A History Professor’s Guide to Audible.com, 2019 edition

In 2013, I first posted a list of some of my favorite history-related audiobooks. Here’s an updated list of 106 books, all available on Audible.com.

My selection principle has been pretty fluid. These are books I have enjoyed and learned from. Some of these books are published by university presses, some by trade presses. Some were written by self-identified historians, others by economists, journalists, or members of other professions. I’ve left off some books that work well on the page but not as well in the ear. Historians who like audiobooks may be especially interested by one item on this list: Matthew Rubery’s Untold Story of the Talking Book.

[The original post said 105 books, but I inadvertently left out Sheldon Stern’s Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory, which is great.]

14 January 2021: for books I’ve listened to between August 2019 and December 2020, see History Audiobooks, 2019-2020

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus CreatedCharles C. Mann17h 46m
1861: The Civil War AwakeningAdam Goodheart18h 50m
Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America, Vol. 1David Hackett Fischer29h 40m
All God’s Dangers: The Life of Nate ShawTheodore Rosengarten23h 17m
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert OppenheimerKai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin26h 30m
At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance – A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black PowerDanielle L. McGuire10h 52m
Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern WorldJoshua B. Freeman13h 43m
Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, TheClay Risen12h 49m
Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, TheTom Reiss13h 30m
Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its LegacyHeather Ann Thompson22h 46m
Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and StalinTimothy Snyder18h 15m
Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane FranklinJill Lepore11h 36m
Brigham Young: Pioneer ProphetJohn G. Turner19h 36m
Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary AmericaKathleen Belew10h 35m
Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI, TheBetty Medsger25h 32m
But Where is the Lamb?: Imagining the Story of Abraham and IsaacJames Goodman9h 35m
Capital in the Twenty-First CenturyThomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (translator)24h 58m
Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller, TheCarlo Ginzburg, Anne C. Tedeschi – translator, John Tedeschi – translator7h 57m
Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola CapitalismBartow J. Elmore11h 22m
Citizens: A Chronicle of the French RevolutionSimon Schama36h 48m
City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New YorkTyler Anbinder24h 37m
Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian AlliesAlan Taylor20h 36m
Comanche Empire, ThePekka Hamalainen19h 51m
Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths Versus Reality, TheSheldon Stern7h 40m
Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary ViolenceBryan Burrough22h 13m
Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics, TheBruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith11h 45m
Embracing DefeatJohn W. Dower21h 38m
Empire of Cotton: A Global HistorySven Beckert20h 15m
Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial RevolutionPriya Satia17h 53m
Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan PeopleElizabeth A. Fenn10h 32m
Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our TimeIra Katznelson22h 35m
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in IraqThomas E. Ricks10h 15m
Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War, TheJoanne B. Freeman11h 19m
Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, TheEric Foner18h 7m
Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle CityGreg Grandin15h 25m
Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War, TheVictoria E. Bynum7h 47m
Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in ScienceAlice Dreger10h 39m
Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground RailroadEric Foner9h 3m
Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an IdeaMitchell Duneier10h 8m
Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American RightJennifer Burns13h 36m
Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America, TheMarc Levinson11h 39m
Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants out of America, TheDaniel Okrent14h
Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, TheEdward E. Baptist19h 47m
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His AssassinHampton Sides15h 9m
Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, TheAnnette Gordon-Reed30h 36m
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space RaceMargot Lee Shetterly10h 47m
History of White People, TheNell Irvin Painter14h 9m
How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United StatesDaniel Immerwahr17h 25m
Hunt for Vulcan: …And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe, TheThomas Levenson5h 49m
Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero, TheTimothy Egan14h 9m
Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, TheAlan Taylor15h 27m
Japan 1941: Countdown to InfamyEri Hotta13h 16m
Joseph Smith: Rough Stone RollingRichard Lyman Bushman28h 52m
Kingdom of Matthias: A Story of Sex and Salvation in 19th-Century America , ThePaul E. Johnson, Sean Wilentz7h 6m
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle EastScott Anderson23h 45m
Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary WorldMaya Jasanoff16h 10m
Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His GreatnessJoshua Wolf Shenk11h 40m
Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America, TheMae M. Ngai8h 58m
Malcolm X: A Life of ReinventionManning Marable22h 4m
Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum SouthKeri Leigh Merritt17h 32m
Mellon: An American LifeDavid Cannadine35h 57m
Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global WarmingErik M. Conway, Naomi Oreskes13h 9m
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of IsraelAri Shavit20h 45m
New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, TheMichelle Alexander13h 16m
Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of AmericaRick Perlstein36h 46m
Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation AnacondaSean Naylor19h 36m
One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian AmericaKevin M. Kruse12h 58m
Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in PolandChristopher R. Browning8h 57m
Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color LineMartha A. Sandweiss14h 12m
Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir, ADonald Worster19h 10m
Pit Bull: The Battle over an American IconBronwen Dickey11h 52m
Polio: An American StoryDavid M. Oshinsky14h 37m
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945Tony Judt43h 1m
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls WilderCaroline Fraser21h 26m
Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing: History of ComputingMarie Hicks11h
Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century, TheAlan Brinkley21h 21m
Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American MemoryDavid W. Blight20h 27m
Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation, TheGene Roberts, Hank Klibanoff21h 32m
Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, TheKate Moore15h 52m
Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788Pauline Maier23h 5m
Red Meat Republic: A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed AmericaJoshua Specht9h 28m
Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American PresidencyDavid Greenberg22h 15m
Revolution Down on the Farm: The Transformation of American Agriculture since 1929, APaul K. Conkin11h 7m
Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America, TheTimothy Snyder10h 10m
Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea PartyGeoffrey Kabaservice21h 12m
Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962, AAlistair Horne29h 56m
Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition, TheLinda Gordon7h 43m
Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left, TheLandon R. Y. Storrs13h 47m
Second World War, TheAntony Beevor39h 18m
Shakespeare Riots: Revenge, Drama, and Death in Nineteenth-Century America, TheNigel Cliff10h 51m
Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939Adam Hochschild15h 26m
Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire, TheKarl Jacoby9h 29m
Street Without Joy: The French Debacle in IndochinaBernard B. Fall13h 10m
Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise, TheMichael Grunwald16h 21m
Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became TemporaryLouis Hyman14h 17m
Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical AgeW. Bernard Carlson16h 11m
These Truths: A History of the United StatesJill Lepore29h
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil WarDrew Gilpin Faust10h 54m
Toms River: A Story of Science and SalvationDan Fagin18h 31m
Untold Story of the Talking Book, TheMatthew Rubery11h 31m
Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease, TheMeredith Wadman19h 13m
Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future, TheW. Patrick McCray11h 4m
Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, TheIsabel Wilkerson22h 40m
Washington’s CrossingDavid Hackett Fischer18h 9m
Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico, AAmy S. Greenberg12h 46m
Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American MassacreHeather Cox Richardson14h 33m