Books Every American Should Read

A Listmania! list by Michael P. Gallen "The Expatriate" (Pittsburgh)
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The list author says: "It is the duty of every patriotic American to know more about their country, so that they can understand where it has been, and where it is heading. These books will help you understand the United States."
Miracle At Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May - September 1787
1.  Miracle At Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May - September 1787 by Catherine Drinker Bowen
The list author says:
  "An excellent discussion of the Constitutional Convention."
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John Adams
2.  John Adams by David G. McCullough
The list author says:
  "Decent popular biography of the Founding Father and second President."
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Alexander Hamilton
3.  Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The list author says:
  "One of the most controversial Founding Fathers."
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Thomas Paine Collection: Common Sense, Rights of Man, Age of Reason, An Essay on Dream, Biblical Blasphemy, Examination Of The Prophecies (Forgotten Books)
4.  Thomas Paine Collection: Common Sense, Rights of Man, Age of Reason, An Essay on Dream, Biblical Blasphemy, Examination Of The Prophecies (Forgotten Books) by Thomas Paine
The list author says:
  "The forgotten Founding Father, in his own words."
$11.89   Used & New from: $11.88
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln
5.  The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln by Sean Wilentz
The list author says:
  "An exhaustive account of our nation from the Constitution to the Civil War."
$15.80   Used & New from: $1.34
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

The Age of Jackson (Back Bay Books (Series))
6.  The Age of Jackson (Back Bay Books (Series)) by Arthur Meier Schlesinger
The list author says:
  "Classic examination of the emergence of American democracy."
$22.01   Used & New from: $0.24
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America
7.  Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America by Ira Berlin
The list author says:
  "Discusses the tragedy of slavery both in the North and the South, putting it in its full global context."
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Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States)
8.  Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States) by James M. McPherson
The list author says:
  "Exhaustive account of the Civil War."
$13.10   Used & New from: $4.87
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This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Vintage Civil War Library)
9.  This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Vintage Civil War Library) by Drew Gilpin Faust
The list author says:
  "Touching account of the cultural impact of the Civil War."
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Lee Considered: General Robert E. Lee and Civil War History (Civil War America)
10.  Lee Considered: General Robert E. Lee and Civil War History (Civil War America) by Alan T. Nolan
The list author says:
  "Critical biography of Robert E. Lee, challenging many of the legends that surround him."
$16.25   Used & New from: $0.63
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A Short History of Reconstruction
11.  A Short History of Reconstruction by Eric Foner
The list author says:
  "An assessment of Reconstruction by one of the most eminent American historians."
$11.48   Used & New from: $4.25
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880
12.  Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880 by David L. Lewis
The list author says:
  "The African-American experience of Reconstruction in the words of the preeminent black intellectual of the twentieth century."
$19.95   Used & New from: $13.02
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The Gilded Age
13.  The Gilded Age by Mark Twain
The list author says:
  "First hand account of corruption in the late nineteenth century by one of America's most acerbic commentators."
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The Tragedy of American Diplomacy (50th Anniversary Edition)
14.  The Tragedy of American Diplomacy (50th Anniversary Edition) by William Appleman Williams
The list author says:
  "An examination of how America became an empire, starting in the late nineteenth century."
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Theodore Rex
15.  Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
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  "Biography of one of America's most iconoclastic presidents."
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The Age of Reform
16.  The Age of Reform by Richard Hofstadter
The list author says:
  "Classic account of the Progressive Era."
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The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day
17.  The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day by Cornelius Ryan
The list author says:
  "Classic account of WWII."
$13.88   Used & New from: $1.23
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Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire
18.  Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire by Richard B. Frank
The list author says:
  "Intelligent examination of the endgame in the Pacific."
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Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam: The Use of the Atomic Bomb and the American Confrontation with Soviet Power
19.  Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam: The Use of the Atomic Bomb and the American Confrontation with Soviet Power by Gar Alperovitz
The list author says:
  "Alternative account of the decision to use the atomic bomb against Hiroshima and Nagasaki."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Truman
20.  Truman by David G. McCullough
The list author says:
  "Classic biography of the great president."
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Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman
21.  Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman by Merle Miller
The list author says:
  "The great man in his own words."
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Citizen Cohn
22.  Citizen Cohn by Nicholas Von Hoffman
The list author says:
  "Biography of one of the most disgusting figures of the McCarthy era."
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The Conscience of a Conservative
23.  The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry M. Goldwater
The list author says:
  "The father of modern conservatism, who gave birth to everyone from Ronald Reagan to Ron Paul."
$9.99   Used & New from: $0.12
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

Conservatism in America (Harvard Paperbacks)
24.  Conservatism in America (Harvard Paperbacks) by Clinton L. Rossiter
The list author says:
  "Classic account of old style conservatism."
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A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House
25.  A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House by Arthur Meier Schlesinger
The list author says:
  "Classic account of the Kennedy years."
$12.89   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

A Rumor of War
26.  A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo
The list author says:
  "First hand account of Vietnam."
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The Long Gray Line: The American Journey of West Point's Class of 1966
27.  The Long Gray Line: The American Journey of West Point's Class of 1966 by Rick Atkinson
The list author says:
  "Account of Vietnam through military eyes."
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The Trial of Henry Kissinger
28.  The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens
The list author says:
  "A damning indictment of Nixon's right hand man."
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All the President's Men
29.  All the President's Men by Bob Woodward
The list author says:
  "Reporter's account of exposing the Watergate scandal."
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And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition
30.  And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition by Randy Shilts
The list author says:
  "The tragedy of how government inaction and popular apathy contributed to the AIDS crisis."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA, 1981-1987
31.  Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA, 1981-1987 by Bob Woodward
The list author says:
  "The Iran-Contra Scandal."
$14.46   Used & New from: $2.13
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The Commanders
32.  The Commanders by Bob Woodward
The list author says:
  "U.S. interventions in the Gulf War and Panama."
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A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
33.  A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power
The list author says:
  "America's response to genocide worldwide, from the early twentieth century to the Clinton era."
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The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (Authorized Edition)
34.  The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (Authorized Edition) by Thomas H. Kean
The list author says:
  "Definitive account of the attacks on the World Trade Center."
$9.00   Used & New from: $0.01
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See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism
35.  See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism by Robert Baer
The list author says:
  "CIA agent's account of intelligence in the Middle East."
$11.11   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
36.  Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
The list author says:
  "Grim discussion of the working poor in America."
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The Affluent Society
37.  The Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith
The list author says:
  "Classic American economic text which still holds value for our times."
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Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005
38.  Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005 by Thomas E. Ricks
The list author says:
  "Possibly the definitive account of the Second Gulf War."
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The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
39.  The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
The list author says:
  "Good account of the current economic crisis."
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