Pulitzer Prize Winner Picks Essential US History Books

The Wall Street Jour­nal asked Gor­don Wood, one of Amer­i­ca’s lead­ing his­to­ri­ans, to pick his favorite works of US his­to­ry, and here is what he had to say

1) The Amer­i­can Polit­i­cal Tra­di­tion and the Men Who Made It — Richard Hof­s­tadter

2) The Ide­o­log­i­cal Ori­gins of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion — Bernard Bai­lyn

3) White Over Black — Winthrop D. Jor­dan

4) Moth­ers of Inven­tion — Drew Gilpin Faust

5) Grand Expec­ta­tions — James T. Pat­ter­son

As a quick side note, if you live in the SF Bay Area, you can catch Gor­don Wood teach­ing at Stan­ford this spring along with two oth­er Pulitzer Prize Win­ning his­to­ri­ans. The course, The Amer­i­can Founders and Their World, comes out of the Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies pro­gram and is open to the pub­lic. Get details here.

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