15 Of the Best Nonfiction books About History’s Greatest Mysterie

"The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America" by Erik Larson - Explores the mystery surrounding serial killer H.H. Holmes during the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago.

"The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon" by David Grann - Investigates the mysterious disappearance of British explorer Percy Fawcett in the Amazon rainforest in 1925.

"The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales" by Oliver Sacks - Explores intriguing medical mysteries and case studies.

"The Romanovs: 1613-1918" by Simon Sebag Montefiore - Chronicles the history of the Russian royal family, including the mystery surrounding their execution in 1918.

"The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire" by Jack Weatherford - Uncovers the hidden history of the powerful women behind the Mongol Empire.

"Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster" by Svetlana Alexievich - Collects firsthand accounts of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and its aftermath.

"The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective" by Kate Summerscale - Investigates a notorious murder case in 19th-century England and its impact on detective work.

"Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time" by Dava Sobel - Tells the story of John Harrison's quest to solve the mystery of longitude and its significance for navigation.

"The Lost Colony of Roanoke: A Brief History" by Tim McNeese - Explores the disappearance of the Roanoke colony in the late 16th century, leaving behind only the mysterious word "Croatoan."

"Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory" by Ben Macintyre - Reveals the true story behind a World War II deception operation that helped secure the Allied invasion of Sicily.

"The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine" by Michael Lewis - Provides an insider's look at the financial crisis of 2007-2008 and the complex factors that led to the collapse of the housing market.

"The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague" by Doris V. Wheelis - Examines the origins, spread, and impact of the Black Death in the 14th century, one of history's deadliest pandemics.

"The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance" by Edmund de Waal - Traces the journey of a collection of Japanese netsuke figurines through generations of a Jewish family, uncovering tales of loss, survival, and resilience.

"The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough - Chronicles the lives and achievements of Orville and Wilbur Wright, pioneers of aviation, and explores the mysteries and challenges they faced in developing the first successful airplane.

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot - Investigates the story behind HeLa cells, taken from an African American woman without her consent in the 1950s, which became one of the most important tools in medicine while raising questions about ethics and consent