40 New History Books Worth Reading

Based on 27 years of letters from WORLD readers, history books are our favorite genre—so this year’s fall reading list highlights recent history books aimed at general readers and students. I’ll start with good news about overall American history books and follow that with a look at books about specific historical periods from conservative, liberal, academic, and Christian publishers.

GOOD NEWS this year is that readers searching for an overall nonleftist American history book now have three good choices. Along with my old suggestion, Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen’s A Patriot’s History of the United States (Sentinel, 2004), I can now recommend Wilfred McClay’s Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story (Encounter, 2019). McClay offers a coherent narrative that neither minimizes American accomplishments nor chops up the story with bows to every liberal pressure group.

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