Books Set at Pivotal Turning Points in History

History Turning Points

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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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About Natalie Zutter

Natalie Zutter

NATALIE ZUTTER has always been a voracious reader, from reading Agatha Christie and Entertainment Weekly above her age level as a kid to squeezing 52 books into the year whenever podcasts aren’t taking over her commute. A 2016 Amtrak Residency writer, Natalie also writes plays about superheroes and sex robots, and Tumblr rants about fandom. You can find her giggling over pop culture memes on Twitter @nataliezutter.

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