Category: US History

If there is any oft-repeated mistake of politicians, it is to repeat the mistakes of their predecessors. Amongst other reasons, this is often due to an ignorance or misunderstanding of history. By understanding US history, our leaders can better make, or resist making, laws and regulations that “serve” the people.

  1. Washington: The Indispensable Man by James Thomas Flexner

    General Description (from After more than two decades, this dramatic and concise single-volume distillation of James Thomas Flexner’s definitive four-volume biography George Washington, which received a Pulitzer Prize citation and a National Book Award for the fourth volume, has … Continue reading

  2. The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

    General Description (from The history of civil engineering may sound boring, but in David McCullough’s hands it is, well, riveting. His award-winning histories of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Panama Canal were preceded by this account of the disastrous … Continue reading

  3. Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick

    From The Washington Post Few periods in American history are as clouded in mythology and romantic fantasy as the Pilgrim settlement of New England. The Mayflower, Plymouth Rock, the first Thanksgiving, Miles Standish, John Alden and Priscilla (“Speak for yourself, … Continue reading