Germany by Alexander Gerschenkron

Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa by Michelle R. Moyd


Six Days on the Hurricane Deck of a Mule: An Account of A Journey Made On Mule Back in Honduras, CA in August 1891 by Almira Stillwell Cole


Plutarco Elias Calles and the Mexican Revolution by Jurgen Buchenau

Baja California Railways by John A. Kirchner

Tramping through Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras by Harry A. Franck


Socialist Fun: Youth Consumption, and State-Sponsored Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1945-1970 by Gleb Tsipursky

The Last Days of Stalin by Joshua Rubenstein

A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia’s War with the West by Luke Harding

Trapped in Russia: An American Family’s Struggle to Survive by Karen Wardamasky Bobrow

Revolution Goes East: Imperial Japan and Soviet Communism by Tatiana Linkhoeva

Tracing the Atom: Nuclear Legacies in Russia and Central Asia edited by Susanne Bauer and Tanja Penter

United States

Barbara Bush: A Memoir by Barbara Bush

Christmas in Plains: Memories by Jimmy Carter

Robert E. Lee: Lessons in Leadership by Noah Andre Trudeau

George Washington by William Roscoe Thayer

A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness and A Trove of Letters Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression by Ted Gup

Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World by Evan Thomas

The Critical Period of American History by John Fiske

The War With the United States: A Chronicle of 1812 by William Charles Henry Wood

William Howard Taft by Jeffrey Rosen

Washington’s Revolution: The Making of America’s First Leader by Robert Middlekauff


Mounted Combat in Vietnam by Donn A. Starry

Elections in South Vietnam by Howard R. Penniman

Vietnam: Dawn of a New Market: A Business Survival Guide by Geoffrey Murray

Vietnam: The Incomplete Transformation by Peter Wolff

The Vietnamese Gulag by Doan Van Toai & David Chanoff


Discovering Pluto: Exploration at the Edge of the Solar System by Dale P. Cruikshank and William Sheehan

I Love Capitalism!: An American Story by Ken Langone

For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball by Bud Selig with Phil Rogers

Our Lost Declaration: America’s Fight Against Tyranny from King George to the Deep State by Senator Mike Lee

Just Show Up: And Other Enduring Values from Baseball’s Iron Man by Cal Ripken Jr.

Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War, Volume I: July 1937 – May 1942 by Richard B. Frank

The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations by Daniel Yergin