World history has always been an increasingly exciting subject for books. Are you looking forward to your next read and want it to be something more insightful and interesting? Say no more! In this article, you will find some of our top picks for the best books to read on World History.

1. Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science- and the World by Rachel Swaby

You must read this book if you want to learn history through the lens of biographies or some of the most remarkable people and a few short stories. This book features short biographies of 52 brilliant female scientists, the women who were behind some of the greatest scientific discoveries in history. You will learn plenty of fascinating scientific facts about the history of science and all the underrepresented stories of all the inspiring women behind it.

2. Maoism: A Global History by Julia Lovell

If you want to understand and learn about the politics, history and culture of the world’s most populous country then this book should be on your list. This book basically connects the history of Maoism from its beginnings in the 1930s to the connection with the world’s history. The author analyses many important events from the 20th century, both in China and the outside country. A good read.

3. The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

This is one of the best history books out there which has become one of the classics of historical literature. This book recounts all the events that led to World War 1, explaining why it happened and how it could have been prevented.

4. The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich

This book is for all those who want to learn everything about art and its evolution throughout the ages. It is one of the best art history books you can find. The author of this book takes its readers on a lengthy historical journey through a prism of spectacular art from all around the world.

5. No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women by Estelle B. Freedman

This historical book is perfect for all those individuals who want to learn more about how women’s rights have changed over the years and how feminism developed with the passage of time. This book offers an insightful journey to the history of feminism, describing their lives around the world from before the Industrial age and moving on to our days. Highly recommended.

6. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

This is one of the best-selling books with over 23 million copies sold around the world and it has been translated into 65 languages. The author, Harari, goes on to tell the history of our species but from a completely fresh perspective and takes the readers on an amazing journey through human history, from its evolutionary roots to the age of capitalism. The focus of the book is around the shaped humankind and the world around it. It helps the readers to completely change the way they think about life.

7. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan

This is an engaging read on Asia and its influence on other cultures and continents. This book covers the history of the countries belonging to the Silk Road area and it is a story that spans more than 2 millennia, from the times it was first used to the 20th century.

8. Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

Guns, Germs and Steel is one of the best books out there and it also won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998. This book goes on to explain how civilizations developed and as to why some of them turned out to be more fortunate than others. Must-read.

9. The Rise and the Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer

This is one of the best-selling books and a must-read. This book focuses on the rise and fall of the German and particularly the Nazi Empire. The author takes the readers on the historical journey of the birth of Hitler to the ultimate demise of his empire. The book also covers all the important aspects of Nazi Germany through its lows and highs.

10. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

This book is for everyone who wants to learn about Genghis Khan and the rich history of Mongols. As the title suggests, the book covers the life story of Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongolian Empire of the 13th and 14th centuries. The book covers how Genghis Khan and Mongolia rose to power and how it had an effect on rest of the world.

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Natasha Irshad holds a degree in Marketing & Management from University of London. She is interested in writing about education and pop culture.

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