Good Books on Modern US History?

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Have some time on my hands these days and wanted to spend some time reading up on modern American history (starting at say the 1900s).

Any book recommendations to start on? One book doesn't have to cover the entire 120 years but would be most interested in topics around economics and politics. A bit less interested in World War I/II/Vietnam since I think I have a good baseline understanding.

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Mar 20, 2020

I have enjoyed reading Capitalism in America: A history by Alan Greenspan. Ron Chenow's books are also a good read.

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Mar 21, 2020

Slightly off your topic but my best friend highly recommends [Sapiens](Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind https://www.amazon.com/dp/0062316117/ref=cm_sw_r_c...) .

"The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary." - Nassim Taleb

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Mar 21, 2020

Agreed, everyone should read Sapiens.

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Mar 21, 2020

Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger. I'm only about 50-100 pages into it myself, but it covers this time period (with some back stories thrown in) and is excellent thus far. Long book though it'll take awhile. It's also very 'readable' in that there aren't thousands of useless details; it's very to the point

Apr 3, 2020

It's sitting on my shelf staring right at me, good to hear that it's pretty good so far.

Mar 21, 2020

Globalizing Capital and Hall of Mirrors by Barry Eichengreen.

Mar 21, 2020

Wall Street: A History
by Charles R. Geisst

https://www.amazon.com/Wall-Street-Charles-R-Geiss...
In this wide-ranging volume, financial historian Charles Geisst provides the first history of Wall Street, explaining how a small, concentrated pocket of lower Manhattan came to have such enormous influence in national and world affairs.

Praise for the first edition:
"A thorough retelling of a critical--though often overlooked--aspect of U.S. history."--The Wall Street Journal

"A quick-reading history of the United States as told through the doings of bankers and brokers."--The Washington Post

"An important and entertaining commentary for anyone interested in understanding the role of Wall Street in the development of the U.S. into an economic superpower."--James R. Barth, Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance, Auburn University

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Mar 22, 2020

All the devils are here: The hidden history of Financial Crisis (https://www.amazon.com/All-Devils-Are-Here-Financi...). It was the Best Business Book of 2010.

Mar 22, 2020

A History of the United States in Five Crashes

Mar 22, 2020

This book is on my to read list. would you recommend it to a college sophomore or freshman with enough finance or economic knowledge or is it a book that does not require much prior knowledge of finance or economics? Thanks!

Mar 22, 2020

Hegemony or Survival - Noam Chomsky
The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, the United States, and the Philippines - Paul Kramer

Mar 22, 2020

America: The Last Best Hope - William Bennet, long book, great author.

What does "modern" mean.

"Useful Idiots" - Mona Charen

Apr 3, 2020

Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Really good. The book is about Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson so really only touches on those parts of history though.

Apr 3, 2020

Americana by Bhu Srinivasan was a great read. Looks at American history and commerce through the lens of different industries.

Apr 3, 2020

Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson is the greatest one volume piece on the Civil War.

Apr 3, 2020
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