Updated: Jun 4, 2020
Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence In his classic book, T.E. Lawrence— forever known as Lawrence of Arabia— recounts his role in the origin of the modern Arab world. At first a shy Oxford scholar and archaeologist with a facility for languages, he joined and went on to lead the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Turks while the rest of the world was enmeshed in World War I. This is an indispensable primary historical source. It helps us to understand today’s Middle East, while giving us thrilling accounts of military exploits, clandestine activities, and human foibles.
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went To War In 1914 by Christopher Clark The Sleepwalkers is one of the most important books of the early 21st century, providing deep insight into the political and historical background of the beginning of the 1st World War, and aiding the understanding of the entire 20th century political scene.