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AP World History 9 Summer Reading

Longwood High School Summer Reading List for

AP World History Grade 9

 Cover  Title Author  Description
Book Cover The Adventures of Ibn Battuta, a Muslim Traveler of the Fourteenth Century Dunn, Ross Ross Dunn here recounts the great traveler's remarkable career, interpreting it within the cultural and social context of Islamic society and giving the reader both a biography of an extraordinary personality and a study of the hemispheric dimensions of human interchange in medieval times.
Book Cover The Broken Spears: the Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico Leon-Portilla, Miguel For hundreds of years, the history of the conquest of Mexico and the defeat of the Aztecs has been told in the words of the Spanish victors. Miguel León-Portilla has long been at the forefront of expanding that history to include the voices of indigenous peoples. In this new and updated edition of his classic The Broken Spears, León-Portilla has included accounts from native Aztec descendants across the centuries. These texts bear witness to the extraordinary vitality of an oral tradition that preserves the viewpoints of the vanquished instead of the victors. León-Portilla's new Postscript reflects upon the critical importance of these unexpected historical accounts.
Book Cover Buddha: a Story of Enlightenment Chopra, Deepak An account of the life of the Buddha, written for western readers, traces his spiritual journey while explaining how his experiences and teachings have changed the world and continue to influence every facet of life.
Book Cover Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World Kurlansky, Mark Cod spans a thousand years and four continents. From the Vikings, who pursued the codfish across the Atlantic, and the enigmatic Basques, who first commercialized it in medieval times, to Bartholomew Gosnold, who named Cape Cod in 1602, and Clarence Birdseye, who founded an industry on frozen cod in the 1930s, Mark Kurlansky introduces the explorers, merchants, writers, chefs, and of course the fishermen, whose lives have interwoven with this prolific fish. He chronicles the fifteenth-century politics of the Hanseatic League and the cod wars of the sixteenth and twentieth centuries. He embellishes his story with gastronomic detail, blending in recipes and lore from the Middle Ages to the present. And he brings to life the cod itself: its personality, habits, extended family, and ultimately the tragedy of how the most profitable fish in history is today faced with extinction. From fishing ports in New England and Newfoundland to coastal skiffs, schooners, and factory ships across the Atlantic; from Iceland and Scandinavia to the coasts of England, Brazil, and West Africa, Mark Kurlansky tells a story that brings world history and human passions into captivating focus. The codfish. Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been spurred by it, national diets have been based on it, economies and livelihoods have depended on it, and the settlement of North America was driven by it. To the millions it has sustained, it has been a treasure more precious than gold. Indeed, the codfish has played a fascinating and crucial role in world history.
Book Cover Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed Diamond, Jared Explores how humankind's use and abuse of the environment reveal the truth behind the world's greatest collapses, from the Anasazi of North America to the Vikings of Greenland to modern Montana
Book Cover Cortés and Montezuma Collis, Maurice Landing on the Mexican coast on Good Friday, 1519, Hernán Cortés felt himself the bearer of a divine burden to conquer and convert the first advanced civilization Europeans had yet encountered in the West. For Montezuma, leader of the Mexicans, April 21, 1519 (known in their sophisticated astronomical system as 9 Wind Day) was the precise date of a dire prophesy: the return of Quetzalcoatl, a fearsome god predicted to arrive by ship, from the East, with light skin, a black beard, robed in black―exactly as Cortés would. The ensuing drama is described by eminent historian Maurice Collis in a style that is equal parts story and scholarship. Though its consequences have been treated by writers as diverse as D.H. Lawrence and Charles Olson, never before have the facts of this event been rendered with such extraordinary clarity and elegance.
 Book Cover Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches: the Riddles of Culture Harris, Marvin An anthropologist speculates on the origins of bizarre and mysterious human lifestyles, customs, and institutions throughout history.
Book Cover The Death of Woman Wang Spence, Jonathan Drawing on local Chinese histories, the memoirs of scholars, and other contemporary writings, Chinese historian Jonathan Spence reconstructs an extraordinary tale of rural tragedy in a remote corner of Shantung province in 17th-century China. Life in the county of T'an-ch'eng emerges as an endless cycle of floods, plagues, crop failures, banditry, and heavy taxation. Against this turbulent background a tenacious tax collector, an irascible farmer, and an unhappy wife act out a poignant drama at whose climax the wife, having run away from her husband, returns to him, only to die at his hands.
Book Cover Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Weatherford, Jack A re-evaluation of Genghis Khan's rise to power examines the reforms the conqueror instituted throughout his empire and his uniting of East and West, which set the foundation for the nation-states and economic systems of the modern era.
Book Cover Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative


Mason, Herbert

Presents a verse narrative of the ancient Babylonian epic about love, death, loss, heroes, and friendship, including an historical essay on the original poem.
Book Cover Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies Diamond, Jared Dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors he feels are responsible for history's broadest patterns.
Book Cover Gunpowder: Alchemy, Bombards, and Pyrotechnics: the History of the Explosive that Changed the World Kelly, Jack Traces the history of the explosive mixture created by Chinese alchemists in the tenth century, a critical invention that has fueled innovations and shaped the technology of warfare and the evolution of modern history.
Book Cover Judge Dee at Work: Eight Chinese Detective Stories Van Gulik, Robert The eight short stories in Judge Dee at Work cover a decade during which the judge served in four different provinces of the T’ang Empire. From the suspected treason of a general in the Chinese army to the murder of a lonely poet in his garden pavilion, the cases here are among the most memorable in the Judge Dee series.
 Book Cover The Ottoman Centuries Kinross, Patrick Balfour The Ottoman Empire began in 1300 under the almost legendary Osman I, reached its apogee in the sixteenth century under Suleiman the Magnificent, whose forces threatened the gates of Vienna, and gradually diminished thereafter until Mehmed VI was sent into exile by Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk). In this definitive history of the Ottoman Empire, Lord Kinross, painstaking historian and superb writer, never loses sight of the larger issues, economic, political, and social. At the same time he delineates his characters with obvious zest, displaying them in all their extravagance, audacity and, sometimes, ruthlessness.
Book Cover Mapping the Silk Road and Beyond Nebenzahl, Kenneth Mapping Asia presents an authoritative selection of the most important antique maps of Asia representing time periods from the age of Alexander the Great to the early nineteenth century, and spanning the area from the Middle East to Japan. A visual chronicle of the maps and their makers, this book presents historic documents by cartographers from England, France, Portugal, Holland, Turkey, Italy, and China. It explores the history of Europe's discovery of lands to the east, from Constantinople to present-day Alaska. In doing so the book tells the story of the thriving trade that linked east and west beginning with the ancient Silk Road, examines the role of the explorers - such as Vasco da Gama, Magellan and Sir Francis Drake - as they overcame enormous difficulties to discover new lands and routes to the East, and contrasts this history with the struggles of indigenous peoples to retain their autonomy in the face of European trade, missionary activity, and influence." "This volume reproduces in full color 80 beautifully rendered and rare maps, more than 40 of which have never been published for the general public. Each map is accompanied by an essay that provides extensive background on the mapmaker and his work, with descriptions of the geography and sites. The decoration of the maps reflects artistic styles of their day, including calligraphy, cartouches, and details such as camel caravans making their way across the Silk Road, galleons navigating sea routes to Asia, illustrations of native plants and animals, battle scenes, and town views
 Book Cover The Murder of King Tut: the Plot to Kill the Child King Patterson, James; Dugard, Martin The authors describe their investigation into the death of King Tut, recounting how they drew on forensic clues, historical information, and the writings of Howard Carter to conclude that Tut did not die of natural causes.
Book Cover Pastwatch: the Redemption of Christopher Columbus Scott Card, Orson In one of the most powerful and thought-provoking novels of his remarkable career, Orson Scott Card interweaves a compelling portrait of Christopher Columbus with the story of a future scientist who believes she can alter human history from a tragedy of bloodshed and brutality to a world filled with hope and healing.
Book Cover Pope Joan: A Novel Woolfolk Cross, Donna For a thousand years her existence has been denied. She is the legend that will not die–Pope Joan, the ninth-century woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to become the only female ever to sit on the throne of St. Peter. Now in this riveting novel, Donna Woolfolk Cross paints a sweeping portrait of an unforgettable heroine who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept.
Book Cover Salt: A World History Kurlansky, Mark Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions.
Book Cover Siddhartha Hesse, Hermann This allegorical novel, set in sixth century India around the time of the Buddha, follows a young man on his search for enlightenment.
Updated: 2016