10 of the Best US History Books

Ah, U.S. history. With every second that passes, we have more of it. No one could possibly know about all of it. I don’t know about you, but there’s still so much of it that I want to learn about. Growing up in Maine in the 1980s, we were taught only the most basic facts, and as an adult, I am continually surprised by the things I don’t know about the country I have always lived in.

That’s where having a love of books and reading comes in handy! United States history is an unending source of material for books. You just have to decide what you’re interested in. Spoiler: There is a LOT of fascinating U.S. history to read about. So I’ve made it easier for you by picking out 9 of the best American history books for you to consider. I have read many of the best US history books over the last few decades, so I promise that you can trust me.



Liberty Hardy is a Book Riot senior contributing editor and velocireader in the great state of Maine, where she reads 500-600 books a year and lives with her three cats, who hate to read.