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Best American History Books

American History is a fascinating subject except for the brutal slavery America advocated. Well, America has a rich history considering the major war stories, President’s assassination (not one but four assassinations in the last century), and many more. Recently, there has been a lot of fuss about the declaration of holiday on Juneteenth. It was declared to mark the day to teach American students that racism prevails and not to show a blind eye towards it. 60 years after Martin Luther King dreamed that his children would “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” but the right action would be the Department of Education has proposed to direct federal funds to the teaching of racial discrimination in America’s elementary and secondary school systems.

The history of the United States has always been accidents and improbabilities, grand ambitions and terrible tragedies, sudden changes, and fascinating incidents. To have a wider understanding of American History, I have made my research to offer you the top ten books which will be an entertaining as well as informative read.  Well don’t worry, the article is not going to be filled with suggestions of war stories (the United States are more interesting than war crimes…) starting from the civil war to the Vietnamese issue, there are fascinating books that you cannot miss to read. So what are we waiting for? Let us jump right in!

1. The History of the United States: A Captivating Guide to American History, Including Events Such as the American Revolution

The History of the United States is a comprehensive book on various war instances in American history.  The book is just 128pages and it just costs $13.34 on Amazon. It is a captivating Guide to American History, Including Events Such as the American Revolution.

Years before when the first white settlers reached the United States, people wouldn’t have dreamt that their country would be the most powerful nation in the world. Later this country went through the civil war and for which they had the most powerful military base that led to the Spanish-American war. Read this book to get a great insight into American Revolution.

The History of the United States: A Captivating Guide to American History, Including Events Such as the American Revolution

2. The War on History: The Conspiracy to Rewrite America’s Past

The cost of the book is just $12.76. It was published by Regnery Publishing in September 2020. Moreover, it charts to number 6 in the Amazon Bestselling books on American History.  This book covers the real stories of wars that are not fabricated.

This book takes a full-fledged war on the education of American history recently. World history is generally full of conquests. The book is curious on why history target Christopher Columbus? Well, his only objective was to tear down America. The heroes we represent are outdated and some just want to take America down and replace it with its socialistic utopia. So the book eliminates the traditional heroes and gives us a wide understanding of history.

The War on History: The Conspiracy to Rewrite America's Past

3. Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties

Generally, the war on black is covered from the New York point of view, but this book covers the political and social earthquake from Los Angeles. Malcolm X and Angela Davis are the first prominences to shake the nation which is based on the anti-war movement, the center of California counterculture, and the Asian American discrimination

The book is based on extensive archival research from the happenings of the 1960 war against the state. It was a revolution followed by the anti-war feminists and high school students who followed the great Malcolm X. this unexplored chapter of American history is highly recommended

Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties

4. A Promised Land by Barack Obama

This is a New York best-selling book written by the great Barack Obama which places reliance on the power of democracy. The complete book is based on the narrative from his account of the history in the making. The paperback of this book is just $23.47 and it is a powerful book.

The personal antidote starts the journey of a black young man trying to find his identity who became the powerful president of the United States. He takes us in his passage from his first political aspirations and how he turned out to be the greatest activist African American to hold the highest office. He talks about more personal details on how living in the Whitehouse causes depression to him as well as his wife and daughters. He was unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment in this top-notch book.

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

5. How the Word Is Passed by Clint Smith

The print length of the book is just 352pages and it is published by Little Brown and Company. The book charted as No 1 New York Times bestseller. It covers the brutal history of the trade-in enslaved men, women, and children.

The book revolves around an unforgettable tour over monuments and landmarks which brings nexus to how slavery has been a central reason for shaping our country and the collective history. The book is about the deeply rooted harm against the black Americans who were slaves with no pay in the free country. This ruthless history covers several characters who had to go through the pain of slavery and the confederate soldiers.

How the Word Is Passed by Clint Smith

6. On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed

The book revolves around Juneteenth’s integral importance to American History. The hardcover of the book is just $11.29 and it’s just 152 pages. Recently, Joe Biden announced Juneteenth as a national holiday considering the importance of acknowledging the fact that racism is still prevalent in American history.

From Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond, the book covers the various aspects of how racism has prevailed in the country and how slavery and prejudice against black people have threatened their whole existence.  Annette combines her anecdotes with the legalized slavery in Texas that gives a clear presentation of history.

On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed

8. White Fragility by Robin Di Angelo

The book is just a comprehensive discussion on modern racism. The book illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’. The print length of the book is just 192pages and it was published in 2018.

The book deals with the insecurity of white men who are not ready to accept their ancestor’s brutal acts against African Americans. These white men are so fragile that they think they have to defend their ancestors. White fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. In this book, Robin gives extensive research on why fragility happens and how it protects racial inequality.

White Fragility by Robin Di Angelo

8. Killing the Mob by Bill O’Reilly

Right after the book was released it was an instant New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller. This is one of the controversial topics of American history, the mob. We have watched tons of movies directed by Robert de Niro and Al Pacino on mob movies. But this book shows a more in-depth and investigated narrative on the mob history of America.

The book covers the mafia of ‘five families’ during the days of the 1930s to 1980s. Moreover, the book covers the notorious bank robbers; John Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Baby-Face Nelson. It also covers the mob battles to control Cuba, Las Vegas as well as Hollywood. It is a fascinating book and it is #1 in Crime & Criminal Biographies.

Killing the Mob by Bill O'Reilly

9. Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis

The book revolves around the United States when it was so fragile during 1970. The book is just 304pages and it was published in 2002. This book is highly recommended. It is the top book discussing the history of the American Revolution.

The book is about the founding brothers from the 1790s who led the country when it was in a more delicate state. Founding brothers are the reason for the declaration of Independence with the content of the Constitution to create the practical workings of our government. The book deals with the vital issues and personalities of one of the strongest decades for shaping the country.

Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis

10. Hard Times by Studs Terkel

The book is just $6 which is considered one of the top books dealing with the issue of the times of the great depression. The book resurrects your faith in life after the great depression. The print length of the book is just 480pages. Studs Terkel recaptures the Great Depression of the 1930s in all its complexity.

The 1929 stock market crash put the Americans on their knees. Starting from businessmen, politicians to even kids, they suffered and encountered a radical effect on the lives of their generation. It is a tragic book with hilarious writing which will stick you to the book till the end.

Hard Times by Studs Terkel

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