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Best History Books for the Biggest Historical Eras

The best history books for historical eras? That’s a grand sweeping topic, isn’t it? Mel, give me the top tier nonfiction history books that span the entire history of the world. There’s only tens of thousands of books to sift through, running the gamut of two and a half million years, give or take. No pressure.

But! It’s actually not as impossible as you might think. Scholars have already spliced our collective history into major historical eras, so instead of reinventing the wheel, we’ll break this insurmountable task down into manageable bite-sized chunks.