Do you ever read books that could be considered patriotic? Rousing stories of heroes? History? Brave countrymen and women doing bold things? What would you recommend if somebody asked you for something patriotic—no matter what your country?
I love reading about history, politics, and the economy. This is a great Booking Through Thursday topic for July 4! I’m going to stick to mostly United States-related books for this post. Right now I’m actually reading a very patriotic book: Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose, which follows the Lewis and Clark expedition across the untamed American wilderness west of the Mississippi River—perfect for July!
Read and Recommend:
A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest… by John Nichols
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy by Christopher Hayes
I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t by Stephen Colbert
Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
1984 by George Orwell
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Want to Read:
Beyond Outrage by Robert B. Reich
What’s the Matter with Kansas? by Thomas Frank
The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
End This Depression Now! by Paul Krugman
Our Divided Political Heart by E.J. Dionne, Jr.
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
Game Change by John Heilemann + Mark Halperin
What It is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley
The “S” Word: A Short History of an American Tradition…Socialism by John Nichols
They’re Bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about Unions by Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop it by Lawrence Lessig
… and so many more!!!! TOO MANY BOOKS.
What books have you read that could be considered patriotic?