The best books on Belgium, recommended by Martin Conway

With a keen awareness of the vicissitudes of history and an ironic sense of national identity, Belgium is a country others could learn a lot from. Historian Martin Conway recommends some books to better understand Belgium/België/Belgique.

Best Books on Poland

recommended by Jakub Widzyk

There’s really a lot of books I could recommend – certainly well over 10. I’ve listed 5 books below (no particular order) and also added some more in the comments.

Great books from Peru

recommended by Frankie

The best books on Japan, recommended by Ian Buruma

Which are the best books to read about Japan? Author and journalist Ian Buruma picks some beautifully written works by scholars—and one novelist—that give a feel for its culture and civilization.

The Best Books about Denmark

recommended by Eva Hoier Greene

The problem is that the best, most interesting books about Denmark are written in Danish, and not translated for obvious reasons. However:

The best books (and one song) about Uruguay

recommended by Ailsa Roell

This is Sophie (editor of Five Books). As it turns out, I was born in Uruguay, so a list of good books on Uruguay shouldn’t be hard for me to come by. Unfortunately, I left when I was 2 weeks old, so I don’t have clear recollections of life there. HOWEVER my sister Ailsa, now […]

The best books on The English Countryside, recommended by Paul Brassley

The English countryside on a sunny summer's day is one of the most beguiling places in the world to be. But how has it changed since the Black Death? Is there still a meaningful difference between urban and rural society? Rural historian Paul Brassley talks us through the best books to get a fuller understanding of England's green and pleasant land.

The best books on Revolutionary Russia, recommended by Thomas Keneally

Best-selling author Thomas Keneally explains that the Cold War biographies couldn’t afford to say that Stalin was attractive, or that Lenin was magnetic, but they were, because otherwise people wouldn’t have followed them. He picks some great introductions to Revolutionary Russia.