American History Books

Colonization

Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World: A New History by Nick Bunker

Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War by: Nathaniel Philbrick

Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Start of a New Nation by David A. Price

American Colonies: The Settling of North America by Alan Taylor

 

Revolution and Founding

1776 by David McCullough

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis

The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood

The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War by Fred Anderson

Ron Chernow, Alexander Hamilton

Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution by Jack Rakove

 

The American West

A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America by Jon Kukla

Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose

Custer’s Trails: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles

The Civil War of 1812 by Alan Taylor

What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe:

Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors by Stephen Ambrose:

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown:

Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation by John Ehle:

Blood and Thunder: An Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West by Hampton Sides

Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America by: Richard White

California by Kevin Starr

 

The Civil War

Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World by: David Brion Davis

The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote

Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson

American Caesar: Douglas Macarthur 1880-1967 by: William Raymond Manchester

The Fateful Lightning: Sherman’s March

Mary Chestnut’s Civil War

A Stillness At Appotmattox by Bruce Catton

Doris Kearns Goodwin, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

 

World War I and the Great Depression

David McCullough, The Wright Brothers

The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman and Robert K. Massie:

The New Deal: The Depression Years, 1933-1940 by Anthony J. Badger:

A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918by G. J. Meyer

 

World War II

Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest by Stephen Ambrose