Morecambe Library’s top 10 history books

Some Desperate Glory:The First World War The Poets Knew
Some Desperate Glory:The First World War The Poets Knew

Here’s a look at 10 of the top history books, supplied by Morecambe Library.

1 Savage Harvest: A Tale Of Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest For Primitive Art – Carl Hoffman

There have been many theories about the mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller from New Guinea in 1961. Author Carl Hoffman presents new evidence to explain what really happened.

2 A Brief History of The Samurai: The Way Of Japan’s Elite Warriors – Jonathan Clements

This leading expert on Japanese history shares his in-depth knowledge of the Samurai.

3 Between Giants: The Battle For The Baltics In World War II

Using first hand accounts and detailed archive research, this book charts the bitter fighting on the Eastern Front and the fighting that went on around the Baltics.

4 Some Desperate Glory: The First World War The Poets Knew – Max Egremont

Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves and Robert Nichols are just some of the poets featured allowing the reader to see the creativity that came out of destruction.

5 The Railway Man – Eric Lomax

The true story of a man who was forced to work on the Burma-Siam Railway and ended up being tortured for making a radio by the Japanese. Fifty years after the torture and with the help of his wife he faces one of his abusers.

6 Churchill – Ashley Jackson

This biography charts Churchill’s remarkable life and career as a soldier, politician, historian, journalist, painter and homemaker.

7 Wellington’s Guns: The Untold Story of Wellington And His Artillery In The Peninsula And At Waterloo – Nick Lipscombe

For the first time the often stormy relationship between Wellington and his artillery is examined, revealing a man reluctant to modernise the British Artillery.

8 Brasso, Blanco and Bull – Tony Thorne

Thorne’s memoir of National Service takes a look at what he had to endure during his time serving.

9 Catastrophe: Europe Goes To War 1914

An in-depth look at how World War I began and how it changed the western world forever.

10 Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand

The true story of a young lieutenant who while on a US bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean is soon to be seen on the big screens.