American History -- We the People

We hear a lot of pundits and politicians say "it’s the worst it’s ever been." Not true.  It’s been a lot worse than today. Reading a history book can help put all the things we are worried about in perspective. History is fascinating! And upsetting, disturbing, enlightening, and hopeful. History is complicated. Those who don’t know it are indeed doomed to repeat it. We selected some American history titles, with endless subjects to explore (starting with the U.S. Constitution), for anyone so inclined. This cornerstone document should be required reading for anyone holding public office, and it's important for citizens to read, too. We’ll share some world history recommendations next week.

American History Recommendations

 

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250251091
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Published: Picador - March 3rd, 2020

The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780465064267
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Published: Basic Books - April 14th, 2020

Dewey Defeats Truman: The 1948 Election and the Battle for America's Soul Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781328585066
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - July 7th, 2020

Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy Cover Image
$36.00
ISBN: 9781328959720
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - July 7th, 2020

A Measure of Belonging: Twenty-One Writers of Color on the New American South Cover Image
By Cinelle Barnes (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781938235719
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Published: Hub City Press - October 6th, 2020

Black in the Middle: An Anthology of the Black Midwest Cover Image
By Terrion L. Williamson (Editor)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781948742696
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Published: Belt Publishing - September 1st, 2020

His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope Cover Image
By Jon Meacham, John Lewis (Afterword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781984855022
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Published: Random House - August 25th, 2020

Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780358237068
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 8th, 2020

Trust: America's Best Chance Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781631498770
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Published: Liveright - October 6th, 2020

Soul Full of Coal Dust: A Fight for Breath and Justice in Appalachia Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316299473
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 18th, 2020

It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525658450
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Published: Knopf - August 4th, 2020

Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541618619
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Published: Basic Books - September 8th, 2020

Make Change: How to Fight Injustice, Dismantle Systemic Oppression, and Own Our Future Cover Image
By Shaun King, Bernie Sanders (Foreword by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780358048008
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - August 4th, 2020

Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062873040
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Published: Harper - August 4th, 2020

The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250220110
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Published: Metropolitan Books - July 14th, 2020

Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250257703
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - June 9th, 2020

Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525575320
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Published: Crown - June 30th, 2020

The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781982148034
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 23rd, 2020

The Last Children of Mill Creek Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948742641
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Published: Belt Publishing - April 20th, 2020

Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250214584
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 21st, 2020

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250210715
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 7th, 2020

Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781524747169
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Published: Pantheon - September 22nd, 2020

Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781594206047
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Published: Penguin Press - September 29th, 2020

Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593138571
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Published: Random House - September 29th, 2020

Eleanor Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781439192016
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 6th, 2020

The Folly and the Glory: America, Russia, and Political Warfare 1945–2020 Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781627790857
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 22nd, 2020

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781631491665
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Published: Liveright - October 20th, 2020

The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781984854513
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Published: Random House - June 16th, 2020

A Promised Land Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781524763169
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Published: Crown - November 17th, 2020

Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781982174026
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Published: Scribner - October 27th, 2020

Football's Fearless Activists: How Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, Kenny Stills, and Fellow Athletes Stood Up to the NFL and President Trump Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781683583509
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Published: Sports Publishing - September 15th, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (The Last Interview Series) Cover Image
By MELVILLE HOUSE (Editor)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781612199191
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Published: Melville House - December 1st, 2020

Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency, and Trust Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250799128
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 12th, 2021

Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250239266
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 26th, 2021

A Worse Place Than Hell: How the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg Changed a Nation Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393247077
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 9th, 2021

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 Cover Image
By Ibram X. Kendi (Editor), Keisha N. Blain (Editor)
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593134047
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Published: One World - February 2nd, 2021