Some recommendations that haven't been mentioned:
Mayflower - Nataniel Philbrick - about the settling of Plymouth, MA
In the Heart of the Sea - Philbrick - about whaling vessel that sunk i nearly 1800's- highly publicized incident that inspired Moby Dick.
Over the Edge of the World - Philbrick - about Magellen's global circumnavigation
1491 - Charles Mann - about the Americas before the arrival of Columbus.
Desperate Passage - Ethan Rarick - about the Donner Party.
I found all of these extremely enthralling & would highly recommend. Thanks to all those who recommended books! I've developed an interest in history of late & there are some good books mentioned in this thread.
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