What are the best non-fiction books for AP classes?

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    #1Bury 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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    #2The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a non-fiction book by Rebecca Skloot. It tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were unknowingly taken from her and used in medical research. These cells have outlived her for 60 years.
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    Stephen Elliott
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a good AP non-fiction book. Skloot's book is informative and very interesting. The real life story of Lacks is portrayed well here by Skloot."
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    #3Fast Food Nation:The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

    Fast Food Nation:The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
    Published in 2001, Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser shows how the fast food industry has changed and altered America and its landscape in a level never seen before, like the widening of the gap between the rich and the poor and the obesity epidemic.

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    #4The Guns of August

    The Guns of August
    The Guns of August is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by renowned historian Barbara Tuchman. It recounts the first month of World War I: the thirty days of August 1914.
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    Pamela Ward
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "World War I: thirty days in the summer of 1914 that determined the course of the conflict, the century, and ultimately our present world. A piece of military history which proves up to the hilt the force of Winston Churchill."
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    #5Outliers: The Story of Success

    Outliers: The Story of Success

    Outliers: The Story of Success is a book by Malcolm Gladwell examining what makes the remarkably successful people different from normal ones, from their families, their cultures, and their generations. 

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    Shirley Jordan
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Another great book on current culture. Gladwell is great at exploring how world currently works"
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    #6A Short History of Nearly Everything

    A Short History of Nearly Everything
    A Short History of Nearly Everything is a popular science book chronicling events from the nothingness before the Big Bang to the present. Complicated concepts are explained in uncomplicated terms, making it suitable for all ages.
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    Tyler Howard
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book attempts to provide a quick but complete history of our great planet. This is not a novel but instead should be read in sections since there is a lot of information to digest. It could be a bit too much for the casual reader but it is worth the effort to read the entire book. "
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    #7American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

    American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

    Years after his retirement from the public eye, and even with his political career over, Thomas Jefferson was still a very popular man, and his house was a very important tourist destination even when he was still alive. This book, tries to explain his character, and what allowed him to become one of the most popular presidents of all time. 

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    Ángel Ochoa
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This seems to be a great book for history class"
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    #8Founding 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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    Ben Cheng
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I had to select a book to do a report on in my AP American History class. I chose Founding Brothers because I thought it would be interesting to read about all of the founders of our country. I truly enjoyed the book (and scored a good grade on the report). I highly recommend it!"
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    #91491: 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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    Han Wan
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book includes a ton of good information we don't learn in school about North American and South American history. I feel a lot more informed since reading it. It's a great choice to read for an AP class or for anyone who wants real knowledge about half of the world."
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    #10Mayflower: 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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