Outstanding Books for the College Bound: History
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Alexander, Caroline. The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition. It’s man against nature at the dawn of World War I, as the lure of the last unclaimed land on earth dazzles with its beauty and danger in this adventure of discovery and survival.
Berg, A. Scott. Lindbergh. Daring, mysterious and one of the 20th century’s first superstars – who was the man behind the myth and how did his historic flight across the Atlantic remake the world?
Danticat, Edwidge. The Farming of Bones. A Caribbean holocaust story – where nationalist madness and ethnic hatred turn island neighbors into executioners. Amid the rumors of terror, Annabelle and Sebastien hold on to love, to dignity – and struggle to survive.
Ellis, Joseph J. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. What seems like a foregone conclusion was anything but –six dramatic vignettes reveal the men behind the events of the most decisive decade in American history.
Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man. A young African-American seeking identity during his high school and college days and later in New York’s Harlem relates his terrifying experiences.
Frank, Mitch. Understanding September 11th, Answering Questions about the Attacks on America. These events are burned into images we can never forget – but after the pain of September 11 we ask why and what do we need to learn about the historical, religious and cultural issues that sparked the attacks.
Frazier, Charles. Cold Mountain. Inman, a wounded Civil War soldier, endures the elements, the Guard, his own weakness and infirmity to return to his sweetheart, Ada, who is fighting her own battle to survive.
Geras, Adele. Troy. A city under siege, epic battles and heroes, powerful supernatural forces – it’s the story of the Trojan War seen through the eyes of its women in one of our oldest stories of the cruelty of war.
Glancy, Diane. Stone Heart : A Novel of Sacajawea. You are there on the epic journey of Lewis and Clark that opened the west to the call of manifest destiny. Contrasts between the explorers’ actual journals and the young Shoshone woman’s own records reveal the inherent clash of cultures in this vast new land.
Harper, Kenn. Give Me My Father’s Body: The Life of Minik, the New York Eskimo. Imagine the horror as Minik visits the Museum of Natural History and learns the true fate of his father. The next time you visit a museum, will you wonder about the exhibits and the dark price sometimes paid to extend our understanding of ourselves and the world?
Hemingway, Ernest. Farewell to Arms. World War I is the setting for this love story of an English nurse and a wounded American ambulance officer.
Keneally, Thomas. Schindler’s List. Oskar Schindler, a rich factory owner, risks his life and spends his fortune to save Jews listed as his workers during World War II.
Lanier, Shannon. Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family. Thomas Jefferson fathered two families – one black, one white, brought together by his determined young descendant – a story about family, a story about identity, a story about secrets revealed and history made complete.
Heat-Moon, William Least . Columbus in the Americas. Was he a visionary and daring explorer, or a ruthless conquistador with dreams of riches and glory? Discover the truth behind the myth of a man whose impact still resonates through the continents he stumbled across.
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. A young girl tells of life in a small Alabama town in the 1930’s and her father’s defense in court of an African American accused of raping a white woman.
Marrin, Albert. Terror of the Spanish Main: Sir Henry Morgan and his Buccaneers. What lies behind the dark and romantic image of the pirate and what is the legacy of this brutal and bloody time?
McCullough, David. John Adams. He was a man of his times who transcended his times, and one of the least understood of the Founding Fathers.
Morrison, Toni. Beloved. Preferring death over slavery for her children, Sethe murders her infant daughter who later mysteriously returns and almost destroys the life of her mother and sister.
O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. These stories follow Tim O’Brien’s platoon of American soldiers through a variety of personal and military encounters during the Vietnam War.
Poets of World War II. They have been called the Greatest Generation, and in their own voices they reveal the true price of their call to arms.
Rogasky, Barbara. Smoke and Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust. Some of history’s darkest days are examined in this new look at the horror and humanity of the Holocaust and its aftermath.
Shaara, Michael. The Killer Angels. Officers and foot soldiers from both the Union and the Confederacy steel themselves for the bloody battle of Gettysburg.
Starkey, David. Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII. How one man’s matrimonial woes elevated a very disparate group of women to temporary positions of power changed the way a nation was ruled, and shook the foundations of the Catholic Church.
Tuchman, Barbara. A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century. Castles and crusades, plagues and famine, the glittering excitement of new ideas and discoveries and the agony and displacement of war – a time not unlike our own in its rhythms and dimension.
Ung, Loung. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. The perils of life under the brutal Pol Pot regime change a young woman’s life forever, as she and her family find themselves fugitives of war, without even their names to remind them of what they lost.
Von Drehle, David. Triangle: The Fire That Changed America. Beyond the terror, destruction and loss of life, this event changed the landscape of our cities and the lives of working people everywhere.
War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars. The Legacy Project preserves the voices of soldiers and statesmen who lived through violent times that changed the course of nations. Listen to their stories – they will inform and inspire you.
Weatherford, Jack. Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World. Discover how profoundly the native peoples of North and South America influenced what we eat, how we trade, and our system of government.
Winchester, Simon. Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883. When the earth’s most dangerous volcano exploded off the coast of Java, hundred foot waves flung ships inland, a rain of hot ash made temperatures plummet, the shock wave traveled around the world seven times, and 40,000 people died. The aftermath of this disaster saw the rise of radical Islam, civil unrest and a legacy of anti-Western militancy that continues today.
List adapted from
www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/obcb for Glendale Public Library
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