The 10 Best U.S. History Books

Updated June 27, 2017 by Melissa Harr

The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects
Children’s Encyclopedia of American History
American Colonies
We spent 28 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Not just for students or history buffs, our selection of U.S. history books contains everything from concise to funny to controversial material that all kinds of readers will enjoy. Use them to gain insight into how the country got to where it is today, to study for an exam, or simply to ensure you're never at a loss for words at an intellectual dinner party. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best u.s. history book on Amazon.

10. U.S. History For Dummies

9. Children’s Encyclopedia of American History

8. Blood at the Root

7. A People's History of the United States

6. American Colonies

5. George Washington's Secret Six

4. The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

3. Lies My Teacher Told Me

2. Battle Cry of Freedom

1. David McCullough's 1776


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Last updated on June 27, 2017 by Melissa Harr

Melissa is a writer, editor, and EFL educator from the U.S. She's worked in the field since earning her B.A. in 2012, during which time she's judged fiction contests, taught English in Asia, and authored e-courses about arts and crafts. In her free time, she likes to make stuff out of sticks and string.


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