Updated February 28, 2019 by Quincy Miller

The 10 Best U.S. History Books

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History of America in 101 Objects
David McCullough's 1776
A People's History

This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in September of 2015. Not just for students, academics, or antiquity buffs, our selection of the top 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 recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best u.s. history book on Amazon.

10. History of America in 101 Objects

9. Lies My Teacher Told Me

8. American Colonies

7. George Washington's Secret Six

6. Blood at the Root

5. Children’s Encyclopedia of American History

4. Battle Cry of Freedom

3. Rocket Men

2. A People's History

1. David McCullough's 1776

Editor's Notes

February 28, 2019:

In light of the present political climate, we felt there was a need for a book examining the often-frosty relationship between the United States and Russia. However, that's far from the only reason we included Rocket Men, as it's incredibly engrossing, not to mention a celebration of cooperation and scientific achievement. Still, David McCullough's 1776 was able to hold onto the top spot, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better nonfiction title on any subject.


Quincy Miller
Last updated on February 28, 2019 by Quincy Miller

After getting his bachelor’s from the University of Texas, Quincy Miller moved out to Los Angeles, where he soon found work as a copywriter and researcher, specializing in health and wellness topics for a major online media brand. Quincy is also knowledgeable about home improvement, as he’s had extensive experience with everything from insulation to power tools to emergency room trips, sometimes in that order. Sharing a home with three dogs and a couple of cats has forced Quincy to learn as much as he can about pet supplies, animal nutrition and, most importantly, the best ways to tackle the mountains of fur that accumulate in every corner of your home.


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