Extra credit books

Extra Credit books

You will receive more points if you complete these books and the assignment BEFORE the AP exam than if you complete them afterward. You must let me know which book you plan to read before spring break to be eligible for maximum points.

You will read this book and write an essay response to a specific question or questions about this book from me. You will read the book before you receive the questions to ensure that you read the book thoroughly and fine-tune your knowledge of US history and historians’ work to help you on the AP exam, which is the purpose of this assignment.

The points you receive will depend on the complexity of the book and the thoroughness with which you demonstrate your understanding of the author’s work. All work must be your own.

General Histories of the US

Presidential Courage, by Michael Beschloss

An Empire of Wealth, by John Steele Gordon

The Story of American Freedom, by Eric Foner

Booknotes: Stories from American History, by Brian Lamb, Ed.

Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World, by Walter M. Mead

A Renegade History of the United States, by Thaddeus Russell

A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn (left-wing bias)

A Patriot’s History of the United States, by Larry Schweikart (right-wing bias)

American Courage: Remarkable True Stories Exhibiting the Bravery That Has Made Our Country Great, by Herbert W. Warden III

The American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders, by Jacob Needleman

A People’s History of the Supreme Court, By Peter Irons

Due to length and complexity, these following two must be read in tandem to receive the same amount of points as the above books:

10 Days That Changed America, by Steven M. Gillon****

Brave Companions: Portraits in History, by David McCulloch****


The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History, by Gordon S. Wood

History in the Making: An Absorbing Look at How American History Has Changed in the Telling Over the Last 200 Years, by Kyle Ward

Civil War Era

The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861, by David M. Potter

The Age of Lincoln, by Orville Vernon Burton

The Civil War, by Bruce Catton

Reconstruction, by Eric Foner

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, by James MacPherson

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