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."
"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."
"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."
"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.""
"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..."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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...""
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."