I’ve been monitoring a thread in GD arguing about “the worst president ever” and am constantly struck by how little I actually know about American history. It’s a bit embarrassing really. I don’t feel I could chime in on a debate like this because I simply can’t weigh one president’s virtues against another in any critical way. Then I started thinking about all the other stuff I must’ve forgotten and felt woefully ignorant and then cried in a dark, moldy corner for a few minutes before posting this.
Here’s what I want: I want a book that’s far superior to the crap foisted on me in high school. I don’t want a biased, overly political history either. I don’t want something drably factual either (meaning, I’d like it to be well-written and engaging, not a laundry list of facts). I’d like this book (or, if you’d rather, set of books) to give me a good foundation for discussion and understanding of American history. I’m sick of staring slackjawed at Jeopardy Civil War categories, dammit.
(mods: I thought this was the place for this, but move it if I’m wrong here).