Three Epic Eras of History: American Revolution, Civil War and WWII

A Listmania! list by Todd Carlsen
The list author says: ""There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny," President Franklin Roosevelt said during the Great Depression and not long before World War Two would start. For whatever reason, the United States experiences Epic eras about every 71 years. Here are great books and DVDs about the American Revolution, American Civil War, and World War II."
The American Revolution: A History (Modern Library Chronicles)
1.  The American Revolution: A History (Modern Library Chronicles) by Gordon S. Wood
The list author says:
  "A classic. A concise and easy-to-read introduction to the American Revolution. Also consider the more lengthy "The Glorious Cause" (below), which more extensively details the military aspects."
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Washington: A Life
2.  Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
The list author says:
  "This book won the Pulitzer Prize. As first president, “the indispensible man” set important head of state traditions. He could have served for life but transitioned power uneventfully. His character and stature brought legitimacy to the new US government and presidency."
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The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 (Oxford History of the United States)
3.  The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 (Oxford History of the United States) by Robert Middlekauff
The list author says:
  "A classic. This is probably the best single-volume book on the Revolutionary War."
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Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Oxford History of the United States)
4.  Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Oxford History of the United States) by Gordon S. Wood
The list author says:
  "The Declaration of Independence says, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights... Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." After the revolution, Jefferson changed USA from  a republic to a democracy. Federalists, led by Hamilton, clashed with different – sometimes better -- ideas."
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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
5.  Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
The list author says:
  "The most important founder to not become president. Born into poverty but rich by age 42. A fascinating sage and a symbol of the American dream - work, innovation and achievement."
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The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution
6.  The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution by David O. Stewart
The list author says:
  "A great book on the Constitutional Convention and the creation of the Constitution. Also read Max Ferrand's "The Framing of the Constitution of the United States" and "Records of the Federal Convention of 1787.""
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Thomas Jefferson
7.  Thomas Jefferson by R. B. Bernstein
The list author says:
  "President. Architect. Farmer. Secretary of State. Scientist. Inventor. Diplomat. Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Louisiana Purchase. Lewis & Clark Expedition. Designed and built Monticello. Founded University of Virginia and designed the campus. Wrote Declaration of Independence..."
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James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic (Library of American Biography Series) (3rd Edition)
8.  James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic (Library of American Biography Series) (3rd Edition) by Jack N. Rakove
The list author says:
  "James Madison is called the "Father of the Constitution" because he was the main architect of the Constitution. This outstanding biography of James Madison tells the story. Also read "James Madison on Religious Liberty" by Robert Alley."
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1776
9.  1776 by David G. McCullough
The list author says:
  "Washington won the Revolutionary War despite very unfavorable odds and setbacks early on."
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Founding Faith: How Our Founding Fathers Forged a Radical New Approach to Religious Liberty
10.  Founding Faith: How Our Founding Fathers Forged a Radical New Approach to Religious Liberty by Steven Waldman
The list author says:
  "Starred Review* The Founding Fathers had diverse personal religious views. Contrary to what evangelicals say, none sought a Christian theocracy. Contrary to what secularists say, none espoused a purely secular nation. They valued both reason and morality, believed in freedom of religion and religious tolerance, and rejected dogmatic religiosity. Politically, they juggled their views carefully."
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Alexander Hamilton
11.  Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The list author says:
  "The first Treasury secretary, Hamilton advocated a brilliant financial system and national government. He knew how to create prosperity. His national bank was destroyed by Jackson but restored by FDR."
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The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
12.  The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Bernard Bailyn
The list author says:
  "Winner of the Bancroft Prize and a classic on the ideological origins of the revolution."
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America's Constitution: A Biography
13.  America's Constitution: A Biography by Akhil Reed Amar
The list author says:
  "A terrific book on the history of the Constitution. Easy-to-read yet authoritative. Also read Akhil Reed Amar's outstanding "The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction.""
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John Adams
14.  John Adams DVD ~ Paul Giamatti
The list author says:
  "Adams was a leader of the American Revolution, a great political thinker advocating a Republic form of government, a skillful war diplomat, and America's first vice president. As president he avoided war with France, despite XYZ Affair, appointed Chief Justice John Marshall, and adopted the Alien and Sedition Acts, which tarnished his presidency."
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The Bill of Rights: A History in Documents (Pages from History)
15.  The Bill of Rights: A History in Documents (Pages from History) by John J. Patrick
The list author says:
  "An outstanding book! The Bill of Rights was added after the Constitution was ratified, at the urging of Jefferson and others. It has evolved. The 14th Amendment after the Civil War was revolutionary."
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Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History (Oxford))
16.  Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History (Oxford)) by David Hackett Fischer
The list author says:
  "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize."
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The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln
17.  The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln by Sean Wilentz
The list author says:
  "Winner of the Bancroft Prize and a Pulitzer Prize finalist."
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Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States)
18.  Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States) by James M. McPherson
The list author says:
  "Pulitzer Prize-winning book explains the struggle over slavery climaxing in civil war. Widely recognized as probably the best book on the Civil War."
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Lincoln
19.  Lincoln by David Herbert Donald
The list author says:
  "Lincoln is rated the #1 president by C-SPAN's historian survey. Lincoln quipped, "Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him.""
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The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy)
20.  The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy) by Michael Shaara
The list author says:
  "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. A very insightful and engrossing novel on the Battle of Gettysburg. Maybe the best historical novel ever written. The movie "Gettysburg" is based on this book, but the book is better."
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Ken Burns: The Civil War (Commemorative Edition)
21.  Ken Burns: The Civil War (Commemorative Edition) DVD ~ David McCullough
The list author says:
  "This masterpiece documentary is the most popular show ever on PBS and a strong candidate for greatest documentary ever. It won the Lincoln Prize."
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Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South
22.  Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South by Kenneth Milton Stampp
The list author says:
  "The benchmark book on slavery in the Ante-Bellum South."
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Gettysburg
23.  Gettysburg by Stephen W. Sears
The list author says:
  "A detailed study of the Battle of Gettysburg - the turning point of the war. Abraham Lincoln said in his Gettysburg Address, "Four score and seven years ago our founders brought forth on this continent a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal... This nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom...""
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Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-Civil War America
24.  Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-Civil War America by Garrett Epps
The list author says:
  "An outstanding book on the revolutionary Fourteenth Amendment, ratified following the Civil War, that gave the Bill of Rights to everyone."
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A Stillness at Appomattox (Army of the Potomac, Vol. 3)
25.  A Stillness at Appomattox (Army of the Potomac, Vol. 3) by Bruce Catton
The list author says:
  "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This classic is part three of Bruce Catton's classic trilogy. Catton is one of the greatest historians ever."
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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
26.  The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer
The list author says:
  "This masterpiece won the National Book Award. Indeed, it is THE classic book on Hitler's dark rise to power during the Great Depression, the catastrophic world war he started, and heinous Nazi Germany crimes. 60 million people died in WWII."
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An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy
27.  An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson
The list author says:
  "This masterpiece won the Pulitzer Prize. It is volume one of a trilogy about America's war against Hitler and Germany. The underrated Mediterranean operations, which came first, waged war against Hitler, diverting German resources away from the Eastern Front, leading to defeat at Stalingrad, while giving green American soldiers experience. Over 100,000 Axis soldiers were captured in North Africa."
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Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945
28.  Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 by Sir Max Hastings
The list author says:
  "This book is one of the best general histories of WWII. Max Hastings today is an exceptional WWII historian and has recently written other WWII classics. Supplement this with a good biography of FDR."
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
29.  Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
The list author says:
  "Widespread rave reviews of this popular book. Expert research meets popular appeal. By the author of "Seabiscuit."
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The World at War
30.  The World at War DVD ~ Laurence Olivier
The list author says:
  "This DVD documentary about World War II is an absolute masterpiece and is THE benchmark. This classic may never be bested."
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Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
31.  Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by H. W. Brands
The list author says:
  "FDR's shrewd leadership won WWII and destroyed Hitler. He led America through the Great Depression and enacted safeguard for economic stability. The New Deal created pragmatic reforms, such as SEC, FDIC, Fed Reserve Board, FHA, Fair Labor Standards Act, Social Security, huge infrastructure works and GI Bill. Decades of STABLE prosperity followed."
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Band of Brothers [Blu-ray]
32.  Band of Brothers [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Scott Grimes
The list author says:
  "Very popular TV series based on the book by the same name."
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With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
33.  With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by E. B. Sledge
The list author says:
  "Vivid, impacting combat memoirs of a U.S. marine who survived the savage frontline fighting of the Pacific campaigns. A classic."
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Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust
34.  Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust by Richard Rhodes
The list author says:
  "Gruesome and horrifying! Hitler's SS death squads brutally murdered 1.5 million people in invaded areas. The details are chilling. Eventually the millions of mass killings would be moved to discreet, methodical death camps."
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The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day
35.  The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day by Cornelius Ryan
The list author says:
  "This is the epic story of the massive D-Day Invasion (largest ever) and the ensuing bloodbath war on the Western Front."
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A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II
36.  A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II by Gerhard L. Weinberg
The list author says:
  "This scholarly masterpiece won the George Louis Beer Prize. It brilliantly explains the causes, major events, and reasons behind events - what and why – of World War Two. FDR and his outstanding military men won the war by building alliances, unleashing America’s industrial power, and making the best strategic moves of any war nation. FDR said, "We must be the Great Arsenal of Democracy."
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The Good Old Days: The Holocaust as Seen by Its Perpetrators and Bystanders
37.  The Good Old Days: The Holocaust as Seen by Its Perpetrators and Bystanders by Ernst Klee
The list author says:
  "The name says what the book is about. The horror."
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Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World
38.  Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed
The list author says:
  "WWII was preceded by the Great Depression. This book won the Pulitzer Prize. Financiers made mistakes. The financial system was flawed, including a flawed version of the gold standard, disastrous money supply errors, World War I reparations, leveraged speculation, few financial regulations, and a lack of good leadership."
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The New Deal: A Modern History
39.  The New Deal: A Modern History by Michael A. Hiltzik
The list author says:
  "WWII was preceded by the Great Depression. This is an excellent, fair and balanced history of the New Deal and Great Depression by a Pulitzer Prize-winning business correspondent (and winner of other awards). Authoritative and engrossing."
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The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
40.  The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
The list author says:
  "WWII was preceded by the Great Depression. This book won the National Book Award. This is an incredible book about the severe catastrophe during the Great Depression called the Dust Bowl. A depression hit agriculture long before the collapse on Wall Street due to excess production during WWI. Coolidge did nothing to fix this. Also read Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning "Grapes of Wrath."
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