In the History best selling charts this week it is understandable that a lot of the focus of readers has happened to lie on the books analysing the 9/11 anniversary, but as well as this there has been a lot of attention given to American History in general, as well as Military History, European Royal History, True Crime, and World War 2 History. This is quite a broad number of topics, but some of the rarer ones only have one or two books compared to a dozen or so in the more popular topics.
The focus on recent history, and in particular the type of recent history that has made massive changes to the world and which are still ongoing, is a tricky subject to discuss. Many of the books on the subject look at what happened in the shadow of the attack, rather than looking at it directly. It also brings in a lot of political and military history, since so many people’s lives were effected directly and indirectly by it. There is also a serious interest in the analysis of what happened afterwards and what has changed in society since then. The wars which occurred since have also drawn a lot of interest, especially memoirs and similar types of books.
There are also books in the Military History category that are about much older events, from World War 2 and much further back in history. Sun Tszu’s, The Art of War, has also reappeared, in multiple editions, plus first hand accounts of numerous wars and battles. There is also a lot of interest in books about people such as spies and code crackers, who are not the traditional idea of soldiers, but who never the less, gave up their lives to fight in the way in which they were able.
European History this week is focused mostly on the lives of Royalty, and in the Medieval time period. These are not all of the books on Europe his week, but it is the majority of books that don’t deal with WW2 in some way. It is interesting, because the focus is not evenly shared, even among all of Europe’s Medieval Royalty. English and French Royalty have the most attention gathered their way, with even other parts of Western Europe neglected.
True Crime has a lot of books dedicated to it this week, the victims tend to fulfil the same tropes, people who at first glance fit the idealised American dream formula, but who can be shown to be very different once more time has been spent to look into their lives (and deaths). There is also a lot of interest in books about historical crimes that are based on prejudice and bigotry, but these books are not as common on the list.
There is also a lot of interest in Cowboy novels, and in particular the fictionalised lives of Sheriffs and Bounty Hunters.
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