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18 Best American History Books of All Time


Our goal: Build the most true list of best American History books.

Our process:
1. Search for "best American History books" and study the top 5 articles.
2. Add only the top books (mentioned 2+ times).
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This process takes 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. 3

    1776

    David McCullough

    Appears in 3 articles
  4. 6
    Appears in 2 articles
  5. 7

    Battle Cry of Freedom

    James M. McPherson

    Appears in 2 articles
  6. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    8
    Appears in 2 articles
  7. 10
    Appears in 2 articles
  8. 13
    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 14
    Appears in 2 articles
  10. 16
    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 17
    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 18

    Washington's Crossing

    David Hackett Fischer

    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this 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 books are in this list?

    There are 18 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this list?

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

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