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Old October 27th, 2010, 04:37 PM   #1
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The best U.S. history book...ever...


I've viewed many forums and have searched many websites and have asked the same question. I've also myself read many in-depth, comprehensive books on the history of the United States. As a teacher and a historian, I am always looking for the next "best" U.S. history book...From "A Patriot's History of the United States" to Zinn's "A People's History", I believe it is hard to pick just ONE book that encompasses U.S. history perfectly. In fact, I believe it is impossible to find the perfect book as all U.S. history books have some type of bias.

In any case, does anyone have any incredible suggestions for "best U.S. history book I've ever read"? I am always open to more reading and more discussion!

I look forward to meeting, learning, and discussion history with those of you who have carved your niche here on these forums!
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Old October 27th, 2010, 05:35 PM   #2

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I would see how finding the one US History book that all would say is the 'best.' That leaves me with what would be the 'best' US History book I've read.
1. "The Road to Monticello: The Life & Mind of Thomas Jefferson" by Kevin J. Hayes.
2. "John Adams" by David McCullough
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The work by Zinn which you have already mentioned is my favorite by far. No other work even comes close.
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Old November 2nd, 2010, 06:44 AM   #4
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I am a conservative and a history teacher. I also hold Zinn's book in high regard, even though he was a socialist.
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I am a conservative and a history teacher. I also hold Zinn's book in high regard, even though he was a socialist.
Well done.

I nominate "John Adams" also.
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Zinn's book is fantastic. Terribly skewed and biased, but at least he admits it in the introduction. It's well written and details a lot of lesser known events. I would never use it as a stand alone textbook as so many teachers seem to do, but as a complement to a traditional history they combined present a clearer picture of AMerican history.
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Old November 7th, 2010, 12:34 PM   #7
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The best books I have found are James Trager The Peoples Chronology and William Strauss & Neil Howe Generations Thager's book covers all world history but is more comprehensive on American History then anything else I have found. Generations shows history as the interaction of generations, history repeating itself even when we learn from it.
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Old November 9th, 2010, 06:50 AM   #8
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Paul Johnson's A History of the American People
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