What are the best books for social studies?

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    #1Guns, Germs, and Steel

    Guns, Germs, and Steel

    Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Jared Diamond. It serves as a history of the world's societies, how they came to be the way they are, and how they were shaped by the environment.

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    Raymond Fowler
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Very informative and interesting read that I recommend for teachers. They will enjoy the subject matter and be able to work well with it."
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    #2The Communist Manifesto

    The Communist Manifesto
    The Communist Manifesto is an influential political document written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels originally published in 1848. This work summarises the authors' theories about the nature of society and politics, considered as a continuous class struggle.
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    Louis Estrada
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Well, Communism is not what it represents itself on paper. However, I think that if you are going to talk for or against it, you should read source material. This is where you start to learn about a failed political ideology."
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    #3Collapse

    Collapse
    Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed is a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Jared Diamond. It investigates the various factors that cause societies to fall apart, such as climate change and rapid population growth.
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    Susan Knight
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Sounds like we're doomed. He makes some interesting points about climate change and how the dominoes will fall to kill us all. Pretty gloomy book, really. Read at your own risk."
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    #4Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    Bury My Heart in Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West unflinchingly narrates the plight of the Native American Indians during the development of American expansionism in the Western frontier.
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    Alan Obrien
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Now a special 30th-anniversary edition in both hardcover and paperback, the classic bestselling history The New York Times called "Original, remarkable, and finally heartbreaking...Impossible to put down" Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown's eloquent, fully documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century. A national bestseller in hardcover for more than a year after its initial publication, it has sold almost four million copies and has been translated into seventeen languages. For this elegant thirtieth-anniversary edition -- published in both hardcover and paperback -- Brown has contributed an incisive new preface. Using council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions, Brown allows the great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated. A unique and disturbing narrative told with force and clarity, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee changed forever our vision of how the West was really won."
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    #5Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)

    Things Fall Apart is a book by the acclaimed Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. It tells the story of the conflict between the colonial British government and a Nigerian ethnic group, the Ibo people. It is the first book in the African trilogy.

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    Janice Burke
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Good solution. Gives price, info on book. "
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    #6Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 
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    Edward Powell
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I reread this again after many years, but I did not find it edifying in the least. When I read it years ago, I thought it was insightful and a good read, but something has changed between then and now. I also couldn't help but notice how many grammatical errors Animal Farm had. "
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    #7Night

    Night
    Night is the first book in Elie Wiesel's historical trilogy about the Holocaust. Night shows the worst side of humanity during World War II, when familial relationships blurred because of hunger, pain, and fear inside concentration camps.
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    Kyle Williamson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a classic which should be read by everyone. It is a crucial look at an historical event from a very human perspective. It is a brief read which makes it accessible to many, many age/reading levels. It packs such an emotional punch because everyone can relate to the main character to some degree. "
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    #8A Tale of Two Cities

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities is set in the late 18th century during the French Revolution. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess.

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    Michael Ryan
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book is truly timeless. It pertains to things back then, and to the times today. It's a great educational resource for the children. "
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    #9Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

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

    Lies My Teacher Told Me is a critique of American high school history textbooks. It shows the falsehoods and misconceptions perpetrated in the education system as part of historical revisionism.

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    Austin Jimenez
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my wife who stays at home with my four kids. I was looking for something exciting and special to share with my wife to show my appreciation for all of her hard work and dedication to the family. I found this amazing history textbook called "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong" written for the purpose of provoking the reader to think critically about their government, society, and political system. My wife is an aspiring historian herself, so she is learning a lot of techniques by reading this extraordinary textbook about the flaws in the historical documentation process. My wife loves the textbook! Thank you!"
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    #10The Odyssey

    The Odyssey

    After enduring the Trojan War, Odysseus begins the treacherous journey home to Ithaca. Homer's The Odyssey was composed around 700 BC and is one of the earliest epics in existence, remaining as one of the most influential works of literature today.

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    Wayne Rice
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "The Odyssey is one of my favorite stories of all time, I don't even know if I can call it a story, it's more like a legend. It is supposed to be a true story and its been made into many movies. If you haven't read The Odyssey it is well worth the read."
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    #11A People’s History of the United States

    A People’s History of the United States

    A People's History of the United States is 1980 bestseller by American historian and political scientist Howard Zinn. The book reviews and analyzes important facts and events in the history of America.

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    Manuel Cortés
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "A People’s History of the United States gives you a lot of info on the country. Great read."
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    #12The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth

    The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth

    The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth by John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York is a non-fiction novel originally published in 2010. This book explores the current environmental issues that humanity is facing.

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    Tejas Singh
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The current and impending climate change crises require considerably more than an environmental/ecological approach; more than renewable energy is deemed necessary, and much more than perfunctory modifications in the lifestyles of the western well-off classes. The authors analyse the current responses, processes enacted, and the discourse of the chattering-classes in the context of a vast range of ecological disasters, not just climate change, and come to the conclusion that what is required is both a cultural shift and an entirely new economic system. They leave little doubt that the capitalist system is at fault. “the transformations of the human relation to the environment since the Industrial Revolution but particularly since 1945 … have so transformed our relation to the planet to raise the question of the Anthropocene. In all of this, capitalism has remained essentially … an enormous engine for the ceaseless accumulation of capital, compelled by the competitive drive of individuals and groups seeking their own self-interest in the form of private gain. Such a system recognizes no absolute limits to its own advance”."
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    #13Metadata (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

    Metadata (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

    Metadata (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series) is a social science reference book written by Jeffrey Pomerantz. It was published November 6, 2015 by The MIT Press.

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    George Miller
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Great book. I love social science."
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    #14Land of the Seven Rivers

    Land of the Seven Rivers

    Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India's Geography is a non-fiction book by Sanjeev Sanyal. It is a historical narrative of how Indian geography changed over the years and how it affected the Indian civilization.

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    Catherine Schmidt
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Very boring and almost put me to sleep. I don't like these books."

Summary

Best What are the best books for social studies
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Guns, Germs, and SteelBooks 31 Paid
2The Communist ManifestoBooks 28 Paid
3CollapseBooks 26 Paid
4Bury My Heart at Wounded KneeBooks 26 Paid
5Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy)Books 25 Paid
6Animal FarmBooks 24 Paid
7NightBooks 22 Paid
8A Tale of Two CitiesBooks 20 Paid
9Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got WrongBooks 19 Paid
10The OdysseyBooks 18 Paid
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