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All Time Faves: Our favorite books about...American History
Although America may not be as old as other countries, we still have a lot of fascinating history. Check out these titles to learn more about major eras in American history.
|Everyday Life in Early America
1989/01 - Harper Paperbacks
9780060912512 Find It
"In this clearly written volume, Hawke provides enlightening and colorful descriptions of early Colonial Americans and debunks many widely held assumptions about 17th century settlers."--"Publishers Weekly" ...More
|Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
2006/05 - Viking Books
9780670037605 Find It
Winner - 2007 ALA Notable Non Fiction Selection
|Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Ellis, Joseph J.
2000/10 - Alfred A. Knopf
9780375405440 Find It
Winner - 2001 Pulitzer Prize for History
|Redcoats and Rebels: The War for America 1770-1781
2008/06 - Pen and Sword
9781844156993 Find It
Redcoats and Rebels provides a thorough introduction to the Revolutionary War. Told with great authority and clarity it describes and details the effects of each notable event from 1770 to 1781, examining each of the major battles and skirmishes but not getting bogged down in deep analysis of battle formations and strategies.
Instead concentrating on the war as a whole and its political and economic impacts on Britain and America and consequently how each commander's strategy was affected, the book is filled with anecdotes to give the reader a clearer understanding of how the war affected the lives of those involved.
2007/10 - Simon & Schuster
9781416542100 Find It
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|Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
2005/03 - Harper Perennial
9780060090265 Find It
Drawing upon personal correspondence, private journals, and even favored recipes, Roberts reveals the often surprising stories of the fascinating women--such as Abigail Adams, Eliza Pinckney, and Deborah Read Franklin--who fought the Revolution as valiantly as the men. ...More
|Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1865-1869
Ambrose, Stephen E.
2000/08 - Simon & Schuster
9780684846095 Find It
The Union had won the Civil War and slavery had been abolished. Abraham Lincoln, however, would not live to see the next great achievement of the American people-the building of the transcontinental railroad. This fascinating book opens with Lincoln, who had championed the building of railroads as a young lawyer, and ends with the golden stake as the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific are linked in 1869. It is the story of the men who made this dream a reality -- businessmen who risked their money, engineers and surveyors who risked (and lost) their lives, and common men -- Chinese, Irish, defeated Southerners -- who did the dangerous and backbreaking work on the tracks that joined the continent as a nation.
In Stephen Ambrose's hands, the Railroad's tale is a truly riveting, truly American tale. ...More
|The Civil War: A Narrative
1974/11 - Random House
9780394465128 Find It
Already recognized as one of the finest histories ever fashioned by an American, this is a narrative of over a million and a half words which recreates on a vast and brilliant canvas the events and personalities of an American epic: The Civil War. ...More
|The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
McPherson, James M.
2003/10 - Oxford University Press
9780195159011 Find It
The bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning history of the Civil War is now available in this beautiful new edition that boasts some 700 illustrations, including 150 color images and 24 maps--plus period cartoons, etchings, woodcuts, and more. ...More
|The Approaching Fury: Voices of the Storm, 1820-1861
Oates, Stephen B.
1998/06 - Harper Perennial
9780060928858 Find It
An award-winning historian tells the story of the coming of the Civil War through the voices of 13 principal players of the drama--via their letters, diaries, and speeches--including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Jefferson Davis, and Abraham Lincoln. ...More
|The Greatest Generation
1998/01 - Random House
9780375502026 Find It
One of NBC's most famous anchormen celebrates the greatest generation in history--Americans born in the 1920s who came of age during the Great Depression, fought in World War II, and went on to build America. "The Greatest Generation" will be also be the subject of a concurrent NBC-TV show. Photos throughout. ...More
|No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
Goodwin, Doris Kearns
2007/01 - Simon & Schuster
9780684804484 Find It
Winner - 1995 Pulitzer Prize for History
|Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945
Kennedy, David M.
Woodward, C. Vann
1999/03 - Oxford University Press
9780195038347 Find It
Winner - 2000 Pulitzer Prize for History
|Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal: 1932-1940
Leuchtenburg, William E.
2009/03 - Harper Perennial
9780061836961 Find It
When the stability of American life was threatened by the Great Depression, the decisive and visionary policy contained in FDR's New Deal offered America a way forward. In this groundbreaking work, William E. Leuchtenburg traces the evolution of what was both the most controversial and effective socioeconomic initiative ever undertaken in the United States--and explains how the social fabric of American life was forever altered. It offers illuminating lessons on the challenges of economic transformation--for our time and for all time. ...More
|The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
2007/06 - HarperCollins Publishers
9780066211701 Find It
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|Hard Times: An Oral History of Great Depression
2005/04 - New Press
9781565846562 Find It
Studs Terkel's classic history of the Great Depression. ...More