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Hammond Odyssey Atlas of the World

Hammond, N.Y., 1994, 72 pgs., index, map projections, world flags, paperback large format

Reference Atlas

An excellent set of maps in large format.


Acemoglu, Daron & James A. Robinson

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Crown Business, N.Y., 2012, 529 pgs., index, references, end notes, bibliographic essay

Economic History, Finance, Political Theory

A recent entry into the massive literature on what makes countries or nations successful or powerful and why others never make it or fail. The authors believe that political institutions either promote or deter success. They discuss to discount various other theories. On example they use is comparison between Nogales in Arizona and Mexico.

Artz, Frederick

Reaction and Revolution: 1814-1832

Harper & Row, N. Y., 1934, 328 pgs., index, bibliography, illustrations, foot notes, paperback

Modern History

This is in the Rise of Modern Europe series of histories. It includes much social and intellectual history of the post- Napoleonic Europe up to the new revolutionary movement in France in 1930.

Bailey, Thomas A.

A Diplomatic History of the American People

Appleton-Century-Crofts, N. Y., 1950, 986 pgs., index, tables, bibliography, foot notes, appendices, illustrations,

American History

Dixon Ryan Fox in his forward comments. "Diplomacy has been a favorite theme of history since the times of Thucydides, if not those of Homer. It has been the means of gaining benefits for the group without fighting for them or of securing benefits which fighting has already earned." He continues that diplomacy was reserved to monarchs in the long past but now is decidedly influenced by democratic public opinion. Therefore the description of how operates must change as well. This book begins with the diplomacy conducted during the colonial period and then with the more critical diplomacy between the colonies and French during the American Revolution. It concludes with the initial phases of the Cold War, and a chapter titled 'Toward a New World Order'.

Bailyn, Bernard

The New England Merchants in the Seventeenth Century

Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge, 1955, 249 pgs., index, references, end notes

American History

A detailed scholarly study by a noted authority on Colonial American History

Barck, Oscar Theodore & Nelson Blake

Since 1900: A History of the United States in Our Times

Macmillan Co., N.Y., 1952, 903 pgs., index, end notes, illustrations

American History

The book has the advantage of including only 50 years of American history. But evaluations of that 50 years may have changed since 1952. But the content is detailed

Beloff, Max

The Age of Absolutism 1660- 1815

Harper & Row, N.Y., 1962, 189 pgs.,. index, notes, maps, paperback

Early Modern History

The author points out that dividing history's continuous story into artificial periods does create problems. But it also enables one to focus. In this book he provides a general background and then focuses on France, Spain, Portugal, Prussia, Austria, Russia and Poland. He considers that the 'Maritime Powers" were in a different situation.

Binkley, Wilfred E. & Malcolm C. Moos

A Grammar of American Politics

Alfred A. Knopf, N. Y., 1950, 778 pgs., index,

American History - Government

So much has changed even since 1950 with the expansion of the welfare state that this book may be considered a history rather than a contemporary civics text as originally published.

Black, Jeremy

The Power of Knowledge: How Information and Technology made the Modern World

Yale Univ. Press, New Haven, 2014, 492 pgs., index, end notes

World History - Economic History - Intellectual History

The author focuses on the role of information, knowledge put to use, in the history of modern times. He believes that superior use of information was a major cause for the development of what can be called modernity in the West. (See Stark). He writes, "This book will take information as a cause, measure and product of power, and show how the relationships between information, modernity and power changed, and how these changes made the modern world."

Bloch, Marc - trans. Peter Putnam

The Historian's Craft

Random House, N.Y., 1964, 197 pgs., paperback


The famous French historian describes what a professional historian does, for the benefit of the lay reader.

Bloom, Allan

The Closing of the American Mind

Simon and Schuster, N.Y., 1987, 392 pgs., index, foot notes

American Education

A critical analysis of the decline in higher education in American colleges and universities. Saul Bellow wrote an extended Forward.

Boorstin, Daniel J.

The Americans: The Colonial Experience

Random House, N. Y., 1958, 434 pgs., index, bibliography

American History - Cultural and Intellectual History

The first volume -The material is organized more or less in a chronological manner, but the chapter topics are focused on culture or concepts. The period of the book is from the Puritans to the end of the American Revolution. This is an ideal companion to the typical history text focused on political activities.

Boorstin, Daniel J.

The Americans: The Democratic Experience

Random House, N. Y., 1973, 717 pgs., index, bibliography

American History - Cultural and Intellectual History

The third volume - This is structured like volume 1. The period is post Civil War America up to the 1960's.

Boorstin, Daniel J.

The Americans: The National Experience

Random House, N. Y., 1965, 717 pgs., index, bibliography

American History - Cultural and Intellectual History

The second volume - Like the first and third. It is unusual to have such a large history text focused on the period between the American Revolution and the Civil War.

Bowden, Catherine Drinker

Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention, May to Sept. 1787.

Little, Brown and Co., Boston, 1966, 346 pgs., index

American History

A detailed narrative and commentary on the process at Philadelphia that created the Constitution


Boyle, Donzella Cross

Quest of a Hemisphere

Western Islands, Boston, 1970, 633 pgs., index, illustrations

American History

The initial chapter describes the explorations by Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and Swedes as well as the French and English. But from there on the focus is on the English colonies and subsequent establishment of the United States. The story concludes in the post World War II period. The many illustrations are excellent.

Brandon, William

The American Heritage Book of Indians

American Heritage, N. Y., 1961, 424 pgs., index, illustrations

American History

The many illustrations are the main value of this book. The text narration explains these illustrations.

Brinton, Crane

The Shaping of the Modern Mind

Mentor Boo,, New American Library, N. Y., 1953, 287 pgs., index, paper back

Intellectual History

The content is organized around major themes such as humanism, rationalism, cosmology,

Carnes, Mark C. & John A. Garraty

Mapping America's Past

Henry Holt Co., N.Y., 1996, 287 pgs., index, bibliography, maps, illustrations,

Reference, American History

Based on maps, but there is much more with the extensive text and statistics displayed graphically with maps.

Carr, Robert K. & Marver Bernstein et al.

American Democracy in Theory and Practice: Essentials of National, State, and Local Government

Rinehart & Co., N.Y., 1957, 737 pgs., index, illustrations, tables, appendix

American Politics - Government

A basic text book that describes Federal, State and Local government as the greatest result of democracy in action. Government welfare policy is a presumed achievement. Everything is the best in all possible best of all worlds.

Carson, Clarence B.

A Basic History of the United States Vol 1 The Colonial Experience 1607 - 1774

American Textbook Committee, Wadley Alabama, 1983, 183 pgs., readings, glossary, index, notes, illustrations, paperback

American History

Excellent text for high school history courses. The author includes topics slighted in many course books today.

Carson, Clarence B.

A Basic History of the United States Vol 2 The Beginning of the Republic 1775 - 1825

American Textbook Committee, Wadley Alabama, 1983, 262 pgs., index, readings, glossary, notes, illustrations, paperback

American History

Excellent text for high school history courses. The author includes topics slighted in many course books today.

Carson, Clarence B.

A Basic History of the United States Vol 3 The Sections and the Civil War 1826- 1877

American Textbook Committee, Wadley Alabama, 1983, 224 pgs.. index, readings, glossary, notes, illustrations, paperback

American History

Excellent text for high school history courses. The author includes topics slighted in many course books today.

Carson, Clarence B.

A Basic History of the United States Vol 4 The Growth of America 1878 - 1928

American Textbook Committee, Wadley Alabama, 1983, 300 pgs., index, readings, glossary, notes, illustrations, paperback

American History

Excellent text for high school history courses. The author includes topics slighted in many course books today.

Carson, Clarence B.

A Basic History of the United States Vol 5 The Welfare State 1929 - 1985

American Textbook Committee, Wadley Alabama, 1983, 346 pgs., index, readings, glossary, notes, illustrations, paperback

American History

Excellent text for high school history courses. The author includes topics slighted in many course books today.

Commager, Henry Steele & Richard Morris - eds.

The "Spirit of 'Seventy-Six: The Story of the American Revolution as told by Participants - 2 vol


The Bobbs-Merrill Co., Indianapolis, 1958, 1348 pgs., index, maps, illustration

American History

A massive collection of eye-witness primary documents describing events of the American Revolution

Costain, Thomas B.

The White and the Gold: The French Regime in Canada

Doubleday & Co., Garden City, N.Y., 1954, 482 pgs., index

Early Modern History

The narrative begins with John Cabot's voyages to the New World. Then came Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlian. It was Champlain who did the most to organize French colonization and Costain initially devotes most attention to his efforts. But the story expanded greatly from that effort. Costain describes the efforts and deaths of the Jesuit Martyrs and the victory of the Iroquois over the Hurons. King Louis XIV takes an interest and becomes active. The French defeat the Iroquois. Jean Talon improves colonial organization. Costain discusses the activities of Radisson and Groseilliers and Frontenac. Then come La Salle, Marquette and Joliet. Finally, Costain turns to the wars between French and English. The book is especially valuable for students who generally learn only about the English colonies.


Crocker. H. W. III

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War

Regnery Pub. Wash. D. C., 2008, 370 pgs., index, notes, illustrations, paperback

American History

Well, the book begins with the section heading "Why the South Was Right ", so we can take the author at his word for his title. One part of the book consists of summaries of individual battles from First Manassas to Appomattox. The next section is biographies of many of the leading generals. The book is written for the high school student readers.

Davidson, James West & William Gienapp, et al.

Nation of Nations: A Narrative history of the American Republic, Vol. 1 to 1877

McGraw Hill, Boston, 2005, 400 pgs., index, appendix, illustrations, maps

American History

A basic high school text book. Included is a CD with original source documents. There is very little discussion of the War of 1812, Mexican War or even the Civil War, as if the authors sought to eliminate warfare.

DeVoto, Bernard - ed.

The Journals of Lewis and Clark

Houghton Mifflin Co./, Boston, 1955, 504 pgs., index, maps

American History

The Journals were a priceless addition to early American's knowledge about the new wilderness Jefferson had just purchased. DeVoto is just the man to prepare them for publication today.

DeVoto, Bernard

Across the Wide Missouri

Bonanza Books, N. Y., 1947, 483 pgs., index, illustrations

American History

One of my long time favorite books. The stunning illustrations are by Alfred Jacob Miller, Charles Bodmer and George Catlin, all original artist painters of the early western US and its native inhabitants. This is the story of the 'mountain men' the fur trappers and adventurers, scouts, and explorers of the Louisiana Purchase terrain, in 1833-38. During the time a Scottish adventurer, William Drummond Stewart decided on seeing the area for himself. He took a young artist, Alfred Jacob Miller, along. The result was spectacular. The Miller sketches reproduced here look like photographs in their detail. In addition to his main text focused on the fur trapper industry with the many Miller and a few Catlin and Bodmer illustrations, DeVoto appends a fascinating chapter devoted to description and analysis of all the artists who visited the West during the same period, with most attention to these three.. It includes his expert evaluation of these men's artistic skill, the quality of specific paintings and biographies of their activities.

Dorf, Philip

Visualized American Government

Oxford Book Co., N.Y., 1947, index, bibliography, illustrations

Reference text - American Government

A basic text for high schools

Dorn, Walter

Competition for Empire: 1740- 1763

Harper & Row, N. Y., 1940, 424 pgs. , index, bibliography, illustrations, foot notes, paperback

Early Modern History

This is in the Rise of Modern Europe series. It includes, political, economic, and intellectual history. This era included the development of absolutism in government and also the Enlightenment in intellectual fields. It includes the Seven Years' War., the Anglo-Spanish War, The Italian War, Commercial wars, and The War of the Austrian Succession

Dulles, Foster Rhea

The United States Since 1865

Univ. of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 1959, 565 pgs. , index, readings, maps,

American History

This is paired with Michael Kraus - The United States to 1865 - It is a straight forward history text book for colleges. The author includes, economics, culture, politics, warfare, literature.

Elliott, William Y. & Neil A. McDonald

Western Political Heritage

Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1949, 1027 pgs., index, bibliography

History of Political Thought

Very comprehensive - begins with Moses, Israel, Lycurgus, Solon - then Greek city state - Plato, Aristotle, Roman law, Medieval thought, Protestant revolt - Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hume, Smith and on to many Americans.

Faulkner, Harold Underwood

American Economic History

Harper and Brothers, Pub., N. Y., 1943, 784 pgs., index, bibliography, foot notes, readings, illustrations

American Economic History

Obviously dated now, but contains more information on early 19th century than can fit now in recent histories.

Forbis, William H.

The Cowboys

Time-Life Books, N. Y., 1973, 240 pgs., index, bibliography, illustrations

American History

This is part of a Time-Life series - The Old West - It is extensively illustrated with contemporary and recent photographs. There are many detailed illustrations depicting such activities as roping cattle or the components of a cowboy's dress and equipment.

Furlong, Rev. Philip J

The Old World and America

Tan Books, Rockford Illinois, 1984, 382 pgs., index, illustrations,

European History

High School text

Furlong, Rev. Philip J

Our Pioneers and Patriots

Tan Books, Rockford Illinois, 1940, 505 pgs., index, illustrations, - with an answer key for teachers 50 pgs.,

American History

Excellent text for high school - each chapter has review and test questions, with answers in the separate booklet. Very brief chapter on 20th century ending with FDR, as publication date will indicate.

Furlong, Rev. Philip J.

The New History of America

William H. Sadlier, N. Y., 1944, 618 pgs., plus index and appendix, illustrations, maps.

American History

The book is a text book for high schools. The content begins with the explorers (Columbus and others) and concludes during World War II. In addition this volume has a History of California.

Gay, Peter & Gerald J. Cavanaugh

Historians at Work Vol. Two Valla to Gibbon

Harper and Row, N. Y., 1972, 406 pgs. foot notes, bibliography

History by Historians

Each chapter is an extract from the original work of an important historian. - In this volume 14 are included. It includes the time from the beginning of the Renaissance through the Enlightenment. It was a time of revolution in the craft of the historian.

Gordon, John Steele

An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power

Harper Perennial, N. Y., 2004, 460 pgs., index, bibliography, end notes, paperback

American History - Economic History

An excellent narration of the development of the American economy from colonial days to present. However, I disagree with his apparent approval of sizable debt in the process.

Gordon, Robert J.

The Rise and Fall of American Growth

Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, 2016, 762 pgs., index, references, notes, appendix

American Economic History - Pubic Policy

The subtitle is "The U. S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War. This is a huge text that descries the author's thesis that the increase of the standard of living in the US since 1870 is unprecedented in history in size and rapidity but since about 1970 has slowed to almost zero and will not expand over the next 25 years. The author denies there was much if any improvement in people's standard of living prior to the mid 19th century and that since the 1970's there has been an unprecedented increase in the gap of living standards between rich and poor in America. He claims the causes of this are the usual 'headwinds' of the elitest liberal academia and recommends the typical leftist political soultions. He uses the standard leftist concept of the economy as a 'pie' and claims that the 'rich' (wealthy 1%)are taking a larger slice of this thus leaving a smaller slice to the poorer 99%. But the volumenous facts he well describes show that the economic 'pie' is what has expanded vastly thus raising the standard of living of all. By begining his analysis in 1870 and focusing on the US. he falsely claims that there was no improvement of people's standard of living for all the centuries before that and ignores the much greater differences between the living standards of the most wealthy and poorest in many societies in the past as well.

Gustavson, Carl G.,

A Preface to History

McGraw- Hill Books, N.Y., 1953, 222 pgs., index, bibliography, paperback


The author writes his purpose: "The principal purpose of this book is to present an outline of the nature of historical-mindness on a level sufficiently elementary to be suitable for first-year college students. History, when treated purely as book learning can be deceptive, for, unlike work in economics, mathematics, or the sciences, the existence of inherent patterns of reasoning may escape the uninitiated almost completely. When the untrained mind must grapple with the broader historical problems, it finds its explanations in certain rudimentary concepts and gross oversimplifications based upon inadequate observation and strong subjective preferences." Of course the author intends to disabuse the foolish reader from belief in any alternative theories about historical causation than those he holds.

Hamilton, Alexander & James Madison & John Jay

The Federalist Papers

New American Library, N.Y., nd., 559 pgs., index, paperback

American History - Political document

This edition has introduction and notes by Clinton Rossiter.

Hamilton, Alexander & James Madison & John Jay

The Federalist Papers

Arlington House, New Rochelle, N.Y., nd, 527 pgs.,

American History - Political document

This edition has introduction by Willmoore Kendall and George Cary - highly recommended

Hamm, William A.

From Colony to World Power: A History of the United States

D. C. Heath Co., Boston, 1947, 854 pgs. , index, reading, maps, charts, diagrams, appendices, illustrations

American History

 An excellent standard history text for high school or college.

Hayes, Carlton J. H.

A Generation of Materialism 1871 - 1900

Harper & Row, N. Y., 1941, 390 pgs., index, bibliography, maps, illustrations, foot notes, paperback

Modern History

This is in the Rise of Modern Europe series. It is between Robert Binkley's Realism and Nationalism 1852 - 1871and Oron J. Hale's The Great Illusion 1900 - 1914. During this period expansion of industrial production and foreign commerce drove change in society and the political response. Liberalism, religion and the arts are all discussed. The author describes the European State System that had developed.

Heilbroner, Robert L.

The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times and Ideas of the Great Economic Thinkers

Simon and Schuster, N. Y., 1961, 309 pgs., index, further reading, paper back

History of economic thought from Adam Smith to 1950's

Many considered this the standard introduction to economic history for colleges throughout the United States. That may be a major cause of current ignorance. He leaves out much of Austrian School economic theory for instance von Mises.

Heilbroner, Rober L.

The Future as History: The historic currents of our time and a direction in which they are taking America

Grove Press, N. Y., 1960, 217 pgs., index, paperback

Ideas about the future

This book serves as a masterful example of the inability of trained academic minds to grasp even the barest concepts of what the future will being. The predictions turn out to be so wrong but history itself shows that this is common. In this case the author reveals his own bias and political philosophy in the consistent nature of his faulty predictions.

Hemming, John

Red Gold: The Conquest of the Brazilian Indians

Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge, 1978, 677 pgs. , index, notes and references, illustrations, maps, glossary, appendix

History of Brazil prior to 1760

This is a story much like the Spanish conquests of Mexico and Peru - namely the attraction for gold. But the missionaries did want converts and the settlers wanted Indian labor. The terrible disaster to the population had the same cause as elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere - the lack of Indian immunity to European and African disease. However, there were also destructive wars between Indians and colonists.

Hollingsworth, J. Rogers - & Bell
Wiley - eds.

American Democracy: A Documentary Record: Vol I, 1620 - 1865

Thomas Y. Crowell, N. Y., 1961, 625 pgs. ,index

American History

This contains 118 primary source documents on American government and politics from Colonial government in Virginia to Congressman Thaddeus Stevens' Speech on the South as a Conquered Province, December 18, 1865. This is a terrific reference for teachers to use in courses.

Horton,. Rosalind & Sally Simmonds eds.

Great American Documents

Quercus, London, 2007, 255 pgs., index, illustrations

American history

An excellent compilation of important original documents from a letter by Christopher Columbus to a missing persons message board of 2001. The book is intended as a readings supplement for High School

Jaffa, Harry V.

Equality & Liberty: Theory and Practice in American Politics

Oxford Univ;. Press, N.Y., 1965, 229 pgs.,

Political Theory

A compendium of 10 essays on various topics related to the reality of American politics.

Johnson, Simon & James Kwak

White House Burning: The Founding Father, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You

Pantheon Books, N. Y., 2012, 352 pgs., index, end notes

Public Policy, Finance, Economic Policy, Monetary Policy

The authors correctly describe the essential roles of government to maintain the rule of law, individual private property, stable money supply and the rest. They write: "Ultimately, our choice of government implies a choice of the kind of society we want to live in." Their view of the kind of society they want is one in which the government protects everyone from a host of potential misfortunes. Their view is based on 'fairness'. So they deplore conservative efforts to reduce taxes. They denounce the 'Tea Party' movement.

Kirk, Russell

Edmund Burke: A Genius Reconsidered

Arlington House, New Rochelle, N.Y., 1967, 255 pgs., index, end notes

Biography, Intellectual History

An expansive biography from the author's essay on Burke in The Conservative Mind.He notes the large volume of more information now available.

Kirk, Russell

John Randolph: A Study in American Politics with Selected Speeches and Letters

Henry Regnery Co., Chicago, 1964, 485 pgs., index, bibliography, appendices, notes

American History, Intellectual History

John Randolph was one of the significant political leaders in America during the Revolutionary era. This is not a biography of the man but a presentation and analysis of his thinking. he was a strong conservative and opponent of both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. The appendices consist of his letters and speeches. Kirk chooses to write this as Randolph is so similar to Burke in his representation of conservative thought.

Kirk, Russell

Beyond the Dreams of Avarice

Henry Regnery Co., Chicago, 1956, 339 pgs.

Social Criticism

A series of lectures and essays from Britain and well as America. The author writes: "So these essays are intended to be, in their imperfect and desultory way, some manner of answer to the dominant doctrine that the end of man is gratification of carnal appetite, - a doctrine preached on high in schools of philosophy and theology, and vulgated by gentlemen like Mr. George Soule and Mr. Moriss Ernst. We are going to have to search back far beyond Bentham and Marx, Freud and Dewey, for measures to prevent the dehumanization of man."

Kirk, Russell

The American Cause

Henry Regnery Co., Chicago, 1957, 172 pgs. suggested readings

Political Philosophy

The book explains the essential requirement for society to be based on moral principles. Among those categories described in detail are - The Nature of Man - The Church and State - Ordered Liberty -The Federal Republic, The Free Economy - American Economic Accomplishment. There are chapters also discussing the Communist Claims and the American Answer.

Kirk, Russell

Confessions of a Bohemian Tory

Fleet Publishing, N. Y., 1965, 308 pgs.

Personal Memoir

The author certainly has 'been around', and in this memoir he describes some of the places, events and personalities involved. He starts the first page with: "A connoisseur of slums and strange corners, I have dwelt in more garrets and cellars, forest cabins and island hovels, than I can recall. These random memoirs, vignettes, and meditations are occasional fruits of a frugal and often picturesque solitude." Since there is no index, the interested person will have to read the whole thing to find out the details.

Kirk, Russell

The Roots of American Order

Open Court, Lasalle, Illinois, 1974, 534 pgs. , index, readings,

Political Philosophy

The author writes: "In this book we examine the roots of order in the United States of America. Old and intricate, these roots give life to us all. We can distinguish two sorts of roots, intertwined: the roots of the moral order, of order in the soul; and the roots of the civil social order, of order in the republic." And also: "All the aspects of any civilization arise out of a people's religion: its politics,, its economics, its arts, its sciences, even its simple crafts are the by-products of religious insights and religious cult."

Kirk, Russell

Eliot and His Age

Random House, N. Y., 1971, 462 pgs., index, end notes

Literary criticism

The subtitle is: T. S. Eliot's Moral Imagination in the Twentieth Century. The author writes: "A fresh examination of the work of T. S. Eliot may assist in that reinvigoration. This book is an endeavor at once to criticize an important body of literature, and to relate that literature to the events and circumstances and prospects of civilization in this century."

Kirk, Russell

Decadence & Renewal in the Higher Learning: An Episodic History of American University and College Since 1953.

Gateway Editions, South Bend, Indiana, 1978, 354 pgs., index

Higher Education

The book is about the progressive decadence of American Higher Education establishments. The author writes: 'For a quarter of a century, higher education in America has been sinking lower. This book, of which the first part is chronological in scheme, gives a mordant account of that decline. I have endeavored to express myself graphically, though episode and vignette. In the later part of the book, concerned with renewal, I permit some cheerfulness to break in."

Kirszner, Laurie G. & Stephen Mandell

Patterns for College Writing

Bedford/St. Martin's, N.Y., 2010, 819 pgs., index, paperback

English writing

A detailed guide for better writing with many examples of excellent writing by well-known authors.

Kraus, Michael

The United States to 1865

Univ. of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 1959, 540 pgs., index, readings, maps

American History

This is paired with Foster Dulles - The United States Since 1865 - It is a straight forward history text book for colleges. The author includes, economics, culture, politics, warfare, literature.

Lavender, David

Bent's Fort: A Historical Account of the Adobe Empire that Shaped the Destiny of the American Southwest.

Doubleday & Co., Garden City, N. Y., 1954, 450 pgs. index, bibliography, end notes, map

American History

The subtitle seems rather overdrawn, but in his introduction Lavender does provide enough of a summary of the events to be described in the book to draw the reader's attention and try to find out if it is true that the Bent brothers and their two forts played such a decisive role.

Locke, John

The Second Treatise of Government

Bobbs-Merrill, N. Y., 1952, 139 pgs. notes, bibliography, paperback

Political Theory

The classic study of government that was extremely influential with American Constitutional authors. There is valuable introduction by Thomas Peardon. Today the book is much more mentioned than read, but it should be studied. See Willmoore Kendall - John Locke and the Doctrine of Majority Rule

May, Henry F.

The Enlightenment in America

Oxford Univ. Press, N. Y., 1976, 419 pgs., index, end notes,

Intellectual History - American History

The author is a fan of Enlightenment thinking. As he describes in his lengthy and excellent introduction he has been focused as an historian on 19th and 20th century American thinking. He recognized that there must be an intellectual background and precursor to early 19th Century American thought in the 18th century. He finds this background in two dominant intellectual threads - Protestantism and Enlightenment thought. In this book he skips Protestantism to focus on the role of Enlightenment thinking in America and its influence on the Revolution and post Revolutionary era. He organizes his subject into interesting thought periods. - 1 Moderate Enlightenment 1688-1787 - 2 Skeptical Enlightenment 1750-1789 - 3 Revolutionary Enlightenment 1776-1800 - 4 Didactic Enlightenment 1800 - 1815. Throughout he not only describes but also explains, comments, evaluates thinking, the origins of the thoughts, and the consequences or results of the thinking. This is an excellent companion to histories of the events.

Morgan, Edmund S. & Helen M.

The Stamp Act Crisis

Collier Books, N.Y., 1955, 384 pgs., index

American History

Discussion of the important event that lead to the American Revolution. It is a fascinating read. I am always amazed at the volume of personal letters by unofficial individuals that remain in archives from the 18th century Exploiting this vast quantity of material the authors have produced a very detailed account of who did what on both sides during this conflict over Parliament's right to tax the colonies.

O'Neil, Paul

The Rivermen

Time-Life Books, N. Y., 1975,240 pgs., index, bibliography, illustrations

American History

This is part of a Time-Life series - The Old West - It is extensively illustrated with contemporary and recent photographs. The story is about the life and activities along the Missouri - Mississippi rivers north and west of St. Louis,

Palmer, A. W.

A Dictionary of Modern History 1789-1945

Penguin Books, Baltimore, 1962, 363 pgs., paperback

Reference - History

An alphabetical listing of short entries useful for quick reference.

Palmer, R. R.

The Age of the Democratic Revolution: A Political History of Europe and America 1760-1800 - The Challenge

Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, 1959, 534 pgs., index, foot notes, appendix

Modern History

Volume One of Professor Palmer's study of the American and French Revolutions. This volume describes the background - the ancien regime and the political thought generated by Enlightenment authors. It also includes the American Revolution.

Palmer, R. R.

The Age of the Democratic Revolution: A Political History of Europe and America 1760-1800 - The Struggle

Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, 1964, 584 pgs., index, foot notes, appendix

Modern History

This is volume Two of the study. It shifts to the French Revolution on Bastille Day of 1792. It moves on to the revolutions in Holland, Italy, Helvetia, and Germany. Then it discusses reactions in Great Britain and America. The content concludes in 1799, before Napoleon.

Parkman, Francis - ed Mason Wade

The Journals of Francis Parkman - 2 vol.

Harper & Brothers, N.Y., 1947, 718 pgs., index, end notes, map, illustrations

American History - Literature

A wonderful primary source from the famous historian. Parkman visited many of the places about which we wrote. The Oregon Train journey in 1846 is especially important, but prior to that he visited Canada, New York and New England, the locus of the French and Indian Wars. And he made a tour in Europe in 1843-44. And after the Oregon Trail his note books extend to 1892. The editor has provided critical commentary and explanation about Parkman's motives and efforts in making these extensive tours. It is rare enough for an accomplished historian to visit the locale about which he intends to write, let alone provide us with his personal notes about his sights and thoughts..

Parrington, Vernon Louis

Main Currents in American Thought: An Interpretation of American Literature from the Beginning to 1920

Harcort, Brace & Co., N. Y., 1930, Book 1 493 pgs,. Book 2, 429 pgs., index, bibliography, foot notes,

Intellectual History - Literary criticism, American political history

The author analyzes literature, but much of it is political writing or cultural (for instance religious texts) that were politically influential. Basically it is a study of the influence of ideas on action. The first section is on the Puritan Heritage in 1620-1660. Each intellectual development is thoroughly described along with its impact. The final chapter, written in 1930, treats the 'liberal' now we call progressive, movement of the pre-World War One as a mostly spent force. Little did the author predict the following 70 years.

Perkins, Edwin J.

The Economy of Colonial America, 2nd ed.

Columbia Univ. Press, N. Y., 1988, 226 pgs. , index,

American History - Economics

A scholarly study of American Economic History. The author describes colonial America as a very dynamic place with output expanding 12-fold between 1700 and 1774. .By the time of the Revolution the colonies were rapidly gaining in economic output with Great Britain itself. Even so, the economy was mostly rural and agricultural. Total economic development was largely due to population increase. He gives these numbers: White population in 1650=40,000 - in 1700=235,000 - in 1770=1,.8 million. The black population went from 13000=1690 to 465,000 in 1770.

Reagan, Ronald - ed Douglas Brinkley

The Reagan Diaries

Harper Collins, N. Y., 2007,767 pgs., glossary, index, illustrations

Biography, American History

Douglas Brinkley in his introduction expresses the central thoughts one has when reading the diaries.

Reitran, E. A. - ed.

George III: Tyrant or Constitutional Monarch?

D. C. Heath, Boston, 1964, 106 pgs., readings, paperback

Modern History

This is a booklet in the problems of European civilization series designed for teachers to use in classroom discussion. It seems to me that one can be both a tyrant and constitutional ruler. The booklet has 12 essays proposing various opinions on the subject. Four are by contemporary authors such as Burke and Walpole, two are by Whig historians, three are by Namier 'school' of which two are by Namier himself, and three are responses to Namier. The editor provides a long introduction in which he quotes Herbert Butterfield's point that there is a problem in determining who is conservative and who not. And he describes the work of Sir Lewis Namier as starting a modern look at King George. The result is a booklet full of able arguments that a teacher may use for class discussion.

Reman, Edward

The Norse Discoveries and Explorations in America

Univ. of California Press, Berkeley, 1949, 201 pgs., index, foot notes,

Medieval History

The chapters are organized for each of the major Norse explorers, Gunnbjorn Ulfsson, Erik the Red, Lief Erickson, Thorvald Erickson, and Thorfinn Karlsfni

Rossiter, Clinton

The American Presidency

Mentor Book, N.Y., 1956, 166 pgs., index, appendix, paperback

American Politics

A short but condensed description of the American Presidency including topics such as Powers, Limits, history and relationship of modern presidency to the Constitution.

Sedeen, Margaret - ed.

Our Fifty States

National Geographic, Wash. D. C., 1991, 264 pgs., index, maps, illustrations data tables

Reference - atlas

Organized by region. Not only state maps but also flags and text.

Sellers, Charles and Henry May

A Synopsis of American History

Rand McNally Co, Chicago, 1963, 434 pgs., index, tables, map, paperback

American History

A study aid for high school students. The content is political history with the commentary on the liberal side.

Simkins, Francis Butler

Virginia: History, Government, Geography

Charles Scribner's Sons, N.Y., 1964, 672 pgs., index, illustrations, appendix

American History

This is a high school text describing Virginia from Jamestown in 1609 to the 1960's. Fully a third is devoted to colonial period and another 150 pages or so to the period through the Civil War.

Sloan, Jared

The Effects of Video Frame Delay and Spatial Ability on the Operation of Multiple Semiautonomous and Tele-operated Robots

Thesis submitted for degree of Masters of Science, University of Central Florida, 2005, 38 pgs., bibliography, tables, paperback


A very interesting and timely case study based on experiments judging the capabilities of human operators to control unmanned aerial robots.

Sloan, John

A Comparative Application of the Methods of Stokes and Hirvonen to the Computation of the Undulation of the Geoid

A Thesis presented for fulfillment of Degree of Master of Science, Ohio State Univ. 1960, 63 pgs., bibliography, tables, paperback


Geodetic Science

The study was based on gravity measurements around Pike's Peak in Colorado. Advanced mathmatics were used to compare the historic methods developed in theory by Sir George Stokes with modern methods using more gravimetric data and the methods described by R. A. Hirovonen.

Standford, Les

Washington a Frenchman's Vision for our Nation's Capital Survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the Invading British Army

Crown Publishers, N., Y., 2008, 353 pgs., index, end notes, map

American History

Interesting narrative and commentary on the early history of Washington D.C. Every aspect of the creation of the National Capital, from location, to design of every structure was subject to intense political struggles. Then the British came and burned much of it down. At least Dolly Madison insisted on saving Gilbert Stuart's full-length portrait of George Washington before she would depart the White House. Interesting that Charles Carroll was the one to take her to Bellvue. Immediately the British left the new political struggle over rebuilding began. The completion was years away, but in the end L'Efant's design won out.

Stirling, Matthew W.

Indians of the Americas

National Geographic Society, Wash, D. C., 1955, 431 pgs., illustrations

American History

The numerous, color illustrations are the chief value of this excellent book. The book includes not only North America but also Central and South America

Swinton, William

First Lessons in Our Country's History

American Book Co., N. Y., 1872, 208 pgs., tables, maps, illustrations

American History

A 19th century grammar school text book. The author writes : "The extension of the study of United States History into the lower grades of our schools has suggested the need of a class-book fitted to their wants." The reader now can judge the quality of education at that time and compare it with today. At the end of each chapter there are review lessons. One such, "Did the English try to make settlements in North America during the sixteenth century?" And on the Civil War "What was the first important event in the West in 1862?" And "What was the first great event of 1863?"

Tansill, Charles Callan - ed.

The Making of the American Republic; The Great Documents, 1774-1789

Arlington House, New Rochelle, N. Y., nd., 1115 pgs.

American History - Reference - Political Science

A marvelous reference to American Constitutional history - over 30 of the priceless, primary documents from the Declaration and resolves of the First Continental Congress in 1774 to Congressional resolutions submitting the first 12 amendments to the Constitution.

 Taylor, George Rogers - ed.

The Turner Thesis: Concerning The Role of the Frontier in American History

D. C. Heath, Boston, 1949, 106 pgs., readings, paperback

American History

One of a series of booklets designed for use by teachers in classroom discussion. There are 9 essays including a section by Turner from his book.

Taylor, Lonn & Kathleen Kendrick & Jeffrey Brodie

The Star-Spangled Banner

National Museum of American history, Smithsonian Institution, Wash D.C.. 2008, 182 pgs. , index, illustrations

American History

Spectacular book that is a memorial to the Star-Spangled Banner. It describes the huge and expensive conservation program the museum accomplished to mount the flag in a new, highly protected place. And also a very interesting history of the flag from the War of 1812 to today.

Tocqueville, Alexis de - trans. Henry Reeve

Democracy in America

Arlington House, New Rochelle, N.Y., nd., 431 and 382 pgs.,

American History - Politics in America

This edition has introduction by Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn. It is a classic appraisal of America by noted French author.

Turner, Frederick Jackson

Frontier and Section; Selected Essays of Frederick Jackson Turner

Prentice- Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N. J., 1961, 171 pgs., paperback

American History

Turner's thesis about the closing of the American frontier was very influential and still draws a lot of comment. This book has an Introduction by Ray Billington who writes: "The essays in this volume have been selected to show Frederick Jackson Turner in his true light, not simply as the father of the 'frontier' and 'sectional' interpretations of American history, but as a scholar whose interests were universal and whose views were as modern as tomorrow." There are 9 essays. They may be classified as contributions to historiography.

Underhill, Ruth Murray

Red Man's America: A history of Indians in the United States

Univ. of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1953, 400 pgs., index, bibliography, end notes, illustrations, map

American History

The author notes that this must be a very limited survey, since full coverage of the many Indian tribes would require volumes. She organized the work with an initial description of the arrival and spread of the native Americans. After that the organization is by region, begining with the southeast, then north east.

Webb, Walter Prescott

The Great Plains

Grosset & Dunlap, N. Y., 1931, 525 pgs., index, maps, bibliography, paperback

American History

This is a special study focuses on what happened when the Americans encountered the huge plains area west of the Mississippi.

West, Ray B. Jr.

Kingdom of the Saints: The Story of Brigham Young and the Mormans

The Viking Press, N. Y., 1957, 389 pgs., index, bibliography, map

American History

This is also in part of biography of Brigham Young, but only as he was the founder, leader of the Morman experience. The story is about the entire period of their move to Utah.

Westin, Alan F. - ed.

The Uses of Power: 7 Cases in American Politics

Harcourt, Brace, and World, 1962, 375 pgs., sources, paperback

Political theory, Politics

Seven case studies on American Congress, Presidency, Supreme Court, Regulatory Agencies, Political Parties, State and Local Governments and Pressure Groups.

Whalen, R. Christopher

Inflated: How Money and Debt Built the American Dream

John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, N. J., 2011, 393 pgs., index, references, end notes

Economic History, Banking, Finance

This is an economic history of the United States focused on the role of banks and credit in the monetary system. The author is very positive about this. He describes the role of the modern central bank - FED -in expanding credit=inflation which he contends has been instrumental in creating the American Dream..

Wilentz, Sean

The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln

W. W. Norton Co., N. Y., 2005, 1044 pgs., index, end notes, maps, illustrations

American History

The narrative and analysis is divided into three sections: 1 - The Crisis of the New order (Jefferson in the election of 1800 generated a revolution in American government organization). 2 - Democracy Ascendant, (of which Jackson's administration is center piece). 3 -Slavery and the Crisis of American Democracy (of which of course the continual struggle between Northern and Southern societies over the status of the west was significant). This is a huge book focused on the title subject (rise of democracy). For instance, the Mexican War is analyzed in terms of its impact on sectionalism and the fight over slavery. His chapter including the War of 1812 begins; "The coming of the war with Britain, and the war itself, permanently altered the structure of American politics." Throughout, the author not only (a) describes events, (b) analyzes them in terms of political results, but also (c) discusses popular and historiographical thought about them even now.

The Seventeenth Century Background

Doubleday & Co., Garden City, N.Y., 1953, 316 pgs., index, paperback

Intellectual History

The book begins with the end of Scholasticism as the leading intellectual school. The author then discusses Bacon, Sir Thomas Browne, Descartes, Hobbes, Joseph Glanville, Milton, John Locke and other philosophers. The author sought to provide readers with a view of the 17th century intellectual scene. He focuses on poetic and religious expression in literature.

Wood, Gordon S.

The Creation of the American Republic 1776-1787

Univ. of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1969, 653 pgs., index, notes,

American History - Political Science - Intellectual History

This is about the political theory and practice in colonial America that resulted in the Creation of the Constitution.


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