Special Snowflake Gifts: US History Book Recommendation
August 13, 2013 11:28 AM Subscribe
My girlfriend has virtually no knowledge of US history. She is an incredible bright, intelligent, interesting recent college graduate, but due to side effects from a medicine, was essentially in a fog for the entirety of her Junior year of high school and remembers nothing. This is a huge source of embarrassment and anxiety for her. Her birthday is just around the corner, and I would like to get her a great book to help her fill in the gaps and be more comfortable with the subject.
posted by joshers13 to Writing & Language (19 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for an accessible, interesting overview of US history. She is deeply interested in social justice, the sort that would enjoy the historical analysis that Howard Zinn has done, but I'm not sure she has enough history background to enjoy A People's History right now. I'm hoping for something to start her off, without overwhelming her, but something more engaging than a high school US History text. A People's History will likely follow soon!
Does anything like this exist?
Thanks for any help the hivemind can offer!