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18 Best American History Books of All Time


Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best American History books (instead of one person's opinion).

Our process:
1. Search for "best american history books" and study the top 5 articles.
2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1
    Appears in 4 articles
  2. 2
    Appears in 4 articles
  3. 4

    1776

    David McCullough

    Appears in 3 articles
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    5
    Appears in 2 articles
  5. 6
    Appears in 2 articles
  6. 8
    Appears in 2 articles
  7. 9
    Appears in 2 articles
  8. 10
    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 11

    Battle Cry of Freedom

    James M. McPherson

    Appears in 2 articles
  10. 15
    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 16

    Washington's Crossing

    David Hackett Fischer

    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 18
    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this American History books list created?

    We searched for "best American History books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many American History books are in this list?

    There are 18 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this American History books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of American History books on the internet.

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