KENDER'S Top Reading List for College-Bound High School Students


  The Aubrey/Maturin series  - Pat O'Brien

       Novels in order of first publication
       (American titles as noted)

       1. Master and Commander (1970)

       2. Post Captain (1972)

       3. HMS Surprise (1973)

       4. The Mauritius Command (1977)

       5. Desolation Island (1978)

       6. The Fortune of War (1979)

       7. The Surgeon's Mate (1980)

       8. The Ionian Mission (1981)

       9. Treason's Harbour (1983)

       10. The Far Side of the World (1984)

       11. The Reverse of the Medal (1986)

       12. The Letter of Marque (1988)

       13. The Thirteen Gun Salute (1989)

       14. The Nutmeg of Consolation (1991)

       15. Clarissa Oakes (1992) ?  (The Truelove in the USA)

       16. The Wine-Dark Sea (1993)

       17. The Commodore (1995)

       18. The Yellow Admiral (1996)

       19. The Hundred Days (1998)

       20. Blue at the Mizzen (1999)

       21. The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey 
           (2004) ? (21 in the USA)
       Internal Chronology

       O'Brian's books were written and published in the same chronological
       sequence as the events they describe, beginning with
       Master and Commander, set in 1800, and carrying through to the final
       novel, set in late 1815 after the Battle of Waterloo.

  The Hobbit (the prelude to "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy)
                             - J. R. R. Tolkien

  The Lord of the Rings (trilogy) :

        - J. R. R. Tolkien

        (Read the prelude (The Hobbit) first !!)

       The Fellowship of the Ring
       The Two Towers
       The Return of the King

  The Sharpe's Rifles series - Bernard Cornwell

    Series No. 	Title       Sub-title 	                                                       1st Pub. Rev. date

    01 	Sharpe's Tiger 	    Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Seringapatam, 1799 	               1997 
    02 	Sharpe's Triumph    Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Assaye, September 1803 	       1998 	
    03 	Sharpe's Fortress   Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803 	       1999 	
    04 	Sharpe's Trafalgar  Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Trafalgar, October 1805 	       2000 	
    05 	Sharpe's Prey       Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Copenhagen, 1807 	               2001 	
    06 	Sharpe's Rifles     Richard Sharpe and the French Invasion of Galicia, January 1809    1988 	
    07 	Sharpe's Havoc      Richard Sharpe and the Campaign in Northern Portugal, Spring 1809  2003 	
    08 	Sharpe's Eagle      Richard Sharpe and the Talavera Campaign, July 1809 	       1981 	
    09 	Sharpe's Gold       Richard Sharpe and the Destruction of Almeida, August 1810         1981 	
    10 	Sharpe's Escape     Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Bussaco, September 1810 	       2004 	
    11 	Sharpe's Fury 	    Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Barrosa March 1811, Winter 1811   2007 	
    12 	Sharpe's Battle     Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Fuentes de Oñ, May 1811 	       1995 	
    13 	Sharpe's Company    Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812     1982 	
    14 	Sharpe's Sword      Richard Sharpe and the Salamanca Campaign, June and July 1812      1983 	
    15 	Sharpe's Skirmish   Richard Sharpe and the Defence of the Tormes,
                                August 1812 (short story) 	                               1999 rev. extended ed. pub. 2002
    16 	Sharpe's Enemy 	    Richard Sharpe and the Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812         1984 	
    17 	Sharpe's Honour     Richard Sharpe and the Vitoria Campaign, February to June 1813     1985 	
    18 	Sharpe's Regiment   Richard Sharpe and the Invasion of France, June to November 1813   1986 	
    19 	Sharpe's Christmas  December 1813, Franco-Spanish border (short story) 	               1994 rev. ed. pub. 2003
    20 	Sharpe's Siege      Richard Sharpe and the Winter Campaign, 1814                       1987 	
    21 	Sharpe's Revenge    Richard Sharpe and the Peace of 1814 	                       1989 	
    22 	Sharpe's Waterloo   Richard Sharpe and the Waterloo Campaign, 15 June to 18 June 1815  1990 	
    23 	Sharpe's Ransom     December 1815, Normandy (short story)                              1994 rev. ed. pub. 2003
    24 	Sharpe's Devil      Richard Sharpe and the Emperor, 1820?21                            1992

  Sarum          -  Edward Rutherfurd 
  London         -    "       "      [Fawcett Crest Book, Ballantine Pub.]
  The Forest     -    "       "      [Arrow Books, Pub.]


 History and Politics:  [and the Social Sciences in general]

   The 10 Big Lies About America:

           Combating Destructive Distortions About Our Nation

              by Michael Medved

              Hardcover: 280 pages  [Also avaqilable on CDs(9 of them)]
              Publisher: Crown Forum; First Edition edition (November 18, 2008)
              Language: English
              ISBN-10: 9780307394064 ISBN-13: 978-0307394064 ASIN: 0307394069

              According to Mr. Medved, the 10 big lies are:

              1. America was founded in genocide against Native Americas.
              2. The United States is uniquely guilty for the crime of slavery. 
              3. The Founders intended a secular, not a Christian nation.
              4. America has always been a multicultural society, strengthened
                 by diversity.
              5. The power of Big Business hurts the country and oppresses
                 the people.
              6. Government offers the only remedy for economic downturn
                 and poverty.
              7. America is an imperialist nation and a constant threat
                 to world peace.
              8. The two-party system is broken and we urgently need a
                 viable third party.
              9. There is a war going on against the American middle class.
             10. America is in the midst of an irreversible moral decline.

   Benjamin Frankin: An American Life

              (c) 2004

               by Walter Isaacson

               Publisher: Simon & Schuster
               Language: English
               ISBN-10: 074325807X
               ISBN-13: 978-0743258074
               ISBN-13: 9780743258074
               Publisher: Simon & Schuster
               Publication date: 5/4/2004
               Edition description: Reprint
               Pages: 608
               Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
               Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.40 (d)

               AUDIO BOOK:

               Narrated by: Nelson Runger
               Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins 
               Unabridged Audiobook
               Release Date:04-07-11
               Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio                 

               "Isaacson's biography of Ben Franklin is long and detailed but
               it is well worth the time invested. Franklin is possibly the
               most original and unique American character ever in our near 230
               year history. The list of his roles to the country and personal
               achievements are enough to inspire patriot or royalist alike.

               He attained wealth as a printer. He was appointed colonial
               postmaster. He is credited with unlocking many of the mysteries
               of electricity and coining the terminology positive and negative,
               battery, neutral, conductor and others. He invented the lightning
               rod. He formed the colonies first organized militia. He helped
               to found the University of Pennsylvania. He invented the
               Franklin stove. He was a representative to the first and second
               Continental Congress and a signatory of the Declaration of
               Independence (which he helped to edit). His role as minister to
               Britain and France made him a reknown statesmen in Europe.

               In addition, he was vain and opinionated. He was so dispassionate
               about his common law wife of 44 years, he chose not to return to
               see her on her deathbed after 10 years abroad in Europe. He was
               estranged from his illegitimate son when each picked opposing
               sides in the War of Independence from England. He was a shameless
               flirt with young women and showed more concern and care for
               acquaintances and friends than his immediate family.

               For all his traits good or bad, he was an ambitious, hard
               working, self-made renaissance man, who was loyal to King and
               England until the British proved tyrannical. His unflagging
               patriotism, work ethic that kept him actively involved in world
               affairs until well into his 80's, inventive mind, sharp wit and
               brilliant mind make him possibly the most important American.
               His own penned life story is the world's most printed

   John Adams

               author: David McCullough
               Paperback: 752 pages
               Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Touchstone edition
               (September 3, 2002)
               Language: English
               ISBN-10: 0743223136
               ISBN-13: 978-0743223133
               Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
               Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds 

               ISBN 	978-1-4165-7588-7 (paperback) ?
                        0684813637 (hardcover) ?

               Paperback: 768 pages
               Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 29, 2008)
               Language: English
               ISBN-10: 141657588X
               ISBN-13: 978-1416575887
               Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
               Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces


               Written by: David McCullough
               Narrated by: Nelson Runger
               Length: 30 hrs and 1 min 
               Unabridged Audiobook
               Release Date:11-16-05
               Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio 

               "The Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling biography of America's
               founding father and second president that was the basis for the
               acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David

               In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the
               adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely
               independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who
               spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose
               to become the second president of the United States and saved
               the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was
               learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as "out of his
               senses"; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail
               Adams is one of the moving love stories in American history.

               This is history on a grand scale?a book about politics and war
               and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious
               faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the
               far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, "John Adams"
               is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most
               important and fascinating Americans who ever lived."

   Founding Brothers (The Revolutionary Generation)

               (c) 2002

                ISBN: 978-0-375-70524-3 (0-375-70524-4) 

                by Joseph J. Ellis

                AUDIO BOOK:

                Written by: Joseph J. Ellis
                Narrated by: Nelson Runger
                Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins 
                Unabridged Audiobook
                ISBN-13: 9781402505393
                ISBN-10: 1402505396

                "In this landmark work of history, the National Book
                Award-winning author of American Sphinx explores how a group of
                greatly gifted but deeply flawed individuals-Hamilton, Burr,
                Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and Madison-confronted
                the overwhelming challenges before them to set the course for
                our nation.

                The United States was more a fragile hope than a reality in
                1790. During the decade that followed, the Founding
                Fathers-re-examined here as Founding Brothers-combined the
                ideals of the Declaration of Independence with the content of
                the Constitution to create the practical workings of our
                government. Through an analysis of six fascinating episodes-
                Hamilton and Burr?s deadly duel, Washington?s precedent-setting
                Farewell Address, Adams? administration and political
                partnership with his wife, the debate about where to place the
                capital, Franklin's attempt to force Congress to confront the
                issue of slavery and Madison?s attempts to block him, and
                Jefferson and Adams? famous correspondence-Founding Brothers
                brings to life the vital issues and personalities from the most
                important decade in our nation's history."

   His Excellency: George Washington

                (c) 2005

                by Joseph J. Ellis

                Paperback: 352 pages
                Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (November 8, 2005)
                Language: English
                ISBN-10: 1-4000-3253-9
                ISBN-13: 978-1-4000-3253-2
                Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8 inches
                Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces 

                AUDIO BOOK:

                ISBN-13: 9781402544767
                Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
                Publication date: 10/26/2004
                Format: CD
                Edition description: Unabridged, 12 CDs
                Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.99 (d)

                "To this landmark biography of our first president,
                Joseph J. Ellis brings the exacting scholarship, shrewd
                analysis, and lyric prose that have made him one of the premier
                historians of the Revolutionary era. Training his lens on a
                figure who sometimes seems as remote as his effigy on Mount
                Rushmore, Ellis assesses George Washington as a military and
                political leader and a man whose "statue-like solidity"
                concealed volcanic energies and emotions."

                Here is the impetuous young officer whose miraculous survival
                in combat half-convinced him that he could not be killed. Here
                is the free-spending landowner whose debts to English merchants
                instilled him with a prickly resentment of imperial power. We
                see the general who lost more battles than he won and the
                reluctant president who tried to float above the partisan
                feuding of his cabinet. His Excellency is a magnificent work,
                indispensable to an understanding not only of its subject but
                also of the nation he brought into being."


                   Preface:       The Man In The Moon
                   Chapter One:   Interior Regions
                   Chapter Two:   The Strenuous Squire
                   Chapter Three: First In War
                   Chapter Four:  Destiny's Child
                   Chapter Five:  Introspective Interlude
                   Chapter Six:   First In Peace
                   Chapter Seven: Testament

   In the Hurricane's Eye:

                  The Genius of George Washington and the Victory
                  at Yorktown (The American Revolution Series)

             by Nathaniel Philbrick

             Product details

	     - Series: The American Revolution Series (Book 3)

             - Hardcover: 384 pages
             - Publisher: Viking; 1st edition (October 16, 2018)
             - Language: English
             - ISBN-10: 0525426760
             - ISBN-13: 978-0525426769
             - Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
             - Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds 

   Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence

               (c) June, 2013 (hardcover)
                [available on CD as well.]

               Written By: Joseph J. Ellis

                   Unabridged Audiobook
                   Narrated By: Stefan Rudnicki
                   Publisher: Random House (Audio)
                   Date: June 2013
                   Duration: 7 hours 7 minutes

                   Publisher Books on Tape
                   OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
                   File size: 199517 KB
                   Number of parts: 6
                   Duration: 7 hours, 5 minutes
                   ISBN: 9780307943781
                   Release date: Jun 04, 2013 

               Written By: Joseph J. Ellis

               Hardcover: 240 pages

               Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (June 4, 2013)
               Language: English

                   ISBN-10: 0307701220
                   ISBN-13: 978-0307701220
               Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
               Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

               Format: Trade Paperback
               Dimensions: 288 pages, 7.99 ×5.22 ×0.6 in
               Published: June 3, 2014
               Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
               Language: English
               The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

                   ISBN - 10: 0307946371
                   ISBN - 13: 9780307946379

               "A distinctive portrait of the crescendo moment in American
               history from the Pulitzer-winning American historian,
               Joseph Ellis.

               The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential
               events in the story of our country?s founding. While the
               thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the
               British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada
               ever to cross the Atlantic to crush the rebellion in the cradle.
               The Continental Congress and the Continental Army were forced to
               make decisions on the run, improvising as history congealed
               around them. In a brilliant and seamless narrative, Ellis
               meticulously examines the most influential figures in this
               propitious moment, including George Washington, John Adams,
               Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Britain?s Admiral Lord
               Richard and General William Howe. He weaves together the
               political and military experiences as two sides of a single
               story, and shows how events on one front influenced outcomes on
               the other.  "Revolutionary Summer" tells an old story in a new
               way, with a freshness at once colorful and compelling."


   The Bloody Bozeman: The Perilous Trail to Montana's Gold

                by Dorothy M. Johnson

                [author of "A Man Called Horse" and "The Man Who Shot
                 Liberty Valance".

   The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

              by Nathaniel Philbrick

              Hardcover: 496 pages   Language: English
              Publisher: Viking Adult; 1St Edition edition (May 4, 2010)
              Language: English
              ISBN-10: 0670021725  ISBN-13: 978-0670021727

  Patton: Ordeal and Triumph

              by Ladislas Farago

              Paperback: 896 pages
              Publisher: Westholme Publishing (May 3, 2005)
              Language: English
              Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
              Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
              ISBN-10: 1594160112
              ISBN-13: 978-1594160110

  Theodore Rex

         	 by Edmund Morris

                   [Second part of a trilogy that includes
                    The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Colonel Roosevelt.  

         The Presidential years of Teddy Roosevelt.

         The beginning of the so-called "Progressive" Movement
         in the 20th Century at the highest level of the U.S. government.
         Also covered is the initial steps of "Big Government" in
         interfering with interstate trade, Wall St., and corporate America.

         The abusive power of the Presidency in support of radical
         environmentalism is also explored.

         "Theodore Rex" is the story-never fully told before-of Theodore
         Roosevelt's two world-changing terms as President of the United States.
         A hundred years before the catastrophe of September 11, 2001, "TR"
         succeeded to power in the aftermath of an act of terrorism. Youngest
         of all our chief executives, he rallied a stricken nation with his
         superhuman energy, charm, and political skills. He proceeded to combat
         the problems of race and labor relations and trust control while
         making the Panama Canal possible and winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
         But his most historic achievement remains his creation of a national
         conservation policy, and his monument millions of acres of protected
         parks and forest. "Theodore Rex" ends with TR leaving office, still
         only fifty years old, his future reputation secure as one of our
         greatest presidents."

   Thomas Jefferson

         (c) 2003

          by R.B. Bernstein

          Publisher: Oxford University Press
          Publication date: September 15, 2005
          Language: English
          Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.6 x 5.3 inches
          Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
          Book length: 253
          ISBN-13: 9780195181302


          Audible Audio Edition
          Listening Length: 7 hours and 38 minutes
          Program Type: Audiobook
          Version: Unabridged
          Publisher: Audible Studios
 Release Date: May 7, 2013
          Whispersync for Voice: Ready
          Language: English
          ASIN: B00COKEDGQ 

          "Thomas Jefferson designed his own tombstone, describing himself
          simply as "Author of the Declaration of Independence and of the
          Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University
          of Virginia." It is in this simple epitaph that R.B. Bernstein finds
          the key to this enigmatic Founder--not as a great political figure,
          but as leader of "a revolution of ideas that would make the world
          over again."

          In Thomas Jefferson, Bernstein offers the definitive short biography
          of this revered American--the first concise life in six decades.
          Bernstein deftly synthesizes the massive scholarship on his subject
          into a swift, insightful, evenhanded account. Here are all of
          Jefferson's triumphs, contradictions, and failings, from his
          luxurious (and debt-burdened) life as a Virginia gentleman to his
          passionate belief in democracy, from his tortured defense of slavery
          to his relationship with Sally Hemings. Jefferson was indeed
          multifaceted--an architect, inventor, writer, diplomat, propagandist,
          planter, party leader--and Bernstein explores all these roles even as
          he illuminates Jefferson's central place in the American
          enlightenment, that "revolution of ideas" that did so much to create
          the nation we know today. Together with the less well-remembered
          points in Jefferson's thinking--the nature of the Union, his vision
          of who was entitled to citizenship, his dread of debt (both personal
          and national)--they form the heart of this lively biography.

          In this marvel of compression and comprehension, we see Jefferson
          more clearly than in the massive studies of earlier generations. More
          important, we see, in Jefferson's visionary ideas, the birth of the
          nation's grand sense of purpose."

   Thomas Jefferson: The Revolution of Ideas

           (c) 2004
            Oxford University Press
           (Oxford Portraits series)

             by R. B. Bernstein

             Publisher: Oxford University Press
             Publication date: September 15, 2005
             Language: English
             Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.6 x 5.3 inches
             Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
             Book length: 253
             ISBN-10: 9780195181302

             ISBN-8 019514368X / 0-19-514368-X
             ISBN-13 9780195143683

             "R. B. Bernstein is Adjunct Professor of Law at the New York Law
             School and director of online operations at Heights Books, Inc.
             The author or editor of eighteen books on American constitutional
             history, including Are We to Be a Nation? and Amending America
             (both nominees for the Pulitzer, Bancroft, and Parkman Prizes),
             he lives in Brooklyn, New York."


              "In this new concise biography Thomas Jefferson historian
              R.B. Bernstein finds the key to this enigmatic Founder not as a
              great political figure, but as leader of a revolution of ideas
              that would make the world over again.

              Bernstein examines Jefferson's strengths and weaknesses, his
              achievements and failures, his triumphs, contradictions, and
              failings. Thomas Jefferson details his luxurious (and
              debt-burdened) life as a Virginia gentleman to his passionate
              belief in democracy, from his tortured defense of slavery to his
              relationship with Sally Hemings. An architect, inventor, writer,
              diplomat, propagandist, planter, party leader Jefferson was
              multifaceted, and Bernstein explores these roles even as he
              illuminates Jefferson's central place in American enlightenment
              the revolution of ideas that did so much to create the nation we
              are today. Bernstein also examines the less-remembered points in
              Jefferson's thinking the nature of the Union, his vision of who
              was entitled to citizenship, his dread of debt (both personal and

              "Thomas Jefferson" is the latest title in the Oxford Portraits
              series, which offers informative and insightful biographies of
              people whose lives shaped their times and continue to influence
              ours. Each volume in the series is heavily based on primary
              documents, including writings by and about each subject. Every
              Oxford Portrait is illustrated with a wealth of photographs,
              original letters, manuscripts, and memorabilia that frame the
              personality and achievements of its subject against the backdrop
              of history. Every volume in the series can be incorporated into
              the American history curriculum at the middle and high school

   The Founding Fathers Reconsidered

          (c) 2009
          Oxford University Press
          by R. B. Bernstein 

          Publisher: Oxford University Press
          Publication date: September 1, 2011

          Language: English
          Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.8 x 5.4 inches
          Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
          Book length: 256

          ISBN-10: 0199832579
          ISBN-13: 978-0199832576

                Table of Contents


          I.   The History that Made the Founding Fathers
               The State of the Union
               Free-Born English Subjects
               The Intellectual World

          II.  The History that the Founding Fathers Made
               Church and State
               Equality, Inequality, and Slavery
               America in the World

          III. What History Made of the Founding Fathers
               Ancestor Worship?
               "Which Founding Father Are You?"
               The Dead Hand of the Past: Original Intent

          "This concise book reintroduces us to the history that shaped the
          founding fathers, the history that they made, and what history has
          made of them. It gives the reader a context within which to explore
          the world of the founding fathers and their complex and
          still-controversial achievements and legacies."

   Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

           by Nathaniel Philbrick

           Publisher: Penguin Books
           Publication date: April 24, 2007
           Language: English
           Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8 inches
           Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
           Book length: 480
           ISBN-10: 0143111973
           ISBN-13: 978-0143111979

           Publisher: Viking
           ISBN: 0-670-03760-5

           AUDIO Book

           Read by George Guidall
           Penguin Audio $44.95 (0p) 
           ISBN 978-0-14-305875-5


           "From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first
           Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become
           enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as bestselling
           author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals in his spellbinding new book,
           the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale
           of piety and sacrifice; it is a fifty-five-year epic that is at once
           tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound.

           The Mayflower's religious refugees arrived in Plymouth Harbor during
           a period of crisis for Native Americans as disease spread by European
           fishermen devastated their populations. Initially the two groups the
           Wampanoags, led by the charismatic and calculating chief Massasoit,
           and the Pilgrims, whose pugnacious military officer Miles Standish
           was barely five feet tall-maintained a fragile working relationship.
           But within decades, New England would erupt into King Philip's War,
           a savagely bloody conflict that nearly wiped out English colonists
           and natives alike and forever altering the face of the fledgling
           colonies and the country that would grow from them.

           With towering figures like William Bradford, Massosit, Squanto and
           the distinctly American hero Benjamin Church at the center of his
           narrative, Philbrick has fashioned a fresh and compelling portrait
           of the dawn of American history-a history dominated right from the
           start by issues of race, violence, and religion."

   Valiant Ambition:

        George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the
        American Revolution (The American Revolution Series)

            by Nathaniel Philbrick 

            Product details

            Series: The American Revolution Series (Book 2)
            Paperback: 448 pages
            Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (May 9, 2017)
            Language: English
            ISBN-10: 0143110195
            ISBN-13: 978-0143110194
            Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
            Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces 

   Washington's Crossing

                 (c) 2003  [available on CD as well]

                 by David Hackett-Fischer

            a Pulitzer Prize winning book written by David Hackett Fischer
            and part of the "Pivotal Moments in American History" series.

            Publisher: Oxford University Press
            Publication date: February 1, 2006
            Language: English
            Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.8 x 6.1 inches
            Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
            Book length: 576
            ISBN-10: 019518159X
            ISBN-13: 978-0195181593

            Genre Non-fiction
            Publisher Oxford University Press
            Publication date:  December 23, 2003
            ISBN ISBN 0-19-517034-2 (hardcover)
            ISBN 0-19-518159-X (paperback)
            OCLC 53075605
            Dewey Decimal 973.3/32 22
            LC Class E263.P4 F575 2004

            Audio CDs

            Written By: David Hackett Fischer
            Narrated By: Nelson Runger
            Publisher: Recorded Books
            Date: July 2004
            Duration: 17 hours 54 minutes

            "Washington's Crossing is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book written by
            David Hackett Fischer and part of the "Pivotal Moments in American
            History" series. The book is primarily about George Washington's
            leadership during the 1776 campaign of the American Revolutionary
            War, culminating with the famous crossing of the Delaware River and
            the subsequent campaign: Battle of Trenton, the Second Battle of
            Trenton and the Battle of Princeton."

            "This New York Times best-seller is a thrilling account of one of
            the most pivotal moments in United States history. Six months after
            the Declaration of Independence, America was nearly defeated. Then
            on Christmas night, George Washington led his men across the
            Delaware River to destroy the Hessians at Trenton. A week later
            Americans held off a counterattack, and in a brilliant tactical
            move, Washington crept behind the British army to win another
            victory. The momentum had reversed."

   Washington: A Life

             Author: Ron Chernow 

             ISBN-13: 9781594202667
             Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
             Publication date: 10/5/2010
             Pages: 928
             Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.90 (d)

             Paperback - September 27, 2011
             Paperback: 928 pages
             Publisher: Penguin Books (September 27, 2011)
             Language: English
             ISBN-10: 0143119966
             ISBN-13: 978-0143119968
             Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 2 x 9.1 inches
             Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds

             AUDIO BOOK

             Written by: Ron Chernow
             Narrated by: Scott Brick
             33 CDs
             Length: 41 hrs and 57 mins 
             Unabridged Audiobook
             Release Date:10-05-10
             Publisher: Penguin Audio
             ASIN: B0045XYQ12
             ISBN-13: 978-0-14-242833-7

         "In Washington: A Life biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced
         portrait of the father of our nation. With a breadth & depth matched by
         no other one-volume life, this crisply paced narrative carries readers
         thru his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French & Indian
         War, his creation of Mt Vernon, his heroic exploits with the
         Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention &
         his performance as the 1st president. Despite the reverence his name in
         spires, Washington remains a lifeless waxwork for many, worthy but
         dull. A laconic man of granite self-control, he often arouses more
         respect than affection. This work, based on massive research, dashes
         the stereotype of a stolid, unemotional man. A strapping 6',
         Washington was a celebrated horseman, elegant dancer & tireless hunter,
         with a fiercely guarded emotional life. Chernow brings to vivid life a
         dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions & many moods. Probing his
         private life, he explores his fraught relationship with his crusty
         mother, his youthful infatuation with the married Sally Fairfax & his
         often conflicted feelings toward his adopted children & grandchildren.
         He also provides a portrait of his marriage to Martha & his complex
         behavior as a slave master. At the same time this is an astute
         portrait of a canny politician who knew how to inspire people. Not only
         did Washington gather around himself the foremost figures of the age,
         including Madison, Hamilton, Adams & Jefferson, but he also
         orchestrated their actions to shape the new federal government, define
         the separation of powers & establish the office of the presidency.
         This biography takes us on a page-turning journey thru the formative
         events of America's founding. With a dramatic sweep worthy of its
         subject, this is a magisterial work from an elegant storyteller."

   American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

         (c)2008 Jon Meacham; (P)2008 Random House

         Written by: Jon Meacham
         Narrated by: Richard McGondale
         Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins 
         Unabridged Audiobook
         Release Date:11-11-08
         Publisher: Books on Tape 

         "Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous
         times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose
         from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated,
         venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way
         to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause
         of democracy.

         Jackson's election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which
         the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American
         politics. Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years, and he gave
         voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless, changing nation facing
         challenging times at home and threats abroad. To tell the saga of
         Jackson's presidency, acclaimed author Jon Meacham goes inside the
         Jackson White House.

         Drawing on newly discovered family letters and papers, he details the
         human drama-the family, the women, and the inner circle of advisers-
         that shaped Jackson?s private world through years of storm and victory.

         One of our most significant yet dimly recalled presidents, Jackson was
         a battle-hardened warrior, the founder of the Democratic Party, and the
         architect of the presidency as we know it. His story is one of
         violence, sex, courage, and tragedy. With his powerful persona, his
         evident bravery, and his mystical connection to the people, Jackson
         moved the White House from the periphery of government to the center
         of national action, articulating a vision of change that challenged
         entrenched interests to heed the popular will?or face his formidable
         wrath. The greatest of the presidents who have followed Jackson in the
         White House-from Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt to FDR to Truman-have
         found inspiration in his example, and virtue in his vision.

         Jackson was the most contradictory of men. The architect of the
         removal of Indians from their native lands, he was warmly sentimental
         and risked everything to give more power to ordinary citizens. He was,
         in short, a lot like his country: alternately kind and vicious,
         brilliant and blind; and a man who fought a lifelong war to keep the
         republic safe-no matter what it took.

         Jon Meacham in American Lion has delivered the definitive human
         portrait of a pivotal president who forever changed the American
         presidency-and America itself. 


         Written by: David McCullough
         Narrated by: David McCullough
         Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins 
         Unabridged Audiobook
         Release Date:05-20-05
         Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio 
         2005 David McCullough; (P)2005 Simon and Schuster Inc.
         AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division,
         Simon and Schuster Inc.


         Author 	David McCullough
         Translator 	23414TT555TEFF5
         Country 	United States
         Language 	English
         Subject 	History/U.S. History/American Revolution/
                        Military History
         Genre 	Non-fiction
         Publisher 	Simon & Schuster, Inc.
         Publication date   May 24, 2005
         Pages 	386
         ISBN 	ISBN 978-0-7432-2671-4 (hardcover)
         ISBN 978-0-7432-2672-1 (paperback)
         ISBN 978-1-4165-4210-0 (Illustrated Edition)
         OCLC 	57557578
         Dewey Decimal  973.3 22
         LC Class 	E208 .M396 2005

         "America's most acclaimed historian presents the intricate story of the
         year of the birth of the United States of America. "1776" tells two
         gripping stories: how a group of squabbling, disparate colonies became
         the United States, and how the British Empire tried to stop them.
         A story with a cast of amazing characters from George III to George
         Washington, to soldiers and their families, this exhilarating book is
         one of the great pieces of historical narrative."

   The Guns of August

        "Traces the origins and actions of World War I,
         from the funeral of Britain's King Edward VII to the..."
         Battle of the Marne which led to stalemate and four years of
         trench warfare.

         The dangers of interlocking treaties is explored as are the
         then modern war histories and plans of the major countries
         involved in the so-called "Great War". There is much to think
         about in this book. You probably want a search engine with you
         as you read as there are non-Engligh language words and phrases
         here and there in the book.

             Author     	Barbara Tuchman
             Country     	United States
             Language 	        English
             Genre 	        Military history, narrative history
                                Political history, Diplomatic history

             Published 	        1962 (Macmillan)
             Media type 	Print (Hardcover)
             Pages 	        511
             OCLC 	        30087894

             Dewey Decimal      940.4/144 20
             LC Class 	        D530 .T8 1994

   1919  (Six Months that Changed the World)

         [It's about the end of WW I and the Treaty of Versailles
         and all of the resultant changes]

               Random House (c) 2001

                 by Margaret MacMillan

               Paperback: 624 pages
               Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (September 9, 2003)
               Language: English
               ISBN-10: 0375760520
               ISBN-13: 978-0375760525
               Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
               Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds 

               National Bestseller

               New York Times Editors' Choice

               Winner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize

               Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize

          Silver Medalist for the Arthur Ross Book Award of the Council
          on Foreign Relations

          Finalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award

         "For six months in 1919, after the end of "the war to end all wars,"
         the Big Three-President Woodrow Wilson, British prime minister
         David Lloyd George, and French premier Georges Clemenceau-met in Paris
         to shape a lasting peace. In this landmark work of narrative history,
         Margaret MacMillan gives a dramatic and intimate view of those fateful
         days, which saw new political entities-Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Palestine,
         among them-born out of the ruins of bankrupt empires, and the borders
         of the modern world redrawn."

         Table of Contents

         Note on Place-names 	


         Pt. 1 	Getting Ready for Peace 	
         1 	Woodrow Wilson Comes to Europe 	3
         2 	First Impressions 	17
         3 	Paris 	26
         4 	Lloyd George and the British Empire Delegation 	36

         Pt. 2 	A New World Order 	

         5 	We Are the League of the People 	53
         6 	Russia 	63
         7 	The League of Nations 	83
         8 	Mandates 	98

         Pt. 3 	The Balkans Again 	

         9 	Yugoslavia 	109
         10 	Rumania 	125
         11 	Bulgaria 	136
         12 	Midwinter Break 	143

         Pt. 4 	The German Issue 	

         13 	Punishment and Prevention 	157
         14 	Keeping Germany Down 	166
         15 	Footing the Bill 	180
         16 	Deadlock Over the German Terms 	194

         Pt. 5 	Between East and West 	

         17 	Poland Reborn 	207
         18 	Czechs and Slovaks 	229
         19 	Austria 	243
         20 	Hungary 	257

         Pt. 6 	A Troubled Spring 	

         21 	The Council of Four 	273
         22 	Italy Leaves 	279
         23 	Japan and Racial Equality 	306
         24 	A Dagger Pointed at the Heart of China 	322

         Pt. 7 	Setting the Middle East Alight 	

         25 	The Greatest Greek Statesman Since Pericles 	347
         26 	The End of the Ottomans 	366
         27 	Arab Independence 	381
         28 	Palestine 	410
         29 	Ataturk and the Breaking of Sevres 	427

         Pt. 8 	Finishing Up 	

         30 	The Hall of Mirrors 	459

         Conclusion 	485
         App 	Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points 	495
         Bibliography 	497
         Notes 	513
         Index 	545

   A. Lincoln: A Biography

            Narrated By: Bill Weideman
            By: Ronald C. White Jr.
            Brilliance Audio / 2011 / Compact disc 
            Format: Compact disc       Vendor: Brilliance Audio
            Unabridged audio CD; approximately 28 hours; 23 CDs
            Publication Date: 2011   ISBN: 1455805580
                                  ISBN-13: 9781455805587

      "Everyone wants to define the man who signed his name "A. Lincoln.? In his
      lifetime and ever since, friend and foe have taken it upon themselves to
      characterize Lincoln according to their own label or libel. In this
      magnificent book, Ronald C. White, Jr., offers a fresh and compelling
      definition of Lincoln as a man of integrity-what today's commentators
      would call "authenticity"-whose moral compass holds the key to
      understanding his life.

      Through meticulous research of the newly completed Lincoln Legal Papers,
      as well as of recently discovered letters and photographs, White provides
      a portrait of Lincoln's personal, political, and moral evolution. White
      shows us Lincoln as a man who would leave a trail of thoughts in his wake,
      jotting ideas on scraps of paper and filing them in his top hat or the
      bottom drawer of his desk; a country lawyer who asked questions in order
      to figure out his own thinking on an issue, as much as to argue the case;
      a hands-on commander in chief who, as soldiers and sailors watched in
      amazement, commandeered a boat and ordered an attack on Confederate shore
      batteries at the tip of the Virginia peninsula; a man who struggled with
      the immorality of slavery and as president acted publicly and privately
      to outlaw it forever; and finally, a president involved in a religious
      odyssey who wrote, for his own eyes only, a profound meditation on
      "the will of God" in the Civil War that would become the basis of his
      finest address.

      Most enlightening, the Abraham Lincoln who comes into focus in this
      stellar narrative is a person of intellectual curiosity, comfortable
      with ambiguity, unafraid to "think anew and act anew."

      A transcendent, sweeping, passionately written biography that greatly
      expands our knowledge and understanding of its subject, 'A. Lincoln' will
      engage a whole new generation of Americans. It is poised to shed a
      profound light on our greatest president just as America commemorates
      the bicentennial of his birth."

   Guns, Germs, and Steel (The Fates of Human Societies)

         by Jared Diamond  copyrights 1997, 1999

   The Source

                A historical novel by James A. Michener,
                first published in 1965. It is a survey of the history
                of the Jewish people and the land of Israel from
                pre-monotheistic days to the birth of the modern
                State of Israel.

                A palatable way to learn about the historical peoples and
                religions of the Middle East and their influences.

   Culture of Corruption:

               Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies

                Author  Michelle Malkin

           ==>> In August 2010, an updated paperback edition
                with three new chapters was published.

                Publisher   Regnery Publishing
                Paperback, 376 Pages, Published 2010

                ISBN-10: 1-59698-620-4        / 1596986204
                ISBN-13: 978-1-59698-620-6 / 9781596986206


               Author	Michelle Malkin

               Country	United States
               Language	English
               Subject	Politics
               Publisher	Regnery Publishing
               Publication date July 2009
               Media type	Print (Hardcover)
               Pages	376
               ISBN-10: 1-59698-109-1     / 1596981091
               ISBN-13: 978-1-59698-109-6 / 9781596981096
               OCLC	316834469
               Dewey Decimal 973.932 22
               LC Class	JK2249 .M35 2009

   "The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and
   The New Deal"

                Non-Fiction, History

                Author:  Robert Murphy, Ph.D.
                Read by: Tom Weiner
                Media:   5 audio CDs
                Pub:     Blackstone Audio
                Release year: 2009

    Marco Polo : from Venice to Xanadu

                Author:     Bergreen, Laurence. 

    Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth, and Treasure

                (also known as 'Broke') 

                Author(s) 	Glenn Beck
                Illustrator 	Paul E. Nunn
                Country 	United States
                Language 	English
                Subject(s) 	US Politics
                Genre(s) 	Political Non-fiction
                Publisher 	Simon & Schuster
                Publication date 	October 2010
                Pages 	406
                ISBN 	978-1-4391-8719-7


    Beyond the Khyber Pass: The Road to British Disaster
                            in the First Afghan War

                Book by John H. Waller

    An analysis of the struggle for nineteenth-century Afghanistan profiles the
    military leaders, rebels, politicians, and others whose decisions
    culminated in the tragic massacre of sixteen thousand British soldiers and
    their families at Kabul.

    "Rich in adventure, intrigue and treachery, this is the story of the
    British failure in Afghanistan in the 1840s, as England competed with
    czarist Russia for strategic advantage in Central Asia.

    Waller relates how the womanizing ways of garrison troops in Kaul
    (amid a xenophobic, deeply religious society where such behavior was
    punishable by death) was the "last straw" that caused the tribal chiefs
    to abandon their bloody feuds and declare a holy war against the infidel

    The war found the vaunted British square formation, cavalry and artillery
    virtually useless in the high mountain passes where most of the fighting
    took place.

    "The great set piece of the book is the awesome description of the near
    destruction of the 4500-man British Kabul garrison and its 12,000
    camp followers as they attempted to fight their way to Peshewar.
    This first-rate history by the author of Gordon of Khartoum captures
    the savage grandeur of the First Afghan War."

          Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

          Non-Fiction, History
          Hardcover: 329 pages
          Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (May 5, 1990)
          Language: English
          ISBN-10: 0394569342
          ISBN-13: 978-0394569345
          Package Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches 
          Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds


    Churchill: Walking with Destiny

               book by Andrew Roberts

    "Unarguably the best single-volume biography of Churchill.
    A brilliant feat of storytelling, monumental in scope, yet put together
    with tenderness for a man who had always believed that he would be
    Britain's savior." - Wall Street Journal

    In this landmark biography of Winston Churchill based on extensive new
    material, the true genius of the man, statesman and leader can finally be
    fully seen and understood--by the bestselling, award-winning author of
    Napoleon and The Storm of War.

              Hardcover: 1152 pages
              Publisher: Viking; 5th printing edition (November 6, 2018)
              Language: English
              ISBN-10: 1101980990
              ISBN-13: 978-1101980996
              Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.1 x 9.5 inches

              Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
              Customer Reviews: 4.8 out of 5 stars976 customer ratings
              Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

              AUDIO BOOK

              Listening Length    	50 hours and 28 minutes
              Author              	Andrew Roberts
              Narrator            	Stephen Thorne
              Whispersync for Voice	Ready
     Release Date	November 06, 2018
              Publisher	                Penguin Audio
              Program Type        	Audiobook
              Version	                Unabridged
              Language            	English
              ASIN                 	B07K4DL8QP

    Moscow Rules:

           The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win the Cold War

    "Moscow Rules tells the story of the intelligence breakthroughs that
    turned the odds in America's favor. As experts in disguise, Antonio and
    Jonna were instrumental in developing a series of tactics -
    Hollywood-inspired identity swaps, ingenious evasion techniques, and an
    armory of James Bond-style gadgets - that allowed CIA officers to
    outmaneuver the KGB.


    The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West

                 Author: Ben Shapiro
                 Narrator: Ben Shapiro
                 Publisher: HarperCollins
                 Format: Unabridged Audiobook
                 Delivery: Instant Download
                 Audio Length: 6 hours
                 Release Date: March 2019
                 ISBN: 9780062945068


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