Jacob's Bookshelf: US History

George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution
it was amazing
What a great book. This book took a fair look at the events and people that influenced espionage during the revolutionary war without trying to glorify the event or the people. It is clear that the influence of the spy ring, around which…
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American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
it was amazing
Truth is I like everything that Joseph Ellis writes but this is among his best work. The book is deserving of all the praise and awards it has received. As a student of American History I've always felt at odds with Thomas Jefferson. I…
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American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic
really liked it
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about American History. Ellis comes through again in this book designed to talk about some of the more significant events that had lasting impact on our country. This is the most c…
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American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
really liked it
What a great story about a great man I learned so much about this President. I really didn't know how truly influential Andrew Jackson was in our current political system. This book, tells the story of a man who saw himself as the father…
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Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
really liked it
While I really enjoyed this book I can't help but compare it to The Day Lincoln Was Shot. Killing Lincoln talked a little more about the Civil War events leading up to the assassination but I think the other book was more detailed in reg…
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Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
it was amazing
I love everything by this author. This collection of stories designed to introduce the men who founded this nation, kept me engaged with every page. These stories focus primarily on the post constitution era. I think it is very important…
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The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
really liked it
Not very many great people get the chance to write their own Autobiography. I like hearing the stories directly from the man himself. I listened to the audio recording of the book which included the actual audio recordings from many of h…
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Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground
it was amazing
A must read for anyone interested in the civil war. the author accomplishes his goal explaininh civil war battlefields in a way that will be significant to both a historian the observer and a visitor of that site. Thank you
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American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation
it was amazing
The author did a good job of addressing a difficult subject. America is founded upon the belief that our creator has given us certain rights and among them are the freedom to worship him how we chose our not at all.
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Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life, and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt
it was amazing
A wonderful story about a remarkable family and their children. This book took me on a journey through parenthood and dreams. Learning about this family and their adventures is both inspiring and educational both in the historic sense an…
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Truman
it was amazing
This correctly illustrates the great character of Harry Truman. The author continues to write well and doesn't disappoint. Harry Truman's story is unique as a president, including incidences such is the atomic bomb at the Korean war. His…
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First Family: Abigail and John Adams
it was amazing
This is the third book from this author that I've read and he is great. John and Abigail have a fascinating story and I'm intrigued. I couldn't read enough books about our founding fathers and that generation. Joseph Ellis has taken a ne…
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George Washington on Leadership
really liked it
I imagine that this would be a difficult book to write. George Washington was an amazing leader and this author does a good job of tying leadership principles to his life examples.
tagged: us-history and leadership
The Day Lincoln Was Shot
it was amazing
What a great glance at such a powerful point of American history. I wish the author had finished the story past the 24 hour mark. I would have liked greater details about the capture of the conspirators but just the same I enjoyed the bo…
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Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation
it was amazing
So glad I read this book. As a clear sequel from "Founding Mothers" this book continued the story of America's greatest women after the time of the revolution when the country was shaping into a nation. The story was complete and enlight…
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Washington's Crossing
it was amazing
This book closely parallels 1776 by David McCullough. But in my opinion they are very complimentary covering different details about the war. Naturally this book focuses more on the New Jersey campaign. I also felt like there is a larger…
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Flags of Our Fathers
it was amazing
Ok what made this book awesome was that it was not an attempt to romanticize the story. It also felt semi-sacred because the story is directly linked to the author. I have generally loved studying the Revolutionary War and the founding f…
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American Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ulysses S. Grant
it was amazing
Thomas Jefferson: I admit that I find him fascinating, wise, insightful, etc but at the end of it all I don't think we would have been good friends. Of all the founding fathers I have studied/read about I like him the very least. Does …
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Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power
it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! The author did a good job of showing us who Lincoln is and what he stood for without making up mythical legends. I would have liked to see a bit more of Civil War battle field details but I guess this isn't a …
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His Excellency: George Washington
it was amazing
George is my hero now. This was a very clear and insightful glance into this man's life. Joseph Ellis did an incredible job of telling the story of the man's life while attempting to uncover his personality and his driving forces.
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John Adams
it was amazing
Awesome book. I really identified with John Adams. A genius that had a great impact on our country's philosophy.
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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
it was amazing
Must read for any American history/founding fathers nut. Benjamin was an amazing man!
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Alexander Hamilton
it was amazing
Ron Chernow did a great job with this book. I learned so much about this man and the early history of the United States. You will be shocked at the look you get into this man's life!
tagged: my-favorites and us-history
First Freedom: A Ride Through America's Enduring History with the Gun
it was amazing
I dare you to read this book. I learned 3 critical things that were fascinating. 1: I learned a lot about firearm innovation. The key inventions and ideas that allowed firearms to progress and become what they are today. While I knew so…
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Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence
really liked it
It is very interesting to understand the military and political conflicts taking place during this. And how they influenced each other. Great work by the author
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Martin Van Buren: A Captivating Guide to the Man Who Served as the Eighth President of the United States
really liked it
A quick and solid review of Martin Van Buren
tagged: us-history and us-presidents

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