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A People's History of the United States
John Adams
1776
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Alexander Hamilton
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
The Federalist Papers
Washington: A Life
Battle Cry of Freedom
Theodore Rex
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Please Kill Me by Legs McNeilJust Kids by Patti SmithChronicles by Bob DylanLife by Keith RichardsLove Is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
Best Non Fiction About Music
1,241 books — 1,302 voters

John Adams by David McCulloughThe Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer1776 by David McCulloughTeam of Rivals by Doris Kearns GoodwinThe Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
Best History Books
3,067 books — 3,405 voters
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootRejected Princesses by Jason PorathGood Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena FavilliThe Radium Girls by Kate  MooreBygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee
The Overlooked Women of History
704 books — 156 voters


One story that circulated about (U.S. Minister to Russia Charles S.) Todd concerned his conversation with a lady-in-waiting at an Imperial reception in the Winter Palace. In his bad French with a Kentucky accent, he mispronounced the word for year, so that an explanation of his travels came out: "I was an ass in Paris, part of an ass in London, almost an ass in Germany, and I am two asses here." To which the lady reportedly responded, "And you will be an ass wherever you go. ...more
Norman E. Saul, Distant Friends: The Evolution of United States-Russian Relations, 1763-1867

You have driven me from the East to this place, and I have been here two thousand years or more. [...] My friends, if you took me away from this land it would be very hard for me. I wish to die in this land, I wish to be an old man here. [...] I have not wished to give even a part of it to the Great Father [the President]. Though he were to give me a million dollars I would not give him this land. [...] When people want to slaughter cattle they drive them along until they get them to a corral, a ...more
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