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Best Books on American History

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Best Books on American History
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David McCullough - 2006-06-27 (first published in 2005)
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In this masterful book, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence - when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amo...
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Sean Junkins
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Battle Cry of Freedom
The Civil War Era
James M. McPherson - 2003-12-11 (first published in 1988)
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Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War. James McPherson's fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of one ...
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New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Charles C. Mann - 2006-10-10 (first published in 2005)
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In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who a...
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John Leguizamo
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Empire of the Summer Moon
Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
S. C. Gwynne - 2010-05-25
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In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of them all.S. C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise...
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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
An Indian History of the American West (Arena Books)
Dee Alexander Brown - 1987-12-01 (first published in 1970)
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Now a special 30th-anniversary edition in both hardcover and paperback, the classic bestselling history The New York Times called "Original, remarkable, and finally heartbreaking...Impossible to put down."Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown's eloquent, fully documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the s...
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Rob Schneider
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American Colonies
The Settling of North America, Vol. 1
Alan Taylor - 2002-07-30 (first published in 2001)
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AMERICAN COLONIES starts with the earliest years of human colonization of the American continent and environs with the Siberian migrations across the Bering Strait 15,000 years ago. It ends in around 1800 when the rough outline of the contemporary North America could be perceived.Dropping the usual Anglocentric description of North America's fate, ...
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American History
A Visual Encyclopedia
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Uncover the key moments that shaped American history in this extensive history encyclopedia for children.Get the background on the Battle of Yorktown and discover what started the American Revolution. Learn the legends of the Wild West. Relive the atmosphere of the "Roaring Twenties." Covering everything from the cultures of the first Native Americ...
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Founding Brothers
The Revolutionary Generation
Joseph J. Ellis - 2002-02-05 (first published in 2000)
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Informs our understanding of American politics--then and now--and gives us a new perspective on the unpredictable forces that shape history.An illuminating study of the intertwined lives of the founders of the American republic--John Adams, Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington.Dur...
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Stamped from the Beginning
The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (National Book Award Winner)
Ibram X. Kendi - 2017-08-15 (first published in 2016)
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The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.Some Americans insist that we're living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America--it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argue...
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Team of Rivals
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Doris Kearns Goodwin - 2009-02-01 (first published in 2005)
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The bestselling and prize-winning study of one of the most legendary American Presidents in history, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin is the book that inspired Barack Obama in his presidency.When Barack Obama was asked which book he could not live without in the White House, his answer was instant: Team of Rivals. This monumental and brillian...
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The Bully Pulpit
Doris Kearns Goodwin - 2013-01-01
Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides
American Nations by Colin Woodard
No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose
The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
Trail of Tears by John Ehle
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Runaway Slaves by John Hope Franklin
Grant by Jean Edward Smith
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood
A Patriot's History of the United States by Larry Schweikart
John Adams by David McCullough
This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust
AP United States History by Eugene V. Resnick M.A.
Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam 2020, Premium Edition by The Princeton Review
Advanced Placement United States History, 2020 Edition by John J Newman
Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
The Story of American Freedom by Eric Foner
Seizing Destiny by Richard Kluger
When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson
With the Old Breed by E. B. Sledge
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
Rocket Men by Robert Kurson
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
These Truths by Jill Lepore
The Civil War by Shelby Foote
Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose
Parting the Waters by Taylor Branch
Roots by Alex Haley
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
The Little House by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin
Stoner by John Williams
A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin
Little Legends by Vashti Harrison
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison
Master Of The Senate by Robert A. Caro
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Lincoln by Gore Vidal
The Great Bridge by David McCullough
A World Undone by G. J. Meyer
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson
She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton
How to Hide an Empire by Daniel Immerwahr
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
The Jakarta Method by Vincent Bevins
In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides
A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton
Dances With Wolves by Michael Blake
Who Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg? by Patricia Brennan Brennan Demuth, Who HQ Who HQ
The Fifties by David Halberstam
Rise to Rebellion by Jeff Shaara
The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto
The American Spirit by David McCullough
The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
What Hath God Wrought by Daniel Walker Howe
Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz
Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska
One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale
The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale
I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 by Lauren Tarshis
My Name Is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner
Crazy Horse and Custer by Stephen E. Ambrose
Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Grant by Ron Chernow
The Path to Power by Robert A. Caro
The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King
Unfreedom of the Press by Mark R. Levin
A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan
We Were Soldiers Once...And Young by Harold G. Moore
The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert J. Gordon
Slavery by Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon
All the Shah's Men by Stephen Kinzer
Indianapolis by Lynn Vincent
The Accidental President by A. J. Baime
Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides