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General History Books

Paul Sharpe
The list author says: "Understanding history is important. It provides lessons from the past that can guide the future. If history is forgotten we are most likely to repeat its mistakes. These are a few of the books on historical topics I have read and enjoyed."
Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943
Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943
"A brilliant description of the seige and the suffering."
Gulag: A History
Gulag: A History
"A brilliant narrative that describes in depth the suffering of the inmates and the brutality of the system."
The Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895: Perceptions, Power, and Primacy
The Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895: Perceptions, Power, and Primacy
"A good history on a critical war that continues to have repurcussions in East Asia today."
Gallipoli: The Turkish Story
Gallipoli: The Turkish Story
"A good, simple introduction to this defining battle of World War 1. Not too detailed but provides a good introductory overview."
The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China's War on Foreigners that Shook the World in the Summer of 1900
The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China's War on Foreigners that Shook the World in the Summer of 1900
"An excellent history of this, one of China's strange passages of history. The seige of the embassies and the march of the allied troops to Beijing is well documented."