Best Historical Novels

A Listmania! list by Scott Masters (Allen, TX)
 
War and Remembrance
1.  War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk
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  "Simply the best historical novel I've ever read.  Wouk hits all the right buttons in describing the event of our century."
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The First Man in Rome
2.  The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough
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  "A close second.  I was engrossed in ancient Rome and their incredible way of life.  Followed by several in the series."
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The Killer Angels
3.  The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
The list author says:
  "Read this and you will understand what the American Civil War was all about.  Shaara portrays each side with equal respect and sympathy.  Fascinating."
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1812 (American Story)
4.  1812 (American Story) by David Nevin
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  "A great look at early American history and some forgotten but memorable characters."
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The Gates of the Alamo
5.  The Gates of the Alamo by Stephen Harrigan
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  "Skillfully brings to life a mythic event; at once lays low some of the myths and brings the heroic to life in a real way for modern readers."
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Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution
6.  Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution by A. J. Langguth
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  "A must read for all Americans; brings the story of the struggle for independence in novel form."
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Lincoln: A Novel (The American Chronicle Series)
7.  Lincoln: A Novel (The American Chronicle Series) by Gore Vidal
The list author says:
  "Inside the Lincoln white house, the incredible events that he shaped, and his amazing resolve are brought to life."
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The Hope: A Novel
8.  The Hope: A Novel by Herman Wouk
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  "Details the formative years of the State of Israel from the jewish point of view.  Fascinating if you have any interest in the Middle East."
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The Memoirs of Cleopatra: A Novel
9.  The Memoirs of Cleopatra: A Novel by Margaret George
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  "Get swept up in the events of Egypt during Roman times as told from the point of view of that most romantic of figures; Queen Cleopatra."
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North and South (North and South Trilogy Part One)
10.  North and South (North and South Trilogy Part One) by John Jakes
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  "The events which lead up the Civil War as seen by 2 friends attending West Point, one from the north, the other south.  Superb storytelling interwoven with great events."
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The Right Stuff
11.  The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
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  "Highly entertaining and inspiring retelling of the early space program and the heroic and all too human main characters."
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The Source: A Novel
12.  The Source: A Novel by James A. Michener
The list author says:
  "An amazing tour de force from Michener taking us back through the history of the land of Israel and its inhabitants."
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Byzantium
13.  Byzantium by Stephen R. Lawhead
The list author says:
  "A monk in the middle ages goes on an unbelievable pilgrimage to Byzantium, the seat of the church.  He experiences incredible adventures with an array of characters, from Vikings to Shieks."
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