Best of American History

A Listmania! list by L. K. Nickens "jgnickens" (middle tennessee)
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Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989
1.  Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989 by Michael R. Beschloss
The list author says:
  "There are many comprehensive books on US History.  This one is the best.It is not in-depth , but it is a concise view of US History through some of our best presidents.The footnotes are very fascinating.  This is one of the best books I have ever read. The presidents discussed are Washington, Adams, Jackson, Lincoln, TR, FDR, Truman, JFK, and Reagan."
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The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House
2.  The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House by Nancy Gibbs
The list author says:
  "This book covers the significance of Billy Graham & religion for Presidents Truman to George W. Bush.  This book is superb for presidential bios,& the remarkable life of Billy Graham.  Praise the Lord for this wonderful work!!""
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John Adams
3.  John Adams by David G. McCullough
The list author says:
  "This book is absolutely incredible.  It covers in great detail the extraordinary life of John Adams.  Everything from his political struggles and his relationships with Abigail and Jefferson."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,307 customer reviews)

1776
4.  1776 by David G. McCullough
The list author says:
  "This is just a fun book to read.  Highly enjoyable and very educational!  This book will give goosebumps because of all the emotion and action during this tumultous year."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,239 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Course of Human Events (Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities)
5.  The Course of Human Events (Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities) by David G. McCullough
The list author says:
  "A forty-five minute speech on the importance of American history.  Fun to listen to while driving."
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Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
6.  Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
The list author says:
  "An amazing book about the difficulties our Founding Fathers endured. The Duel between Hamilton and Burr, the slavery problem, the Adams/Jefferson relationship are just a few topics in the study!"
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American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic
7.  American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic by Joseph J. Ellis
The list author says:
  "This work is the lasest of the Ellis collection.  He captures the successes and failures of the American Revolution. This book could be considered a sequel to Founder Brothers. A great read for the devout historian or the casual reader.If only every American understood these great men and their times, America would be greatly benefitted."
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His Excellency: George Washington
8.  His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis
The list author says:
  "An easy read that describes the magnitude of George Washington.  Washington's contributions to the nation get taken for granted.  This book provides a fresh realization of why he is our most prominent Founding Father."
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The Crossing
9.  The Crossing DVD ~ Jeff Daniels
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  "A great film on the Revolutionary War.  Easy to watch over and over again."
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Alexander Hamilton
10.  Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The list author says:
  "I was an anti-Hamilton before reading this book.  After reading it, Hamilton is one of my favorites.  This book is very lengthy, but there is not one dull page in it.  It describes every facet of AH's life and thoughts.  From birth until death, Chernow captures AH's extraordinary life.   A MUST READ!  YOU'LL ENJOY IT AND LEARN MORE THAN YOU REALIZE!"
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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
11.  Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
The list author says:
  "One cannot know enough about Franklin.  This book is on the same level as McCullough's John Adams."
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Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos
12.  Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos by Robert W. Lawson
The list author says:
  "Don't be fooled.  This book is a classic and a must read.  Don't let this one get by!"
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Life of Andrew Jackson, The (Perennial Classics)
13.  Life of Andrew Jackson, The (Perennial Classics) by Robert Vincent Remini
The list author says:
  "A great, comprehensive biography of the fascinating life of Andrew Jackson.  Be careful or you will become an ardent Jacksonian!"
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With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln
14.  With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen B. Oates
The list author says:
  "This book is great.  Oates really brings Lincoln alive.  Donald's book is great, but if one hasn't read anything on Lincoln, this is a great beginner!!"
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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
15.  Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The list author says:
  "Goodwin caputures the profoudness of Lincoln and his rivals.  This work provides a great amount of knowledge of the 1860 presidential election, the Civil War, and bios of great men such as Seward, Chase, Bates, and Stanton."
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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Modern Library Paperbacks)
16.  The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Modern Library Paperbacks) by Edmund Morris
The list author says:
  "This book covers TR from birth to the presidency.  Morris describes & captures TR's amazing life in graphic detail.  The reader can feel his youthful pain, hunt in the Dakotas, figth crime in NY, charge up San Juan Hill.  A MUST READ!"
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April 1865: The Month That Saved America (P.S.)
17.  April 1865: The Month That Saved America (P.S.) by Jay Winik
The list author says:
  "Winik provides very superb "short biographies" within the book of Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, Davis, Lee, Forrest, and others.  This book is the perfect example that studying history provides sage information to the future.  Winik's arguments that the war could have lasted an indefinite time are very captivating.  Indeed, victory was anything but certain during April 1865."
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Theodore Rex
18.  Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
The list author says:
  "This book is part 2 of Morris's work (part 3 is currently being worked on)  This work deals with TR's presidency.  TR's achievemts as the 26th POTUS is remarkable.  Again, his actions and administration is vividly described so that the reader seems as an eye witness."
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The Guns of August (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books)
19.  The Guns of August (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books) by Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
The list author says:
  "A great WWI book!!  It displays the political thought of each country involved.  JFK studied this book to learn how to deal with the Soviets during the Cuban Missle Crisis as depicted in the movie 13 Days with Kevin Costner."
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The Winds of War
20.  The Winds of War by Herman Wouk
The list author says:
  "This is volume one of a two volume work.  This coupled with part 2 is an amazing, heart throbbing social, political, and military history of WWII.  Absolutely amazing.  I hated to finish them they are sooo good."
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Flags of Our Fathers
21.  Flags of Our Fathers by Ron Powers
The list author says:
  "A superbly written book on the Battle of Iwo Jima that is highly emotional."
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Truman
22.  Truman by David G. McCullough
The list author says:
  "McCullough is one of the best authors around.  Anything he writes is engrossing.  Truman is no different.  Everything you need to know comes alive in this superbly written book."
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The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1)
23.  The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1) by Robert A. Caro
The list author says:
  "Robert Caro has written the best bio on anyone in political history.  Three of the four books of this work have been published.  Caro describes everything about LBJ imaginable.  I do not like LBJ, but loved reading these books.  I read all 3 back to back.  Please read and don't let the size discourage you."
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Steel My Soldiers' Hearts: The Hopeless to Hardcore Transformation of U.S. Army, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, Vietnam
24.  Steel My Soldiers' Hearts: The Hopeless to Hardcore Transformation of U.S. Army, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, Vietnam by David H. Hackworth
The list author says:
  "A great Vietnam book written by a war hero and an American patriot."
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Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader
25.  Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader by Dinesh D'Souza
The list author says:
  "A short biography on Reagan.  This book is roughly 250 pages and does this icon justice in such a short amount of pages."
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