Skip to main content

America Unabridged: The Readers Respond

June 2024
1min read

To this reader there are a number of truly glaring omissions that most definitely should have been included in such a survey: COLONIAL ERA — American Colonies , by Alan Taylor (2001; Viking); BIOGRAPHIES— John Adams , by David McCullough (2001; Simon "&Schuster), Alexander Hamilton , by Ron Chernow (2004; Penguin), TR: The Last Romantic , by H. W. Brands (1997; Basic Books), Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr ., by Ron Chernow (1998; Random House), and Truman , by David McCullough (1992; Touchstone); MODERN AMERICA— Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War , 1929-45, by David M. Kennedy (1999; Oxford). These books represent landmark efforts by their respective authors and belong on any U.S. historian’s reading list.

Enjoy our work? Help us keep going.

Now in its 75th year, American Heritage relies on contributions from readers like you to survive. You can support this magazine of trusted historical writing and the volunteers that sustain it by donating today.