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18 Best American History Books of All Time

(Updated 2021) Our goal was to create the best list of American History books on the internet.
To remain objective and unbiased, we looked at the 5 most popular“best American History books" articles online (we chose 5 because anything more than that diluted our quality).

Our rationale was simple: If a book only appears in one article, it’s probably just the journalist’s opinion, but if it appears in two or more, it’s probably worth checking out!
Below you’ll find which books made the cut 😊

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  1. 1
    Appears in 4 articles
  2. 2

    1491

    Charles C. Mann

    Appears in 4 articles
  3. 3

    1776

    David McCullough

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

    Washington's Crossing

    David Hackett Fischer

    Appears in 2 articles
  8. 8
    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 9

    These Truths

    Jill Lepore

    Appears in 2 articles
  10. 10
    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 11
    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 12

    The Bully Pulpit

    Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Appears in 2 articles
  13. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    13

    Team of Rivals

    Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Appears in 2 articles
  14. 14
    Appears in 2 articles
  15. 15

    No Ordinary Time

    Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Appears in 2 articles
  16. 16

    Founding Brothers

    Joseph J. Ellis

    Appears in 2 articles
  17. 17

    Battle Cry of Freedom

    James M. McPherson

    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 18

    An Army at Dawn

    Rick Atkinson

    Appears in 2 articles

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