Five-Star history books

A Listmania! list by Hancock the Superb "Chris S." (Pittsburgh, PA USA)
The list author says: "Looking for a good read? Here are some history books I've rated a perfect 5/5 stars."
From The Jaws Of Victory
1.  From The Jaws Of Victory by Charles M. Fair
The list author says:
  "Classic chronicle of military incompetence"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E. Lawrence
2.  A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E. Lawrence by John E. Mack
The list author says:
  "Best biography of T.E. Lawrence"
$29.64   Used & New from: $5.98
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia
3.  Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda
The list author says:
  "Another excellent biography"
$13.14   Used & New from: $4.13
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt Publisher: Modern Library
4.  The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt Publisher: Modern Library by Edmund Morris
The list author says:
  "Morris's TR trilogy are three of the finest biographies ever"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (404 customer reviews)

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Theodore Rex
5.  Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
$13.55   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)

Colonel Roosevelt
6.  Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
$13.50   Used & New from: $3.12
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)

The Reason Why: The Story of the Fatal Charge of the Light Brigade
7.  The Reason Why: The Story of the Fatal Charge of the Light Brigade by Cecil Woodham-Smith
The list author says:
  "A searing indictment of Victorian class structure and military stupidity"
$10.54   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

The Destruction of Lord Raglan: A Tragedy of the Crimean War 1854-55 (Wordsworth Military Library)
8.  The Destruction of Lord Raglan: A Tragedy of the Crimean War 1854-55 (Wordsworth Military Library) by Christopher Hibbert
The list author says:
  "Admirable rehabilitation of a beleaguered general."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Hell Riders: The True Story of the Charge of the Light Brigade
9.  Hell Riders: The True Story of the Charge of the Light Brigade by Terry Brighton
The list author says:
  "New take on the Charge of the Light Brigade"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea
10.  Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea by Noah Andre Trudeau
The list author says:
  "Brilliant narrative history"
$13.22   Used & New from: $1.75
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

Like Men of War: Black Troops in the Civil War 1862-1865
11.  Like Men of War: Black Troops in the Civil War 1862-1865 by Noah Andre Trudeau
The list author says:
  "Tribute to African-American troops who fought and died for their freedom"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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From Cedar Mountain to Antietam (Stackpole)
12.  From Cedar Mountain to Antietam (Stackpole) by Edward J. Stackpole
The list author says:
  "Classic account of the Civil War's most exciting campaigns"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
13.  A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East by David Fromkin
The list author says:
  "Essential to understanding the modern Middle East"
$15.97   Used & New from: $3.52
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia (Kodansha Globe)
14.  The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia (Kodansha Globe) by Peter Hopkirk
The list author says:
  "Engrossing tale of military and political skulduggery in Afghanistan"
$14.50   Used & New from: $2.13
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)

What If?: The World's Foremost Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been
15.  What If?: The World's Foremost Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been by Robert Cowley
The list author says:
  "Fun counterfactual histories"
$11.79   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

The Coming of the Third Reich
16.  The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard J. Evans
The list author says:
  "Possibly the best book written on the origins of Nazi Germany"
$12.46   Used & New from: $1.29
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Alexander Hamilton
17.  Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The list author says:
  "Superb biography of the most controversial Founding Father"
$15.01   Used & New from: $0.07
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (471 customer reviews)

The Siege: The Full Horrifying Account of the Kut Disaster
18.  The Siege: The Full Horrifying Account of the Kut Disaster by Russell Braddon
The list author says:
  "Polemical account of World War I's greatest disaster, the Siege of Kut"
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 (New York Review Books Classics)
19.  A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 (New York Review Books Classics) by Alistair Horne
The list author says:
  "Objective, compelling account of Algeria's bloody war for independence"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

The Savage Wars Of Peace: Small Wars And The Rise Of American Power
20.  The Savage Wars Of Peace: Small Wars And The Rise Of American Power by Max Boot
The list author says:
  "Looks at America's history of "small wars" abroad"
$14.10   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

Arrogant Armies: Great Military Disasters and the Generals Behind Them
21.  Arrogant Armies: Great Military Disasters and the Generals Behind Them by James M. Perry
The list author says:
  "More military stupidity"
$27.10   Used & New from: $0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Red Victory: A History Of The Russian Civil War, 1918-1921
22.  Red Victory: A History Of The Russian Civil War, 1918-1921 by W. Bruce Lincoln
The list author says:
  "Superb chronicle of Russia's transformation from monarcy to Bolshevik autocracy"
$20.91   Used & New from: $5.49
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

A Line in the Sand: The Anglo-French Struggle for the Middle East, 1914-1948
23.  A Line in the Sand: The Anglo-French Struggle for the Middle East, 1914-1948 by James Barr
The list author says:
  "An excellent companion to Fromkin"
$22.47   Used & New from: $6.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
24.  American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis
The list author says:
  "Probes the inscrutable Jefferson's motives, ideology and brilliance"
$12.46   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)

The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn't): Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game
25.  The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn't): Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game by Alvin S. Felzenberg
The list author says:
  "Analysis of Presidential quality"
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
26.  Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The list author says:
  "Cements Lincoln's status as America's greatest president"
$14.28   Used & New from: $0.07
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,367 customer reviews)

Someone Had Blundered...A Historical Survey of Military Incompetence
27.  Someone Had Blundered...A Historical Survey of Military Incompetence by Geoffrey Regan
The list author says:
  "A wide-ranging look at inept generals and bumbling politicians"
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Eminent Victorian Soldiers: Seekers of Glory
28.  Eminent Victorian Soldiers: Seekers of Glory by Byron Farwell
The list author says:
  "Amusing look at the eclectic and eccentric soldiers who won Britain's empire. An excellent companion to the Flashman novels"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Warriors Of The Rising Sun: A History Of The Japanese Military
29.  Warriors Of The Rising Sun: A History Of The Japanese Military by Robert B. Edgerton
The list author says:
  "Views Japan's descent from a chivalrous nation to Fascist barbarity"
$14.30   Used & New from: $0.01
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present
30.  Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present by Michael B. Oren
The list author says:
  "How America views the Middle East and its consequences"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)

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Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph: The Complete 1922 Text
31.  Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph: The Complete 1922 Text by T. E. Lawrence
The list author says:
  "T.E. Lawrence's masterpiece"
$10.87   Used & New from: $8.98
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)

The Complete Persepolis
32.  The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The list author says:
  "Hilarious and poignant, a tale of life in Revolutionary Iran"
$16.96   Used & New from: $6.72
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)

Bruce Catton's Civil War: 3 Volumes in 1: Mr Lincoln's Army, Glory Road, A Stillness at Appomattox
33.  Bruce Catton's Civil War: 3 Volumes in 1: Mr Lincoln's Army, Glory Road, A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton
The list author says:
  "Possibly the three best Civil War books written"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Ottoman Centuries
34.  Ottoman Centuries by Baron Patrick Balfour Kinross
The list author says:
  "Sweeping look at the Ottoman Empire's tumultuous history"
$13.37   Used & New from: $0.44
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

1960--LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign That Forged Three Presidencies
35.  1960--LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign That Forged Three Presidencies by David Pietrusza
The list author says:
  "Excellent popular history of America's most contentious presidential campaign"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34
36.  Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34 by Bryan Burrough
The list author says:
  "Excellent chronicle of Depression-era crime."
$14.22   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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