10 unconventional “story books” that will change the way you think about everything
If you’ve been awake for high school history lessons, you probably remember learning a lot of dates and names. Chances are you have studied the rise and fall of governments and have focused on a few Great Men. But the story, as a subject, is too unimaginably large to be fully covered in the third period, when everyone is already anxious for lunch. History is the study of everything that happened before that precise moment– and that’s a bit of ground to cover. So even if you think you have a good grasp of all of Human history, Here are some books on weird, forgotten, and overlooked moments in history that will change your outlook on the past.
After all, what’s written in the history books is just a tiny bit historical truth. The people who write the history books are all too often those in power, and they are not particularly interested in giving a nuanced account of marginalized groups. Or they just don’t have enough of a global perspective to understand how their clutter in one corner of the Earth has huge ramifications for everyone. These books won’t cover everything that happened on planet Earth, but they are a good start: