Book Report Books– Choose by March 16, read by April 30

You must choose one of the books below to read by April 30. You must choose by NEXT FRIDAY. I may continue to update this list, so check back.

I would suggest you look these books up on an online bookseller (easiest option) or go to a bookstore or library to help choose wisely.


General Books: For those with an average below 80% you must choose one of these books, or a book very much like them with my approval. Those with an average OVER 80% may choose one of these if they wish.

CLASSICS (Worth a few more points):
A Pocket History of the United States, by Henry Steele Commager and Allan Nevins
One Night Stands With American History, by Richard Schenkman
A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn (WARNING! Marxist perspective on US history)
A Patriot’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present, by Paul S. Boyer (Conservative to balance out Zinn)
The Cycles of American History, by Arthur Schlessinger
A History of the American People, by Paul Johnson
The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It, by Richard Hofstadter
Out of Our Past: The Forces that Shaped Modern America, by Carl Degler
War and the American Presidency, by Arthur Schlesinger
History of the United States of America, by George Bancroft
Days of Destiny: Crossroads in American History, by James M. McPherson and Alan Brinkley
From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans, by John Hope Franklin

Don’t Know Much About History, by Kenneth C. Davis
America’s Women, by Gail Collins
“To the Best of My Ability:” The American Presidents, by James M. McPherson
The Story of the West, by Robert M. Utley
A History of Women in America, by Carol Hymowitz and Michaele Weissman
A Different Mirror: A Multicultural History of America, by Ronald Takaki
A Brief History of the United States, by John Bach McMaster (It’s not that brief!)
Profiles in Courage, by John F. Kennedy
Ethnic America: A History, by Thomas Sowell
Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James Loewen
The Penguin History of the United States, by Hugh Brogan
A People and a Nation: A History of the United States, by Mary Beth Norton
Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America, by Ira Berlin


Specific Books, for those with an average over 80% you may choose one of the following, or a book very much like them with my approval:

CLASSICS (Worth a few more points):
The Imperial Presidency, by Arthur Schlesinger
The Age of Jackson, by Arthur Schlesinger
The Age of Reform, by Richard Hofstadter
The Slaveholding Republic, By Don Fehrenbacher
Red, White, and Black: The Peoples of Early America, by Gary Nash
The Invasion of America, by Francis Jennings
Albion’s Seed: Four Folkways in America, by David Hackett Fischer
Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, by Bernard Bailyn
The Radicalism of the American Revolution, by Gordon S. Wood
Henry Clay: Statesman for the Union, by Robert V. Remini
Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville
The Frontier in American History, by Frederick Jackson Turner
Undaunted Courage, by Stephen Ambrose (on Lewis and Clark)
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, by James McPherson
A History of Reconstruction, by Eric Foner
Free Soil, Free, Labor, Free Men, by Eric Foner
1776, by David McCullough
The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution 1763-1789, by Robert Middlekauf
An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States, by Charles A Beard
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, by Dee Brown
1846: The Year of Decision, by Bernard DeVoto
Truman, by David McCullough
The Rise of American Democracy, by David Wilenz
The Path Between the Seas, by David McCullogh
Parting the Waters:America in the King Years 1954-63, by Taylor Branch
Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, by David J. Garrow
Hard Times: A Oral History of the Great Depression, by Studs Terkel
The Victors: Eisenhower and His Boys: The Men of World War II, by Stephen Ambrose
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Founding Mothers and Fathers, by Mary Beth Norton
April 1865: The Month That Saved America, by Jay Winik
When the Mississippi Ran Backwards, by Jay Feldman
Revolutionary Characters, by Gordon S. Wood
Inhuman Bondage, by David Brion Davis
There Goes My Everything, by Jason Sokol
Sal Si Puedes (Escape If You Can): Ceasar Chavez and the New American Revolution, by Peter Matthiessen
Freedom from Fear in Depression and War, 1929-1945, by David M. Kennedy
Liberty’s Daughters, by Mary Beth Norton
A Treasury of American Scandals, by Michael Farquhar
500 Nations: An Illustrated History of North American Indians, by Alvin Josephy
Now That the Buffalo’s Gone, by Alvin Josephy
Colossus: The Price of America’s Empire, by Niall Ferguon
The Enlightenment in America, by Henry May
Seeds of Change: Five Hundred Years Since Columbus, by Herman J. Viola and Carolyn Margolis
A Necessary Evil? Slavery and the Debate Over the Constitution, by John P. Kaminsky, ed.
New Worlds for All: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of America, by Colin Galloway
The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society, by Arthur Schlesinger
Civil War St. Louis, by Louis Gerteis
Empire of Liberty: The Statecraft of Thomas Jefferson, by Robert B. Tucker and David Hendrickson
The American Revolution in Indian Country, by Colin Calloway
The American Revolution as a Social Movement, by John F. Jameson
Lincoln, by David H. Donald
The Other Founders: The Anti-Federalists and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788-1828, by Saul Cornell
Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation, by John Ehle
Adapting to a New World: English Society in the 17th Century Chesapeake, by James Horn
Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism, by Geoffrey R. Stone
A Consumers’ Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America, by Lizabeth Cohen
The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties, by Mark A. Neely
Founding Brothers, by Joseph J. Ellis
The Failure of the Founding Fathers: Jefferson, Marshall, and the Rise of Presidential Democracy, by Bruce Ackerman
Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution, by Stephen Breyer (a current Supreme Court justice)
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond
The Frontier in American Culture, by Richard White
The Second World War, by John Keegan

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by overmyhead on March 14, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    I call War and the American Presidency, by Arthur Schlesinger!

  2. Posted by eSKAlator on March 15, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    When the Mississippi River Ran Backwards i call

  3. Posted by hummingbird on March 17, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    The First Frontier: Life in Colonial America
    by John C. Miller
    (I picked it up from your table, but i don’t see it on the list–is it ok for me to read?)

  4. Yes– that’s fine! If it was on the table, you can read it.

    Just take care of it, please.

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