History book suggestions?

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  1. OrangeBlossum

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    Jun 17, 2008

    I teach World History and am looking for books that inspired or moved you. I usually try to read a ton during the summer. Any suggestions for powerful WORLD history novels?

    Some that I really liked:
    Night, Wiesel
    King Leopold's Ghost
    Son of the Revolution
    Behind Enemy Lines (the one about the fRenchwoman spy)

    I love first hand accounts. Short, long... doesn't matter. I was thinking of a Marie Antionette one next.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    It's not the most challenging read, but The Diary of Anne Frank always moves me.
     
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    I use Ishmael by Daniel Quinn in my Geography class. The students love it and it really makes them think. It kind of tells the history of the world from a different point of view.
    It forces the students to ask themselves (and you) some really tough questions, and creates lots of cool discussions.
     
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    I've read Anne Frank - agreed... excellent book!
    I haven't read Ishmael, I'm putting it on order from the library... I love alternate POV... like All Quiet on the Western Front.

    Thanks =)
     
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    It's quite a read, but Howard Zinn's People's History is interesting ... small chunks at a time would be accessible to students. Not sure I'd classify it as history, but I enjoyed The World is Flat, can't think of the author at the moment ... students at our school read this in their history class and blogged about it.
     
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    Not So Quiet on the Western Front is also a great book.
     
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    Not so much a moving historical tale or novel, but Guns, Germs, and Steel is a great book.
     
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    I'm also a big fan of Ishmael! It's a wonderful book that will challenge your class to reconsider their place in the universe. If you're in a conservative area, it can be considered a little edgy. Another great book is Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen. It's not fiction, but it's still a great book for a history class.
     

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