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18 Best World History Books of All Time

Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best World History books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best world history books" and study the top 4 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2023)

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  1. 1
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    A World History

    Mark Kurlansky

  3. 4

    The Lessons of History

    Will & Ariel Durant

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  • What is the greatest/ best book on human history?

    According to our research, the best world history book is "The Silk Roads" by Peter Frankopan.

  • Why did you create this list of great global/ world history books?

    We wrote our process at the top! But basically we searched and read the top lists and averaged their rankings.

  • Why can't I see a review for any one global history book here?

    Our number one rule is "don't try to out-Bezos Bezos". Which is why we don't have any of the popular features you know you can already find on Amazon (like no option to read or write reviews, no to read list, no stars, no shop cart, no used books option, no sponsored items, etc...). There's no point in doing less than someone else.

  • Do you have a list of just great book about history in general?

    Yes! Search our site (on the lists section) for "best history books." That one is more general :)

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