Best Historiography Books
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1. How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America
Author: by Clint Smith
Instant #1 New York Times bestseller. “The Atlantic writer drafts a history of slavery in this country unlike anything you’ve read before (Entertainment Weekly). Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarksthose that are honest about the past and those that are notthat offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nation’s collective history, and ourselves.
It is the story of the Monticello Plantation in Virginia, the estate where Thomas Jefferson wrote letters espousing the urgent need for liberty while enslaving more than four hundred people. It is the story of the Whitney Plantation, one of the only former plantations devoted to preserving the experience of the enslaved people whose lives and work sustained it.
It is the story of Angola, a former plantationturnedmaximum-security prison in Louisiana that is filled with Black men who work across the 18,000-acre land for virtually no pay. And it is the story of Blandford Cemetery, the final resting place of tens of thousands of Confederate soldiers.
2. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
Author: by James W. Loewen
“Every teacher, every student of history, every citizen should read this book. It is both a refreshing antidote to what has passed for history in our educational system and a one-volume education in itself.”Howard Zinn A new edition of the national bestseller and American Book Award winner, with a new preface by the author Since its first publication in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me has become one of the most importantand successfulhistory books of our time.
Having sold nearly two million copies, the book also won an American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship and was heralded on the front page of the New York Times. For this new edition, Loewen has added a new preface that shows how inadequate history courses in high school help produce adult Americans who think Donald Trump can solve their problems, and calls out academic historians for abandoning the concept of truth in a misguided effort to be “objective.” What started out as a survey of the twelve leading American history textbooks has ended up being what the San Francisco Chronicle calls “an extremely convincing plea for truth in education.” In Lies My Teacher Told Me, James W.
3. 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project
Author: by Peter W. Wood
When and where was America founded? Was it in Virginia in 1619, when a pirate ship landed a group of captive Africans at Jamestown? So asserted the New York Times in August 2019 when it announced its 1619 Project. The Times set out to transform history by tracing American institutions, culture, and prosperity to that pirate ship and the exploitation of African Americans that followed.
A controversy erupted, with historians pushing back against what they say is a false narrative conjured out of racial grievance. This book sums up what the critics have said and argues that the proper starting point for the American story is 1620, with the signing of the Mayflower Compact aboard ship before the Pilgrims set foot in the Massachusetts wilderness.
A nation as complex as ours, of course, has many starting points, most notably the Declaration of Independence in 1776. But the quintessential ideas of American self-government and ordered liberty grew from the deliberate actions of the Mayflower immigrants in 1620. Schools across the country have already adopted the Times’ radical revision of history as part of their curricula.
4. Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause
Author: by Ty Seidule
“Ty Seidule scorches us with the truth and rivets us with his fierce sense of moral urgency.” -Ron ChernowIn a forceful but humane narrative, former soldier and head of the West Point history department Ty Seidule’s Robert E. Lee and Me challenges the myths and lies of the Confederate legacyand explores why some of this country’s oldest wounds have never healed.
Ty Seidule grew up revering Robert E.Lee. From his southern childhood to his service in the U.S. Army, every part of his life reinforced the Lost Cause myth: that Lee was the greatest man who ever lived, and that the Confederates were underdogs who lost the Civil War with honor.
Now, as a retired brigadier general and Professor Emeritus of History at West Point, his view has radically changed. From a soldier, a scholar, and a southerner, Ty Seidule believes that American history demands a reckoning. In a unique blend of history and reflection, Seidule deconstructs the truth about the Confederacythat its undisputed primary goal was the subjugation and enslavement of Black Americansand directly challenges the idea of honoring those who labored to preserve that system and committed treason in their failed attempt to achieve it.
5. Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett's Last Stand and Other Mysteries of the Texas Revolution (New Narratives in American History)
Author: by James E. Crisp
Oxford University Press
In Sleuthing the Alamo, historian James E. Crisp draws back the curtain on years of mythmaking to reveal some surprising truths about the Texas Revolution-truths often obscured by both racism and “political correctness,” as history has been hijacked by combatants in the culture wars of thepast two centuries.
Beginning with a very personal prologue recalling both the pride and the prejudices that he encountered in the Texas of his youth, Crisp traces his path to the discovery of documents distorted, censored, and ignored-documents which reveal long-silenced voices from the Texan past.
In each offour chapters focusing on specific documentary “finds,” Crisp uncovers the clues that led to these archival discoveries. Along the way, the cast of characters expands to include: a prominent historian who tried to walk away from his first book; an unlikely teenaged “speechwriter” for General SamHouston; three eyewitnesses to the death of Davy Crockett at the Alamo; a desperate inmate of Mexico City’s Inquisition Prison, whose scribbled memoir of the war in Texas is now listed in the Guiness Book of World Records; and the stealthy slasher of the most famous historical painting in Texas.
6. The End Is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses
Author: by Dan Carlin
Now a New York Times Bestseller. The creator of the wildly popular award-winning podcast Hardcore History looks at some of the apocalyptic moments from the past as a way to frame the challenges of the future. Do tough times create tougher people?
Can humanity handle the power of its weapons without destroying itself? Will human technology or capabilities ever peak or regress? No one knows the answers to such questions, but no one asks them in a more interesting way than Dan Carlin.
In The End is Always Near, Dan Carlin looks at questions and historical events that force us to consider what sounds like fantasy; that we might suffer the same fate that all previous eras did. Will our world ever become a ruin for future archaeologists to dig up and explore?
The questions themselves are both philosophical and like something out of The Twilight Zone. Combining his trademark mix of storytelling, history and weirdness Dan Carlin connects the past and future in fascinating and colorful ways. At the same time the questions he asks us to consider involve the most important issue imaginable: human survival.
7. Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History, 20th Anniversary Edition
Author: by Michel-Rolph Trouillot
Now part of the HBO docuseries “Exterminate All the Brutes,” written and directed by Raoul PeckThe 20th anniversary edition of a pioneering classic that explores the contexts in which history is producednow with a new foreword by renowned scholar Hazel Carby Placing the West’s failure to acknowledge the Haitian Revolutionthe most successful slave revolt in historyalongside denials of the Holocaust and the debate over the Alamo, Michel-Rolph Trouillot offers a stunning meditation on how power operates in the making and recording of history.
This modern classic resides at the intersection of history, anthropology, Caribbean, African-American, and post-colonial studies, and has become a staple in college classrooms around the country. In a new foreword, Hazel Carby explains the book’s enduring importance to these fields of study and introduces a new generation of readers to Trouillot’s brilliant analysis of power and history’s silences.
8. THE TRAGEDY OF PATTON A Soldier's Date With Destiny: Could World War II's Greatest General Have Stopped the Cold War?
Author: by Robert Orlando
“BETTER TO FIGHT FOR SOMETHING THAN LIVE FOR NOTHING.” GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON It is 75 years since the end of WW II and the strange, mysterious death of General George S. Patton, but as in life, Patton sets off a storm of controversy.
THE TRAGEDY OF PATTON: A Soldier’s Date With Destiny asks the question: Why was General Patton silenced during his service in World War II? Prevented from receiving needed supplies that would have ended the war nine months earlier, freed the death camps, and prevented Russian invasion of the Eastern Bloc, and Stalin’s murderous rampage.
Why was he fired as General of the Third Army and relegated to a governorship of post-war Bavaria? Who were his enemies? Was he a threat to Eisenhower, Montgomery, and Bradley? And is it possible as some say that the General’s freakish collision with an Army truck, on the day before his departure for US, was not really an accident?
Or was Patton not only dismissed by his peers, but the victim of an assassin’s bullet at their behest? Was his personal silence necessary? Early in his life, Patton was a markedly insecure man, petrified by the notion of failing to live up to the standards of his pedigree.
9. The History of White People
Author: by Nell Irvin Painter
A New York Times bestseller: This terrific new book … [explores] the notion of whiteness,’ an idea as dangerous as it is seductive. Boston Globe Telling perhaps the most important forgotten story in American history, eminent historian Nell Irvin Painter guides us through more than two thousand years of Western civilization, illuminating not only the invention of race but also the frequent praise of whiteness for economic, scientific, and political ends.
A story filled with towering historical figures, The History of White People closes a huge gap in literature that has long focused on the non-white and forcefully reminds us that the concept of race is an all-too-human invention whose meaning, importance, and reality have changed as it has been driven by a long and rich history of events.
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10. Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
Author: by David W. Blight
Winner of the Bancroft PrizeWinner of the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln PrizeWinner of the Merle Curti awardWinner of the Frederick Douglass PrizeNo historical event has left as deep an imprint on America’s collective memory as the Civil War. In the war’s aftermath, Americans had to embrace and cast off a traumatic past.
David Blight explores the perilous path of remembering and forgetting, and reveals its tragic costs to race relations and America’s national reunion. In 1865, confronted with a ravaged landscape and a torn America, the North and South began a slow and painful process of reconciliation.
The ensuing decades witnessed the triumph of a culture of reunion, which downplayed sectional division and emphasized the heroics of a battle between noble men of the Blue and the Gray. Nearly lost in national culture were the moral crusades over slavery that ignited the war, the presence and participation of African Americans throughout the war, and the promise of emancipation that emerged from the war.
11. Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America
Author: by Mary Grabar
Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States has sold more than 2.5 million copies. It is pushed by Hollywood celebrities, defended by university professors who know better, and assigned in high school and college classrooms to teach students that American history is nothing more than a litany of oppression, slavery, and exploitation.
Zinn’s history is popular, but it is also massively wrong. Scholar Mary Grabar exposes just how wrong in her stunning new book Debunking Howard Zinn, which demolishes Zinn’s Marxist talking points that now dominate American education. In Debunking Howard Zinn, you’ll learn, contra Zinn: How Columbus was not a genocidal maniac, and was, in fact, a defender of Indians Why the American Indians were not feminist-communist sexual revolutionaries ahead of their time How the United States was founded to protect liberty, not white males’ ill-gotten wealth Why Americans of the Greatest Generation were not the equivalent of Nazi war criminals How the Viet Cong were not well-meaning community leaders advocating for local self-rule Why the Black Panthers were not civil rights leaders Grabar also reveals Zinn’s bag of dishonest rhetorical tricks: his slavish reliance on partisan history, explicit rejection of historical balance, and selective quotation of sources to make them say the exact opposite of what their authors intended.
12. Restoring Our Republic: The Making of the Republic and How We Reclaim It Before It's Too Late
Author: by Ned Ryun
In Restoring Our Republic, Ned Ryun examines the genesis for the ideas which inspired our constitutional republic, from the ancient Hebrews, Greeks and Romans to the English and their common law. Ryun also discusses the machinery of the republic built by the Founders meant to protect the rights of the American people and how that machinery has been dismantled by Progressives.
Restoring Our Republic is powerful love letter to the United States of America. Detailed and sweeping, yet digestible and engrossing, this is the book America needs right now, a potent antidote to the poisonous lies promulgated by today’s elite, those unworthy heirs of the exponential greater men of the founding.
Ned Ryun gives us back our history, and in doing so reveals the truth about who we are asAmericans. Kurt Schlichter, Senior Columnist at Townhall. ComNed Ryun nails it with Restoring Our Republic. Our Founder Fathers weren’t anarchic revolutionaries. They fought instead to preserve our Judeo-Christian Civilization.
13. Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy
Author: by Annette Gordon-Reed
Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy is the definitive look at a centuries-old question that should fascinate general readers and historians alike.
14. Remarkable Books: The World's Most Historic and Significant Works (DK Great)
Author: by DK
Imagine a world without Principia Mathematica, Rights of Man, the Bible, Shakespeare, or the Mahabharata. Remarkable Books features 75 of the world’s most momentous titles from The Art of War to Anne Frank’s Diary and reveals their far-ranging impact. Books are the medium through which scientists, storytellers, and philosophers introduce their ideas.
Discover seminal religious and political titles, cornerstones of science such as On the Origin of Species, and ancient texts such as the I Ching, which is still used today to answer fundamental questions about human existence. Get up close to see fascinating details, such as Vesalius’ exquisite anatomical illustrations in Epitome, Leonardo da Vinci’s annotated notebooks, or the hand-decorated pages in the Gutenberg Bible.
Discover why Euclid’s Elements of Geometry was the most influential maths title ever published, and marvel at rare treasures such as the Aubin Codex, which tells the history of the Aztecs and the early Spanish colonial period in Mexico. Remarkable Books gathers stories, diaries, scientific treatises, plays, dictionaries, and religious texts into a stunning celebration of the power of books.
15. The Secret History of the World
Author: by Mark Booth
Harry N. Abrams
They say that history is written by the victors. But what if historyor what we come to know as historyhas been written by the wrong people? What if everything we’ve been told is only part of the story? In this groundbreaking and now famous work, Mark Booth embarks on an enthralling tour of our world’s secret histories.
Starting from a dangerous premisethat everything we’ve known about our world’s past is corrupted, and that the stories put forward by the various cults and mystery schools throughout history are trueBooth produces nothing short of an alternate history of the past 3,000 years.
From Greek and Egyptian mythology to Jewish folklore, from Christian cults to Freemasons, from Charlemagne to Don Quixote, from George Washington to HitlerBooth shows that history needs a revolutionary rethink, and he has 3,000 years of hidden wisdom to back it up.