which of these books should i read?

Which books do you recommend I read and which books should I avoid? I'm a 17 year old girl in high school.

Ackerman, Peter and Jack Duvall A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict

Alderman, Ellen and Caroline Kennedy In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action

The Right to Privacy

Alterman, Eric What Liberal Media? The Truth about Bias in the News

*Amar, Akhil Reed and Alan Hirsch For the People: What the Constitution Really Says About Your Rights

Baker, Leonard Back to Back: The Duel Between FDR and the Supreme Court

Beatty, Jack, ed. Colossus: How the Corporation Changed America

*Berkin, Carol A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

Beschloss, Michael, ed. Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964

Reaching for Glory: Lyndon Johnson’s Secret White House Tapes, 1964-1965

The Presidents: From Washington to Bush: Every President In Depth

Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev, and the U-2 Affair

Birnbaum, Jeffrey H. and Alan S Murray Showdown in Gucci Gulch: Lawmakers, Lobbyists and the Unlikely Triumph of Tax Reform

Bork, Robert H. Slouching Toward Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline

Brands, H. W. TR: The Last Romantic

Branch, Taylor Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963

Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-1965

*Breyer, Stephen Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution

Canon, David T. The Enduring Debate: Classic and Contemporary Readings in American Politics

Caro, Robert Master of the Senate

Chernow, Ron Alexander Hamilton

*Church, Forrest The American Creed: a Biography of the Declaration of Independence

Cohen, Adam and Elizabeth Taylor American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley: His Battle for Chicago and the Nation

Dallek, Robert An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy,


*de Tocqueville, Alexis Democracy in America

Dean, John Blind Ambition: The White House Years

Deconde, Alexander Presidential Machismo

Doyle, William An American Insurrection: The Battle of Oxford, Mississippi, 1962

*Ehrenreich, Barbara Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Ellis, Joseph American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Ellsberg, Daniel Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the

Pentagon Papers

Fairclough, Adam Better Day Coming

Feldman, Noah Divided by God: America’s Church-State Problem and What We Should Do About It

Finan, Christopher Alfred E. Smith: The Happy Warrior

*Foner, Eric The Story of American Freedom

Glazer, Nathan We Are All Multiculturists Now

Goodwin, Doris Kearns No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor

Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

Hacker, Andrew Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal

Harr, Jonathan A Civil Action

Herman, Arthur Joseph McCarthy: Reexamining the Life and Legacy of America’s Most Hated Senator

Irons, Peter Jim Crow’s Children: The Broken Promise of the Brown Decision

Johnson, Paul George Washington: the Founding Father

Jones, Charles O. and MacLaury, Bruce K. The Presidency in a Separated System

*Kesler, Charles, ed. The Federalist Papers

*Ketcham, Ralph The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates

Kotlowitz, Alex The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America’s Dilemma

There Are No Children Here

Kozol, Jonathan Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation

Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools

Larson, Edward Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trail and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion

Lazarus, Edward Closed Chambers: The Justices, Clerks and Political Agendas that Control the Supreme Court

*Levin, Mark Men in Black

*Levy, Leonard Origins of the Bill of Rights

Lewis, Anthony and the New York Times Portrait of a Decade: The Second American Revolution

*Locke, John Second Treatise on Government

*Maier, Pauline American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence

Malcomson, Scott L. One Drop of Blood: The American Misadventure of Race

Manchester, William American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964

McCullough, David John Adams


McWhorter, Diane Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama; The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution

Menaud, Louis The Metaphysical Club

Miller, William Lee Arguing About Slavery: The Great Battle in the United States Congress

Morgan, Iwan W. Deficit Government: Taxing and Spending in Modern America

O’Connor, Sandra Day The Majesty of the Law

Obama, Barack The Audacity of H


Phillips, Kevin The Politics of Rich and Poor

Power, Samantha A Problem From Hell: America and the

Age of Genocide

*Putnam, Robert Bowling Alone

Rakove, Jack Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution

Ravitch, Diane The Language Police: How Pressure

Groups Restrict What Students Learn

Reeves, Richard President Nixon: Alone in the White House

*Rehnquist, William H. All the Laws but One

Roberts, Cokie Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation

Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. The Imperial Presidency

Shesol, Jeff Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and the Feud that Shaped a Decade

Simon, James F. What Kind of Nation: Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and the Epic Struggle to Created a United States

Singley, Bernestine, ed. When Race Becomes Real: Black and White Writers Confront Their Personal Histories

Slayton, Robert A. Empire Statesman: The Rise and Redemption of Al Smith

Steele, Shelby The Content of Our Charac

6 Answers

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Bork, Robert H. Slouching Toward Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline

    *Locke, John Second Treatise on Government

    Kesler, Charles, ed. The Federalist Papers

    de Tocqueville, Alexis Democracy in America

    Source(s): Who made up this list? There is a lot of Communist propaganda in there.
  • 10 years ago

    Herman Cain for president 2012!

  • 5 years ago

    I'm caught by the beginning part which is good... and I like the small sentences such as "Definitely not." and how brief and to the point.. it's a little obscure but I LOVE it :)

  • 10 years ago

    As a mere 17 year old, you are way ahead of the game. You know the answer to this question. They all interest you. You have plenty of time..a lifetime, and a summer ahead. Read them all!

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  • John
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    I'm not sure that i would not recommend any of them.

    A book that is a fine illustration of early American politics is "Jacobin and Junto"


    I would recommend it :)

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    The more, the better. Get some variety in there. I don't know what you'd like.

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