My Booklist

  • THIS IS A SHORT LIST OF RECOMMENDED READING FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SOME OF THE PEOPLE AND/OR EVENTS THAT WE HAVE DISCUSSED IN CLASS OR WILL BE DISCUSSING IN FUTURE CLASSES.

    **NOTE THAT THE READING LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY IS CITED FOR YOU.  I HAVE TRIED TO INCLUDE ONLY THOSE BOOKS THAT "TELL A GOOD STORY".

Biographies

  • Alexander the Great

    Alexander the Great

    by Paul Cartledge Year Published: Average
    Well-written biography of this extraordinary Macedonian and his relationahsip with his ambitious father and bizarre mother.
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  • An Imperfect God

    by Henry Wiencek Year Published: Average
    Great book describing Washington's sometimes conflicted views on slavery and being a slave owner.
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  • His Excellency: George Washington

    by Joseph Ellis Year Published: Average
    Wonderful read on Washington's life from his youth to his death.
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  • John Adams

    John Adams

    by David McCullough Year Published: Average
    Good, but long biography of Adams life and times.
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  • Teacher

    Teacher

    by Mark Edmundson Year Published: Easy Reading
    Great inspirational read for would-be high school teachers. Autobiographical tale of a student's life- changing educational experience caused by a special teacher.
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  • Team of Rivals

    Team of Rivals

    by Doris Kearns Goodwin Year Published: Challenging
    Very detailed description of Lincoln's political rivals and how they rose to power along with him to become his advisors.
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  • The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers

    The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers

    by Thomas Fleming Year Published: Average
    Details the relationships between six of the founders of the United States and the important women in their lives including the influence that these ladies (mothers, wives, lovers) had on their political careers.
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  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

    The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

    by Edmund Morris Year Published: Average
    Biography of Roosevelt's youth and political rise to power. Ends before he becomes president.
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  • Theodore Rex

    Theodore Rex

    by Edmund Morris Year Published: Average
    Great Biographical account of Roosevelt's days in office.
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  • Truman

    Truman

    by David McCullough Year Published: Average
    Good but long biography of Truman's life.
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Reference

  • Lies My Teacher Told Me

    Lies My Teacher Told Me

    by James Loewen Year Published: Easy Reading
    Enlightening book on the "not so well known" events in history and surprising revelations about some famous historic figures.
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Events

  • 1776

    1776

    by David McCullough Year Published: Easy Reading
    Intimate look at how this crucial year shaped the rest of the battle for independence. Illustrates how close the colonial army was to utter defeat and how Washington was both admired and criticized as its commander.
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  • All the Shah's Men

    All the Shah's Men

    by Stephen Kinzer Year Published: Average
    Great account of Operation AJAX, infamous U.S. covert operation in Iran whose effects we are still experiencing (blowback!).
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  • Ordinary Men

    by Christopher R. Browning Year Published: Average
    "How a unit of average, middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews."
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Eras

  • American Creation

    American Creation

    by Joseph Ellis Year Published: Average
    Another well written accounting of the movers and shakers during the earliest period of our nation and how they shaped the basis of our government. Their inability to enforce a fair and effective policy on Native American issues as well as their political expediency on the issue of slavery are also featured.
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  • Boom!

    Boom!

    by Tom Brokaw Year Published: Easy Reading
    Good reflection on the 1960's era. Brokaw examines the period through the lens of people he knows both famous and infamous.
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  • Coal, A Human History

    Coal, A Human History

    by Barbara Freese Year Published: Easy Reading
    Very interesting, easy read on the role of coal during the rise of the industrialized west.
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  • Founding Brothers

    Founding Brothers

    by Joseph Ellis Year Published: Easy Reading
    Easy, quick, interesting read about the interactions and personalities of the men that created our nation.
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  • How the Irish Saved Civilization

    How the Irish Saved Civilization

    by Thomas Cahill Year Published: Average
    Good report of how the Irish monks of the "Dark Ages" translated and recopied the writings of the great Roman & Greek classics as well as the frail religious texts of the ancient past to preserve them forever.
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  • How the Other Half Lives

    How the Other Half Lives

    by Jacob A. Riis Year Published: Easy Reading
    The classic investigative progressive era report by one of its most famous chroniclers. Filled with photographs and first hand observations and musings by a man who wanted to show the world life as he knew it. Jacob Riis' pivotal photo-journalistic piece during a time of massive immigration that challenged the way America saw itself.
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  • Last Call, The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

    by Daniel Okrent Year Published: Challenging
    Examines the growing call for prohibition of alcohol in the U.S. including the strident and sometimes violent proponents like Carrie Nation. It also features opponents like the big brewers Adolphus Busch. It is an in depth look at societal changes during the period and discusses the role of organized crime during the 13 year "dry" spell.
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  • The Bully Pulpit

    by Doris Kearns Goodwin Year Published: Challenging
    Shows the influence of the leading progressive journalists of the early 20th century on Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. It begins early in their political careers and extends into their presidencies. It also describes the development of the relationship between these two powerfully progressive leaders.
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  • The Greater Journey

    by David McCullough Year Published: Challenging
    Describes the influence of Paris on American artists, medical students, writers, and politicians between 1830 and 1900. It details the revelations experienced by these future leaders in their fields in an atmosphere ripe for discovery and experimentation.
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Classics

  • The Iliad

    The Iliad

    by Homer/Lattimore Year Published: Challenging
    A great translation of this epic tale of Achilles' anger and Greek warfare.
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