5 Authors Of Insightful Non-Fiction Books

You may know a little about history, technology, or weigh loss, but if you're ready to seriously learn about these topics, we know where to look. Whether your interest is in football or steampunk, these authors have examined their subjects in full, offering thoughtful analysis and oodles of information. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

5 Knowledgeable Non-Fiction Authors

Author Popular Works
Michele Woodward Lose Weight, Find Love, Declutter and Save Money I Am Not Superwoman: Further Essays on Happier Living You Have Spinach In Your Teeth: Finding Authenticity In An Inauthentic World
Dr. Ayesha Khanna Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (with Parag Khanna) Straight Through Processing for Financial Services: The Complete Guide Where Asia Is Taking The World With AI (From Forbes, with Parag Khanna)
S.C. Gwynne Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football
Dr. Brandy Schillace Clockwork Futures: The Science of Steampunk and the Reinvention of the Modern World Death's Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying Teaches Us About Life and Living Unnatural Reproductions and Monstrosity: The Birth of the Monster in Literature, Film, and Media (Edited by, with Andrea Wood
Nathen Amin The House of Beaufort: The Bastard Line that Captured the Crown Tudor Wales York Pubs

Brandy Schillace on Steampunk Science

6 Vacation Ideas For Lovers Of American History

Location Key Attractions
Ste. Geneviève, MO Missouri's oldest town, with classic homes, a trolley, the Green Tree Tavern, and The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center
Boston, MA The USS Constitution, Old North Church, the Commonwealth Museum, Fenway Park, and tours featuring the sites of the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere's House, and Freedom Trail
Alexandria, VA Mount Vernon, the Carlyle House, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum, and excursions like the Original Ghost & Graveyard Tour
Cabarrus County, NC The Charlotte Motor Speedway, Reed Gold Mine, North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, and the Billy Graham Library
Grand Rapids, MI Historic homes, bridges, and lighthouses, Nelis' Dutch Village, the Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Plymouth County, MA Plymouth Rock, the Richard Sparrow House Museum, the Salem Witch Museum, and the Myles Standish Monument

S.C. Gwynne at the West Texas Book Festival

In Depth

While the Internet can be a valuable source of information, one of the great things about books is that they allow for deep dives into interesting topics, so experts in all sorts of fields can share their intricate knowledge of a subject. In no particular order, here are some authors penning thought-provoking non-fiction titles for readers of all tastes.

For #1 we have Michele Woodward. A former Reagan White House official and corporate executive, today Woodward is a Master Certified Coach who works with senior leaders across the US and around the world. Her books are informed by this background, offering readers an assortment of practical life and career advice, from losing weight to saving money.

In her essay collection "I Am Not Superwoman," Woodward provides solutions for the common things that hold people back, addressing money, mothers-in-law, unemployment, and more. The author has also written a series of shorter digital titles, such as "Career Strategy" and the self-directed workbook "The Unstuck Process." Beyond her coaching and writing, Woodward speaks at venues throughout the country.

Beyond her coaching and writing, Woodward speaks at venues throughout the country.

Showing up at #2 is Dr. Ayesha Khanna. Based in Singapore, she is the co-founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence solutions firm and incubator. She also does speaking and strategic advising on AI, smart cities, and fintech for leading corporations and governments. Her written work focuses on the impact of technology on society, particularly in the contexts of business, finance, and politics.

Khanna's first book, "Straight Through Processing," examines the titular automated system, and provides information for operations managers and systems architects to effectively develop and implement it. This was followed by "Hybrid Reality," a co-authored TED book that explores our increasing integration with the technology we use. Khanna is featured in numerous publications, and founded the 21C Girls charity to teach coding and artificial intelligence to girls in Singapore.

For #3 we find S.C. Gwynne, whose books on American history have been Pulitzer Prize finalists and New York Times bestsellers. Among his acclaimed works is "Empire of the Summer Moon," which traces the rise and fall of the Comanches. Against this backdrop, Gwynne chronicles the saga of pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest of the tribe's chiefs.

Against this backdrop, Gwynne chronicles the saga of pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest of the tribe's chiefs.

Subsequent titles include "Rebel Yell," a detailed biography of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Covering the same historical period is "Hymns of the Republic," which offers revealing insights into the final year of the Civil War. Gwynne has also penned books about football, the international loan trade, and bank fraud. Additionally, he's written extensively for Texas Monthly, and contributed to publications such as Harper's and the Los Angeles Times.

Arriving at #4 is Dr. Brandy Schillace, a historian working at the intersection of literature, medical history, and anthropology. She is the editor-in-chief of BMJ's Medical Humanities Journal, and the author of non-fiction books about death, the history of science and steampunk, human head transplants, and other macabre subjects. Schillace has appeared on programs including NPR's "Here and Now" and Travel Channel's "Mysteries at the Museum."

Schillace's first solo non-fiction title, "Death's Summer Coat," interrogates our shifting attitudes toward mortality, and explores different cultural practices of grief. There's also "Clockwork Futures," which looks at the social and technological histories of steampunk science and manufactured power. In addition, Schillace co-edited "Unnatural Reproductions and Monstrosity," an interdisciplinary collection about the psychic origins of monsters in literature, film, and media.

Finally, for #5 we come to Nathen Amin. Hailing from West Wales, this bestselling author and historical researcher focuses on the 15th century and the reign of Henry VII. In 2014 he published his first book, "Tudor Wales," a guide to lesser-known Welsh landmarks. He followed it with "York Pubs," which provides an alehouse-based history of the titular city's beery past.

More recent works by Amin have included "The House of Beaufort," the first full-length biography of the medieval family, and "Henry VII and the Tudor Pretenders," which explores the various plots to depose Henry Tudor early in his reign. On top of his writing, Amin is an experienced public speaker, presenting talks on the Beauforts and the Wars of the Roses for several societies and book festivals.