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The top 10 History audiobooks on Libro.fm based on sales from our 1,000+ partner bookstore locations.

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  1. The Library Book

    “The Library Book by Susan Orleans is ostensibly about the Central Los Angeles library fire in 1986 but it is SO much more! Orleans' incredibly well researched and yet personal history and commentary on the public library system in the United States is fascinating on many levels. The mystery surrounding the fire is a story unto itself with an interesting cast of characters including the man who was accused but never convicted of arson. In addition, the personalities of the librarians and administrators of the LA library system are varied and incredibly colorful. Finally, Orleans examines the ever-changing roles of public libraries and how information dissemination and services for the homeless are some of the greatest challenges facing libraries today. I listened to this book on LIBRO and hearing Susan Orleans read was a joy! Really a terrific read for anyone interested in books, libraries, social justice, architecture and even crime drama!”

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  2. Furious Hours

    In Cold Blood and To Kill a Mockingbird kept me up reading all night as a teen, and I can now add Furious Hours to the list of couldn’t-put-it-down tomes. I was enthralled, educated, and awestruck by Casey Cep’s well-researched and masterfully written true-crime account of a rural minister, his lawyer, and his killer. Thankfully, Cep discovered and brought to light what surely could have been Harper Lee’s second bestseller. Now…off to get a good night’s rest!”

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  3. Killers of the Flower Moon

    “In "Killers of the Flower Moon", David Grann recounts the tragic tale of the Osage Indian Nations decimation and deceit at the hands of their government appointed guardians. Motivated by money, morally corrupt and masterfully manipulative, the true role of these benevolent benefactors, perpetrators of mass murder, is still a mystery today. Granns detailed, yet deeply disturbing detective work, back to the birth of the FBI and the rise of J. Edgar Hoover, unveils an unimaginable injustice overlooked for 85 years. Let’s not allow this atrocious act against the Osage to slip back into obscurity ever again.”

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  4. New York Times Bestseller

    A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg

    From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it... Read More »

  5. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    "A masterful history of the Troubles. . . Extraordinary. . .As in the most ingenious crime stories, Keefe unveils a revelation — lying, so to speak, in plain sight."Maureen Corrigan, NPR

    From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern...
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  6. The Pioneers

    “The Pioneers is a fascinating look at our nation trying to find its way in the years after the Revolutionary War. After securing our liberty, at the cost of thousands of lives, we turned our attention westward and to the promise held there. Of course, we were not the first to explore these lands west of New England. These new pilgrims met with both violence and hospitality from native people they encountered, and they returned both - perhaps not in equal measure. This is not just the story of how the Midwest was won, but also how the venture was financed. These expeditions were the Tesla & Uber stock of their day: high risk, and high reward. Also like today, those that profited the most were not always those placed in the most peril. Ultimately, you are left in awe of the perseverance of these settlers and the sacrifices that they made to establish our nation as it is today.”

    McLean & Eakin Booksellers image Matthew, McLean & Eakin Booksellers
  7. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    Journalist Adam Higginbotham’s definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster—and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century’s greatest disasters.

    Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number... Read More »

  8. The Crucial #1 New York Times Bestseller

    “The Mueller report is that rare Washington tell-all that surpasses its pre-publication hype…the best book by far on the workings of the Trump presidency.” —Carlos Lozada, The Washington Post

    The only book with exclusive analysis by the Pulitzer Prize–winning staff of The Washington Post, and the most... Read More »

  9. **Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History**

    Named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and Smithsonian Magazine.​

    “Extraordinary…a great American biography” (The New Yorker) of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who... Read More »

  10. By Ron Chernow / Narrated by Scott Brick

    The inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton

    In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a robust... Read More »

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