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    #1Isaac's Storm

    Isaac's Storm
    Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History is a narrative history book written by Erik Larson. It was released in 2000 and became a National Bestseller. It is about Isaac Cline and the storm that hit Galveston, Texas. 

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    Ronald Valdez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I really love history books. I also love narratives. I came here looking for the best narrative history books. I was told to try Isaac's Storm. I loved this book!..."
    Ronald Valdez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I really love history books. I also love narratives. I came here looking for the best narrative history books. I was told to try Isaac's Storm. I loved this book!"
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    #2Rubicon

    Rubicon

    Rubicon is a narrative history book written by historian Tom Holland. It was released in March 2005. It is about the events that began the Roman Civil War.

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    Wang Sun
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Rubicon is a nice little tale about the Roman Civil War. It is heavily bogged down with text, and doesn't offer much of a reprieve, but is still genuinely interesting...."
    Wang Sun
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Rubicon is a nice little tale about the Roman Civil War. It is heavily bogged down with text, and doesn't offer much of a reprieve, but is still genuinely interesting."
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    #3In the Heart of the Sea

    In the Heart of the Sea
    In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex is a book written by Nathaniel Philbrick, a National Book Award winner. This tells the maritime disaster of the whaleship Essex. This book is published in 2001 by Penguin Books.
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    Ralph Valdez
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I was scared to death reading this book. Not because it was scary, but because I am afraid of the ocean. I was able to put myself in the main characters shoes and I was terrif..."
    Ralph Valdez
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I was scared to death reading this book. Not because it was scary, but because I am afraid of the ocean. I was able to put myself in the main characters shoes and I was terrified. The author did a very good job of detailing the story very well. "
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    #4Nicholas and Alexandra

    Nicholas and Alexandra

    Nicholas and Alexandra: The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty is a biography written by Pulitzer Prize-winning Robert K. Massie. This book is published in 2000 by Random House Trade Paperbacks.

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    Jane Lin
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is such a great narrative history book, it hardly feels like your reading history. The facts are there like a college text book and the story is as rich as a non-fiction ..."
    Jane Lin
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is such a great narrative history book, it hardly feels like your reading history. The facts are there like a college text book and the story is as rich as a non-fiction novel. This is a great read!"
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    #5The River of Doubt

    The River of Doubt
    The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey is a biography written by Candice Millard on the 26th president of the United States. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2006 by Anchor Books.

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    Brian Fuller
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The River of Doubt is a biography about my favorite president. I found the book to be quite in depth and it allowed me to learn a lot about Theodore and all of his hardship's ..."
    Brian Fuller
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The River of Doubt is a biography about my favorite president. I found the book to be quite in depth and it allowed me to learn a lot about Theodore and all of his hardship's that he had to deal with all throughout his life. "
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    #6Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

    Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

    Mayflower, a 2006 history book by Nathaniel Philbrick, chronicles the story of the first Pilgrims from England to land in the New World. It tells of their transatlantic voyage and the following decades of colonization. 

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    Alicia Peña
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "If you are a fan of narrative history books, Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War is something that you should definitely check out. This book managed to take an ..."
    Alicia Peña
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "If you are a fan of narrative history books, Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War is something that you should definitely check out. This book managed to take an event in the United States history and make it interesting enough that it kept me entertained and I still learned stuff."
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    #7Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

    Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

    Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania is a Goodreads Choice 2015 winner written by Erik Larson. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2015 by Crown Publishers.

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    Vibhore Singhal
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "If your at all into history then this is worth picking up. I found it very interesting and captivating...."
    Vibhore Singhal
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "If your at all into history then this is worth picking up. I found it very interesting and captivating."
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    #8The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a non-fiction book by Rebecca Skloot. It tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were unknowingly taken from her and used in medical research. These cells have outlived her for 60 years.
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    Brandon Hoffman
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "One of the most influential people in modern medicine and you've probably never heard of her. Hear the story of Henrietta Lacks and find out how her legacy has endured through..."
    Brandon Hoffman
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "One of the most influential people in modern medicine and you've probably never heard of her. Hear the story of Henrietta Lacks and find out how her legacy has endured through time. This is a truly amazing book that sheds light on a little known fact outside the world of medical research. I highly recommend this book!"
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    #9The Ghost Map

    The Ghost Map

    The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World is a nonfiction history book written by Steven Johnson. Published in 2006 by Riverhead Books.

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    Scott Wells
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World is book written by Steven Johnson. The book presents bot..."
    Scott Wells
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World is book written by Steven Johnson. The book presents both vivid history and a powerful and provocative explanation of what it means for the world we live in."
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    #10Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival

    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival
    'Unbroken' is the true and incredible story of Louis Zamperini, a lieutenant that survives a plane crash during the Pacific War in 1943. This is one of the most incredible odysseys of the 20th century and the inspiration for a motion picture, directed by Angelina Jolie.
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    Albert Simmons
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival is a powerful book on the story of Louis Zamperini, a lieutenant that survives a plane crash during the Pacific War in 1943. The sto..."
    Albert Simmons
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival is a powerful book on the story of Louis Zamperini, a lieutenant that survives a plane crash during the Pacific War in 1943. The story fits well because its based on Louis view of his situation among the war. "
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    #11Shit my History Teacher DID NOT tell me!

    Shit my History Teacher DID NOT tell me!
    Shit my History Teacher DID NOT tell me! is a history reference book written by Karl Wiggins. It was published in January 7, 2014 by Karl Wiggins.
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    Stephanie Holmes
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I am not sure this qualifies as Narrative History. It doesn't seem as if it is in story form. It sounds very interesting and I will probably pick it up for my kids. So. best e..."
    Stephanie Holmes
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I am not sure this qualifies as Narrative History. It doesn't seem as if it is in story form. It sounds very interesting and I will probably pick it up for my kids. So. best eh maybe."
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    #12Forgotten Ellis Island: The Extraordinary Story of America's Immigrant Hospital

    Forgotten Ellis Island: The Extraordinary Story of America's Immigrant Hospital

    Forgotten Ellis Island: The Extraordinary Story of America's Immigrant Hospital is a historical non-fiction book by Lorie Conway. It was first published in 2007 by Smithsonian under ISBN 0061241962 and focuses on the history of Ellis Island.

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    Steven Jimenez
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Where the germs of the world converge: That should be my new band name. Great and riveting book. Because my life is a steaming pile of disappointment and regret, I often rea..."
    Steven Jimenez
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Where the germs of the world converge: That should be my new band name. Great and riveting book. Because my life is a steaming pile of disappointment and regret, I often read books about diseases, fantasizing about which ones I could unleash upon the world and enjoy making others feel my misery and pain. Forgotten Ellis Island let me have sweet dreams, indeed."
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    #13Sink the Belgrano

    Sink the Belgrano
    Sink the Belgrano is a military fiction written by Mike Rossiter. Originally published in 2007, Sink the Belgrano focuses on the events that led to the sinking of Belgrano, which, arguably is the most dramatic moment in the Falklands war.
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    Carlos Alberto Balderas
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Gifted historical writer Mike Rossiter alternates placing the reader inside the nuclear submarine that sank the Argintine cruiser General Belgano, and on board the doomed ship..."
    Carlos Alberto Balderas
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Gifted historical writer Mike Rossiter alternates placing the reader inside the nuclear submarine that sank the Argintine cruiser General Belgano, and on board the doomed ship itself. The sinking was a turning point - the Argentine navy did not venture from port for the remainder of the war. To this day there remain a variety of opinions concerning the necessity for the attack and consequent loss of life. Rossiter deals with this, also. "

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Best narrative history books
Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
1 Isaac's Storm Books 38 Paid
2 Rubicon Books 35 Paid
3 In the Heart of the Sea Books 34 Paid
4 Nicholas and Alexandra Books 31 Paid
5 The River of Doubt Books 29 Paid
6 Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War Books 18 Paid
7 Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Books 17 Paid
8 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Books 10 Paid
9 The Ghost Map Books 8 Paid
10 Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival Books 6 Paid
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