Die besten 100 Bücher zu US History

US History is a fascinating and complex subject that sheds light on the events, ideas, and people that have shaped the nation. Gaining a deeper understanding of America's past can provide valuable context for our present and future. Our selected list of books is here to help you explore this rich history.

These books cover a wide range of topics and perspectives, offering insights into the diverse narratives that make up the American story. So, don't hesitate and immerse yourself in these captivating reads today!
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US History Bücher: The Trial of Henry Kissinger von Christopher Hitchens

The Trial of Henry Kissinger

Christopher Hitchens
4.4 (103 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Trial of Henry Kissinger?

In The Trial of Henry Kissinger, Hitchens shows a side of Henry Kissinger few would have imagined possible. He delves into the dark side of American foreign policy and shows first-hand examples of Kissinger’s criminal activities in Vietnam, Bangladesh and East Timor, and of his human rights violations and war crimes.

Wer The Trial of Henry Kissinger lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in the dark side of US foreign policy
  • Anyone interested in human rights
  • Anyone interested in the twentieth-century and Cold War history

US History Bücher: One Summer von Bill Bryson

One Summer

Bill Bryson
America, 1927
4.1 (20 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in One Summer?

One Summer (2013) tells the story of the summer of 1927, a particularly pivotal three months in American history. The summer of 1927 marked the emergence of the United States as a major power on the international scene and set the stage for the Great Depression of the ‘30s. One Summer takes a closer look at a number of 1927’s important events, such as Charles Lindbergh’s famous flight across the Atlantic Ocean, Babe Ruth’s recording-breaking 60 home runs in a season and the execution of Italian anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti.   

Wer One Summer lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in baseball, anarchism or the Great Depression
  • Anyone curious about the roots of American hegemony
  • Anyone interested in the dark reality behind the glitz of the roaring ‘20s

US History Bücher: Unfair von Adam Benforado


Adam Benforado
The New Science of Criminal Justice
4.2 (13 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Unfair?

Unfair (2015) outlines the major flaws inherent to the United States’ justice system. In addition to the unreliability of eyewitness testimony or the arbitrary nature of many judges’ decisions, every actor in the entire justice system – cops, lawyers, jurors and judges alike – is fundamentally, yet unconsciously, biased. Ultimately, the author argues that addressing these blind biases is the key to reforming our justice system.

Wer Unfair lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in law, ethics and society
  • Lawyers and law students curious about the foundations of the US justice system
  • Anyone with aspirations to change the world for the better

US History Bücher: Common Sense von Thomas Paine

Common Sense

Thomas Paine
3.7 (237 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Common Sense?

When it was originally published, Common Sense (1776) came in the form of a pamphlet, which George Washington read to his troops during the American Revolutionary War. These blinks are a window into the political mind of one of America’s founding fathers, and will explain the logic that led to the American revolution, as well as to the establishment of an entirely new government.

Wer Common Sense lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in the origins of America’s political identity and constitution
  • Politically engaged people who want to better understand the roots of American foreign policy

US History Bücher: Bourbon Empire von Reid Mitenbuler

Bourbon Empire

Reid Mitenbuler
The Past and Future of America's Whiskey
4.5 (24 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Bourbon Empire?

Bourbon Empire (2015) takes you on an exciting journey through time, revealing the complex history of America’s famous corn-based whiskey. Learn how this tipple survived the dry period of Prohibition, numerous corruption scandals and competition from overseas spirits while making its mark in politics and society.

Wer Bourbon Empire lesen sollte

  • People interested in what makes a “true” bourbon
  • Students curious about the role whiskey played in American history
  • Bartenders, mixologists or anyone exploring the popularity of bourbon

US History Bücher: Two Nations Indivisible von Shannon K. O’Neil

Two Nations Indivisible

Shannon K. O’Neil
Mexico, the United States and the Road Ahead
4.1 (20 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Two Nations Indivisible?

Two Nations Indivisible (2013) tells the story of the United States’ relationship with its neighbor to the south: Mexico. These blinks explain the profound connections between the two countries as well as the misunderstandings that keep them apart, with an emphasis on political and economic relations.

Wer Two Nations Indivisible lesen sollte

  • Policy makers who want to understand more about the US-Mexico relationship
  • Educators and students interested in world politics
  • Americans and Mexicans hoping to understand each other better

US History Bücher: Back Channel to Cuba von William M. LeoGrande & Peter Kornbluh

Back Channel to Cuba

William M. LeoGrande & Peter Kornbluh
The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Havana
4.7 (27 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Back Channel to Cuba?

With unprecedented access to declassified documents, Back Channel to Cuba (2014) reveals the long and bumpy road of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. Find out how 50 years of unsuccessful foreign policy have kept Cuba and the United States at odds despite the efforts of secret, back-channel negotiations that have been taking place since the Eisenhower administration.

Wer Back Channel to Cuba lesen sollte

  • History buffs interested in one of the longest US conflicts
  • Politicos wanting a behind-the-scenes look at foreign policy
  • Aspiring diplomats in search of the dos and don’ts of diplomacy

US History Bücher: America’s Bank von Roger Lowenstein

America’s Bank

Roger Lowenstein
The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve Act
4.2 (29 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in America’s Bank?

In America’s Bank (2015), you’ll discover the gripping story of the US Federal Reserve, or “Fed.” These blinks trace the history behind the development and unification of the American banking system and show the complex web of interests and players that continue to shape the system today.

Wer America’s Bank lesen sollte

  • Students interested in economics or politics
  • People interested in American history

US History Bücher: From Silk to Silicon von Jeffrey E. Garten

From Silk to Silicon

Jeffrey E. Garten
The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives
4.0 (56 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in From Silk to Silicon?

From Silk to Silicon (2016) tells the stories of several key figures who influenced the globalization of the world economy, from Andrew Grove to Genghis Khan. These blinks take you through centuries of history to meet the major players who shaped the development of human societies, employing everything from unbridled free trade to iron-fisted authoritarian rule.

Wer From Silk to Silicon lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Students of political science or economics
  • People looking for the inspiration they need to change the world

US History Bücher: The Looming Tower von Lawrence Wright

The Looming Tower

Lawrence Wright
Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
4.1 (43 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Looming Tower?

The Looming Tower (2006) is all about al-Qaeda, its formation, and the personalities behind it. These blinks detail the route taken to power by al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and the run-up to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack that devastated the United States.

Wer The Looming Tower lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in the global effects of national policies
  • Political science junkies
  • History enthusiasts

US History Bücher: Killing Lincoln von Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Killing Lincoln

Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
4.3 (75 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Killing Lincoln?

Killing Lincoln (2011) tells the story behind the assassination of president Abraham Lincoln, which took place in 1865, shortly after the Confederate army had surrendered, effectively putting an end to the US Civil War. Learn all about the conspirators who plotted the killing, what their motives were and the details surrounding the fateful night at Ford’s Theater.

Wer Killing Lincoln lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Readers curious about Lincoln’s assassination
  • Civil War fanatics

US History Bücher: The WikiLeaks Files von Julian Assange (introduction)

The WikiLeaks Files

Julian Assange (introduction)
The World According to US Empire
4.5 (28 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The WikiLeaks Files?

The WikiLeaks Files (2015) provides fascinating and digestible insights from WikiLeaks, the organization that came to worldwide prominence with the release of 251,287 US State Department cables in 2010. These blinks paint a bleak picture of an American empire and its machinations.

Wer The WikiLeaks Files lesen sollte

  • Global citizens concerned with world affairs
  • Students of political science or international relations
  • Diplomats and others working in civil service

US History Bücher: Sea Power von James Stavridis

Sea Power

James Stavridis
The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans
4.1 (46 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Sea Power?

Sea Power (2017) provides an enlightening look at the role Earth’s oceans have played over the course of human history. From early voyagers who sailed into the vast unknown, to the tens of thousands of commercial ships now traversing the globe on a daily basis, our oceans have always been a powerful force that we’ve longed to tame and control. While we’ve come a long way, we still find ourselves faced with immense challenges that we’ll only overcome by working together.

Wer Sea Power lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • News junkies worried about the future
  • Readers interested in politics and global affairs

US History Bücher: Barbarians at the Gate von Bryan Burrough, John Helyar

Barbarians at the Gate

Bryan Burrough, John Helyar
The Fall of RJR Nabisco
4.1 (45 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Barbarians at the Gate?

Barbarians at the Gate (1989) tells the story of one of the largest corporate deals in US history, the leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco. These blinks provide a gripping portrait of the extreme and extravagant behavior in corporate America during the 1980s.

Wer Barbarians at the Gate lesen sollte

  • Anyone working in finance or business who wants to learn about a legendary deal
  • Citizens appalled by the excesses of corporate America
  • Anyone enthralled by hostile takeovers and cutthroat dealings

US History Bücher: A People’s History of the United States von Howard Zinn

A People’s History of the United States

Howard Zinn
4.0 (232 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in A People’s History of the United States?

A People’s History of the United States (2015, first edition 1980) walks you through the United States’ past from the perspective of the marginalized, the disenfranchised and the oppressed. These blinks describe a history of uprisings, protests and activism in the face of a government built for the rich.

Wer A People’s History of the United States lesen sollte

  • Activists and advocates of social change
  • Students of political science and US history
  • Readers looking for a fresh perspective on the US government

US History Bücher: Killing the Rising Sun von Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Killing the Rising Sun

Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
How America Vanquished World War II Japan
4.3 (75 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Killing the Rising Sun?

Killing the Rising Sun (2016) tells the story of the Pacific War, which took place between 1941 and 1945, and its main belligerents, the United States and Japan. From the attack on Pearl Harbor to bloody invasions of Japan to the development of the world’s first atomic bomb, the book portrays the brutality of World War II from a US perspective, and describes how the war was eventually won.

Wer Killing the Rising Sun lesen sollte

  • Fans of world history and politics
  • Military enthusiasts
  • Anyone obsessed with or fascinated by the story of World War II

US History Bücher: Hue 1968 von Mark Bowden

Hue 1968

Mark Bowden
A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
4.4 (52 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Hue 1968?

The Vietnam War is remembered as one of the longest and bloodiest conflicts of the twentieth century. At the end of 1967, the US government was assuring the public the war was almost won; by February 1968, that was no longer the case. In Hue 1968 (2017) Mark Bowden examines the battle in the city of Hue which changed the way the American public viewed the war.

Wer Hue 1968 lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in modern American history
  • Students of politics or international relations
  • Soldiers and veterans

US History Bücher: The Soul of America von Jon Meacham

The Soul of America

Jon Meacham
The Battle for Our Better Angels
4.1 (65 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Soul of America?

The Soul of America (2018) takes readers on an enlightening tour of America’s tumultuous past. From the final moments of the Civil War to the long overdue civil rights and voting legislation of the 1960s, the book reveals the United States for what it has always been: a nation of deep and lasting conflict. By looking to America’s past, we can see both where today’s political divides stem from and why the nation will likely be able to persevere.

Wer The Soul of America lesen sollte

  • Readers eager for perspective on current events
  • Students of history and politics
  • Fans of historical insight

US History Bücher: The First Conspiracy von Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch

The First Conspiracy

Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch
The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington
4.3 (78 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The First Conspiracy?

The First Conspiracy (2019) explores the shocking 1776 plot to kidnap, and possibly assassinate, George Washington. Washington was not yet president of the United States, but general of the colonies’ army. Using fascinating anecdotes and insights from this period of history, these blinks examine the suspicions, uncertainty and betrayals in the period leading up to the Revolutionary War.

Wer The First Conspiracy lesen sollte

  • History buffs looking for fresh insights into America’s revolutionary era
  • True crime enthusiasts
  • Anyone interested in George Washington’s life and times

US History Bücher: The Doomsday Machine von Daniel Ellsberg

The Doomsday Machine

Daniel Ellsberg
Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner
4.5 (40 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Doomsday Machine?

The Doomsday Machine (2017) follows famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg on his journey from learning about nuclear bombs in school to rewriting the national security policy for the United States of America. It explores the use of nuclear systems throughout history and how close we came to ending the human race.

Wer The Doomsday Machine lesen sollte

  • Modern history buffs with a particular interest in wars
  • International relations students
  • People interested in US nuclear strategy

US History Bücher: Presidents of War von Michael Beschloss

Presidents of War

Michael Beschloss
The epic story, from 1807 to modern times
4.4 (72 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Presidents of War?

Presidents of War (2018) is a panoramic study of eight US presidents and the conflicts into which they led their country. Detailing each POTUS’ motivations for war, their decisions once hostilities began, and the mood of the press and public at home, these absorbing portraits of wartime leaders look at American history on the grandest of scales – from the War of 1812 to Vietnam. 

Wer Presidents of War lesen sollte

  • Americans wanting to understand their past leaders
  • Foreigners whose knowledge of American history is limited to the twentieth century 
  • Future presidents trying to avoid the mistakes of their predecessors

US History Bücher: Upheaval von Jared Diamond


Jared Diamond
Turning Points for Nations in Crisis
4.3 (367 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Upheaval?

Upheaval (2019) takes us through some of modern history’s biggest national crises to find out how each nation ended up in such trouble, and how they managed to get out of it. Looking at seven different nations, author Jared Diamond reveals how some of the same problems and solutions have emerged time and again, whether we’re looking at Chile and Indonesia in the 1970s, or Australia and Germany after WWII.

Wer Upheaval lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Students of political science
  • Globally minded individuals interested in world affairs

US History Bücher: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee von David Treuer

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

David Treuer
Native America from 1890 to the Present
4.0 (87 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee?

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee (2019) is a vivid history of Native America since the 1890 massacre at South Dakota’s Wounded Knee Creek. These blinks show that – contrary to popular opinion – in the twentieth century, Native Americans did not slide into obscurity and achieve nothing of note. On the contrary, this was a time filled with momentous and extraordinary events.

Wer The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee lesen sollte

  • History students
  • Government officials who could learn more about Indigenous cultures
  • Americans unaware of modern Native American history

US History Bücher: Siege von Michael Wolff


Michael Wolff
Trump Under Fire
4.3 (40 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Siege?

Siege (2019) gives a detailed account of Donald Trump’s presidency between 2017 and early 2019, portraying a White House that always seems to be on the brink of collapse. In a blow-by-blow description of the seismic events of Trump’s second and third years in office, Michael Wolff evokes an administration under siege.

Wer Siege lesen sollte

  • Readers who are morbidly fascinated by the Trump presidency
  • Fans of gripping political narratives
  • US citizens wondering whether their president will see through a full term in office

US History Bücher: American Carnage von Tim Alberta

American Carnage

Tim Alberta
On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump
3.9 (73 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in American Carnage?

American Carnage (2019) details the ideological battle at the heart of the Republican Party over the last decade. From George Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” to the Tea Party’s right-wing fervor, Tim Alberta covers the ideological metamorphosis that led to Donald Trump’s presidency.

Wer American Carnage lesen sollte

  • Anyone with an interest in American politics 
  • Budding Washington hacks
  • Those anxious about the rise of the far right

US History Bücher: Mindf*ck von Christopher Wylie


Christopher Wylie
Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America
4.5 (124 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Mindf*ck?

Mindf*ck (2019), written by a whistleblower, tells the story of the largest data crime in history to date. On the eve of the 2016 United States presidential election, consulting firm Cambridge Analytica harvested the Facebook data from 87 million people and used it to conduct a mass disinformation campaign. Now, the full story has finally come to light.

Wer Mindf*ck lesen sollte

  • Americans who want to understand Cambridge Analytica’s role in the Trump election
  • Left- and right-wingers feeling increasingly resentful of the other side
  • Brits interested in why the Brexit referendum turned out the way it did

US History Bücher: Bedtime Biography: Shoot for the Moon von James Donovan

Bedtime Biography: Shoot for the Moon

James Donovan
The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11
4.7 (40 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Bedtime Biography: Shoot for the Moon?

Narrated by Oliver Mains

Music by Federico Coderoni

Shoot for the Moon (2019) provides a riveting, wide-ranging account of the early space race. It guides you through the historic Apollo 11 mission which first landed humans on the moon, and sheds light on the legacy of the preceding missions that paved its way.

Wer Bedtime Biography: Shoot for the Moon lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in the space race and the Cold War
  • Science geeks interested in NASA’s early endeavors
  • Future astronauts who need to do their homework

US History Bücher: The Conscience of a Conservative von Barry Goldwater

The Conscience of a Conservative

Barry Goldwater
4.4 (137 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Conscience of a Conservative?

The Conscience of a Conservative (1960) is a classic statement of the conservative mindset. Penned in an age of bipartisan support for big government, Barry Goldwater’s manifesto rekindled a conservative movement committed to shrinking the state. Over the next 20 years, Goldwater’s positions on topics such as taxation, education, and welfare became commonsensical on the American right, laying the foundations for the 1980s Reagan revolution. 

Wer The Conscience of a Conservative lesen sollte

  • History buffs and politicos 
  • Advocates of limited government 
  • Liberals interested in the other side of the argument

US History Bücher: Code Girls von Liza Mundy

Code Girls

Liza Mundy
The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
4.5 (59 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Code Girls?

Code Girls (2017) is about the thousands of American women who worked as code breakers during World War II. Informed by interviews with over 20 surviving women, archived documents, and recently declassified oral histories, author Liza Mundy details the unprecedented lives of female code breakers in Washington, DC and beyond as well as the American intelligence that led to the success of the Allied war efforts.

Wer Code Girls lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Espionage enthusiasts interested in the history of cryptography
  • Students of science or gender studies

US History Bücher: Dark Towers von David Enrich

Dark Towers

David Enrich
Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction
4.4 (89 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Dark Towers?

Dark Towers (2020) is a heavily researched look into the ignominious rise and devastating fall of Deutsche Bank. Over the course of 150 years, the bank helped build the American railroad system, funded Nazi genocide, schmoozed Russian oligarchs, and had a hand in the election of President Donald Trump. When Deutsche executive Bill Broeksmit killed himself in 2014, he came to symbolize the destructive power of the bank’s institutional greed.

Wer Dark Towers lesen sollte

  • People who work in finance
  • Anyone still mad about the government’s Wall Street bailout
  • Stock market watchers

US History Bücher: A Very Stable Genius von Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig

A Very Stable Genius

Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig
Donald J. Trump's Testing of America
3.6 (104 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in A Very Stable Genius?

A Very Stable Genius (2020) is the definitive account of Donald Trump’s time in the White House. After three years of silence, dozens of public officials and other first-hand witnesses familiar with the workings of the Trump administration went on record with reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker. Their testimony forms the backbone of these blinks, which reveal the forty-fifth president of the United States up close. 

Wer A Very Stable Genius lesen sollte

  • Politics buffs 
  • News junkies looking for the bigger picture 
  • Journalists and reporters

US History Bücher: Figuring von Maria Popova


Maria Popova
4.1 (74 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Figuring?

Figuring (2019) traces the intricate web that connects important figures from human history, from German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and inventor Nikola Tesla to America’s first female astronomer Maria Mitchell and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. These blinks pick up the tapestry of these different lives, trace the impact that they had on the course of history, and reveal the secret driving force that unites them all.

Wer Figuring lesen sollte

  • Voracious readers across all genres
  • Poets who love science
  • Scientists who love poetry

US History Bücher: The Lincoln Conspiracy von Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch

The Lincoln Conspiracy

Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch
The Secret Plot to Kill America's 16th President – and Why It Failed
4.6 (61 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Lincoln Conspiracy?

The Lincoln Conspiracy (2020) tells the story of the first assassination attempt on America’s 16th president – before he was even president. Organized by a secret cabal of pro-slavery Southern secessionists, the plot was foiled by famous private detective Allan Pinkerton, as well as Kate Warne, one of his agents, and the first female detective in America.

Wer The Lincoln Conspiracy lesen sollte

  • Civil War fanatics
  • Lincoln geeks
  • Anyone interested in the story of abolitionism

US History Bücher: Hawai'i von Sumner La Croix


Sumner La Croix
Eight Hundred Years of Political and Economic Change
4.2 (33 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Hawai'i?

Hawai’i (2019) is a detailed history of the economic forces that have shaped Hawaiian society. Author Sumner La Croix traces the arc of commerce, from traditions first established in the twelfth century by Polynesian colonists to the modern Hawaiian state. Along the way, he examines what has changed and what has stayed the same.

Wer Hawai'i lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in the dark side of paradise
  • Students of colonialism
  • Labor historians

US History Bücher: Americana von Bhu Srinivasan


Bhu Srinivasan
A 400-Year History of American Capitalism
4.3 (73 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Americana?

Americana (2017) traces the history of the USA from one key perspective: capitalism. Bhu Srinivasan shows how the development of the country has been closely bound up with the development of capitalism, from the New England colonies’ earliest days to the most recent innovations of Silicon Valley or Wall Street.

Named by The Economist as one of the best books of 2017

Wer Americana lesen sollte

  • American history enthusiasts
  • People interested in the economy past and present
  • Fans – or enemies – of capitalism

US History Bücher: Fall and Rise von Mitchell Zuckoff

Fall and Rise

Mitchell Zuckoff
The Story of 9/11
4.3 (102 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Fall and Rise?

Fall and Rise (2019) recounts the morning of September 11, 2001, a date when the world changed forever. Operating under the direction of Osama bin Laden, terrorists seized control of four commercial airliners, crashing them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It tells a story of fear, courage, and strength through the eyes of just a few of the men, women, and children who were there. 

Wer Fall and Rise lesen sollte

  • People who want to go past the headlines and learn more about the individuals who lived and died on this tragic day
  • Anyone who wants to know what it was like to be a part of history

US History Bücher: The Code von Margaret O’Mara

The Code

Margaret O’Mara
Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America
4.0 (60 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Code?

The Code (2019) examines the remarkable history of Silicon Valley, the lush Californian valley that became synonymous with tech startups and the creation of some of our society’s most disruptive inventions like the internet. With a curious, critical gaze, The Code uncovers the reality behind the myths, and shows that while entrepreneurship and technical genius were important to the valley’s rise, none of its most famous achievements would have been possible without military collaborations and enormous amounts of federal funding.

Wer The Code lesen sollte

  • Entrepreneurs curious about the Silicon Valley blueprint for creating successful startups
  • Technophiles wanting to know more about the birthplace of some of our most disruptive technologies
  • Social historians interested in the human stories behind the headlines

US History Bücher: Stonewall von Martin Duberman


Martin Duberman
The Definitive Story of the LGBTQ Rights Uprising that Changed America
3.5 (124 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Stonewall?

Stonewall (1994) is the definitive history of the 1969 uprising that catalyzed the gay rights movement in the United States. By examining the lives of six gay and lesbian people involved in the movement, author Martin Duberman sheds light on the systems of oppression – as well as the incredible dedication and bravery – that led to mainstream society’s greater acceptance of the gay and lesbian community. 

Wer Stonewall lesen sollte

  • Activists
  • Those inspired by grassroots movements
  • Anyone interested in how communal action can lead to change

US History Bücher: Isaac's Storm von Erik Larson

Isaac's Storm

Erik Larson
A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
4.1 (31 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Isaac's Storm?

Isaac’s Storm (1999) is a gripping account of the hurricane that devastated Galveston, Texas on September 8, 1900. Just as Galveston was becoming a world-class city, a storm arrived with little warning and crushed many of the community’s hopes and ambitions.

Wer Isaac's Storm lesen sollte

  • Anyone moved by the indomitable power of nature
  • Fans of historical nonfiction
  • Storm chasers

US History Bücher: Four Hundred Souls von Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Four Hundred Souls

Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
4.4 (67 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Four Hundred Souls?

Four Hundred Souls (2021) is an innovative and insightful recounting of African American history. This collection brings together ninety different authors to reflect on four-hundred years of struggle, oppression, and hope.

Wer Four Hundred Souls lesen sollte

  • Americans curious to explore their country’s layered history
  • Politically engaged thinkers wishing to understand the roots of current issues
  • Anyone who wants more insight into the Black experience

US History Bücher: Undaunted von John O. Brennan


John O. Brennan
My Fight Against America's Enemies, At Home and Abroad
3.9 (22 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Undaunted?

Undaunted (2020) sketches the life of former CIA director John Brennan, from his humble beginnings in a blue-collar New Jersey household to his rise through the ranks of the CIA. Packed with political intrigue and personal anecdotes, it’s a remarkable and surprising look at a man who has dedicated his life to keeping America safe.

Wer Undaunted lesen sollte

  • People interested in espionage, intelligence work, and international affairs
  • Americans curious about the CIA’s inner workings
  • Memoir lovers

US History Bücher: Shakespeare in a Divided America von James Shapiro

Shakespeare in a Divided America

James Shapiro
What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future
4.1 (38 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Shakespeare in a Divided America?

Shakespeare in a Divided America (2020) offers a new perspective on American history. In looking back at eight instances where Shakespeare’s plays have been politicized by those on both sides of the political spectrum, we can see how the playwright's work has remained highly relevant over the years.

Wer Shakespeare in a Divided America lesen sollte

  • Fans of the Bard and his many plays
  • People interested in how art can be politicized
  • History buffs and those curious about America’s political past

US History Bücher: Modern Warriors von Pete Hegseth

Modern Warriors

Pete Hegseth
Real Stories from Real Heroes
4.3 (23 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Modern Warriors?

Modern Warriors (2020) is a collection of gut-wrenching yet heartfelt stories about US war veterans’ years in service. These tales expose the harsh realities of combat, as well as the cherished moments of love and companionship that saw these soldiers through the hardest times.

Wer Modern Warriors lesen sollte

  • People in, or soon to be in, the armed forces
  • Anyone seeking a glimpse into the lives of modern-day soldiers
  • People interested in modern wars fought by US soldiers

US History Bücher: Speaking for Myself von Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Speaking for Myself

Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Faith, Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House
3.4 (61 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Speaking for Myself?

Speaking for Myself (2020) is an insider’s account of Donald Trump’s first two years in office by the woman whose job it was to present the president’s thinking to the world – press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Alongside fascinating snapshots of Trump’s decision-making process, values, and sense of humor, Sanders offers readers a glimpse of the inner workings of the White House and the role of the press in American political life.

Wer Speaking for Myself lesen sollte

  • Trump haters interested in the other side of the story
  • Journalists, reporters, and broadcasters
  • History and politics buffs

US History Bücher: The Economists’ Hour von Binyamin Appelbaum

The Economists’ Hour

Binyamin Appelbaum
False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society
4.3 (65 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Economists’ Hour?

The Economists’ Hour (2019) is a compact history of how economists came to dominate our political discourse. This work traces the rise of neoliberal ideology from the 1960s to today.

Wer The Economists’ Hour lesen sollte

  • Political wonks wanting to parse the current climate
  • Citizens concerned about America’s rightward shift
  • Anyone asking, “how did things get so bad?”

US History Bücher: What Unites Us von Dan Rather with Elliot Kirschner

What Unites Us

Dan Rather with Elliot Kirschner
Reflections on Patriotism
4.2 (36 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in What Unites Us?

What Unites Us (2017) is an ode to American traditions, ideals, and solidarity. Drawing on Dan Rather’s long career as a political reporter, it appeals to all that is good and enduring in US culture and politics.

Wer What Unites Us lesen sollte

  • Americans no longer sure what their country stands for
  • International observers interested in what makes Americans tick
  • US citizens concerned by rampant polarization

US History Bücher: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man von Emmanuel Acho

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Emmanuel Acho
4.3 (52 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man?

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man (2020) is an introduction to race and race-related issues in America. Talking about these issues can be uncomfortable, but by being unafraid of dialogue, we can learn that the difficulties Black people in America face today are best understood through US history.

Wer Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man lesen sollte

  • White people looking to understand the conversation around racism
  • Concerned citizens who want to make a difference
  • American history enthusiasts

US History Bücher: How To Destroy America in Three Easy Steps von Ben Shapiro

How To Destroy America in Three Easy Steps

Ben Shapiro
3.8 (164 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in How To Destroy America in Three Easy Steps?

How To Destroy America in Three Easy Steps (2020) is an account of the political forces threatening to tear America in two. Drawing on history, philosophy, and politics past and present, this book emphatically argues that Americans should remember exactly what it is that unites them.

Wer How To Destroy America in Three Easy Steps lesen sollte

  • Political junkies trying to understand the polarization of US politics
  • Conservatives discouraged by the drift of American society
  • US citizens interested in trying to bridge the political divide

US History Bücher: Minor Feelings von Cathy Park Hong

Minor Feelings

Cathy Park Hong
A Reckoning on Race and the Asian Condition
3.8 (51 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Minor Feelings?

Minor Feelings (2020) is poet Cathy Park Hong’s searing account of life as an Asian American. Drawing on her own experiences alongside penetrating insights, it paints a picture of the purgatorial status that Asian Americans still face.

Wer Minor Feelings lesen sollte

  • Those looking to explore what it means to be Asian in the United States today
  • Memoir lovers
  • People who want to expand their understanding of racial issues

US History Bücher: First Principles von Thomas E. Ricks

First Principles

Thomas E. Ricks
What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country
4.3 (243 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in First Principles?

Over the years, much has been made of the influence of Enlightenment ideas –⁠ particularly those of English philosopher John Locke –⁠ on America’s founding fathers. First Principles (2020) takes a different approach. It focuses instead on the ways in which Greek and Roman history and philosophy profoundly shaped the values and goals of America’s first four presidents, and how classical ideas are embedded in the nation to this day.

Wer First Principles lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in American history, or political philosophy
  • Students of Greek and Roman classics

US History Bücher: The Power of Giving Away Power von Matthew Barzun

The Power of Giving Away Power

Matthew Barzun
How the Best Leaders Learn to Let Go
4.3 (240 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Power of Giving Away Power?

The Power of Giving Away Power (2021) explains how leaders, organizations, and businesses can harness power by giving it away. By replacing traditional ideas of hierarchy with a mindset centered around constellations, we can create flexible networks that allow us to get big things done, better. 

Wer The Power of Giving Away Power lesen sollte

  • Leaders and future leaders tired of gridlocked organizational structures
  • Activists and organizers looking to amplify their efforts
  • Anyone who’s ever questioned our hierarchical idea of power

US History Bücher: The Dying Citizen von Victor Davis Hanson

The Dying Citizen

Victor Davis Hanson
How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying the Idea of America
2.7 (662 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Dying Citizen?

The Dying Citizen (2021) explores the ways in which modern American democracy is being weakened. Touching on issues like globalization and identity politics, it discusses how left-wing progressives are damaging the foundations of the United States. 

Wer The Dying Citizen lesen sollte

  • Conservatives looking for fresh insights
  • Fans of Donald Trump 
  • Anyone interested in politics and current affairs

US History Bücher: Zero Fail von Carol Leonnig

Zero Fail

Carol Leonnig
The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service
4.1 (40 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Zero Fail?

Zero Fail (2021) is a no-nonsense account of the ineptitude and recklessness that have plagued the US Secret Service in recent decades. From Kennedy to Trump, the Service has continually covered up for, and even promoted, agents who made impulsive, ill-considered and simply bad decisions. 

Wer Zero Fail lesen sollte

  • Popcorn-munching gossip-lovers
  • American history buffs
  • News junkies

US History Bücher: How the Word Is Passed von Clint Smith

How the Word Is Passed

Clint Smith
A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
4.5 (155 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in How the Word Is Passed?

How the Word Is Passed (2021) is a travelogue that underscores how slavery has shaped America’s collective history and its reality today. Nine locations serve as gateways to important stories that are hidden in plain sight. They exemplify how communities have reckoned, or not, with their roles in the history of slavery and invite us all to dig deeper into what we believe – and why.

Wer How the Word Is Passed lesen sollte

  • Anyone who wants to better understand America’s relationship with slavery
  • Community members seeking historical context on Black Lives Matter
  • Activists and history buffs interested in how the past informs the present

US History Bücher: Richard Nixon von John A. Farrell

Richard Nixon

John A. Farrell
The Life
4.3 (112 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Richard Nixon?

Richard Nixon: The Life (2017) is a thorough biography of one of the most controversial American presidents. Tracing Nixon’s life from his humble upbringing through his meteoric political ascent to his crashing downfall in the Watergate scandal, it reveals a complex, troubled, and sentimental man.

Wer Richard Nixon lesen sollte

  • US-politics aficionados
  • Biography enthusiasts who love a scandal
  • People looking to deepen their knowledge of American history

US History Bücher: Killing the Mob von Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Killing the Mob

Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
The Fight Against Organized Crime in America
4.5 (321 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Killing the Mob?

Killing the Mob (2021) explores America’s uneasy relationship with organized crime. It exposes the shocking influence of the Mafia on twentieth-century history and culture and reveals the outrageous exploits of America’s most notorious gangsters.

Wer Killing the Mob lesen sollte

  • True crime lovers
  • gangster movie aficionados
  • History buffs looking for a different angle

US History Bücher: The Reckoning von Mary L. Trump

The Reckoning

Mary L. Trump
Our Nation's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal
3.2 (210 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Reckoning?

The Reckoning (2021) is an unflinching look at contemporary American society. This sharp treatise draws informative connections between the nation’s traumas and its current issues.

Wer The Reckoning lesen sollte

  • Voters struggling to understand the contemporary political landscape
  • Citizens concerned about the future of their country
  • Anyone interested in a critical analysis of American society

US History Bücher: Abortion and the Law in America von Mary Ziegler

Abortion and the Law in America

Mary Ziegler
Roe v. Wade to the Present
4.4 (128 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Abortion and the Law in America?

Abortion and the Law in America (2020) offers a comprehensive legal history of abortion rights in the US. It highlights the social and cultural shifts that have contributed to the abortion debate and looks closely at the types of arguments invoked by both sides.

Wer Abortion and the Law in America lesen sollte

  • People who want to learn more about the complexity of the American abortion debate
  • Those interested in the relationship between cultural values and law
  • Anyone following US politics

US History Bücher: The 1619 Project von Nikole Hannah-Jones

The 1619 Project

Nikole Hannah-Jones
A New Origin Story
4.1 (522 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The 1619 Project?

The 1619 Project (2021) is an anthology of essays investigating the origins of the slave trade in America, and how it has shaped what the country would become. It’s also an exploration of how we create history, and how these stories shape our political present. The essays are accompanied by fictional excerpts and poetry, bringing to life the experiences of enslaved people in America.

Wer The 1619 Project lesen sollte

  • History-lovers interested in learning more about cutting-edge research from the 1619 Project. 
  • Americans wanting to learn about how the slave trade has shaped their country.
  • Anyone wanting to understand the roots of institutional racism, and how to fight white supremacy.

US History Bücher: The American War in Afghanistan von Carter Malkasian

The American War in Afghanistan

Carter Malkasian
A History
3.9 (125 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The American War in Afghanistan?

The American War in Afghanistan (2021) is an in-depth look at one of the defining conflicts of the twenty-first century. This exhaustively-researched analysis dives into the details of this protracted and complex military occupation.

Wer The American War in Afghanistan lesen sollte

  • Engaged citizens keen to keep up with current events
  • Civilians seeking insight into military matters 
  • Anyone eager to understand a complex conflict

US History Bücher: Reagan von H. W. Brands


H. W. Brands
The Life
4.3 (179 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Reagan?

Reagan (2015) is the definitive account of the life of a towering figure in American history. Starting with his childhood in Illinois, the narrative follows the course of Ronald Reagan’s life, from his charmed days in Hollywood to his time as governor of California and, finally, from the White House to the world stage of the Cold War.

Wer Reagan lesen sollte

  • All those who think they know what Reagan was all about
  • History buffs
  • People looking to understand modern American conservatism

US History Bücher: 1491 von Charles C. Mann


Charles C. Mann
New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
4.5 (208 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in 1491?

1491 (2005) is a study of the Western Hemisphere before 1492, the year in which an Italian sailor employed by the Spanish empire first set foot in the Americas. Within a century of Columbus’s “discovery” of the New World, some of humanity’s most sophisticated cultures had all but disappeared. In 1491, Charles Mann sets out to recover their ways of life and remarkable achievements.

Wer 1491 lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Myth-busters 
  • Americaphiles

US History Bücher: Founding Brothers von Joseph J. Ellis

Founding Brothers

Joseph J. Ellis
The Revolutionary Generation
4.6 (220 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Founding Brothers?

Founding Brothers (2002) complicates and enriches our understanding of the American revolution. The men who founded America lived and worked in uncertain times. The future was far from certain, and even the truths they held to be self-evident often led to strikingly different conclusions. But they clung to one another – as friends, as rivals, and even as enemies. Together, they formed a fraternity of remarkable minds that could collectively solve the problems each of them on their own could not.

Wer Founding Brothers lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Americanophiles 
  • Anyone who loves stories

US History Bücher: Empire of Pain von Patrick Radden Keefe

Empire of Pain

Patrick Radden Keefe
The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
4.6 (57 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Empire of Pain?

Empire of Pain (2021) follows the rise and fall of the elusive Sacklers, the billionaire family behind Purdue Pharma. Its blockbuster drug, OxyContin, was aggressively marketed as safe, but would go on to spur a devastating opioid crisis that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. Yet the Sacklers’ fortress of lawyers, political connections and a philanthropic name would, time and again, protect them from responsibility.

Wer Empire of Pain lesen sollte

  • Current affairs enthusiasts
  • Lovers of family dynasty dramas
  • Anyone wanting to understand the opioid crisis

US History Bücher: The Forgotten 500 von Gregory A. Freeman

The Forgotten 500

Gregory A. Freeman
The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II
4.6 (192 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Forgotten 500?

The Forgotten 500 (2007) tells the story of Allied airmen who were trapped behind enemy lines in World War II and the courageous citizens of Yugoslavia who risked everything to help them get home. For political reasons, the story remained classified for decades until the 1980s. But now, the events leading to the largest rescue operation of the war are available to us all.

Wer The Forgotten 500 lesen sollte

  • Any and all who are interested in the Balkans or World War II history
  • Serbians and Americans looking to learn more about their nations’ past
  • Everyone who enjoys a riveting story about people overcoming overwhelming odds

US History Bücher: Dear America von Graham Allen

Dear America

Graham Allen
Live Like It's 9/12
3.4 (195 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Dear America?

Dear America (2021) is a call to action for Americans. It implores them to unite despite differences – and preserve their nation before it’s too late.

Wer Dear America lesen sollte

  • Americans of all political stripes
  • Anyone interested in US history
  • People intent on preserving free speech and diversity of thought

US History Bücher: The Cold War von Robert J. McMahon

The Cold War

Robert J. McMahon
A Very Short Introduction
4.6 (216 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Cold War?

The Cold War (2003) provides an overview of the conflict that defined the second half of the twentieth century. Beginning in the immediate aftermath of World War Two, it traces the Cold War’s development through the rest of the century, laying out its underlying causes and overall contours.

Wer The Cold War lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Students of military strategy and foreign relations 
  • Those who want to understand one of the twentieth century’s defining conflicts

US History Bücher: And There Was Light von Jon Meacham

And There Was Light

Jon Meacham
Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle
4.6 (67 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in And There Was Light?

And There Was Light (2022) is a biography of Abraham Lincoln that takes a nuanced look at a complex leader. Focusing especially on Lincoln’s evolving views on and actions around slavery, it’s a picture of a man who wrestled with his moral convictions while attempting to hold together a divided nation. Echoes of that struggle still ring out today, making it essential to keep Lincoln’s story at the forefront of American consciousness.

Wer And There Was Light lesen sollte

  • American history enthusiasts
  • People interested in controversial historical figures
  • Budding political pundits looking to add to their historical knowledge

US History Bücher: G-Man von Beverly Gage


Beverly Gage
J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century
4.5 (41 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in G-Man?

G-Man (2022) is a thorough and comprehensive biography of J. Edgar Hoover and the history of the FBI. Drawing from established history as well as newly uncovered documents, it covers the entire timeline of Hoover’s personal life as well as his role in shaping America as we know it.

Wer G-Man lesen sollte

  • American history buffs
  • People curious about J. Edgar Hoover
  • Anyone interested in the hidden forces influencing American politics

US History Bücher: The Revolutionary von Stacy Schiff

The Revolutionary

Stacy Schiff
Samuel Adams
4.6 (214 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Revolutionary?

The Revolutionary (2022) offers a nuanced look at one of the most central figures in the lead-up to the American War of Independence. It reveals a man of character and contradiction, whose revolutionary thinking and deep commitment to civil liberties came to define a revolution.

Wer The Revolutionary lesen sollte

  • History lovers looking for a deep dive into characters that create change
  • Political thinkers looking for an inside view of revolutionary politics
  • Anyone seeking inspiring examples of ideals put into practice

US History Bücher: Mayflower von Nathaniel Philbrick


Nathaniel Philbrick
A Story of Courage, Community, and War
4.6 (34 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Mayflower?

Mayflower (2006) tells the epic story of the 1620 voyage to establish a colony of religious separatists on North American shores, and the astonishing aftermath of their fateful trip. From life-or-death struggle to peaceful coexistence with native peoples to devastating war just a half century later, it tells the unvarnished truth of the people and politics that went on to shape a nation.

Wer Mayflower lesen sollte

  • History buffs looking for new insights into a little-known chapter of America’s past
  • Epic saga lovers who crave complex stories of survival, politics, and conflict
  • Anyone curious about the real facts behind all the feel-good myths, and how they went on to shape the future of a nation

US History Bücher: Fifth Sun von Camilla Townsend

Fifth Sun

Camilla Townsend
A New History of the Aztecs
4.4 (194 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Fifth Sun?

Fifth Sun (2019) recounts the epic rise and tragic fall of the Aztec Empire. Using powerful, firsthand accounts written by the Aztecs themselves as its source material, this Blink provides a new narrative of the Spanish conquest of Mesoamerica. It is the story of a people who resisted colonization and, although defeated militarily, never fully relinquished their indigenous identity.

Wer Fifth Sun lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • North and South Americans looking to learn about the colonization of their continents
  • Anyone looking for an inspiring tale of courageous resistance against brutal oppression

US History Bücher: The Fourth Turning von William Strauss and Neil Howe

The Fourth Turning

William Strauss and Neil Howe
An American Prophecy
4.5 (308 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Fourth Turning?

The Fourth Turning (1997) presents a fascinating picture of history, past, present, and future. Though the people of modern Western societies tend to view history as a linear process, the reality might instead be cyclical, repeated regularly and predictably. By studying the ways in which history does indeed repeat itself, we can better prepare ourselves for what is likely to come in the future.

Wer The Fourth Turning lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Devotees of American politics
  •  Future predictors

US History Bücher: The Catcher in the Rye von J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger
4.4 (150 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Catcher in the Rye?

The Catcher in the Rye (1951) is J. D. Salinger’s classic coming-of-age novel, telling the story of the troubled young Holden Caulfield. Holden has just been expelled from school, and spends several days traversing New York City, sharing his opinions of the world around him.

Wer The Catcher in the Rye lesen sollte

  • Lovers of coming-of-age stories
  • Classic literature fans
  • People who dislike phonies

US History Bücher: Of Mice and Men von John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck
4.6 (75 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Of Mice and Men?

Of Mice and Men (1937) is a poignant tale that traces an unlikely friendship between two impoverished workers in California during the Great Depression: compact, quick-witted George Milton, and huge, childlike Lennie Small.

Wer Of Mice and Men lesen sollte

  • Lovers of classic literature
  • Those entranced by the American dream
  • People curious about one of Steinbeck’s greats

US History Bücher: Under the Banner of Heaven von Jon Krakauer

Under the Banner of Heaven

Jon Krakauer
A Story of Violent Faith
3.4 (113 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Under the Banner of Heaven?

Under the Banner of Heaven (2003) traces the roots of contemporary Mormon fundamentalism through the lens of a horrendous double murder. The devotion of the Lafferty brothers is a gateway into core tenets that include divine revelation, polygamy, blood atonement, and the way Mormons act in their unique role as God’s chosen.

Wer Under the Banner of Heaven lesen sollte

  • People curious about Mormon culture
  • Anyone trying to understand American fundamentalism
  • People interested in American history

US History Bücher: Little Women von Louisa M. Alcott

Little Women

Louisa M. Alcott
4.6 (39 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Little Women?

Little Women (1868-1869) tells the story of the four March sisters, and the struggles and day-to-day obstacles they faced while becoming young adults. While the story takes place in the American Northeast, it’s a universal coming-of-age story that has been appreciated around the world.

Wer Little Women lesen sollte

  • Fans of stories told from a female perspective
  • Lovers of classic literature
  • Anyone who likes a good young adult story

US History Bücher: Saving Aziz von Chad Robichaux with David L. Thomas

Saving Aziz

Chad Robichaux with David L. Thomas
How the Mission to Help One Became a Calling to Rescue Thousands from the Taliban
4.1 (111 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Saving Aziz?

Saving Aziz (2023) is the story of how one man’s daring rescue of his friend and brother-in-arms turned into a multi-organizational effort that has resulted in rescuing over 17,000 allies from Afghanistan. 

Wer Saving Aziz lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in Afghanistan history
  • Military history buffs
  • People in need of an inspiring story of the goodness in humanity

US History Bücher: Picasso's War von Hugh Eakin

Picasso's War

Hugh Eakin
How Modern Art Came to America
4.7 (194 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Picasso's War?

Picasso’s War (2022) reveals the fascinating story behind America’s rocky relationship with modern art. It shows how a small group of individuals were able to overcome ridicule and accusations of “degenerate art” in order to turn the country into a haven for the world’s most progressive artists.

Wer Picasso's War lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Fans of Pablo Picasso and modern art

US History Bücher: The Mosquito Bowl von Buzz Bissinger

The Mosquito Bowl

Buzz Bissinger
A Game of Life and Death in World War II
4.2 (9 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Mosquito Bowl?

The Mosquito Bowl (2022) tells the story of American football stars going to war and playing one more game when they get there. It details a nation divided by bigotry but united by sport and a common enemy.

Wer The Mosquito Bowl lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • World War II aficionados
  • College football fans

US History Bücher: I Know why the Caged Bird Sings von Maya Angelou

I Know why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou
4.8 (59 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in I Know why the Caged Bird Sings?

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) is the first part of a critically acclaimed seven-volume autobiography by the American writer and poet Maya Angelou. A vivid account of growing up in America during the Depression, it documents Maya’s life between the ages of three and sixteen. Hailed for its unflinching portrayal of displacement, discrimination, and trauma, it is also a life-affirming study of how hope can prevail amidst death and despair. 

Wer I Know why the Caged Bird Sings lesen sollte

  • History buffs fascinated by the United States
  • Fans of true-life stories and larger-than-life memoirs
  • Anyone who loves classic literature

US History Bücher: Death of a Salesman von Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller
4.2 (27 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Death of a Salesman?

Death of a Salesman (1949) is widely regarded as one of the twentieth century’s greatest plays. A poignant critique of the promises and pitfalls of capitalism and the American Dream, it follows the salesman Willy Loman, his increasingly tense relationships with his family and colleagues, and his tragic, hallucinatory descent into fantasy and madness. 

Wer Death of a Salesman lesen sollte

  • Budding playwrights and theater enthusiasts
  • People curious about the dangers of unbridled capitalism
  • Anyone interested in modern drama

US History Bücher: LBJ von Randall Woods


Randall Woods
Architect of American Ambition
4.5 (38 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in LBJ?

LBJ is the story of its namesake –⁠ Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States –⁠ from birth to death. Looking with a sympathetic, though not uncritical, eye on one of the nation’s most maligned and misunderstood leaders, it analyzes the dynamics that shaped him in his youth, the causes he championed, and the presidential decisions that turned him into an icon. By the end, you’ll come away with a much deeper, more nuanced understanding of this controversial, yet titanic, twentieth-century leader. 

Wer LBJ lesen sollte

  • American history buffs
  • Social justice activists interested in the history of their cause
  • Anyone with preconceived notions about LBJ.

US History Bücher: Myth America von Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer

Myth America

Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer
Historians Take on the Biggest Legends and Lies about Our Past
2.9 (109 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Myth America?

Myth America (2022) is a collection of essays that examine and dismantle some of the most pervasive myths about America: how it was founded, who’s allowed to be here, and how we define a ‘real’ American or American family.

Wer Myth America lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Students of American politics
  • Activists and social justice warriors

US History Bücher: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn von Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain
4.7 (239 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) is often considered a landmark, if controversial, work in the history of American literature. It tells the story of a young teenager who runs away from an abusive, alcoholic father by fleeing in a raft down the Mississippi River. Along the way, he befriends a man running from slavery and becomes a reluctant accomplice to a pair of con artists.

Wer The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn lesen sollte

  • Fans of classic literature
  • People interested in stories about the antebellum South
  • Anyone who likes a good coming-of-age story

US History Bücher: The Alignment Problem von Brian Christian

The Alignment Problem

Brian Christian
Machine Learning and Human Values
3.2 (52 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Alignment Problem?

The Alignment Problem (2021) is both a history of the development of AI as well as a prophetic warning about what is to come. From the inherent bias in training data to the extreme speed of progress, Brian Christian details the potential dangers of and solutions to the AI problem.

Wer The Alignment Problem lesen sollte

  • Science and tech enthusiasts
  • Those interested in AI
  • Students of history and technology

US History Bücher: Devil in the Grove von Gilbert King

Devil in the Grove

Gilbert King
Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
4.8 (5 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Devil in the Grove?

Devil in the Grove (2012) tells the true story of four young Black men falsely accused of rape in 1949 Florida. It follows lawyer Thurgood Marshall’s tireless efforts to save their lives in the face of racial hatred, obstruction, violence, and injustice at every turn. Ultimately, Marshall exposed devastating flaws in the case, achieving some semblance of justice despite a system aligned against the defendants. 

Wer Devil in the Grove lesen sollte

  • People interested in the Groveland case
  • Those curious about Thurgood Marshall’s legal career
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about the history of racial injustice in the US

US History Bücher: The River of Doubt von Candice Millard

The River of Doubt

Candice Millard
Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
4.0 (11 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The River of Doubt?

The River of Doubt (2005) is about former US President Theodore Roosevelt's perilous 1913–1914 expedition into the Amazon rainforest alongside Brazilian explorer Cândido Rondon. It chronicles the challenges they faced, from disease and dangerous wildlife to potential mutiny, as they navigated an uncharted river. The journey pushed every member to their limits and nearly cost Roosevelt his life.

Wer The River of Doubt lesen sollte

  • History buffs interested in Roosevelt's post-presidential adventures
  • Explorers fascinated by the Amazon
  • Anyone looking for tales of human endurance

US History Bücher: Thirteen Days von Robert F. Kennedy

Thirteen Days

Robert F. Kennedy
A Memoir Of The Cuban Missile Crisis
3.6 (32 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Thirteen Days?

Thirteen Days (1969) offers an inside look into the Cuban Missile Crisis, revealing the intense deliberations and decision-making processes of the U.S. government at the time. It chronicles the 13-day standoff between the U.S. and the Soviet Union that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. Through its pages, readers gain insight into the high-stakes diplomacy and behind-the-scenes actions that took place during this critical period.

Wer Thirteen Days lesen sollte

  • History buffs eager to delve deeper into the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Political enthusiasts curious about U.S. decision-making during crises
  • Those intrigued by pivotal moments in twentieth-century history

US History Bücher: Innovation in Real Places von Dan Breznitz

Innovation in Real Places

Dan Breznitz
Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World
4.2 (20 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Innovation in Real Places?

Innovation in Real Places (2021) argues that the prevailing Silicon Valley model of growth creation has failed most cities and regions. Rather than chasing the chimera of becoming the next tech hub, communities should focus on identifying their niche in the global production process and fostering innovation based on their existing strengths. 

Wer Innovation in Real Places lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in learning more about innovation and sources
  • People interested in economic development and entrepreneurship
  • Citizens and policy makers wishing to advance policies promoting growth and prosperity in their region

US History Bücher: American Prometheus von Kai Bird & Martin J Sherwin

American Prometheus

Kai Bird & Martin J Sherwin
The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
4.1 (68 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in American Prometheus?

American Prometheus (2005) captures Oppenheimer’s life in a way that echoes Prometheus’s audacity in gifting fire. From atomic breakthroughs to ethical entanglements, this is a nuclear narrative of epic proportions.

Wer American Prometheus lesen sollte

  • Quantum physics enthusiasts
  • Nuclear nerds with noble notions
  • History buffs seeking backstories

US History Bücher: King von Jonathan Eig


Jonathan Eig
A Life
4.6 (136 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in King?

King (2023) is a compelling biography of Martin Luther King. It tells the story of a man, not a saint, who had a remarkable career. His life was cut short at the age of 39, but in his 13-year career King’s vision of a United States based on equality and justice for all, lives on.

Wer King lesen sollte

  • History lovers particularly interested in the history of social justice movements
  • Civil rights activists and advocates inspired by King’s life and strategies
  • Inspiration seekers wanting to learn from a story of struggle, resilience, and monumental impact

US History Bücher: What Napoleon Could Not Do von DK Nnuro

What Napoleon Could Not Do

DK Nnuro
3.9 (63 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in What Napoleon Could Not Do?

What Napoleon Could Not Do (2023) explores the contrasting experiences of two Ghanaians, Jacob and Belinda, and their aspirations in the United States. Jacob, an awkward computer programmer who still lives with his father, wants to join his wife in America but is foiled by visa denials. His sister, Belinda, meanwhile, has studied in the US and married an American – Wilder, a prosperous Black Texan businessman. But she, too, contends with disappointment: as she waits for her green card, her perception of America is soured by racism. Their journeys reflect the allure and letdowns of life in a foreign land, and the narrative insightfully captures how each grapples with dreams both realized and thwarted.

Wer What Napoleon Could Not Do lesen sollte

  • Readers interested in immigrant experiences
  • Fans of emotional family dramas
  • Anyone who loves character-driven stories

US History Bücher: All the Sinners Bleed von S. A. Cosby

All the Sinners Bleed

S. A. Cosby
A Novel
4.0 (9 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in All the Sinners Bleed?

All the Sinners Bleed (2023) is a work of crime fiction, focused on main character Titus Crown’s efforts to investigate several recent killings in his hometown. To solve the crime, Crown must contend with the town’s racist history, a far-right group, and a long-undiscovered serial killer.

Wer All the Sinners Bleed lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in an action-filled crime novel
  • Readers looking to explore the lingering effects of racism in the American South 
  • Fans of modern-day noir fiction

US History Bücher: Electronic Value Exchange von David L. Stearns

Electronic Value Exchange

David L. Stearns
Origins of the VISA Electronic Payment System
4.6 (7 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Electronic Value Exchange?

Electronic Value Exchange (2011) follows the story of Dee Ward Hock, a junior college graduate from a low-income family who created one of the most important financial organizations the world has ever seen: Visa. With historical context about America’s banking system and early credit cards, it reveals how BankAmericard went from near disaster to global success – and became the trusted Visa card we all know today.

Wer Electronic Value Exchange lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in the global financial system
  • Students of organizational practices and joint ventures
  • History buffs curious about the connection between technology and money

US History Bücher: One from Many von Dee Hock

One from Many

Dee Hock
VISA and the Rise of Chaordic Organization
4.3 (3 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in One from Many?

One from Many (2005) details the birth and evolution of “chaordic” organizational theory, which was key to Visa's meteoric rise. Delving into the concept of chaordic systems, it highlights the value of collaboration and decentralization above traditional hierarchical institutions.

Wer One from Many lesen sollte

  • Aspiring innovators
  • Business story lovers
  • Chaos-order enthusiasts

US History Bücher: An Ordinary Man von Richard Norton Smith

An Ordinary Man

Richard Norton Smith
The Surprising Life and Historic Presidency of Gerald R. Ford
4.4 (12 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in An Ordinary Man?

An Ordinary Man (2023) is the complete biography of Gerald R. Ford, the thirty-eighth president of the United States. Under his leadership, America navigated its gravest constitutional crisis since the Civil War and confronted its most profound economic slump since the Great Depression. While Ford can be seen as an “accidental president,” historian Richard Norton Smith argues that his accomplishments were numerous and significant.

Wer An Ordinary Man lesen sollte

  • History buffs 
  • Politicos interested post-Watergate America
  • Fans of in-depth biographical works 

US History Bücher: Killing the Witches von Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard

Killing the Witches

Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard
The Horror of Salem, Massachusetts
4.1 (9 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Killing the Witches?

Killing the Witches (2023) revisits one of the most frightening episodes in American history: the Salem Witch Trials, which saw over 200 people accused of witchcraft and 20 killed. This dramatic history reveals how Puritan tradition shaped early America and examines its repercussions to this very day.

Wer Killing the Witches lesen sollte

  • Fans of Bill O’Reilly
  • Readers interested in Puritan history and early American culture 
  • Those interested in understanding mob mentality and mass hysteria

US History Bücher: Foundation von Isaac Asimov


Isaac Asimov
4.6 (17 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Foundation?

Foundation (1951) looks at the crumbling of a galactic empire from the perspective of the planet Terminus, located on the Empire’s outer edge. Terminus is home to the Foundation, a community formed by a mathematician who could predict the future and the Empire’s inevitable demise. As the Empire crumbles, the Foundation gains increasing influence through a mixture of atomic power, religion, and economic savvy.

Wer Foundation lesen sollte

  • Sci-fi fans
  • Those who’ve watched the new Foundation television series and are curious about the books
  • Anyone who likes a good space opera

US History Bücher: All Souls von Michael Patrick MacDonald

All Souls

Michael Patrick MacDonald
A Family Story from Southie

Worum geht's in All Souls?

All Souls is a powerful memoir by Michael Patrick MacDonald. Set in 1970s South Boston, the book examines the devastating impact of poverty, crime, and racism on a tight-knit Irish-American community. MacDonald's personal story highlights the struggles of his family and friends, while shedding light on systemic issues that still plague many American neighborhoods today.

Wer All Souls lesen sollte

  • Individuals seeking a deep understanding of the social issues affecting marginalized communities
  • Readers interested in personal memoirs that shed light on the complexities of poverty and crime
  • Activists and advocates for social justice looking for inspiration and a call to action

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While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard The Trial of Henry Kissinger as the ultimate read on US History.

What are the Top 10 US History books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens
  • One Summer by Bill Bryson
  • Unfair by Adam Benforado
  • Common Sense by Thomas Paine
  • Bourbon Empire by Reid Mitenbuler
  • Two Nations Indivisible by Shannon K. O’Neil
  • Back Channel to Cuba by William M. LeoGrande & Peter Kornbluh
  • America’s Bank by Roger Lowenstein
  • From Silk to Silicon by Jeffrey E. Garten
  • The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright

Who are the top US History book authors?

When it comes to US History, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Christopher Hitchens
  • Bill Bryson
  • Adam Benforado
  • Thomas Paine
  • Reid Mitenbuler