13 books on the list
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
And Other Clinical Tales
@BWJones @OliverSacks Brilliant book – source
Mesannie's adventure is documented in the book "The Last of the Saddle Tramps". It took her 12 years after her return to put her diary and photographs together into a book, but the result is a remarkable testament to her strength, courage, and determination. – source
A Woman's World, 1850–1960
Experience the vivid and unique history of women around the world from 1850-1960 in this third volume of The Colour of Time series. Explore the diverse roles women played in science, politics, culture, and more, from celebrated figures to everyday individuals. With colorized images by Marina Amaral and words by Dan Jones, this survey brings to life the female experience during a century of incredible change, featuring historical icons like Queen Victoria, Frida Kahlo, and Rosa Parks alongside lesser-known revolutionaries, geishas, and pilots. Don't miss this captivating journey through a woman's world before the dawn of second-wave feminism.
It is a both a conventional history – arranged chronologically and thematically, with an eye for events and important individuals – and a radical one. This book is created to show that we can frame our histories just as we frame our photographs: focusing on the things we... – source
And I'd Do It Again
Aimee Crocker's autobiography tells the fascinating story of her life as an heiress to gold and railroad fortunes. She recounts her travels throughout Asia, which include escaping headhunters in Borneo and avoiding murder by servants in Shanghai. Her story also includes lavish parties, husbands, and lovers. This book offers a glimpse into the life of a woman who was christened a Hawaiian princess and wed her fifth husband, Prince Mstislav Galitzine.
In 1936, she wrote a travel book titled "And I’d Do It Again." I absolutely love this bit: – source
Discover the secrets of the most successful dynasty in modern history in this gripping chronicle. Follow the fascinating story of the Romanovs, from their humble beginnings to their rise to become the world’s greatest empire. With a cast of larger-than-life characters including adventurers, courtesans, and revolutionaries, this intimate account by Simon Sebag Montefiore explores their world of unlimited power, palace conspiracy, and sexual decadence, before ultimately unraveling their downfall. A must-read for history buffs!
@simonmontefiore The Romanovs is one of my favorite books ever x – source
Powers and Thrones
A New History of the Middle Ages
Powers and Thrones is a gripping reappraisal of the medieval world and its incredible legacy, as told by bestselling author Dan Jones. From the fall of Rome and the emergence of Europe to the great capitals of the Islamic West, Jones takes readers on a journey through a thousand years of transformation, as the West rebuilds itself on the ruins of an empire. With a focus on climate change, disease, migration, and revolution, Jones explores how Western powers thrived by attracting the most valuable resources, ideas, and people from the rest of the world. As we face a turning point of our own, the lessons of Powers and Thrones matter more than ever.
That’s an excellent book. Go get it – source
Letters of Note
An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience (Book of Letters, Correspondence Book, Private Letters)
Explore the power of written correspondence with a collection of 125 of the most entertaining, inspiring, and unusual letters from around the world. From Virginia Woolf's heart-breaking suicide letter to Leonardo da Vinci's remarkable job application, Letters of Note captures the humor, seriousness, sadness, and brilliance that make up all of our lives. With letters from Queen Elizabeth II, Elvis Presley, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and more, this celebration of the written word will leave you wanting more.
Tip: if you love historical letters as much as I do, I highly recommend this book by @LettersOfNote: – source
Also recommended byCaterina Fake
The Commissar Vanishes
The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalins Russia New Edition
Discover the dark side of political propaganda in this eye-opening book. The author examines how Stalin used photography to manipulate public opinion and erase the memory of his victims. Through the comparison of genuine and altered images, The Commissar Vanishes uncovers how easily history can be distorted.
"The Commissar Vanishes" is a good book about this. – source
If This Is A Woman
Discover the untold story of Ravensbrück, the largest female-only concentration camp during World War II, where over 100,000 women from different nationalities were imprisoned and subjected to brutal forms of torture. Uncovering a mostly forgotten aspect of the war, Sarah Helm's groundbreaking work sheds much-needed light on this hidden atrocity, using newly opened Russian archives and survivor interviews to weave together an absorbing account of the prisoners and guards. Chilling, compelling, and deeply unsettling, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in Nazi history.
Book recommendation: "If This Is A Woman: Inside Ravensbruck: Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women" – source
Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists
A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights
Discover the incredible history of the ongoing fight for women's rights with Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists. This captivating graphic novel-style book covers the key figures and events that have advanced women's rights from antiquity to the modern era, while highlighting the stories of notable women who have shaped history. With topics ranging from suffrage to LGBTQ liberation, this essential resource is perfect for anyone interested in the ongoing struggle for gender equality.
Mikki Kendall wrote the women's rights history book you wish you had in school: Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists. "Women have contributed to every society in history and I wanted to make that clear in an easy to digest format." – source
Also recommended byLaurie Halse Anderson
Killers of the King by Charles Spencer
The Woman Who Wasn't There by Robin Gaby Fisher