Frequently asked questions

What is your mission statement?

We want to read and review great history books – that you might not otherwise hear about.

How do you find your books?

By scouring the catalogues (and catalogs) of publishing houses looking for English language history books that captivate us. We are trying to supplement and complement the reviews you might find in other publications.

Why don’t you use Amazon to find books like everyone else?

We think Amazon provides a fantastic service for book consumers like us – you can buy almost any book you could imagine. But it is not so good for finding books beyond the “top 10 best seller” lists. The algorithm that recommends books to you will also tend to highlight similar books to those that you have already read. But if you want to use Amazon to discover something new that’s a bit different to what you have read before you will struggle – we certainly do. On this website we want to provide you with another avenue to find great new history books.

Do you review all new history books?

No. We are on the look out for the popular history books that we think are (a) particularly interesting and (b) might get overlooked. We want to find great history books that your algorithm might not have highlighted!

Are you independent?

Yes. We are an independent group of history-book-loving individuals and have no affiliation to any authors or publishing houses. The books we review are all selected by us and while we may request a free review copy, that will be the limit of the largesse, and will not influence our steely eyed assessment. If it turns out we do know the author we will declare this in the review.

Do you only review new books?

Mostly. But we will also be reviewing some of our favourite older history books as well.

What type of history books do you review?

Any type as long as they are not priced at crazy academic prices, and therefore no longer in the “popular” category. (Who knew that students were so well off?).

What is a “popular” history book?

We have a pretty wide definition which is that it must deal with the past and be priced low enough for ordinary people to afford. You can read a post that covers this topic in more detail here.

Do you review historical fiction books?

No… although sometimes the line between historical fiction / non-fiction can blur, so it might crop up from time to time.

What are your ambitions for this website?

We want to be the number 2 website for finding new-but-perhaps-lesser-known popular history books on the internet. We want to have an easily searchable and filterable mini-database of history books reviews that you can use to find a book to buy for yourself, or somebody else if you are feeling generous!

I am an author / publisher and I would like you to review my book…

We would love to hear from you. Send us an email at newbooks@popularhistorybooks.com and we will consider your request – it depends on how much it appeals to us, and how many other books we already have on the go.