Below you’ll find American books about our history, events, and people – some fiction, some non-fiction.
Read about American pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer who took on Nazi Germany during World War II; or the thrilling space-based intelligence novel of intense extremes by a real-life Black Hawk Down veteran; or learn surprising facts about George Washington; or the exciting new novel by Richard Paul Evan, Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25, an exciting book for young and old alike (read the customer review on this).
This list will continue to grow so check back often.
Enjoy these American books!
America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great by Ben Carson, M.D.
Dr. Carson rose from a life of poverty to become a world-renowned neurosurgeon. In 1987 he led a 70-member surgical team in separating a pair of Siamese twins, the first successful surgery of its kind.
Amazon's Book Description: What is America becoming? Or, more importantly, what can she be if we reclaim a vision for the things that made her great in the first place? In America the Beautiful, Dr. Ben Carson helps us learn from our past in order to chart a better course for our future. From his personal ascent from inner-city poverty to international medical and humanitarian acclaim, Carson shares experiential insights that help us understand: ... what is good about America ... where we have gone astray ... which fundamental beliefs have guided America from her founding into preeminence among nations Written by a man who has experienced America's best and worst firsthand, America the Beautiful is at once alarming, convicting, and inspiring. You'll gain new perspectives on our nation's origins, our Judeo-Christian heritage, our educational system, capitalism versus socialism, our moral fabric, healthcare, and much more. An incisive manifesto of the values that shaped America's past and must shape her future, America the Beautiful calls us all to use our God-given talents to improve our lives, our communities, our nation, and our world.
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
From the author’s website: As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside… best-selling author Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer’s life—the theologian and the spy—and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil … presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer’s heart-wrenching 1939 decision to leave the safe haven of America for Hitler’s Germany … It brings the reader face to face with a man determined to do the will of God radically, courageously, and joyfully—even to the point of death. Bonhoeffer is the story of a life framed by a passion for truth and a commitment to justice on behalf of those who face implacable evil … “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” - DIETRICH BONHOEFFER
Amazon Product Description: Reviews -
''In Hitler's Germany, a Lutheran pastor chooses resistance and pays with his life. . . Eric Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer's story with passion and theological sophistication, often challenging revisionist accounts that make Bonhoeffer out to be a 'humanist' or ethicist for whom religious doctrine was easily disposable. . . Metaxas reminds us that there are forms of religion -- respectable, domesticated, timid -- that may end up doing the devil's work for him. --Wall Street Journal
''In this weighty, riveting analysis of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Metaxas offers a comprehensive review of one of history's darkest eras, along with a fascinating exploration of the familial, cultural, and religious influences that formed one of the world's greatest contemporary theologians. A passionate narrative voice combines with meticulous research. . . Abundant source documentation brings to life the personalities and experiences that shaped Bonhoeffer. Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a powerful contribution to biography, history, and theology.'' –Publishers Weekly
The Bulletproof George Washington by David Barton
Amazon Product Description: Colonial George Washington's perilous experiences in the French and Indian War are chronicled in this riveting account of God's providence and protection. The only officer on horseback to avoid being shot down, young Washington openly attributed his miraculous escape from harm to the intervention of a sovereign God. A story once founded in student textbooks, this awe-inspiring adventure is recaptured in a modern edition complete with maps and illustrations.
By the Hand of Providence: How Faith Shaped the American Revolution by Rod Gragg
Amazon Product Description: This fascinating history, based on meticulous research into the correspondence and documentation of the founding fathers from the crafting of the Declaration of Independence to the signing of the peace treaty with Britain, sheds light on how the Judeo-Christian worldview motivated America’s founding fathers, influenced national independence, inspired our foundational documents, and established the American nation.
Written with the pacing and drama of an enticing drama, By the Hand of Providence is crafted for popular appeal with a compelling mix of dramatized story and action-driven narrative, yet with the authenticity and academic verity of historian Rod Gragg.
Fallen Angle by Jeff Struecker and Alton Gansky
Amazon Product Description: Major Jeff Struecker (a real life Black Hawk Down veteran) and his award-winning coauthor tell a space-based intelligence story of intense extremes in their new novel, Fallen Angel
, named for the "Angel-12" American satellite that is ambushed by China and falls 22,000 miles to land in remote Siberia.
U.S. Sgt. Major Eric Moyer and his Special Ops unit are deployed to find Angel-12 and keep its advanced nuclear fuel from enemy hands-and there are many. A Russian shadow government bent on restoring the former USSR pursues the satellite as does the Chinese special forces group that knocked it from the sky.
A rash of military and domestic hostage concerns ensues as the stark truth looms: three nations are racing to the satellite, but only one will get there first.
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
by David McCullough
Amazon.com Review: Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2011
: At first glance, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
might seem to be foreign territory for David McCullough, whose other books have mostly remained in the Western Hemisphere. But The Greater Journey is still a quintessentially American history. Between 1830 and 1900, hundreds of Americans--many of them future household names like Oliver Wendell Holmes, Mark Twain, Samuel Morse, and Harriet Beecher Stowe--migrated to Paris. McCullough shows first how the City of Light affected each of them in turn, and how they helped shape American art, medicine, writing, science, and politics in profound ways when they came back to the United States. McCullough's histories have always managed to combine meticulous research with sheer enthusiasm for his subjects, and it's hard not to come away with a sense that you've learned something new and important about whatever he's tackled. The Greater Journey
is, like each of McCullough's previous histories, a dazzling and kaleidoscopic foray into American history by one of its greatest living chroniclers. --Darryl Campbell
Messages: Signs, Visits, and Premonitions from Loved Ones Lost on 9/11
by Bonnie McEneaney
Amazon Review and Product Description:
Review: Bonnie McEneany has created an amazing piece of work validating that the love bonds created by our loved ones on earth never die, but continue on. Through moving stories, insights and incredible spirit messages, she takes you on a journey of love, in which your soul will forever be transformed. (James Van Praagh, Spiritual Medium/Author of UNFINISHED BUSINESS)
Product Description: When Bonnie McEneaney's husband, Eamon, died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, she thought she had lost him forever. And then something unexpected happened that would shake her to the core and reassure her that her husband was still with her. As Bonnie reveals in this groundbreaking book, she began to have experiences that convinced her that her husband, in spirit, was sending her signs, indeed messages, that he was still present and watching over his family.
A mother and former business executive, Bonnie was always the rational one, and quite skeptical of the spiritual world and all that it represents, but after talking to a number of other families and friends of loved ones lost on 9/11, she realized she was not alone.
Numerous others connected to the tragedy—from financial executives to stay-at-home moms—described their own experiences: premonitions, signs, dreams, visitations, and communications through mediums and psychics. Bonnie began recording their compelling stories in a groundbreaking four-year-long project, illuminating the power of love and the unbreakable bond love creates.
Now, in Messages, she shares these miraculous spiritual stories while weaving in her own heartfelt message of comfort and hope for all those who are searching for their own deeper connections, proving that love and relationships can continue after death.
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25
by Richard Paul Evans
Amazon Product Description: My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story. To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers. Michael thinks he's unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor also has special powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up this way, but their investigation brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric children – and through them the world. Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends if he’s to survive.
Amazon Customer Review: by bklover52 - I didn't know what to expect when I began reading this book. I had read every one of Richard Paul Evan's books for adults and children, but couldn't imagine what a young adult book by him would be like. Once I began reading MICHAEL VEY, I couldn't put it down until I was finished, and then only wanted more! The characters are real; you come to know them and feel for them. At times I was at the edge of my seat not knowing what might come next. The battle between good and evil, ethical questions, acceptance of differences, the strength of friendship, the feelings associated with, and the effects of bullying, peer pressure......it's all in here!!!
The Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points That Saved the World
by Chris Stewart and Ted Steward
Amazon Product Description: How unusual is it, really, in the history of all known human experience, to enjoy the blessings of living free? The answer may surprise you.
In The Miracle of Freedom, Chris and Ted Stewart make a strong case that fewer than 5 percent of all people who have ever lived on the earth have lived under conditions that we could consider free. So where did freedom come from, and how are we fortunate enough to experience it in our day?
A deeper look at the human record, write the authors, reveals a series of critical events, obvious forks in the road leading to very different outcomes, that resulted in this extraordinary period in which we live. They identify and discuss seven decisive tipping points:
1) The defeat of the Assyrians in their quest to destroy the kingdom of Judah. 2) The victory of the Greeks over the Persians at Thermopylae and Salamis. 3) Roman Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity. 4) The defeat of the armies of Islam at Poitiers. 5) The failure of the Mongols in their effort to conquer Europe. 6) The discovery of the New World. 7) The Battle of Britain in World War II.
The journey to freedom has been thousands of years long. Now that it has found its place in the world, the question for those of us who experience its benefits is simply this: Will we work to preserve the miracle of freedom that we enjoy today?
The Original Argument: The Federalists' Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century by Glenn Beck
Amazon Product Description: Glenn Beck revisited Thomas Paine’s famous pre-Revolutionary War call to action in his #1 New York Times
bestseller Glenn Beck’s Common Sense
. Now he brings his historical acumen and political savvy to this fresh, new interpretation of The Federalist Papers
, the 18th-century collection of political essays that defined and shaped our Constitution and laid bare the “original argument” between states’ rights and big federal government—a debate as relevant and urgent today as it was at the birth of our nation.
Adapting a selection of these essential essays—pseudonymously authored by the now well-documented triumvirate of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay—for a contemporary audience, Glenn Beck has had them reworked into “modern” English so as to be thoroughly accessible to anyone seeking a better understanding of the Founding Fathers’ intent and meaning when laying the groundwork of our government. Beck provides his own illuminating commentary and annotations and, for a number of the essays, has brought together the viewpoints of both liberal and conservative historians and scholars, making this a fair and insightful perspective on the historical works that remain the primary source for interpreting Constitutional law and the rights of American citizens.
A Patriot’s History of the United States by Larry Schweikart
Reviews: “A welcome, refreshing, and solid contribution to relearning what we have forgotten and remembering why this nation is good, and worth defending.” - National Review
; “Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen remind us what a few good individuals can do in just a few short centuries....A fluid account of America from the discovery of the Continent up to the present day.” - Wall Street Journal
; “There are a thousand pleasant surprises and heartening reminders that underneath it all America remains a country of ideas, ideals, and optimism--and no amount of revisionism can take that legacy away.” - Humane Studies Review
--This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
The Rise of Tyranny by Jonathan W. Emord
Amazon Customer Reviews: By Elliot Malach “The Unknown Surfer”
- The book chronicles private industry's takeover of our government by regulatory agencies and Congress. Federal agencies heads are appointed not elected, so they can create laws without the consent of even elected officials. This is exactly what the founding fathers did not want to happen - the creation of a bureaucratic oligarchy. Chapters cover the FDA and Medicare, and show how these agencies abuse power. The FDA is nothing more than a subsidiary of big pharma. People die from drug approvals that should never have happened just so the agency heads can get a nice paying job after they leave office. Emord, a constitutional lawyer, outlines how to dismantle our current regulatory state and return our nation to the way it was envisioned to be by the founders. He gets into legal remedies here, but it was not deep enough to make me lose interest. This is a must read so everyone can see that something needs to be done with the way our country is being run. By Big Sky 77
The author knows his stuff. Probably better than anyone. If you want to know the truth about the FDA and other similiar government agencies - this is the book for you. To the point. Fact based and eye-popping information. Two thumbs up.. Keep winning those cases Mr. Emord.
Seven Miracles That Saved America by Chris Stewart and Ted Stewart
Amazon Product Description: When the odds were stacked against us, and there have been many times when the great experiment we call America could have and should have failed, did God intervene to save us?
That question, posed by authors Chris and Ted Stewart, is the foundation for this remarkable book. And the examples they cite provide compelling evidence that the hand of Providence has indeed preserved the United States of America on multiple occasions. Skillfully weaving story vignettes with historical explanations, they examine seven instances that illustrate God's protecting care:
- The unlikely discovery of America by Christopher Columbus
- How (and why) desperate English colonists were able to survive the starving time at Jamestown
- The Battle of New York during the Revolutionary War
- The miraculous creation of the United States Constitution
- Abraham Lincoln's desperate prayer that turned the tide of the Civil War at Gettysburg
- How a series of extraordinary events changed the Battle of Midway during World War II
- The preservation of Ronald Reagan's life from an assassin's bullet, allowing him the time he needed to help extend freedom around the world
Never, at any of these critical junctures, was a positive outcome certain or even likely. Yet America prevailed. Why?
"No man is perfect," write the authors. "And neither is any nation. Yet, despite our weakness, we are still, as Abraham Lincoln said, the best nation ever given to man. Despite our faults, this nation is still the last, best hope of earth." In short, God still cares what happens here. This reassuring message is a bright light in a world that longs for such hope.
Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
Amazon.com Review: ”Ron Chernow Shares Surprising Facts About George Washington
--Washington was the only major founder who lacked a college education. John Adams went to Harvard, James Madison to Princeton, and Alexander Hamilton to Columbia, making Washington self-conscious about what he called his “defective education.” --Even as a young man, Washington seemed to possess a magical immunity to bullets. In one early encounter in the French and Indian War, he absorbed four bullets in his coat and hat and had two horses shot from under him yet emerged unscathed. This led one Indian chief to predict that some higher power was guiding him to great events in the future… --For all her anxiety about being constantly in a battle zone, Martha Washington spent a full half of the Revolutionary War with her husband—a major act of courage that has largely gone unnoticed…--At Mount Vernon, Washington functioned as his own architect—and an extremely original one at that. All of the major features that we associate with the house—the wide piazza and colonnade overlooking the Potomac, the steeple and the weathervane with the dove of peace—were personally designed by Washington himself…--Land-rich and cash-poor, Washington had to borrow money to attend his own inauguration in New York City in 1789. He then had to borrow money again when he moved back to Virginia after two terms as president. His public life took a terrible toll on his finances.
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