Welcome to History Book Reviews! If you love reading and you love history, you have come to the right place. You won't find your typical, book-report style reviews here, these fun and engaging reviews make it easy to find your next favorite history book. Jennie Erikson, the author of this site, is a passionate history enthusiast with an extremely entertaining and humorous writing style that makes her reviews a joy to read. However, she's not afraid to pull any punches and she will be the first to point out a book's flaws and will always be honest in her opinions and recommendations. New reviews are added regularly, so make sure to visit often and don't forget to follow History Book Reviews on Facebook. Enjoy!
Lately I have been caught in the grip of another wave of Civil War obsession, and I desperately wanted to know about the adjustment of Civil War soldiers back to normal life after the war was over and their struggles with PTSD and reintegration into... Read Review!
Everybody knows about the Norman conquest of England in 1066, of the Battle of Hastings and King Harold getting shot in the eye with an arrow (though this is now being hotly debated). The name William the Conqueror is known to school children and... Read Review!
The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern WorldReviewed December 26, 2017
My journey through this book, not unlike the prehistoric Eurasian steppe cultures' journey south to the Mesopotamian world, was long, fascinating, and sometimes... Read Review!
I love Henry VIII, even though he had two of his wives' heads cut off and horribly mistreated his waistline. I am fascinated by Richard III, even though he likely murdered his two young nephews in order to seize the crown of England. For goodness' sake... Read Review!
A Royal Experiment: Love and Duty, Madness and Betrayal--the Private Lives of King George III and Queen CharlotteReviewed July 22, 2017
I honestly cannot make up my mind which historical families and dynasties were the most dysfunctional and the most worthy of a prime spot on a Jerry Springer episode... Read Review!
In 1649 something completely unprecedented happened in England: The King was murdered. Not just murdered in a dark castle chamber by members of his own family who wanted him out of the way. That actually happened quite a lot. What made... Read Review!