Historical non-fiction:

A Midwife's Tale, by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
The Unredeemed Captive, by John Demos
The Sea Captain's Wife, by Martha Hodes
America's Longest War, by George C. Herring
The Death of Woman Wang, by Jonathan D. Spencer
Immigrant Voices: New Lives in America, ed. by Thomas Dublin
How Washington Really Works, by Charles Peters
Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century, by Mark Mazower
The Anatomy of Fascism, by Robert O. Paxton
When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World, by Hugh Kennedy
The Italian Renaissance: The Essential Sources, ed. Kenneth Gouwens
The World's Wisdom, by Philip Novak
Empire, by Niall Ferguson


John Adams, by David McCullough


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, by Frederick Douglass
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Jacobs
The Woman Warrior, by Maxine Hong Kingston
Autobiography, by Benjamin Franklin
Autobiography, by Mark Twain

Historical Novels:

North and South Books I-III, by John Jakes
This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, by Tadeusz Borowski
Winds of War/War and Remembrance, by Herman Wouk
The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey
The Sunne in Splendour, by Sharon Kay Penman
The Amelia Peabody series, by Elizabeth Peters
The Last Silk Dress and Time Enough for Drums, by Ann Rinaldi
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, by Julia Alvarez

For a more complete list, see historicalnovels.info .

Historical films (I'm not vouching for their accuracy!):

North and South
The Lion in Winter
A Man for All Seasons
Amazing Grace
Dances With Wolves
Apollo 13
The Great Escape
The Book Thief

General History:

A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn (Googlebook link )
Style in History, by Peter Gay
Don't Know Much About History, by Kenneth C. Davis
Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James W. Loewen
A History of Britain, by Simon Schama
1066 And All That, by Sellar and Yeatman
Europe: A History, by Norman Davies
A History of the Arab Peoples, by Albert Hourani
Africa's Discovery of Europe, by David Northrup
Inventing the Middle Ages, by Norman F. Cantor

Civics Films:

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Wag the Dog
My Fellow Americans
Thank You for Smoking


Why We Fight
Food, Inc.
Super Size Me