Memphis has a rich history full of colorful events and characters. If you are a Memphis history buff or just interested in the city's past, these books belong on your shelf.
If you can only have one book on the history of Memphis, this is the one to get. Memphis Then & Now
presents high quality photos from Memphis' past, accompanied by present day photos of the same location. It is a great book for any Memphis resident, past or present.
And if you can have two books, get this one, too. Ask Vance
is a collection of question and answer columns by Memphis Magazine's
Vance Lauderdale. Don't expect a broad overview of local history with this one; Lauderdale probes deep and gets the inside scoop on some of the city's most obscure secrets.
Historic Photos of Memphis
is a high quality photo book that takes readers on a journey through Memphis' history. Each chapter highlights an era of days gone by with an informative introduction followed by a collection of photographs depicting life in those times.
This unique book takes readers on a trip through Memphis' history via a series of more than 250 vintage postcards. As an added bonus, the book includes a price guide to let you know how much your old Memphis postcards may be worth.
Memphis history buffs and Elvis fans alike will appreciate Memphis Elvis-Style
. The authors take readers on a journey through Memphis, stopping in at all the places where Elvis once trod including his former homes, hang-outs, and more.
Written by the About.com Guide to Memphis, Memphis Murder and Mayhem
takes a look at the most notorious crimes in the city's history. From a race riot in 1866 that left dozens dead, to the controversial case of the West Memphis Three, these stories highlight the dark side of Memphis' past.
Most Memphians are familiar with the ghost of the Orpheum Theatre and a handful of other supposedly true tales. If you want a truly in depth look at the ghosts of Memphis, though, Haunted Memphis
tells the stories behind the tales for a historical look at some local haunts.