The best way to make the vastness of history come alive is to create (or reimagine) compelling characters at key points in history. The world changes in each of these books: a country sees devastating losses in war and disasters; laws and customs evolve; illness, violence, or revolution reshape physical and cultural spaces. Even though these books are based around major happenings, their impact is not measured just by how accurately they portray history; their protagonists, average people caught in impossible situations, embody that change and transformation.
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Bookshelf curated by Natalie Zutter.
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