can anyone recommend some good nonfiction to read? History, biographies, science... etc.
I feel like reading two ASoIaF books in a row is not helping me brain out.
I'm a big fan of Richard J. Evan's WWII books:The Coming of the Third Reich
The Third Reich in Power
The Third Reich at War
These are pretty heft tomes but worth the read. They are written to be quite accessible, plus you get to learn a whole lot too!
For a lighter but equally informative and perhaps more entertaining history read, I also highly reccommend David Grann's The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
Basically the author tries to re-trace the steps of Percy Fawcett, a real life Indiana Jones type character as he went missing into the Amazon at the turn of the 20th century. The man was in short, unbelievably dedicated, and is often considered one of the last 'explorers'. A whole bunch of people went to look for him, and also disappeared, and Grann tries to solve the mystery. I believe the rights to this book were bought for a movie, and at one point Brad Pitt was supposed to be Percy Fawcett.
On the fiction side of things if you haven't already read them, I put James Clavell's Shogun and Tai-Pan
at the top of my historical fiction list. Clavell has a way of writing that I think is unparalleled, and you wish his books were longer. I wish I could recapture that feeling of first reading these two books...they are that good IMO. Yes, they are fiction but built around historical events.
he takes more liberties with as he changes historical figures names (Toranaga = Tokugawa Ieyasu, the other warlord = Toyotomi Hideoshi, Blackthorne = William Adams), but the storytelling is just second to none.Tai-Pan
is about western traders in Hong Kong in the 19th Century. Sounds dry, but holy what a ride. I may like this one more than Shogun