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.

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The Fifth Risk
Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger
In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown
The Kennedy Debutante
On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle
Valley Forge
Presidents of War: The Epic Story, from 1807 to Modern Times
Reagan: An American Journey
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
Impeachment: An American History
Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents
The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created
Capitalism in America: A History
Hitler's American Friends: The Third Reich’s Supporters in the United States
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution
Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents
From the Corner of the Oval
De Amerikaanse prinses
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
The Standard of Truth: 1815–1846 (Saints, #1)
American Wolf
The Whiskey Sea
White Houses
Carnegie's Maid
Leadership: In Turbulent Times
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
351 books — 111 voters
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya AngelouEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertPersepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Memoirs by Women
2,199 books — 2,527 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
143 books — 120 voters
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm XI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya AngelouNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick DouglassSoul on Ice by Eldridge CleaverBlack Boy by Richard Wright
African American Memoirs
197 books — 143 voters

Steve Jobs by Walter IsaacsonHackers by Steven LevyThe Cuckoo's Egg by Clifford StollGhost in the Wires by Kevin D. MitnickiWoz by Steve Wozniak
Silicon Valley History
195 books — 420 voters
Angels & Demons by Dan BrownThe Da Vinci Code by Dan BrownFingerprints of the Gods by Graham HancockThe Lost Symbol by Dan BrownThe Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Underground Knowledge
1,026 books — 286 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
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
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

Jon Meacham
Jon Meacham Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
His Favorite History Books: The Pulitzer-winning author of the new biography Thomas Jefferson picks his favorite works of historical scholarship.
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