The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind by Justin Pollard
This readable history documents the astonishing number of scientific and intellectual contributions made by the ancient Egyptian city.
Dreams of Iron and Steel: Seven Wonders of the Nineteenth Century, from the Building of the London Sewers to the Panama Canal by Deborah Cadbury
An engrossing tale of the personal and collective efforts behind the engineering feats of the 19th century that ranged from London’s sewers – eradicating cholera – to the U.S. transcontinental railroad.
The Judgment of Paris: the Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism by Ross King
A colorful chronicle of the turbulent decade leading up to the 1st Impressionist exhibition in 1874, touching on worldwide changes in politics, technology and notions of the individual.
Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves by Adam Hochschild
The co-founder of Mother Jones magazine gives a thrilling account of an eighteenth century grass roots campaign to end slavery in the vast British empire.