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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 2023)

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  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 4


    David McCullough

  4. 6
  5. 7

    The Bully Pulpit

    Doris Kearns Goodwin

  6. 8
  7. 9

    No Ordinary Time

    Doris Kearns Goodwin

  8. 10
  9. 11

    Battle Cry of Freedom

    James M. McPherson

  10. 15
  11. 16

    Washington's Crossing

    David Hackett Fischer

  12. 18


  • 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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