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10 books about American history
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Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
Category: State & Local
This book was published last year by Random House and takes approximately 16.5 hours to read.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK - The Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions. "An instant American classic."--Dwight Garner, The New York Times "As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance. The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power--which groups have it and which do not." In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people's lives and behavior and the nation's fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people--including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball's Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others--she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out-cast of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against; she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity. Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today.
Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII by Chester Nez
Category: Native American & Aboriginal
This book was published 9 years ago by Dutton Caliber and takes approximately 10.7 hours to read.
A retired Marine and Navajo Indian describes his experiences as one of 29 top-secret code talkers during World War II and how his life growing up on the Checkerboard Area of the Navajo Reservation prepared him for his service. 30,000 first printing.
Don't Know Much About® History [30th Anniversary Edition]: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned by Kenneth C Davis
Category: United States
This book was published last year by Harper Paperbacks and takes approximately 25.1 hours to read.
A New York Times bestseller - More than 1.6 Million Copies Sold! "Reading Davis is like returning to the classroom of the best teacher you ever had!" --People magazine From the arrival of Columbus through the historic election of Barack Obama and beyond, Kenneth C. Davis carries readers on a rollicking ride through more than five hundred years of American history. In this revised, expanded, and updated edition of the classic anti-textbook, he debunks, recounts, and serves up the real story behind the myths and fallacies of American history. --Dallas News
Black History 1619-2019: An Illustrated and Documented African-American History by Sandra K. Yocum
Category: Black & African Americans
This book was published this year by Paragon House and takes approximately 17.1 hours to read.
BLACK HISTORY 1619 TO 2019 is a journey through American history. It is an in-depth look at the events that shaped the lives and contributions of the African-American community in the United States of America. This book is designed to restore the integrity of African-American history and is based on extensive research and documentation related to the African-American experience from the era of slavery until modern times. African-American history is richly illustrated with 393 photos, maps, and illustrations that portray the real lives of African-Americans during slavery, the Civil War, reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights movement, and beyond. This history documents the profound impact that African-Americans have made on the history of the United States and its culture.
The Big Book of American Facts: 1000 Interesting Facts And Trivia About USA (Trivia USA) (Volume 1) by Bill O'Neill
Category: Trivia & Fun Facts
This book was published 5 years ago by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and takes approximately 5.2 hours to read.
Do you think you know everything about the United States? Think again! Did you know that tomatoes were once put on trial in New Jersey? Or that it's illegal to whistle underwater in West Virginia? With these 1,000 facts about the USA, you're guaranteed to discover something you didn't know. From USA history to silly facts about American presidents, from laws you can't believe are laws to facts about U.S. inventions, this book is the perfect solution to any moment of boredom. It has facts about religion and sports, facts about U.S. geography and nature, facts about food and drinks, and facts about language, animals, and American education. There are facts about science, facts about the military, facts about modes of transportation, facts about business and money, and facts about how big the United States really is. According to one American, "This book of trivia is the greatest thing that's been written since the Nevada state Constitution. Did you know that was the longest message ever sent via Morse code telegram?" With this book of 1,000 trivia facts, you'll impress even the most knowledgeable friends you have. Use the interesting facts to start a great conversation. Pull out the random facts to make someone smile. Be the center of any party with all the funny facts you'll find in this book. Got a pub quiz or trivia night to go to? Prepare with this book! With this many fun facts about the United States, you'll win every time.
American History: A Captivating Guide to the History of the United States of America, American Revolution, Civil War, Chicago, Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, and Gulf War by Captivating History
Category: United States
This book was published last year by Captivating History and takes approximately 23.1 hours to read.
If you want to discover the captivating history of the United States of America, then keep reading... Eight captivating manuscripts in one book: The History of the United States: A Captivating Guide to American History, Including Events Such as the American Revolution, French and Indian War, Boston Tea Party, Pearl Harbor, and the Gulf War The American Revolution: A Captivating Guide to the American Revolutionary War and the United States of America's Struggle for Independence from Great Britain The Civil War: A Captivating Guide to the American Civil War and Its Impact on the History of the United States History of Chicago: A Captivating Guide to the People and Events that Shaped the Windy City's History The Roaring Twenties: A Captivating Guide to a Period of Dramatic Social and Political Change, a False Sense of Prosperity, and Its Impact on the Great Depression The Great Depression: A Captivating Guide to the Worldwide Economic Depression that Began in the United States, Including the Wall Street Crash, FDR's New deal, Hitler's Rise and More Pearl Harbor: A Captivating Guide to the Surprise Military Strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service that Caused the United States of America's Formal Entry into World War II The Gulf War: A Captivating Guide to the United States-Led Persian Gulf War against Iraq for Their Invasion and Annexation of Kuwait Some of the topics covered in part 1 of this book include: The People Who Were There First A Time of Exploration And much, much more! Some of the topics covered in part 2 of this book include: Colonial America The Seven Years' War and Its Consequences Taxation Without Representation And much, much more! In part 3 of this book, you will: An Uneasy Nation The Foundation Cracks And much, much more! Some of the topics covered in part 4 of this book include: The Chicago Trail of Tears All Roads (and Railways) Lead to Chicago And much, much more! Some of the topics covered in part 6 of this book include: Causes of the Great Depression 1918-1929 Herbert Hoover and the Early Years of the Depression And much, much more! Some of the topics covered in part 7 of this book include: The Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Pre-1941 Post-World War I Pearl Harbor And much, much more! Some of the topics covered in part 8 of this book include: Iraqi-Kuwaiti Relations and the Prelude to the War Circumstances and Causes of the Gulf Conflic And much, much more! So if you want to learn more about the captivating history of the United States of America, scroll up and click the "add to cart" button!
It Wasn't About Slavery: Exposing the Great Lie of the Civil War by Samuel W. Mitcham Jr.
Category: Civil War
This book was published this year by Regnery History and takes approximately 8.0 hours to read.
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1001 Things Everyone Should Know About African American History by Jeffrey C. Stewart
This book was published 23 years ago by Crown and takes approximately 13.9 hours to read.
A comprehensive and entertaining account of the most significant events, individuals, and social movements in African American history is presented in a concise, easy-to-read format
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough
Category: Revolution & Founding
This book was published last year by Simon & Schuster and takes approximately 11.7 hours to read.
The #1 New York Times bestseller by Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David McCullough rediscovers an important chapter in the American story that’s “as resonant today as ever” (The Wall Street Journal)—the settling of the Northwest Territory by courageous pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would define our country. As part of the Treaty of Paris, in which Great Britain recognized the new United States of America, Britain ceded the land that comprised the immense Northwest Territory, a wilderness empire northwest of the Ohio River containing the future states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. A Massachusetts minister named Manasseh Cutler was instrumental in opening this vast territory to veterans of the Revolutionary War and their families for settlement. Included in the Northwest Ordinance were three remarkable conditions: freedom of religion, free universal education, and most importantly, the prohibition of slavery. In 1788 the first band of pioneers set out from New England for the Northwest Territory under the leadership of Revolutionary War veteran General Rufus Putnam. They settled in what is now Marietta on the banks of the Ohio River. McCullough tells the story through five major characters: Cutler and Putnam; Cutler’s son Ephraim; and two other men, one a carpenter turned architect, and the other a physician who became a prominent pioneer in American science. “With clarity and incisiveness, [McCullough] details the experience of a brave and broad-minded band of people who crossed raging rivers, chopped down forests, plowed miles of land, suffered incalculable hardships, and braved a lonely frontier to forge a new American ideal” (The Providence Journal). Drawn in great part from a rare and all-but-unknown collection of diaries and letters by the key figures, The Pioneers is a uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments. “A tale of uplift” (The New York Times Book Review), this is a quintessentially American story, written with David McCullough’s signature narrative energy.
The Big Book of American Presidents: Fascinating Facts and True Stories about U.S. Presidents and Their Families by Nancy J. Hajeski
This book was published this year by Sky Pony and takes approximately 4.9 hours to read.
No synopsis available at the moment.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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