Reading List: the Fourth of July

Excited to celebrate your independence but not a fan of fire works? Escape the heat and spend some time learning about our nation’s history.



A Powerful Mind: The Self-Education of George Washington

by Adrienne M. Harrison

Breaking new ground in Washington scholarship and American revolutionary history, Adrienne M. Harrison investigates the first president’s dedicated process of self-directed learning through reading, a facet of his character and leadership long neglected by historians and biographers


The Hamiltonian Vision, 1789-1800: The Art of American Power During the Early Republic

by William Nester

“If the art of American power is one’s ability to defend and expand the nation’s interest, then no one was a greater master from 1789 to 1800 than Alexander Hamilton.” (page 5)


Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln’s Scandalous Secretary of War

by Paul Kahan

“A fine political biography.”Kirkus Reviews


Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause

by Heath Hardage Lee

“Heath Hardage Lee does a masterful job of introducing the world to Winnie Davis, one of the most enigmatic figures in American history… a terrific story, beautifully told.”Ellen F. Brown, author of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller’s Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood.


Harry and Arthur: Truman, Vanderberg, and the Partnership that Created the Free World

by Lawrence J. Haas

“A well-written, timely and thoroughly researched book.”Taylor Dibbert, Huffington Post

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