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I'd like to read a general history of the United States. Any recommendations? I have looked around a bit and it seems like the Paul Johnson book might be what I am looking for, but I'd like to know if there are others you or your high schoolers have enjoyed. I haven't done a lot of history reading since school textbooks. If I read history, it is social history or biographies. My goal for this is to find something that is a bit more big picture, to force me to read and think about areas of history that I am not naturally interested in.

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I have A Little History of the United States by James West Davidson at the moment. I like the series and plan to use several of their books as spines, alongside others, as high school course starters.

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An alternative to reading would be to listen to Great Courses lectures. I find they are really good at drawing out "big picture" themes. More expensive than a book, but with the audio you could listen while doing other things.

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On 6/27/2020 at 12:09 PM, klmama said:

Does the Johnson book have discussion questions?    

 I am not sure yet. I ordered a used copy, and it hasn't arrived yet. I can let you know. 

 

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On 6/23/2020 at 8:31 AM, Momto6inIN said:

An alternative to reading would be to listen to Great Courses lectures. I find they are really good at drawing out "big picture" themes. More expensive than a book, but with the audio you could listen while doing other things.

Thanks for the tip! I tend to forget audio, but I could be using my walking time so much more efficiently! 🙂 

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