These are the books that have been monumental for me during my history career so far. During my mandatory American History seminars I focused primarily on American Indians, while my primary focus is on the Modern Middle East. These books define me, in a way, and I’ve already been through them enough to wrinkle some spines.

Custer Died For Your Sins – Vine Deloria

1491 – Charles Mann

The Comanche Empire – Pekka Hämäläinen

Indians in Unexpected Places – Philip Deloria

Orientalism – Edward Said

The Well Protected Domains – Selim Deringil

Islam and the Secular State – Abdullahi An-Na’im

The Modern Middle East: A History – James Gelvin

Discipline and Punish – Michel Foucault

Imagined Communities – Benedict Anderson

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