Historical Reference Books

While there are plenty of excellent titles that could be added to this list, I consider the following selection must-reads. They represent a collection from my personal library, as well as those borrowed or I enjoyed reading as an e-book. They come with this editor’s personal recommendation as Excellent Reads.

A History of the Ozarks, Volume 2: The Conflicted Ozarks 
Pea Ridge: Civil War Campaign in the West (Civil War America)
An Illustrated History of the Civil War, The Conflict That Defined the United States
The Civil War, A Visual History, Smithsonian
The United States Colored Troops: The History and Legacy of the Black Soldiers Who Found in the American Civil War
The Central Iowa Norwegians, Volume 1 
The Central Iowa Norwegians, Volume 2
The Central Iowa Norwegians, Volume 3
White Cargo: The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in America
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West 
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, by Catherine Clinton
Almost A Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence, by John Ferling
The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777, by Rick Atkinson
The Vietnam War: The Definitive Illustrated History, by the Smithsonian Institution
On Desperate Ground: The Epic Story of Chosin Reservoir–the Greatest Battle of the Korean War, by Hampton Sides
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II, by Sonia Purnell
A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent
The Dead March: A History of the Mexican-American War, by Peter Guardino

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