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Best Books of 2013 About American History

  • NONFICTION

    FINDING FLORIDA

    MARCH 5, 2013

HISTORY

FINDING FLORIDA

by T.D. Allman

A splendid rendering of the messy human story of our fourth-most populous state. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    OUR LIVES, OUR FORTUNES, AND OUR SACRED HONOR

    MAY 7, 2013

  • NONFICTION

    YEAR ZERO

    SEPT. 30, 2013

HISTORY

YEAR ZERO

by Ian Buruma

An authoritative, illuminating history/memoir. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    JFK'S LAST HUNDRED DAYS

    AUG. 6, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

JFK'S LAST HUNDRED DAYS

by Thurston Clarke

This detailed, mostly worshipful account will not convince everyone, but few will put it down. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE RED MAN'S BONES

    JULY 22, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE RED MAN'S BONES

by Benita Eisler

Eisler’s fine, thorough work begs for a fresh reappraisal of this pioneering artist. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    REVOLUTIONARY SUMMER

    JUNE 4, 2013

HISTORY

REVOLUTIONARY SUMMER

by Joseph J. Ellis

Kevin Phillips’ 2012 tour de force, 1775, delivered a massive argument for that year as the key to American independence. A... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE BULLY PULPIT

    NOV. 5, 2013

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE BULLY PULPIT

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

It’s no small achievement to have something new to say on Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency, but Goodwin succeeds admirably. A... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    GETTYSBURG

    MAY 15, 2013

HISTORY

GETTYSBURG

by Allen C. Guelzo

Robust, memorable reading that will appeal to Civil War buffs, professional historians and general readers alike. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE GREAT DISSENT

    AUG. 20, 2013

HISTORY

THE GREAT DISSENT

by Thomas Healy

An exceptional account of the development of the Constitution’s most basic right and an illuminating story of remarkable... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    FEAR ITSELF

    MARCH 1, 2013

HISTORY

FEAR ITSELF

by Ira Katznelson

Some will quarrel with aspects of Katznelson’s analysis, few with his widely allusive, elegant prose. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    DALLAS 1963

    OCT. 8, 2013

HISTORY

DALLAS 1963

by Bill Minutaglio ; Stephen L. Davis

Despite the calendar slog, the authors make a compelling, tacit parallel to today’s running threats by extremist groups. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THOSE ANGRY DAYS

    MARCH 26, 2013

  • NONFICTION

    BUNKER HILL

    APRIL 30, 2013

HISTORY

BUNKER HILL

by Nathaniel Philbrick

A rewarding approach to a well-worn subject, rich in anecdotes, opinion, bloodshed and Byzantine political maneuvering. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE VILLAGE

    APRIL 9, 2013

HISTORY

THE VILLAGE

by John Strausbaugh

Fine social history humanized with a sort of paradise-lost wistfulness. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE INTERNAL ENEMY

    SEPT. 9, 2013

HISTORY

THE INTERNAL ENEMY

by Alan Taylor

Full of implication, an expertly woven narrative that forces a new look at “the peculiar institution” in a particular time... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    ECSTATIC NATION

    AUG. 6, 2013

HISTORY

ECSTATIC NATION

by Brenda Wineapple

History on the grand scale, orchestrated by a virtuoso. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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