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Recommended Books: Summer Reading List for History Buffs and Teachers

Recommended Books

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One of the best things about summer is sitting down with a great book, whether it be in a hammock on the beach, or in the air conditioning.

We’ve compiled a list of recommended books that our staff and Twitter friends have been reading this summer. If you are looking for your next read, we hope that you find inspiration and enjoyment from one of these recommended books.


Recommended by John Weir:

Recommended BooksUndaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose

“Read it for the challenges and the adventure”







Recommended by Natalie Rice:

Recommended BooksRiver of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

“This incredibly true story of Roosevelt’s expedition down an uncharted tributary of the Amazon combines history, ecology, and adventure. I loved it from beginning to end.”






Recommended by Mr. William Chamberlain @wmchamberlain :

Recommended Books


A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

“I think they [these books] are great ways to show students that there are more than one point of view to history. We shouldn’t accept just the view of the textbook or even a single author.”






Recommended BooksLies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen









Recommended by Jake Miller @MrJakeMiller:

Recommended Books


Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess

@burgessdave Absolutely loved your book, Teach Like a PIRATE. It’s what I needed at the summer midpoint. Kudos to you




Other books recommended by the #sschat community:

Recommended BooksHistory Lessons: How Textbooks from Around the World Portray U.S. History  by Dana Lindaman and Kyle Roy Ward















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