History Books of 2013: Reader Suggestions

In our December issue we asked a number of leading historians to name some of the books that they found most stimulating over the past 12 months.

Now, it's your turn. We asked our followers on Facebook and Twitter to name their own suggestions, some of which are included below. Two titles in particular had a number of recommendations, those being Peter Hart's The Great War (read our review) and the latest in David Kynaston's series on postwar Britain, Opening the Box: 1957-59 (read our review).

Name your own picks in the comments at the bottom of this page.


A few suggestions from Facebook:

"The Great War" by Peter Hart was an outstanding work. The best one volume history of the war I've read. (Jim Grundy)

One of the best, although not of last year's vintage, is 'The Beauty and the Sorrow' by Peter Englund. And at present 'North Korea Undercover" by John Sweeney. Alan Mallinsons' 1914 was excellent too. (John Corr)

- Peter Hart's The Great War really engaged me. It's a book I would and will revisit, which is more than can be said for many other works I have read on the same subject. (Carole Hope)