Best American History Books
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1. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need
Author: by Bill Gates
Published at: Knopf (February 16, 2021)
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLERIn this urgent, authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practicaland accessibleplan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe. Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change.
With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet’s slide to certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal.
He gives us a clear-eyed description of the challenges we face. Drawing on his understanding of innovation and what it takes to get new ideas into the market, he describes the areas in which technology is already helping to reduce emissions, where and how the current technology can be made to function more effectively, where breakthrough technologies are needed, and who is working on these essential innovations.
2. Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents
Author: by Isabel Wilkerson
Published at: Random House; First Edition (August 4, 2020)
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far. Dwight Garner, The New York TimesThe Pulitzer Prizewinning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.
NAMED THE #1 NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR BY TIME, ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY People The Washington Post Publishers Weekly AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review O: The Oprah Magazine NPR Bloomberg Christian Science Monitor New York Post The New York Public Library Fortune Smithsonian Magazine Marie Claire Town & Country Slate Library Journal Kirkus Reviews LibraryReads PopMattersLos Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction Finalist PEN/Jean Stein Book Award LonglistAs we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance.
3. The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
Author: by Heather McGhee
Published at: One World (February 16, 2021)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyonenot just for people of color.
This is the book I’ve been waiting for.Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economyand the mystery of why it so often fails the American public.
From the financial crisis to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common root problem: racism. But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too. It is the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crises that grip us all.
But how did this happen? And is there a way out? McGhee embarks on a deeply personal journey across the country from Maine to Mississippi to California, tallying what we lose when we buy into the zero-sum paradigmthe idea that progress for some of us must come at the expense of others.
4. A Promised Land
Author: by Barack Obama
Published at: Crown (November 17, 2020)
A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the makingfrom the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINEE NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times NPR The Guardian Marie Claire In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidencya time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.
Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office.
5. Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
Author: by Ibram X. Kendi
Published at: One World; 1st Edition (February 2, 2021)
In this vital book for these times’ (Kirkus Reviews), Don Lemon brings his vast audience and experience as a reporter and a Black man to today’s most urgent question: How can we end racism in America in our lifetimes? The host of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon is more popular than ever.
As America’s only Black prime-time anchor, Lemon and his daily monologues on racism and antiracism, on the failures of the Trump administration and of so many of our leaders, and on America’s systemic flaws speak for his millions of fans.
Now, in an urgent, deeply personal, riveting plea, he shows us all how deep our problems lie, and what we can do to begin to fix them. Beginning with a letter to one of his Black nephews, he proceeds with reporting and reflections on his slave ancestors, his upbringing in the shadows of segregation, and his adult confrontations with politicians, activists, and scholars.
In doing so, Lemon offers a searing and poetic ultimatum to America. He visits the slave port where a direct ancestor was shackled and shipped to America. He recalls a slave uprising in Louisiana, just a few miles from his birthplace.
Author: by Michelle Obama
Published at: Crown; 1st Edition (November 13, 2018)
An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WATCH THE EMMY-NOMINATED NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER ONE OF ESSENCE’S 50 MOST IMPACTFUL BLACK BOOKS OF THE PAST 50 YEARS In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era.
As First Lady of the United States of Americathe first African American to serve in that roleshe helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S.
And around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
8. The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice
Author: by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Published at: Penguin Press (February 16, 2021)
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe extraordinary story of the women who took on the Islamic State and won”The Daughters of Kobani is an unforgettable and nearly mythic tale of women’s power and courage. The young women profiled in this book fought a fearsome war against brutal men in impossible circumstances-and proved in the process what girls and women can accomplish when given the chance to lead.
Brilliantly researched and respectfully reported, this book is a lesson in heroism, sacrifice, and the real meaning of sisterhood. I am so grateful that this story has been told.”Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic and Eat, Pray, Love”Absolutely fascinating and brilliantly written, The Daughters of Kobani is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand both the nobility and the brutality of war.
This is one of the most compelling stories in modern warfare.”Admiral William H. McRaven, author of Make Your BedIn 2014, northeastern Syria might have been the last place you would expect to find a revolution centered on women’s rights. But that year, an all-female militia faced off against ISIS in a little town few had ever heard of: Kobani.
9. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Author: by Robin DiAngelo
Published at: Beacon Press; Reprint edition (June 26, 2018)
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. In this vital, necessary, and beautiful book (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to bad people’ (Claudia Rankine).
Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue.
In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
11. We Will Not Be Silenced: Responding Courageously to Our Culture's Assault on Christianity
Author: by Erwin W. Lutzer
Published at: Harvest House Publishers (November 3, 2020)
If I could, I would put this book into the hands of every Christian in America. Dr. David JeremiahBe strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).
Each day, you watch America turn further from Christian values and the core principles of liberty. It’s frustrating to feel you can’t assert biblical truth without facing condemnation, and fearful to witness outrage and victimhood replace respect and reason. Amidst this dissent, how can you not only stay rooted in your own faith, but continue publicly testifying for Jesus?
In We Will Not Be Silenced, Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer prepares you to live out your convictions against a growing tide of hostility. Gain a better understanding of nonbelievers’ legitimate hurts and concerns regarding issues like racism, sexism, and povertyand identify the toxic responses secular culture disguises as solutions.
In the process, you’ll see how you can show compassion and gentleness to those outside of the faith without affirming their beliefs. We Will Not Be Silenced will ready you to move beyond fear and boldly accept the challenge of representing Christ to a watching world that needs Him now more than ever before.
12. The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
Author: by Erik Larson
Published at: Crown; First Edition (February 25, 2020)
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers an intimate chronicle of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitzan inspiring portrait of courage and leadership in a time of unprecedented crisis One of [Erik Larson’s] best books yet …
Perfectly timed for the moment. Time A bravura performance by one of America’s greatest storytellers. NPR NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE EAST HAMPTON STAR AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review Time Vogue NPR The Washington Post The Globe & Mail Fortune Bloomberg New York Post The New York Public Library Kirkus Reviews LibraryReads PopMattersOn Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium.
Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy allyand willing to fight to the end.
13. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Author: by Isabel Wilkerson
Published at: Vintage; Reprint edition (October 4, 2011)
In this bestselling, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prizewinning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.
With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, where she achieved quiet blue-collar success and, in old age, voted for Barack Obama when he ran for an Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, where he endangered his job fighting for civil rights, saw his family fall, and finally found peace in God; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career, the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glitteringly successful medical career, which allowed him to purchase a grand home where he often threw exuberant parties.
14. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Author: by Richard Rothstein
Published at: Liveright; Reprint edition (May 1, 2018)
New York Times Bestseller Notable Book of the Year Editors’ Choice Selection One of Bill Gates’ Amazing Books of the Year One of Publishers Weekly’s 10 Best Books of the Year Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction An NPR Best Book of the Year Winner of the Hillman Prize for Nonfiction Gold Winner California Book Award (Nonfiction) Finalist Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History) Finalist Brooklyn Public Library Literary PrizeThis powerful and disturbing history exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide (New York Times Book Review).
Widely heralded as a masterful (Washington Post) and essential (Slate) history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law offers the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation (William Julius Wilson).
Exploding the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintended consequences of economic forces, Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation: with undisguised racial zoning; public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities; subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs; tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation; and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods.
15. Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency
Author: by Jonathan Allen
Published at: Crown (March 2, 2021)
The inside story of the historic 2020 presidential election and Joe Biden’s harrowing ride to victory, from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of Shattered, the definitive account of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Almost no one thought Joe Biden could make it back to the White Housenot Donald Trump, not the two dozen Democratic rivals who sought to take down a weak front-runner, not the mega-donors and key endorsers who feared he could not beat Bernie Sanders, not even Barack Obama.
The story of Biden’s cathartic victory in the 2020 election is the story of a Democratic Party at odds with itself, torn between the single-minded goal of removing Donald Trump and the push for a bold progressive agenda that threatened to alienate as many voters as it drew.
In Lucky, #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes use their unparalleled access to key players inside the Democratic and Republican campaigns to unfold how Biden’s nail-biting run for the presidency vexed his own party as much as it did Trump.
16. The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free
Author: by Paulina Bren
Published at: Simon & Schuster (March 2, 2021)
From award-winning author Paulina Bren comes the first history of New York’s most famous residential hotelThe Barbizonand the remarkable women who lived there. WELCOME TO NEW YORK’S LEGENDARY HOTEL FOR WOMEN Liberated from home and hearth by World War I, politically enfranchised and ready to work, women arrived to take their place in the dazzling new skyscrapers of Manhattan.
But they did not want to stay in uncomfortable boarding houses. They wanted what men already hadexclusive residential hotels with daily maid service, cultural programs, workout rooms, and private dining. Built in 1927 at the height of the Roaring Twenties, the Barbizon Hotel was intended as a safe haven for the Modern Woman seeking a career in the arts.
It became the place to stay for any ambitious young woman hoping for fame and fortune. Sylvia Plath fictionalized her time there in The Bell Jar, and, over the years, its almost 700 tiny rooms with matching floral curtains and bedspreads housed Titanic survivor Molly Brown; actresses Grace Kelly, Liza Minnelli, Ali MacGraw, Jaclyn Smith, Phylicia Rashad, and Cybill Shepherd; writers Joan Didion, Diane Johnson, Gael Greene, and Meg Wolitzer; and many more.