What are the best non-fiction American history books?

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    #11491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

    1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

    This book is about the Native American condition prior to the arrival of the Europeans in 1492. Charles C. Mann uses science and archaeology to paint a radically different picture of pre-Columbian America from what we know, or what we think we know. 

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    Ying Shao
    Written on January 25, 2018
    "1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus is a good history book about American culture. "
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    #2Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

    Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

    Mayflower, a 2006 history book by Nathaniel Philbrick, chronicles the story of the first Pilgrims from England to land in the New World. It tells of their transatlantic voyage and the following decades of colonization. 

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    Daniel May
    Written on February 5, 2018
    "Mayflower: A story of Courage, Community, and War is a great history book. It really teaches you the history of the Pilgrims and what they did."
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    #3Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

    Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
    Founding Brothers follows the lives of six men—Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, and Adams—through ideological struggle and their staunch fight for democracy 
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    Craig Cole
    Written on January 27, 2018
    "ive never heard of this series until now. the series does look interesting from what i saw about it though"
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    #4John Adams

    John Adams
    As told by the multi-awarded historian David McCullough, this Pulitzer Prize-winning book is the story of John Adams, founding father and second president of the United States. 

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    Alice Morgan
    Written on January 26, 2018
    "I am not much of a reader but this book touched me in a way no book has. It gives a thorough description of our country's hardships. John Adams life was described in detail with sensitivity. I always found myself trying to take this book out everywhere I went. Must read for everyone. "
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    #5Bury 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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    Jack Green
    Written on February 7, 2018
    "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West is an amazing story. This tale is well known to American students as it is studied in History classes. The story goes much deeper and touches much more than students learn. This is truly history that is heartbreaking and important lessons to learn."
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    #6Alexander Hamilton

    Alexander Hamilton

    Written by the multi-awarded historian Ron Chernow, this Alexander Hamilton biography is a comprehensive account of Hamilton's life and accomplishments that helped shape newborn America into what it is today. 

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    Norma Quezada
    Written on January 28, 2018
    "Alexander Hamilton is a renowned historical figure. The description and product are relevant."
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    #7Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

    Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
    The Pulitzer-prize winning Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson is a 900-page narrative about the American Civil War. It encapsulates the woes of a divided society within two decades of conflict.

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    Vishal Rangan
    Written on January 31, 2018
    "This is a book that delves into the social, political and military events of the era. Interestingly it won a Pulitzer Prize... not something you see very often for a history book; additionally, it is actually used to teach the American Civil War at Oxford university (which says something about it as history books go). Definately worth a read. However, to compress 4 years of fighting, that spanned several states, into 900 pages... it leaves some detail out. For instance, several books on individual Generals or battles have been written that went well over 600 pages each; however, to cover every detail would be an entire life's work and require more pages than most authors are willing/able to write or readers able willing to read. Still, a good addition to any personal history library."
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    #8The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
    The Worst Hard Time tells the stories of families who stayed and survived the series of severe dust storms that wreaked havoc in America's High Plains during the 30's.
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    Gary Fisher
    Written on February 1, 2018
    "I love to read and was interested in learning more about American history. A friend recommended a book called 'The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl'. I found it on Amazon and bought it. I have not been able to put it down since it arrived. This book is well written and documents the struggles people faced during the Great Depression. I highly recommend this solution."
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    #9Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

    Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
    Band of Brothers tells the tale of the Easy Company, a rifle company in the US Army during World War II. From the moment their training began until Victory Day and beyond, the men of Easy Company suffered but always persevered.
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    Betty Davis
    Written on January 30, 2018
    "For lovers of history, very informative and accurate"
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    #10Theodore Rex

    Theodore Rex
    Theodore Rex is the second volume of Edmund Morris' biography of Theodore Roosevelt. It begins and ends with Roosevelt's time as two-term president of the US. This book is published in 2002 by Random House Trade Paperbacks.
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    Frank Banks
    Written on February 3, 2018
    "I learned a lot of facts about Theodore Roosevelt that I never knew. Very interesting read I highly recommend."
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    #11Truman

    Truman
    Truman by David McCullough is a biography of Harry S. Truman, who was the president of the United States during the historic events of World War II and the Cold War.
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    Amit Patel
    Written on February 4, 2018
    "A good read and an in-depth look at President Truman. I highly recommend this as there is some interesting information about Truman presented throughout."
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    #12The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

    The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
    The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt is the Pulitzer Prize-winning first volume of a three-part biography by Edmund Morris. It recounts Roosevelt's life before becoming the youngest president of the United States.
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    Aaron Taylor
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "This first volume of Morris’s Theodore Roosevelt biography was magisterial, and bodes well for the subsequent books in the series, in my opinion. You come away from the experience feeling as 5ough you were watching a film of the young man and polymath who would become president, and it is a thrill to faithfully relive history from this perspective. Did you know he was a prolific author? You will soon, and much more that is not commonly known about Theodore. I have already ordered the next book!"
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    #13Lies 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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    Kimberly Beck
    Written on February 6, 2018
    "This book doesn't fit the topic well. It almost goes against the topic."
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    #14Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

    Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

    James L. Swanson's Manhunt follows the events that occurred after Lincoln's assassination. It documents the 12 days of John Wilkes Booth's escape, pursuit, and capture.

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    Andrea Carr
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "I couldn't believe how good Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer was - despite it being historical. I was on the hunt for a new genre, and this didn't fail to deliver. Definitely a page turner!"
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    #151776

    1776
    Written by the well-known historian David McCullough, 1776 recounts the birth of America as a free and independent nation. It chronicles the American Revolution until the Declaration of Independence.
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    Jessica Turner
    Written on February 11, 2018
    "This is a good book to learn some history in a pleasant way. It's more story like than just reading a history book. Worth a read."
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    #16A 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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    Harry Wheeler
    Written on February 1, 2018
    "A People's History of the United States gives a look back at how we got to where we are as a country. I found the facts and insight very interesting."
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    #17His Excellency: George Washington

    His Excellency: George Washington

    Joseph J. Ellis' account of George Washington's life focuses on three aspects: Washington's service in the military, his generalship during the American revolution, and his time as the first president of the United States. 

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    Joseph Perry
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "I learned a lot from reading this biography. For example, the cherry tree thing was a lie. Also, Washington was a terrible general! We're only a country because, basically, luck. Still, it's good seeing there's always been amusing stories about our presidents."
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    #18Undaunted Courage

    Undaunted Courage

    Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier is a historical non-fiction book written by Stephen E. Ambrose. This was originally published in 2006.

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    #19Travels and Works of Captain John Smith

    Travels and Works of Captain John Smith
    Travels and Works of Captain John Smith is a non-fiction book edited by Edward Barber. It is a collection of Captain John Smith's writings during the establishment of a British colony of Jamestown in Virginia.
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    Marina Ávalos
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "My father was always a stickler for a good old Non-Fiction American history book. He would sit around and read them to us like they were the Chronicles of Narnia. One that I always remember is Travels and Works of Captain John Smith. That was the best one and will always be my favorite."
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    #20Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant

    Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant
    Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant: Undercover & Overwhelmed as a CIA Wife and Mother is written by Lillian McCloy and edited by Johanna McCloy. This book is published in 2016 by Bordertown Publishing.
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    Yuan Ma
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Interesting non fiction story about the CIA. I don't really read this genre but I picked it up at the bookstore as it looked intriguing. I was not wrong. The story line and characters were interesting and well written. I found it to be a good take on history of the CIA."
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    #21Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    In this book, popular historian Doris Kearns Goodwin explains what made Abraham Lincoln such a political genius: the 16th president of the United States, had the ability to put himself in the place of other men, something that allowed him to lead the United States through the Civil War. 

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    Jonathan Medina
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The description itself isn't very convincing; who is UNABLE to put them-self into another person's shoes? I do not believe this is a skill possessed by less than 100% of the human race. Therefore, I find it difficult to believe anyone who thinks this capacity is what allowed Lincoln to be such a political genius."
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    #22Great Chicago Fires: Historic Blazes That Shaped a City

    Great Chicago Fires: Historic Blazes That Shaped a City

    Great Chicago Fires: Historic Blazes That Shaped a City (Illinois) is a North American History Non-fiction book written by David Cowan . It was published July 26, 2001 by Lake Caremont.

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    Dylan Nichols
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book is different then what you would typically think of as American History, as it depicts Chicago's fires, as opposed to the history we were taught in school. It is more modern history, but takes a unique angle on how something like these fires, can help shape a big city in America. "
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    #23In Search of the Promised Land

    In Search of the Promised Land

    In Search of the Promised Land: A Slave Family in the Old South is a nonfiction history book written by John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger. This was originally published in 2005.

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    José Angel Ávalos
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I read this because i was more interested in learning about John Catron. The judge is very interesting. I thought the book was a great read thought i found another copy and donated it."
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    #24A Great and Noble Scheme

    A Great and Noble Scheme

    A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from Their American Homeland is a historical non-fiction written by John Mack Faragher. 

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    Ann Carr
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "A great and noble scheme is a great non-fiction by John Mack Faragher. He does a lot of research and makes the book full of facts without being boring. good read from front to back. "
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    #25A History of Chicago, Volume I

    A History of Chicago, Volume I
    A History of Chicago, Volume II: From Town to City 1848-1871 is an American History Literature Non-fiction book written by Bessie Louise Pierce. It was published September 1, 2007 by University of Chicago Press.
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    Aadhya Vyas
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This is very specific history so If I was looking for American History the history of one city might not be the best match. The solution also tells me it's Volume 1 but the actual link brings me to volume 2"
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    #26The Earl of Louisiana

    The Earl of Louisiana
    The Earl of Louisiana is a historical non-fiction biography book written by A. J. Liebling. This American historical novel is first published in 1970 by LSU Press. 
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    Joshua Boyd
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I learned so much from this book. I love history in general and this book is a great addition to my collection. It helps me to keep things in perspective when I read books like this."
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    #27City of the Century

    City of the Century

    City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America is an American History Architecture, Geography, Non-fiction book written by Donald L. Miller.

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    Evelyn Carter
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book has it all, history, reviews and American stories. It's nonfiction and is a good example of a book and for the topic."
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    #28The Founding of New Acadia

    The Founding of New Acadia

    The Founding of New Acadia: The Beginnings of Acadian Life in Louisiana, 1765–1803 is a historical non-fiction book written by  Carl A. Brasseaux. 

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    #29Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe

    Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe

    Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe is a non-fiction novel written by John Boswell that tells the story of the LGBT people who got married even before the legality of the ceremony in Europe.

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    Philip Jacobs
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I've been reading all the best non-fiction American history books at a fast and furious pace. Perhaps I need to slow down, however, because I bought this book even though "Europe" is right there in the title. Oops! Anyway, Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe, by John Boswell, is an excellent book that fits a lot of the criteria that I've been looking for, but my focus is currently on American history, which this book clearly does not cover."
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    #30The State Boys Rebellion

    The State Boys Rebellion

    The State Boys Rebellion is a non-fiction book written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael D'Antonio. It was first published in 2004 by Simon & Schuster under ISBN 074324513X.

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    Wayne Cook
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "One of the most traumatic reads I've ever seen. I know I have a soft spot for the old days, but books such as this one make it very clear that the old days weren't great for everyone. The book concerns the conditions in an institution, eugenics, and how a group of boys were able to win their freedom and survive horrible conditions. I think it's one of the most harrowing books I've ever read."
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    #31The Sugar Masters

    The Sugar Masters

    The Sugar Masters: Planters and Slaves in Louisiana's Cane World, 1820--1860 is an American historical non-fiction book written by  Richard J. Follett. 

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    Harry Cox
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "As a hobby, I study early American history in my spare time. I read the Sugar Masters, because I was interested more in the Southern plantation style of that era. I was not disappointed. It was extremely informative, and I believe, one of the better American history books I have read."
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    #32Last Call

    Last Call

    Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is a non-fiction historical novel written by Okrent, Daniel first published in 2010 by Scribner. This book contains the prohibition in drinking alcoholic beverages.

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    Adam Bishop
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "While this is historically accurate i was looking for a non-fiction book and not a novel."
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    #33The Valachi Papers

    The Valachi Papers

    The Valachi Papers is a non-fiction true crime book written by Peter Maas first published in 1968. This book contains the confessions of Joe Valachi about the mob in America. 

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    #34The Great American Bunion Derby

    The Great American Bunion Derby

    The Great American Bunion Derby is a non-fiction book written by Molly Levite Griffis. First published in 2003, it tells the story of the Andy Payne Memorial Marathon, a continental foot race that tests the endurance of the racers.

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    Joe Jacobs
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is somewhat interesting but there are many more out there that would be more important or relevant. It's a good book if you're interested in the topic."
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    #35Public Enemies

    Public Enemies

    Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI is a non-fiction historical book by Bryan Burrough first published in 2004 by Penguin Books. 

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    Bruce Bradley
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Public Enemies is a fascinating book about the era of american mob crime and the birth of the FBI. It's an amazingly well told, interesting story filled with drama and intrigue and I found I couldn't put it down once I started reading it."
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    #36The Great Chicago Fire

    The Great Chicago Fire
    The Great Chicago Fire is a North American History Non-fiction narrative book written by Robert Cromie. It was published March 1, 1979 by Dover Publications.
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    William Munoz
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Paperback: 87 pages Publisher: Dover Publications (March 1, 1979) Language: English ISBN-10: 0486237710 ISBN-13: 978-0486237718 Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces"
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    #37American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900

    American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900
    American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900 is a non-fiction book written by H.W. Brands, first published in 2010 by Doubleday. It details the history of the Gilded Age during the late 19th century.


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    #38The Strange Career of Jim Crow

    The Strange Career of Jim Crow

    The Strange Career of Jim Crow is a nonfiction book written by C. Vann Woodward which gives a clear analysis of the history of Jim Crow laws, and presents evidence that the segregation of two races in the 1890s had not been divided. 

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    Philip Walters
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a pretty well researched and objective take on the subject and a good read. I wouldn't quite put it in the best category, but it isn't too far off. It is sometimes difficult to find good reads with subjects like this, but this one hit the mark. "
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    #39The Children's Blizzard

    The Children's Blizzard

    The Children's Blizzard is a non-fiction history book written by David Laskin. This American history book is first published in 2004 by Harper Perennial. 

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    Mildred Reid
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Thousands of impoverished Northern European immigrants were promised that the prairie offered "land, freedom, and hope." The disastrous blizzard of 1888 revealed that their free homestead was not a paradise but a hard, unforgiving place governed by natural forces they neither understood nor controlled, and America’s heartland would never be the same."
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    #40The Great Chicago Fire And the Myth of Mrs. O'Leary's Cow

    The Great Chicago Fire And the Myth of Mrs. O'Leary's Cow

    The Great Chicago Fire And the Myth of Mrs. O'Leary's Cow is a North American History Non-fiction book written by Richard F. Bales. It was published April 18, 2005 by McFarland & Company, Inc.

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    #41The Divine Nine

    The Divine Nine
    The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities is a historical non-fiction book written by Lawrence C. Ross. It is first published in 2000. 
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    Kathy Lucas
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Divine Nine is definitely an interesting read. Something you could read if you are interested in schools and black culture. Otherwise you'd probably get more joy out of another non-fiction american history book. Something to take a look at if you're interested in this sub-genre specifically."
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    #42A Short History of Reconstruction

    A Short History of Reconstruction

    A Short History of Reconstruction is a nonfiction history book written by Eric Foner which is the conclusive study of the aftermath of the Civil War. This has won awards such as the Bancroft Prize, Avery O. Craven Prize and more. 

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    Mark Foster
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "As a big fan of history, I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting materials to get my hands on. The Reconstruction Era is one that is fraught with sadness in trying to repair to the Post-Civil War United States. I haven't read a lot of books on this era but I definitely have a greater interest after recently re-watching Ken Burns' The Civil War series. This books seems very good and would rank well among other history books. I don't know if it should be considered the 'best' but it's very good. "
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    #43Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency (The Killing Series)

    Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency (The Killing Series)
    Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency by Bill O'Reilly is a page-turning account of the career of President Ronald Reagan. Part of The Killing Series, it tells the vivid story of his rise to power, taking readers behind the scene.
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    Debra Dixon
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency (The Killing Series) is an interesting read for those of that era. It may not be entirely factual though and is only the first half of a two part book. I don't mind the gossipy parts as I love entertainment news."
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    #44A Short Course in the Secret War

    A Short Course in the Secret War

    A Short Course in the Secret War is a book written by Christopher Felix on his experiences as a political agent in Hungary. With over 300 pages, this nonfiction book is published in 2001 by Madison Books.

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    Alfredo del Ángel
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is a fun and interesting spy novel. It's a little more lofty and and intellectual than, say, James Bond novels, but it's a great read nonetheless. "
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    #45Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution

    Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution

    Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution is a non-fiction book written by Eric Foner which is a brilliant description of the political process of the reconstruction after the Civil War. 

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    Alan Obrien
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Loved it, I couldn't put it down and it was very thorough and well researched/laid out. If you're into American history then don't pass this one up."
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    #46The Great Fire

    The Great Fire
    The Great Fire is a North American Historical Non-Fiction book written by Jim Murphy. It was published August 18, 2010 by Scholastic Paperbacks.
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    Rosario Alonso
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book depicting the historical tale of the fire in Chicago would definitely be a possible solution for non-fiction American history books, but because it only covers one short event in the plethora of American history, it's not the best solution for this topic. "
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    #47Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880

    Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880

    Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880 is a non-fiction book written by W.E.B. Du Bois which is the introduction into the study of the role of Black Americans during the reconstruction after the Civil War. 

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    Edward Keller
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book is about the life of black Americans after the civil war. The book is well written and really gets into the details of what might not be one of America's proudest moments."
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    #48Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory

    Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory

    Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory is a non-fiction book written by David W. Blight which talks about the aftermath of the Civil War in the United States of America. 

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    Rachel Morrison
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The price is kinda high but i the book has a good story and a good cover. I have read many books from this author and i like the way he thinks. recommend this book."
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    #49Baby Face Nelson

    Baby Face Nelson
    Baby Face Nelson: Portrait of a Public Enemy is a non-fiction historical book written by Steven Nickel and William J. Helmer. It is first published in 2002 by Cumberland House Publishing. 
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    Grace Campbell
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "A slow and boring read. I thought this was an interesting character from history but the author managed to make him seem not that interesting. I was bored the entire time and had to force myself to finish it. "
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    #50What Was Ellis Island?

    What Was Ellis Island?

    What was Ellis Island? is a historical non-fiction book by Patricia Brennan Demuth and illustrated by David Groff. It was first published in 2014 by Penguin Workshop under ISBN 044847915 and focuses on the history of Ellis Island.

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    Judy Newman
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I love non-fiction and I also love history books. This one is about Ellis island and is based in America which is right up my alley. It's got a lot of great history to it!"
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    #51Capone

    Capone
    Capone: The Life and World of Al Capone is a non-fiction true crime book written by John Kobler. It is first published in 1971. This biography is about Al Capone's gangster's life. 
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    Eugene Gardner
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "If someone is looking for a non-fiction story about American history the story of Al Capone is a great one to read about. This book also has good reviews which means it should fit the bill for the topic."
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    #52Black Life in Old New Orleans

    Black Life in Old New Orleans

    Black Life in Old New Orleans is a non-fiction historical book written by Keith Medley. This book is about Africans in New Orleans and published in 2014 by Pelican Publishing Company.

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    Amy Burton
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "What can I say, Black Life in Old New Orleans is the best non-fiction American history book I've read in a long time. It really captures the essence of what it meant to be black in the confederate south and humanizes the struggle. It's shocking, hurtful, shameful, and stunningly beautiful. Everyone should read this book."
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    #53Brotherhood

    Brotherhood
    Brotherhood is a historical fiction novel written by A.B. Westrick which tells the story of a family caught in the social and political upheaval of the period of Reconstruction after the Civil War in the United States. 
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    Mark Perez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Brotherhood is a historical fiction novel that tells a tale of a family in the political and social unrest of the post Civil War period. A good read for history buffs!"
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    #54Gumbo Tales

    Gumbo Tales

    Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table a non-fiction memoir about New Orleans' cuisine written by Sara Roahen. It is published in 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company.

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    Nicholas Sanchez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is more like a history cookbook than a book on American History. Eating is part of American History but not really what most people would be searching for."
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    #55The Commanders

    The Commanders
    The Commanders is a nonfiction historical and political book written by Bob Woodward. It was published on January 1, 2002 by Simon Schuster. It follows the story of the war on terrorism in the 20th century.
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    Tammy Carter
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is a great book for all historical lovers out there. It is such a nice book and easy to read. The story line really pulls you in. I enjoyed reading it and learning some more about history. Great book!"
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    #56Spirits of New Orleans

    Spirits of New Orleans
    Spirits of New Orleans: Voodoo Curses, Vampire Legends and Cities of the Dead is a paranormal non-fiction book written by Kala Ambrose. It is published in 2012 by Clerisy Press. 
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    Pranav Chauhan
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Kala Ambrose has written herself a very good book here. I like the intentions she writes with directing her focus on the bittersweet sides of living in New Orleans. A lot of what I didn't was how she went into her experiences with some spiritual events she encountered in her youth. Music and art are a big part of this and that was the more intriguing work. Not my first and definitely not my last book from Miss Ambrose. "
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    #57Go Down Together

    Go Down Together

    Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde is a non-fiction mystery book written by Jeff Guinn first published in 2008. This biography book is about Bonnie and Clyde. 

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    Jennifer Wheeler
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The long ago era of cops and robbers are completely captured in this book. I learned many facts about Bonnie & Clyde that I had not previously known including what events lead to their deaths. It was a fascinating read."
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    #58The Accidental City

    The Accidental City

    The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans is a historical non-fiction book written by Lawrence N. Powell. It is first published in 2012 by Harvard University Press.

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    Gloria Brown
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I have been interested in the history of New Orleans after a fairly recent business trip there. I have seen this book recommended numerous times, so I thought I would give it a try. I am glad that I did. This book was packed with a ton of information that I did not know. It has really given me a new appreciation for a city that I already loved."
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    #59An Hour Before Daylight

    An Hour Before Daylight

    An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood is a non-fiction historical biography written by Jimmy Carter. This political book is first published in 2000. 

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    Karen Hopkins
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is a fascinating look at a depression-era childhood in Georgia through the eyes of Jimmy Carter. This is where history comes alive - not through memorizing dates, but through personal accounts by people who lived it."
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    #60Killing England

    Killing England

    Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence by Bill O'Reilly recounts the Revolutionary War as never told before. A breathtaking installment of The Killing Series, it transports readers to the most important era of U.S. history.

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    Benny Xia
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "Due to the popularity of the show, Hamilton likely rates about the most popular along with John Adams and other founding father books. Others include books on JFK, Vietnam etc. This book is highly rated on reviews as an addition to those hot topics. It gives history in a narratively entertaining manner outlining the struggle for independence. "
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    #61Dead Centre

    Dead Centre
    Dead Centre: Not All Suicide Bombers Are Religious! is a non-fiction war book written by Owen Jones. It is first published in 2014 by Megan Publishing Services.  
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    Aaron Bowman
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Intriguing story behind today's headlines. Investigation of reasons for suicide bombers."
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    #62Echoes from the Hills of Idaho

    Echoes from the Hills of Idaho
    Echoes from the Hills of Idaho is an autobiography book written by Ruth Butler. It was published on March 28, 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. The book describes the memories of Ruth.
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    George Soto
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "It's hard to know how difficult life was not that many years ago. This is the story of the life, trials and tribulations of the time and people from that era in Idaho. The autobiography is very well written and I could put myself in the character's place and feeling her struggles."
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    #63Don't Call Us Molls

    Don't Call Us Molls

    Don't Call Us Molls: Women of the John Dillinger Gang is non-fiction book written by Ellen Poulsen first published in 2002 by Clinton Cook Publishing Corp. 

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    Guo Ding
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "An interesting look into women of the early 1900's. Centered around the women who ran during prohibition and hung around with the John Dillinger Gang. I'd never thought of this group but the book was a fascination portrayal of what life was like back then. "
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    #64The Robber Barons

    The Robber Barons

    The Robber Barons is a non-fiction history book written by Matthew Josephson, first published in 1940. It explores the lives of American capitalists of the late 19th century like Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt, and Carnegie.

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    Larry Henry
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Good read and very educational. I learned a lot reading it and learned about the people featured in it. Good book for people who wanted to know more stuff like this."
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    #65Crips

    Crips

    Crips: The Story of the LA Street Gang from 1971-1985 is a non-fiction biography historical book written by Donald Bakeer. It is first published in 1992.  

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    Ann May
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "If you are looking for a non-fiction American history book, I wouldn't say that Crips really fits this description. While it does give the history of an LA street gang from 1971-1985, it won't give you a very good idea of all of American history. It only captures a small aspect of one gang."
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    #66The Secret War for the Union

    The Secret War for the Union
    The Secret War for the Union: The Untold Story of Military Intelligence in the Civil War is a military historical documentary written by Edwin C. Fishel. This book is published in 1998 by Mariner Books.
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    Albert Fox
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Interesting book, and pretty much what I was looking for, but the author seemed a bit biased. Their tone was also a bit condescending for me. Regardless, I enjoyed the book for what it was."
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    #67Merchants of Doubt

    Merchants of Doubt
    Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming is a scientific political non-fiction written by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway.
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    Victoria Carlson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is a very interesting book about how scientists have lied to benefit corporations, and how easily the general public has believed their lies. It is a very gripping, very necessary story that people need to read."
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    #68Little Man

    Little Man

    Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life is a mystery non-fiction book written by Robert Lacey first published in 1991 by Little, Brown & Co. This book is about Meyer Lansky's gangster life. 

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    Carol Guerrero
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "If you are a mob fan, this is the book for you. It gives a good impression of the life of a mob man at that time in America's life. "
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    #69Motel of the Mysteries

    Motel of the Mysteries
    Motel of the Mysteries is about archeologist Howard Carson and his discovery about the remains in year 4022 of the futuristic USA. It is written by David Macaulay with a humorous element while looking for answers. 
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    Kyle Barrett
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Motel of the Mysteries a book on amazon. Some people may like this book."
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    #70Tracking the Axis Enemy

    Tracking the Axis Enemy

    Tracking the Axis Enemy: The Triumph of Anglo-American Naval Intelligence is written by Alan Harris Bath. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 1998 by University Press of Kansas.

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    Gary Holland
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book is incredibly dull. The title may make is seem like the story is about tracking and destroying German submarines during WWII but it is actually an over detailed account of government bureaucracy. You will gain knowledge about how the Allies managed to share intelligence even though they did not entirely trust each other while being bored to death in the process."
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