American History

A study of the history of America.

The date of the start of the history of the United States is a subject of debate among historians. Older textbooks start with the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 and emphasize the European background, or they start around 1600 and emphasize the American frontier. In recent decades American schools and universities typically have shifted back in time to include more on the colonial period and much more on the prehistory of the Native peoples.

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
The Way of Beauty
The Devil's Half Mile
A Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA's Secret War
From Cold War to Hot Peace: The Inside Story of Russia and America
Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro
The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison "Promiscuous" Women
Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It
The Hidden Side
West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express
Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father
The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War
Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe and the Struggle Against the Old Order in America and Europe
Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944
Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America's Past
De Amerikaanse prinses
Carnegie's Maid
The Whiskey Sea
The Hellfire Club
My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton
All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderers' Row
The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House
The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump
Our Own Country (Midwife, #2)
War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
The Girls in the Picture
Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence
Meghan: A Hollywood Princess
The Wars of the Roses by Dan JonesEveryday Life in Medieval London by Toni MountIsabella by Kirstin DowneyBlood Royal by Eric JagerNapoleon by Andrew Roberts
History Books 2014
124 books — 134 voters
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownEmpire of the Summer Moon by S.C. GwynneUndaunted Courage by Stephen E. AmbroseKillers of the Flower Moon by David GrannMayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
The American Frontier
342 books — 102 voters

1984 by George OrwellGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared DiamondThe Ecological Rift by John Bellamy FosterLies My Teacher Told Me by James W. LoewenA People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
The Best Social Studies Library List
181 books — 151 voters
Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint HillRobert Kennedy by Evan ThomasTrue Compass by Edward M. KennedyJackie, Ethel, Joan by J. Randy TaraborrelliBrothers by David Talbot
Best Books About the Kennedy Family
141 books — 115 voters

All the President's Men by Carl BernsteinTruman by David McCulloughMaster of the Senate by Robert A. CaroMeans of Ascent by Robert A. CaroThe Path to Power by Robert A. Caro
American Politics
313 books — 99 voters

John Adams
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
A People's History of the United States
Alexander Hamilton
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Battle Cry of Freedom
Washington: A Life
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

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Rebecca Skloot The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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Grover Cleveland
Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours.
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Timothy James Dean
I was on one of my world 'walkabouts.' It had taken me once more through Hong Kong, to Japan, Australia, and then Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific [one of the places I grew up]. There I found the picture of 'the Father.' It was a real, gigantic Saltwater Crocodile (whose picture is now featured on page 1 of TEETH). From that moment, 'the Father' began to swim through the murky recesses of my mind. Imagine! I thought, men confronting the world’s largest reptile on its own turf! And what if t ...more
Timothy James Dean, Teeth

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