10 ENGAGING BOOKS TO CATCH YOU UP ON AMERICAN HISTORY [SHOWING SLIDE 2 OF 10]

There’s no shame in admitting that you might have slept through a few days of American history class in high school. Most history textbooks are so dry the only interesting thing that could emerge from them would be a sudden self-combustion in the middle of class. Thank goodness, then, for writers who thoroughly immerse themselves in the past and vibrantly animate it for modern readers. The books in today’s list bring the past vividly to life and give us a second chance to recall what we couldn’t wait to forget all those years ago in high school.

Kirkus Star
by Nancy Isenberg

"Readers of Thomas Fleming's Duel (1999) and Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton (2004) might profitably turn to this splendid biography for a necessary and overdue corrective."
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