The Great Wall by John Man
While traveling the entire length of China’s Great Wall, historian John Man explores its history and legends, bringing to life two millennia of Chinese history.
The Ruin of the Roman Empire: A New History by James J. O’Donnell
A historian takes a fresh look at the fall of the Roman Empire (which preceded the rise of Islam), arguing that the Roman emperors and not the invading barbarians were responsible for the collapse.
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
An anthropology professor takes a fresh look at the notorious Genghis Khan, exploring his lesser-known role as a farsighted ruler who helped bridge European and Asian cultures.
When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World: The Rise and Fall of Islam’s Greatest Dynasty by Hugh Kennedy
Kennedy reveals both the splendor and the dark side of the vast Muslim empire ruled by the Abbasid caliphs during the 8th and 9th centuries.
Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters who Ruled Europe by Nancy Goldstone
An enthralling look at the enormous influence wielded by Queen Eleanor and her three sisters (Marguerite, Sanchia, and Beatrice) in 13th century Europe.