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A Treasury of Great American Scandals: Tantalizing True Tales of Historic Misbehavior by the Founding Fathers and Others Who Let Freedom Swing by Michael Farquhar 2003

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an entertaining history of the scandals that have plagued American politics

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 The Feminine Mystique
by Betty Friedan

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Democracy in America
by Alexis de Toqueville

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Ambrose narrates in vivid detail the adventures, misadventures, triumphs and tragedies of a single U.S. Army infantry company in World War II. From its formation in July 1944 and deactivation in November 1945, E Company was there at some of the most interesting junctures in the war.

500 Nations: An illustrated History of North American Indians
by Alvin M. Josephy

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This work tells the story of conquest, displacement, betrayal, genocide and forced assimilation, with moe than 450 illustrations. He draws on creation stories, oral history, archaeological evidence, federal documents, and many other sources.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Alexander Brown

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Published in 1970, this book was influential in changing American views of the settlement of the west. Based largely on primary sources, Brown tells of the brutal treatment of Native Americans as the west was settled. An important and well written work

The Metaphysical Club
by Louis Menand

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Menand writes a history of ideas in the United States told through the Metaphysical Club. Some of the greatest men of their time met in Boston in 1872 to discuss the American way of thinking.

Pulitzer Prize 2002

A History of the American People by Paul Johnson

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The author of Modern Times and A History of the Jews gives us this remarkable American history, a reinterpretation of the nation's evolution - a remarkable achievement.

The House of Morgan: an American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance
by Ron Chernow

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The winner of the National Book Award and now considered a classic, this fascinating work was acclaimed by The Wall Street Journal as "brilliantly researched and written."

Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World in the Age of Terrorism
by Thomas L. Friedman

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an excellent book discussing recent history which aids our understanding of modern terrorism - Winner of the New York Times Book of the Year

Truman
by David McCullough

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Harry Truman is portrayed by McCullough with insight in this Pulitzer prize winning biography

Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
by James Loewen

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After surveying some common American history texts, the author discovers that the texts are biased toward creating "patriotic citizens" at the expense of accuracy. An excellent book.

To America : Personal Reflections of an Historian by Stephen Ambrose

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Stephen Ambrose was a talented and popular American historian. In this, his final book, he explores a variety of American stories which were dear to him. His love of country and optimism for the future are infectious.

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The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know
James Trefil , Joseph F. Kett, E. D. Hirsch (editors)

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Initially published in 1988 and revised in 1993, this book is given an exciting update whose 6900 entries include1000 revised entries and 500 new ones, 200 of which are in science and technology alone.  Library Journal